GRADUATE PROGRAMS IN PSYCHOLOGY

M.S./M.A. IN CLINICAL AND COUNSELING PSYCHOLOGY
PSY.D. IN CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY
CERTIFICATES OF ADVANCED GRADUATE STUDY

 

MASTER OF SCIENCE AND MASTER OF ARTS IN CLINICAL & COUNSELING PSYCHOLOGY

Master’s Program Coordinator (main campus): David Borsos, Ph.D.
 

OVERVIEW
The School of Graduate Studies of Chestnut Hill College, through the Department of Professional Psychology, offers both the Master of Arts (M.A.) and the Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Clinical and Counseling Psychology. These degrees may be earned in one of five areas of concentration: Child and Adolescent Therapy, Addictions Treatment, Marriage and Family Therapy, Trauma Studies, and Forensic Treatment (DeSales campus only). Students may elect to one of these concentrations or may choose the generalist curriculum, which allows them to distribute their electives among any of the five areas. The Master of Arts (M.A.) degree is awarded to those students who complete a thesis in addition to the other academic and clinical requirements.  The M.A./M.S. Program in Clinical and Counseling Psychology is also offered on the campus of DeSales University.
The department also offers Post-Master’s Certificates of Advanced Graduate Study in Professional Counseling for Licensure Preparation, Post-Master’s Certificates of Concentrated Clinical Study, and Post-Master’s Certificates of Advanced Graduate Academic Study in each of the five concentration areas. Applicants for either of these certificate programs must have already earned a master’s degree in psychology or a related discipline.
 

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES
Chestnut Hill College, through the Department of Professional Psychology, seeks to prepare students pursuing master’s degrees in clinical and counseling psychology to become competent and ethical professionals. In accordance with this goal, students are:
1.  acquainted with the body of theoretical and empirical knowledge relevant to their
 course of study;
2.  provided with training in the skills needed for professional practice; and
3.  prepared for ongoing graduate study in a doctoral program.

In addition, the Master of Arts and the Master of Science degrees meet the graduate degree requirements for students seeking master’s licensure in the state of Pennsylvania as either Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC) or Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFT). 
These degrees also meet the master’s-level licensure requirements in many other states. Please contact your state licensing board for requirements in your state.
 

PROFESSIONAL STANDARDSThe Department of Professional Psychology has the responsibility to assure that its graduates are adequately prepared for professional practice. The student is required not only to demonstrate competence in the areas of academic study and clinical training but also to demonstrate familiarity with the ethics of professional practice and to behave in an ethical and professional manner at all times. Behavior in violation of ethical or professional standards of conduct constitutes grounds for immediate dismissal from the program.  Students are evaluated regularly in academic, professional and clinical areas and are notified if any problems are observed.
 

STUDENT DISCLOSURE OF PERSONAL INFORMATION
The following policies about student disclosure of personal information comply with the APA Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct (APA, 2002).

Disclosure in Courses
Some courses require students to share personal information, either orally or in writing, germane to understanding self-growth, developing insight into countertransference dynamics, or conducting effective treatment. This may include family of origin issues and other personal information that could affect clinical and professional development.

Disclosure in Supervision
Students are required to share personal information with their supervisors germane to understanding self-growth, developing insight into counter-transference dynamics, or conducting effective treatment. This may include family of origin issues, history of abuse or trauma, psychological treatment and other personal information that could affect clinical and professional development.

 

PROFESSIONAL COMPETENCE PROBLEMS
The faculty is responsible for determining whether each student’s emotional stability and interpersonal behavior are suitable for a career in clinical psychology. In general, the student receives feedback in these areas on the Global Review (see below). If the student’s behavior warrants, it may be necessary for the faculty to take more immediate action. In most instances, the faculty will endeavor to discuss the issue with the student before taking further action. If the student’s behavior constitutes a breach of professional ethics, or the student’s behavior poses a serious threat to clients or to other students, or the student’s behavior significantly disrupts the learning process for other students, or the student’s behavior interferes with their progress in the program, the student will be suspended or dismissed from the program.

The faculty has the right and professional responsibility to obtain and evaluate personal information when students are unable to perform training or professionally related activities competently or pose a threat to themselves or others. To discharge this duty, the faculty may require a student to undergo a psychological evaluation or participate in psychotherapy. The department must approve the provider of these services in advance and the student is responsible for all fees associated with the evaluation and/or treatment. Refusal to participate in the mandated evaluation and/or treatment and/or refusal to authorize release of information from the evaluating or treating psychologist constitutes grounds for immediate suspension or dismissal from the program. The department will provide the student and the evaluator a list of questions for which answers are required.

 

ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS
Students who are accepted into the master’s program may choose between the Master of Science (M.S.) and the Master of Arts (M.A.). The Master of Arts is designed for students who wish to complete a thesis in addition to the other academic and clinical requirements. Both degrees are designed to prepare students to sit for the licensure examination and to apply to doctoral programs.
 

 

MASTER OF SCIENCE (M.S.)
Master of Science (M.S.) students must complete 48 graduate credits. Of these 48 credits, 21 credits come from the Core Curriculum (7 courses) and at least 9 credits come from the field placement. Students without an undergraduate degree in psychology are also required to take a course entitled Introduction to Graduate Psychology (GRCP 499). This course offers 3 graduate credits that are not applicable towards the degree requirements.  This course must be taken within the first three terms of enrollment. GRCP 499 can be waived if the applicant has taken at least four undergraduate psychology courses including: General Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Statistics, and any other psychology course.
Students may concentrate in one of five areas or take a generalist curriculum. These credits are distributed in the following manner:
• Addictions Treatment: 12 concentration credits and 6 additional elective credits*
• Child and Adolescent Therapy: 12 concentration credits and 6 additional elective credits*
• Forensic Treatment: 15 concentration credits and 3 additional elective credits* (note: only available on the DeSales campus)
• Marriage and Family Therapy: 18 concentration credits
• Trauma Studies: 12 concentration credits and 6 additional elective credits*
• Generalist Curriculum: 18 credits selected from among any of the concentration or elective courses*

* Students who choose this curriculum and who wish to take a third term of internship may do so in place of 3 elective credits.

 

MASTER OF ARTS (M.A.)
Students opting for the Master of Arts (M.A.) degree must complete the full curriculum listed above under the Master of Science, plus three additional courses:
 GRCP        525  Statistical Applications
 GRCP        520 Thesis Seminar I (510, 525)
 GRCP        522 Thesis Seminar II (510, 525, 520)

 

CURRICULUM
Prerequisite (for students without an undergraduate degree in psychology):
GRCP 499 Introduction to Graduate Psychology.  (GRCP 499 can be waived if the applicant has taken the following undergraduate psychology courses: General Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Statistics, and any other psychology course).
Core Courses
These courses are required for all students. Prerequisites are in parentheses.
GRCP 500 Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy  
GRCP 503 Psychopathology (500, may be taken concurrently with
   500)
GRCP 506 Techniques of Counseling and Psychotherapy I (503)
GRCP 508 Techniques of Counseling and Psychotherapy II (506)
GRCP 510 Research Design and Methodology
GRCP 512 Legal and Ethical Issues in Counseling and Psychotherapy (500, 503)
GRCP 514 Development Across the Lifespan: Individual & Family Concentration Courses
 

MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPY (18 credits required)
GRCP 608 Marriage and Family Therapy (required)
GRCP 612 Advanced Theories of Marriage and Family Therapy (608)
  (required)
GRCP 614 Marriage and Family Therapy Techniques (608) (required)
GRCP 616 Advanced Marriage and Family Therapy
  Techniques (612, 614) (required)
GRCP 618 Human Sexuality and Marriage (required)
and one of the following:
GRCP 604 A Systemic Approach to the Problems of Adolescents
GRCP 638 Systemic Treatment of Addictions
 

CHILD AND ADOLESCENT THERAPY (all required)
GRCP 602 Play Therapy (500)
GRCP 604 A Systemic Approach to the Problems of Adolescents
GRCP 608 Marriage and Family Therapy
GRCP 615 Special Topics (title of course will be included on transcript)

 

ADDICTIONS TREATMENT (12 credits required)
GRCP 630 Foundations of Addictive Behaviors (required)
GRCP 632 Treatment Approaches to Substance Abuse  (630) (required)
and two of the following:
GRCP 634 Spirituality of the Twelve Steps
GRCP 636 Special Topics (title of course will be included on transcript)
GRCP 638 Systemic Treatment of Addictions

 

TRAUMA STUDIES (all required)
GRCP 622 Introduction to the Assessment and Treatment of 
  Psychological Trauma
GRCP 624 Treatment of Complex Chronic Trauma Responses (622)
GRCP 626 Acute Incident Responding: Trauma Prevention and Early Intervention Strategies (622)
GRCP 628 Working Effectively in Trauma-Intensive Communities    (622)
 

FORENSIC TREATMENT (all required) Available at the DeSales campus only.
GRCP 536 Psychological Assessment (503)
GRCP 640 Introduction to Forensic Treatment
GRCP 642 Treatment of Juvenile Offenders
GRCP 644 Treatment of Adult Offenders
GRCP 646 Forensic Interviewing and Assessment Techniques (536)
        

Electives (note: students may also use concentration courses to fill elective requirements)
GRCP 530 Group Therapy
GRCP 532 The Role of Culture and Gender in Counseling and Psychotherapy
GRCP 536 Psychological Assessment (Strongly recommended, especially for Child & Adolescent concentration) (503)
GRCP 540 Drugs and Their Use with a Clinical Population
GRCP 542 Career Development and Counseling
GRCP 544 Eating Disorders
GRCP 546 Bereavement Counseling
GRCP 645 Special Topics

 

Recommended Electives for the Forensic Treatment Concentration are:
GRCP 615 Special Topics: Child Abuse Assessment and Intervention
GRCP 622 Introduction to the Assessment & Treatment of Psychological Trauma 
GRCP 630 Foundations of Addictive Behaviors

Field Experience (see below for prerequisites)    GRCP 705 Practicum (except for MFT students)
GRCP 715 Internship I
GRCP 725 Internship II
GRCP 735 Internship III (optional except for MFT students)
Students in the MFT concentration take 715, 725, and 735 and do not take 705. All other students must take 705 first and then 715 and 725.  Students may also opt to take 735 if needed.

Additional Requirements for Master of Arts
GRCP 525 Statistical Applications
GRCP 520 Thesis Seminar I (510, 525)
GRCP 522 Thesis Seminar II (520)

 

APPLICATION TO PSY.D. PROGRAM

Students in the master’s program who intend to apply to the Psy.D. program at Chestnut Hill College after receiving their master’s degree should include among their concentration or elective courses GRCP 532 The Role of Culture and Gender in Counseling and Psychotherapy and at least two of the following courses:
GRCP 530 Group Therapy
GRCP 542 Career Development and Counseling
GRCP 602 Play Therapy
GRCP 604 A Systemic Approach to the Problems of Adolescents
GRCP 618 Human Sexuality and Marriage
GRCP 622 Introduction to the Assessment and Treatment of Psychological Trauma
GRCP 630 Foundations of Addictive Behaviors

 

PRACTICUM
The practicum is mandatory for students seeking licensure as Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC). The practicum is a 100-hour experience that includes 6-7 hours per week at the practicum site, plus 1.5 hours of classroom supervision weekly. Content for the practicum experience includes biopsychosocial assessment, case formulation, diagnosis, and treatment planning. Students may engage in: milieu therapy, group therapy co-facilitation, case conferences, educational experiences, and individual therapy and group therapy when considered appropriate by the site supervisor. The overall goal of the practicum is preparation for internship.

Practicum Prerequisites
• Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy
• Psychopathology
• Techniques of Counseling and Psychotherapy I
• Legal & Ethical Issues

Students typically continue with internship immediately after the practicum.  Please be sure you have completed enough coursework to be able to continue into internship.

 

INTERNSHIP
Students accept the responsibility of applying and interviewing for their internship. A detailed procedure for this process is presented at the internship information sessions that students are required to attend.  Please contact Mary Lindsay, SSJ, Ph.D., Coordinator of Masters Field Placements, by calling 215-248-7024 or lindsay@chc.edu for dates and times of these sessions.
Internship Prerequisites
Prior to registering for internship, students must have successfully completed a minimum of 30 credits including all of the following courses:
• Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy
• Psychopathology
• Techniques of Counseling and Psychotherapy I
• Techniques of Counseling and Psychotherapy II (May be taken concurrently with the first semester of internship)
• Legal and Ethical Issues
•  Practicum (not required for students in the MFT concentration)
• Two Concentration Courses (students in the generalist curriculum may use any two non-core courses)

Important Procedures/Policies (in preparation for practicum/internship)
1. Contact the Coordinator of Master’s Field Placements to pre-register for practicum/internship.  You are required to pre-register two terms prior to the term you plan to begin. Group information sessions will be held each term.
2. A practicum/internship resource book is available in the library. This book contains a listing of previously used sites and information regarding the sites. Students may also seek new practicum/internship placements. However, the Coordinator of Master’s Field Placements, consistent with program policies, must approve all sites.
3. Prepare a resume, as you will need it to interview for practicum/internship. All other paperwork necessary for the interview process will be distributed at the practicum/internship information sessions.
4. Once you have decided on a site, your prospective supervisor should complete all designated paperwork and send it to the Coordinator of Master’s Field Placements.
5. As part of the practicum/internship process all students are required to procure liability insurance. Applications for liability insurance will be available at the information sessions as well as in the Graduate Office. Students are not permitted to begin a practicum or internship without liability insurance. Students are required to submit verification of coverage to both the Coordinator of Master’s Field Placements and the field site supervisor.
6. A practicum or internship may not be completed at a site where the student is or has been employed.
7. All students are required to participate in a group supervision class each term of their practicum/internship. Please register at the beginning of each term for one of the practicum or internship classes.
Internship Requirements

During the actual internship placement students must meet the following requirements:
1.   Students interested in seeking LPC licensure must work at the internship site a minimum of 600 hours over a period of two or three terms. Of these 600 hours, 240 must be spent in direct-client contact. Students seeking LMFT licensure must complete a total of 300 direct-client contact hours over the course of a full calendar year (3 terms). 
2. Students must attend a weekly seminar at the College. The seminar will provide an opportunity for students to raise issues about their cases and their internship experience. (Note: Students must register for the corresponding seminar for each term of Internship: GRCP 715, GRCP 725, GRCP 735.)
3. Final grades will be based on regular attendance and participation in the weekly seminar, performance at the internship site, and the site supervisor’s written evaluation.
4. All students are expected to comply with the rules and regulations of the internship site and conduct themselves in a professional manner at all times.

 

SUSPENSION / TERMINATION OF FIELD EXPERIENCEIn extreme cases, the Internship or Practicum Site Supervisor or the CHC Internship or Practicum Group Supervisor may suspend a student’s internship or practicum, while circumstances are being reviewed by the Coordinator of Master’s Field Placements and the Director of Clinical Training. The length of a suspension is determined by the nature of the situation. Every effort is made to expedite the process in the best interest of the student and clients involved.
 

A student’s practicum or internship may be terminated prior to completion by either the Site Supervisor or the Director of Clinical Training if the student’s performance is considered inadequate, unethical, or in violation of the program policies as stated in the catalog and/or the Practicum/Internship Handbook. Termination of a practicum or internship based on student performance constitutes grounds for dismissal from the program. The Director of Clinical Training must recommend dismissal to the Chair of the Department of Professional Psychology and the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies. Supporting documentation stating the reason(s) for dismissal is to be provided, in writing, to the student, the Chair, and the Dean.
 

If a student is terminated from a practicum or internship and consequently terminated from the College, the student may, within ten days of the College’s termination, appeal to the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies, stating the reasons for disagreement with termination from the College and presenting evidence in support of the appeal. After appropriate consultation, the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies will provide a final decision to the student.
 

It is very important to note that more in-depth information concerning termination policies, the appeals procedure, and the probation policy are presented in the Practicum/Internship Handbook. Each student applying for practicum or internship needs to become familiar with this information.  Practicum and internship students are responsible for knowledge of and compliance with the content of this handbook and the policies of Chestnut Hill College.
 

LICENSURE and CREDENTIALINGThe master’s program is designed to meet the academic requirements for licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) or Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in Pennsylvania and other states. Licensure as a psychologist requires a doctoral degree.
Licensure as a Professional Counselor or Marriage and Family Therapist in the State of Pennsylvania requires a graduate degree (minimum of 48 credits) in a field closely related to the practice of professional counseling. A total of 60 graduate credits is required for licensure. Students at Chestnut Hill College have the option of earning 60 credits before graduation or earning the 48-credit master’s degree followed by a 12-credit Post-Master’s Certificate in Professional Counseling for Licensure Preparation. Students may also take additional credits as part of the degree, followed by additional courses on a non-matriculating, professional development basis. Licensure also requires 3,600 hours of supervised experience earned after the completion of the 48-credit degree. After earning the academic credentials and completing the supervised clinical experience, applicants must pass a licensure exam. Students are encouraged to become familiar with the licensure regulations in Pennsylvania, or any other state where they are considering obtaining licensure.
 

Course Requirements for LPC Licensure
Students seeking licensure as a professional counselor may choose the generalist curriculum or a concentration area. Students wishing to focus on a particular population are encouraged to choose a concentration. The Post-master’s Certificate in Professional Counseling for Licensure Preparation cannot have an area of concentration. Two other Post-master’s certificates are available in the areas of concentration, but they require additional academic courses and may require two terms of internship. (See below for details on the Post-master’s certificates.)
Some courses offered as electives at Chestnut Hill College are required for licensure. These courses may be taken as part of the student’s degree, or as part or all of the additional 12 credits which may be earned after the awarding of the master’s degree. The courses that are electives in this program and will be required for licensure are: GRCP 530, Group Therapy; GRCP 532, The Role of Culture and Gender in Counseling and Psychotherapy; GRCP 536, Psychological Assessment; and GRCP 542, Career Development and Counseling.

 

Course Requirements for MFT Licensure
Students seeking to become Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists should plan to take all seven (7) classes available under the Marriage and Family Therapy concentration and The Role of Culture and Gender in Counseling GRCP 532.  It is recommended that six (6) classes be taken prior to graduation, and that the remaining class be taken as part of the 12-credit Post-Master’s Certificate in Professional Counseling for Licensure Preparation. Chestnut Hill College students may also opt to take all seven (7) courses before graduation.
 

Field Experience Requirements for Licensure
Students seeking to become Licensed Professional Counselors must complete a practicum of at least 100 hours and an internship of at least 600 hours. 240 of these hours must be direct-contact hours.  The internship may be completed over two or three terms. Students seeking to become Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists will need an internship which lasts one full calendar year (3 terms) and includes at least 300 direct-contact hours.
 

Licensure in Other States
The Master of Arts (M.A.) and the Master of Science (M.S.) degrees meet licensure requirements in many other states. Please contact your state licensing board for academic and clinical requirements.
Additional Professional Credentials
The master’s program in Clinical and Counseling Psychology also prepares students to apply for independent credentials in the field, including: National Certified Counselor (NCC), offered by the National Board for Certified Counselors; Certified Addictions Counselor (CAC), offered by the Pennsylvania Certification Board; and clinical membership in the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT).

 

POST-MASTER’S CERTIFICATE OF ADVANCED GRADUATE STUDY IN PROFESSIONAL COUNSELING FOR LICENSURE PREPARATION

OVERVIEW
This certificate is designed for the applicant who already has a Master’s degree in a field closely related to the practice of professional counseling. It is not open to applicants from other disciplines who wish to be licensed as professional counselors or marriage and family therapists.
PROGRAM DESIGN
Students who wish to complete a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Professional Counseling for Licensure Preparation will need to complete a minimum of 12 graduate credits beyond the master’s degree. Student course plans will be individually designed after a departmental review of the student’s transcript. The student must have earned a minimum of 60 graduate credits from an accredited institution and have coursework in all of the areas required for licensure before a certificate will be awarded.
If a practicum or internship is required as part of the certificate program, students will need to successfully complete at least one clinical techniques course at Chestnut Hill College prior to beginning the practicum/internship. Applicants who did not graduate from Chestnut Hill College’s Master’s Program in Clinical and Counseling Psychology may need to complete additional coursework prior to the practicum/internship to meet practicum/internship prerequisites.

ADMISSIONS
Graduates of Chestnut Hill College’s Master’s Program in Clinical and Counseling Psychology are expected to complete a new application and statement of graduate status on which they would indicate “Professional Development - Certificate in Professional Counseling.” No additional application fee is required, and no additional paperwork is required. The student receives a letter of admission from the Graduate Dean and is listed in the computer as matriculating in a certificate program.
Other applicants must follow the existing procedures for admission to Post-Master’s certificate programs.  (See Admissions)
All existing graduate policies and procedures apply to this program. Courses with final grades below “B-minus” are not applicable to the total 60 graduate credits required for the awarding of a certificate.


 

POST-MASTER’S CERTIFICATES OF CONCENTRATED CLINICAL STUDY

• Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Addictions Treatment
• Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Child and Adolescent Therapy
• Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Marriage and Family Therapy
• Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Trauma Studies
• Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Forensic Treatment (DeSales campus only)

Certificate programs are designed for those who have already earned a master’s degree in a field closely related to the practice of professional counseling and who are seeking additional training and education.
Core Requirements
GRCP 503 Psychopathology (500 or may be taken concurrently with
  500)
GRCP 506 Techniques of Counseling and Psychotherapy I (503)
GRCP 508 Techniques of Counseling and Psychotherapy II (506)
GRCP 512 Legal and Ethical Issues in Counseling and Psychotherapy
  (500, 503)
Waiver of core requirements is possible depending on previous education or training. Requests for a waiver must be directed to the Coordinator of the Master’s Program in Clinical and Counseling Psychology.
Concentration Requirements
All students complete 18 credits chosen from the following options:
ADDICTIONS TREATMENT  Concentration Courses (all required)
GRCP 630 Foundations of Addictive Behaviors
GRCP 632 Treatment Approaches to Substance Abuse (630)
GRCP 634 Spirituality of the Twelve Steps
GRCP 636 Special Topics: (title of course will be on transcript).
GRCP 638 Systemic Treatment of Addictions

 Electives (one required) *
GRCP 540 Drugs and Their Use with a Clinical Population
GRCP 544 Eating Disorders
GRCP 622 Introduction to the Assessment and Treatment of Psychological Trauma                  
*A third term of internship may be taken in place of the elective.

CHILD AND ADOLESCENT THERAPY
 Concentration Courses (all required)
GRCP 602 Play Therapy (500)
GRCP 604 A Systemic Approach to the Problems of Adolescents
GRCP 608 Marriage and Family Therapy
GRCP 615 Special Topics (title of course will be included on transcript)

 Electives (two required)*
GRCP 530 Group Therapy
GRCP 536 Psychological Assessment (503)
GRCP 544 Eating Disorders
GRCP 546 Bereavement Counseling
GRCP 622 Introduction to the Assessment and Treatment of Psychological Trauma                  
* A third term of internship may be taken in place of one elective.
MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPY
 Concentration Courses (six required)
GRCP 608 Marriage and Family Therapy (required)
GRCP 612 Advanced Theories of Marriage and Family Therapy
   (608) (required)
GRCP 614 Marriage and Family Therapy Techniques (608) (required)
GRCP 616 Advanced Marriage and Family Therapy Techniques
  (612, 614) (required)
GRCP 618 Human Sexuality and Marriage (required)
GRCP 604 A Systemic Approach to the Problems of Adolescents
 or
GRCP 638 Systemic Treatment of Addictions


TRAUMA STUDIES
 Concentration Courses (all required)
GRCP 622 Introduction to the Assessment and Treatment of
  Psychological Trauma
GRCP 624 Treatment of Complex Chronic Trauma Responses (622)
GRCP 626 Acute Incident Responding: Trauma Prevention and Early
  Intervention Strategies (622)
GRCP 628 Working Effectively in Trauma-Intensive Communities
  (622)
 Electives (two required)*
GRCP 532 The Role of Culture and Gender in Counseling and
  Psychotherapy
GRCP 540 Drugs and Their Use with a Clinical Population
GRCP 544 Eating Disorders
GRCP 546 Bereavement Counseling
GRCP 602 Play Therapy (500)
* A third term of internship may be taken in place of one elective.
FORENSIC TREATMENT  (Available at the DeSales campus only.)
 Concentration Courses (all required)
GRCP 536 Psychological Assessment (503)
GRCP 640 Introduction to Forensic Treatment
GRCP 642 Treatment of Juvenile Offenders
GRCP 644 Treatment of Adult Offenders
GRCP 646 Forensic Interviewing and Assessment Techniques (536)

 

Recommended Electives (one required)*
GRCP 615 Special Topics: Child Abuse Assessment and Intervention 

GRCP 622 Introduction to the Assessment and Treatment of
  Psychological Trauma
GRCP 630 Foundations of Addictive Behaviors 

* A third term of internship may be taken in place of the elective.
Field Placement Requirement
GRCP 715 Internship I (required)
GRCP 725 Internship II (required)
GRCP 735 Internship III (optional)


Candidates for the certificate are required to take 6 credits (2 terms) of Internship in their area of concentration. Students in the Addictions, Child and Adolescent, Trauma, or Forensic certificates have the option of taking a third term of Internship in place of one elective. Students in the Marriage and Family Therapy certificate have the option of taking a third term of internship in place of one concentration course.  See Field Experience section for a full description of field placements.

 
 

POST-MASTER’S CERTIFICATES OF ADVANCED GRADUATE ACADEMIC STUDY

• Certificate of Advanced Graduate Academic Study in Addictions Treatment
• Certificate of Advanced Graduate Academic Study in Child and Adolescent Therapy
• Certificate of Advanced Graduate Academic Study in Marriage and Family Therapy
• Certificate of Advanced Graduate Academic Study in Trauma Studies
• Certificate of Advanced Graduate Academic Study in Forensic Treatment (DeSales campus only)

 

These certificate programs are designed for those who have already earned a master’s degree in clinical or counseling psychology or a closely related field and who are seeking additional classroom education in an area of specialization.  Students in this program should have some post-master’s work experience and not require any further internship experience for their professional goals.  This certificate is different from the Certificate of Concentrated Clinical Study in that it does not require an internship or other electives.  If an applicant does not have graduate course work in certain areas, the Department of Professional Psychology may require certain core courses to be taken as part of the Academic Certificate. 
 

These requirements include courses in:
• Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy
• Psychopathology
• Techniques of Counseling and Psychotherapy I
• Techniques of Counseling and Psychotherapy II
• Legal and Ethical Issues 
 
Concentration Requirements

ADDICTIONS TREATMENT
 Concentration Courses (all required)
GRCP 630 Foundations of Addictive Behaviors
GRCP 632 Treatment Approaches to Substance Abuse (630)
GRCP 634 Spirituality of the Twelve Steps
GRCP 636 Special Topics (title of course will be on transcript)
GRCP 638 Systemic Treatment of Addictions

CHILD AND ADOLESCENT THERAPY
 Concentration Courses (all required)
GRCP 602 Play Therapy (500)
GRCP 604 A Systemic Approach to the Problems of Adolescents
GRCP 608 Marriage and Family Therapy
GRCP 615 Special Topics (title of course will be included on transcript)

MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPY
 Concentration Courses (six required)
GRCP 608 Marriage and Family Therapy
GRCP 612 Advanced Theories of Marriage and Family Therapy (608)
GRCP 614 Marriage and Family Therapy Techniques (608)
GRCP 616 Advanced Marriage and Family Therapy Techniques (612,614)
GRCP 618 Human Sexuality and Marriage
GRCP 604 A Systemic Approach to the Problems of Adolescents
 or
GRCP 638 Systemic Treatment of Addictions
TRAUMA STUDIES
 Concentration Courses (all required)
GRCP 622 Introduction to the Assessment and Treatment of Psychological Trauma
GRCP 624 Treatment of Complex Chronic Trauma Responses (622)
GRCP 626 Acute Incident Responding: Trauma Prevention and Early Intervention Strategies (622) 
GRCP 628 Working Effectively in Trauma-Intensive Communities    (622)
FORENSIC TREATMENT  (Available at the DeSales campus only.)

Concentration Courses (all required)
GRCP 536 Psychological Assessment (503)
GRCP 640 Introduction to Forensic Treatment
GRCP 642 Treatment of Juvenile Offenders
GRCP 644 Treatment of Adult Offenders
GRCP 646 Forensic Interviewing and Assessment Techniques (536)


 
CLINICAL & COUNSELING PSYCHOLOGY PROGRAMS AT DESALES UNIVERSITY
The Clinical and Counseling Psychology Program (Master’s degrees and Post-Master’s certificates) of Chestnut Hill College is also offered on the campus of DeSales University. Students may register for classes on both campuses.
All academic policies and procedures apply to students taking Chestnut Hill College courses on DeSales University campus.
PROGRAM ADMINISTRATION
Program Administrator: David Arena, J.D., Psy.D. 610-282-0397
  david.arena@desales.edu
Administrative Assistant: Terri Hamlin   610-282-1100 x1490
  
OFFICE LOCATION AND HOURS
DeSales University
Dooling Hall, Room 219
2755 Station Avenue
Center Valley, PA 18034
Monday through Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Friday 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
(Hours may vary slightly from term to term and are posted at the Program Office) 
DIRECTIONS
FROM PHILADELPHIA AND SOUTH:  Take I-476, the Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike, to Exit 44, Quakertown. Turn left onto Route 663 North toward Quakertown, turn left onto Route 309 North, and proceed 6.4 miles to the intersection of Route 309 and Route 378 North. At this intersection, make a right onto Route 378. Follow Route 378 North for about 1/2 mile and turn right at the light onto Preston Lane. Follow Preston Lane to DeSales University entrance.
FROM NEW JERSEY AND EAST:  Take Interstate 78 West into Pennsylvania to Route 309 South (Exit 60A). Follow Route 309 South for about 3 miles. At the intersection of Route 309 and Route 378, make a left onto Route 378. Take Route 378 North for about 1/2 mile and turn right at the light onto Preston Lane. Follow Preston Lane to DeSales University entrance.
FROM NORTH AND WEST:  Take the Pennsylvania Turnpike to Route 22 East (Exit 56). Proceed east 1/8 mile on Route 22 to Route 309 South (direction of Quakertown). In a few miles, Route 309 joins with Interstate 78. Continue South on this combined road of I-78 and Route 309 until Route 309 branches off toward the south (about 5 miles, Exit 60). Continue South on Route 309 for another 3 miles. At the intersection of Route 309 and Route 378, make a left onto Route 378. Take Route 378 North for about 1/2 mile and turn right at the light onto Preston Lane. Follow Preston Lane to DeSales University entrance.

 
 

DOCTOR OF PSYCHOLOGY (Psy.D.)

Chair: Joseph A. Micucci, Ph.D., ABPP 

Chestnut Hill College offers the Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) degree in clinical psychology with optional concentrations in Marriage and Family Therapy or Psychological Assessment. Students who complete the requirements for a concentration will receive a Certificate of Concentration in addition to the diploma at graduation.

The Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology prepares graduates to become professional psychologists with skills in psychotherapy, psychological assessment, supervision, and consultation. The Psy.D. program follows a practitioner-scholar model of training. Students are trained in clinical skills and also acquire a broad base of academic knowledge to permit them to evaluate and contribute to the scholarly literature in the field of clinical psychology. The curriculum is based on the list of competencies developed by the National Council for Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology (NCSPP) and provides the proper academic framework for the graduate to prepare for the licensing examination in Pennsylvania and throughout the United States.

Admission to the Psy.D. program is open to:
• Applicants with a bachelor’s degree and at least 12 undergraduate credits (4 courses) in psychology. These applicants enter via the M.S./Psy.D. track and earn the M.S. in Clinical Psychology en route to the Psy.D. degree.
• Applicants with a master’s degree in clinical and/or counseling psychology, or a closely related field. These applicants may apply to transfer up to 30 credits of foundational courses (500-600 level). Applicants who are able to transfer at least 15 credits may be eligible for admission directly to Year II of the Psy.D. program. The remaining foundational courses must be completed before beginning Year III of the Psy.D. program. See below for criteria for accepting transfer credits. Applicants whose master’s degree is not in a field closely related to clinical and/or counseling psychology should pursue the M.S./Psy.D. track.  To be considered for admission with advanced standing the applicant’s master’s degree must have included at least two semesters of supervised practicum or internship or the applicant may submit evidence of relevant supervised work experience in a mental health setting.  The applicant must submit an evaluation from the supervisor with their application packet.  This evaluation may be used as one of the required letters of recommendation.

The program will also accept a limited number of students transferring from other APA-accredited doctoral programs in clinical psychology. See below for information relevant to these applicants.

 


Requirements for the Psy.D. degree for all applicants:
• 100 credits from coursework that includes 30 credits in foundational courses (500-600 level); 61 credits in required doctoral-level courses (800 level and above); and 9 credits in elective doctoral-level courses
• Two practicums (9 credits total)
• Internship (6 credits)
• Comprehensive Examination
• Clinical Competency Examination
• Dissertation. Completion of the dissertation requires at least two semesters (4 credits) of Dissertation Advising beyond Dissertation Seminar. Students who require more time to complete the dissertation must register for Dissertation Advising (2 credits) each semester until the oral defense of the dissertation is passed.

Additional requirement for students entering with a bachelor’s degree or with a master’s degree that is not in a field closely related to clinical and/or counseling psychology:
• GRCP 745, 755, 765 (Clinical Experience I, II, and III; 9 credits total)

THEORETICAL ORIENTATION
The theoretical orientation of the Department of Professional Psychology at Chestnut Hill College is a complementary blend of psychodynamic and systems theories.  Psychodynamic theory, including object relations theory, serves as a method for understanding the personality formation and inner psychological world of the individual.  The perspective of systems theory provides students with the understanding of the ways in which individuals, families, and communities influence one another. 

PROGRAM GOALS
The goals of the Psy.D. Program  are as follows:

1. To prepare students to become competent practitioners of clinical psychology

2. To foster ethical thinking and behavior in professional work and appreciation of legal and quality assurance principles that have an impact on clinical practice

3. To facilitate respect for the value of empirical findings in guiding one’s clinical decision-making, the ability to be effective consumers of research literature, and the ability to utilize research principles to answer clinically relevant questions

4. To promote professionalism in interaction with clients, supervisors, and faculty, to enhance self-knowledge and the ability to evaluate critically one’s own performance

Each of these goals has specific objectives and competencies associated with it. A complete list may be found on the program website at www.chc.edu/psyd/goals.

LENGTH OF PROGRAM AND TIME COMMITMENT
Students enter as a cohort and complete all courses in a prescribed sequence. The program is designed so that all requirements for the Psy.D. degree can be completed in six years, although some students require additional time to complete the dissertation.  All degree requirements must be completed within eight years.

Students attend classes three semesters a year, from late August to late July.  Classes are scheduled between 12 Noon and 9:30 PM on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Practicums and internship require additional hours and may require the student to be available during the day. One year of full-time study is required in Year III to meet residency requirements. See the course schedule below for additional information about the sequence of courses and credit loads per semester.

While many students are able to maintain a work schedule while enrolled in the program, it is important to keep in mind that the course load, especially in Years I, II, and III, requires a substantial commitment of time and energy. Starting in Year IV, students also need to allocate several hours a week to work on their dissertations.

For detailed information on completion time, attrition rates, internship placement rates, and program costs, see www.chc.edu/psyd/data.

ACCREDITATION
The Psy.D. Program in Clinical Psychology is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA).  For general information about APA accreditation or specific information on the accreditation status of Chestnut Hill College, please contact:
 
Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 First Street, NE
Washington, DC  20002-4242
202-336-5979

 

Chestnut Hill College is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools.  Please consult the School of Graduate Studies catalog for additional accreditation information.

 

PSY.D. PROGRAM: CURRICULUM

Foundational Courses (30 credits)
GRCP 500  Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy
GRCP 503  Psychopathology
GRCP 506 Techniques of Counseling and Psychotherapy I
GRCP 508  Techniques of Counseling and Psychotherapy II
GRCP 510  Research Design and Methodology
GRCP 512  Legal and Ethical Issues in Counseling and Psychotherapy
GRCP 514  Development Across the Lifespan: Individual and Family
GRCP 532  The Role of Culture and Gender in Counseling and Psychotherapy

Two electives selected from among the following courses:GRCP 530  Group Therapy
GRCP 542 Career Development and Counseling
GRCP 602  Play Therapy
GRCP 604  A Systemic Approach to the Problems of Adolescents
GRCP 618  Human Sexuality and Marriage
GRCP 622  Introduction to the Assessment and Treatment of Psychological Trauma
GRCP 630  Foundations of Addictive Behaviors

Additional Requirements for M.S./Psy.D. Track (9 credits)
GRCP 745  Clinical Experience I
GRCP 755  Clinical Experience II
GRCP 765  Clinical Experience III

Required Doctoral-Level Courses (61 credits)
GRCP 800  Psychological Assessment I
GRCP 801  Personality and Individual Differences
GRCP 801L  Personality and Individual Differences Lab (1 credit)
GRCP 802  Psychological Assessment II
GRCP 804  Historical Foundations of Psychology
GRCP 806  Modern & Historic Psychodynamic Principles
GRCP 806L  Modern & Historic Psychodynamic Principles Lab (1 credit)
GRCP 808  Family Therapy
GRCP 808L  Family Therapy Lab (1 credit)
GRCP 810  Biological Bases of Behavior
GRCP 812  Psychopharmacology
GRCP 815  Evidence-Based Therapies: Research, Theory and Practice
GRCP 816  Advanced Topics in Human Diversity
GRCP 818  Statistical Applications
GRCP 820  Advanced Seminar in Techniques of Therapy
GRCP 820L  Advanced Seminar in Techniques of Therapy Lab (1 credit)
GRCP 824  Professional Practice Issues in Psychology
GRCP 828  Cognitive/Affective Bases of Behavior
GRCP 829  Supervision and Consultation
GRCP 836  Dissertation Seminar
GRCP 838  Social Bases of Behavior
GRCP 844  Dissertation Mentoring I (1 credit)
GRCP 845  Dissertation Mentoring II (1 credit)
GRCP 846  Dissertation Mentoring III (1 credit)
GRCP 861  Psychological Assessment III: Projective Testing

Practicum and Internship (15 credits)
GRCP 901, 903 & 904  Practicum I (1.5 credits each semester)
GRCP 905, 906 & 907  Practicum II (1.5 credits each semester)
GRCP 950, 951& 952  Internship I (1 credit each semester)
GRCP 960, 961 & 962  Internship II (1 credit each semester)

Doctoral Electives (9 credits)• Marriage & Family Therapy Concentration:
GRCP 852  Treating the Diverse Family
GRCP 855  Family Therapy with Young Children
GRCP 859  Seminar in Family Therapy

• Psychological Assessment Concentration:
GRCP 863  Advanced Personality Assessment
GRCP 864  Advanced Cognitive Assessment
GRCP 869  Neuropsychological Assessment

EXAMINATIONS
Each student must pass a written Comprehensive Examination and a Clinical Competency Examination. If either examination is not passed on the first attempt, the student has two opportunities to retake the Comprehensive Examination and one opportunity to retake the Clinical Competency Examination. Students who do not pass the Comprehensive Examination by the third attempt or the Clinical Competency Examination by the second attempt will be dismissed from the program.

PRACTICUMS AND INTERNSHIPS
Practicums. The program requires two practicums:
• Practicum I focuses primarily on psychological assessment, including testing and report writing. A minimum of 12 hours per week over three semesters is required (GRCP 901, 903 & 904; 4.5 credits total).
• Practicum II involves supervised experience in individual, group, and/or family therapy. A minimum of 12 hours per week over three semesters is required (GRCP 905, 906 & 907; 4.5 credits total).
Students pay for practicum credits at the same per-credit rate charged for other courses.

Internship. The internship is an intensive, supervised, 2000-hour experience completed during the final phase of the doctoral program. The internship is normally a one-year, full-time commitment that requires daytime hours. A very limited number of two-year, half-time placements may be available. Students who complete a full-time internship register for two credits each semester for three consecutive semesters. Students who complete a part-time internship register for one credit each semester for six consecutive semesters. The fee for internship is $500 per credit (total $3000).  Most internship placements offer stipends to students. All intern applicants are required to participate in the APPIC match unless excused from doing so by the Director of Clinical Training. Permission not to participate in the APPIC match is granted only for serious extenuating circumstances.

Students must take the Comprehensive Examination before they may apply for internship. If they fail the examination on the first attempt, they must retake the examination. If they do not pass the examination on the second attempt, they must withdraw from the match and reapply the following year. Students who fail the Clinical Competency Examination must withdraw from the match and reapply for internship the following year.

Students are strongly encouraged to complete their dissertations prior to internship. No student may apply for internship unless the Dissertation Proposal has been completed and approved by all members of the committee.

The Director of Clinical Training assists students in identifying appropriate practicum and internship sites, but it is the responsibility of the student to apply to and be accepted at the site. For more information, see the Psy.D. Assessment and Clinical Practicum Manual and the Psy.D. Pre-doctoral Internship Manual.

DISSERTATION 

Each student must complete a dissertation, which may consist of an original empirical research study, an extensive critical review and integration of the literature on a topic in the field, or a detailed clinical analysis of a series of cases representing a particular problem or diagnosis. The student must successfully defend the dissertation before a committee of faculty members.

The Dissertation Process.
• Dissertation Mentoring. Starting with the summer semester of Year II, students begin a three-semester course sequence that is designed to assist them in determining a dissertation topic. They actively begin their literature search in a topic of interest and draft a short written description of their proposed project.
• Statistical Applications (Year III). This course reviews the basic methods of statistical analysis for quantitative data and introduces the student to computer software used for data analysis.
• Dissertation Seminar (Year III). In this course, students work with the instructor of the seminar and the Dissertation Chair to complete the Dissertation Proposal. The Chair and student select the other members of the Dissertation Committee. After the committee approves the Dissertation Proposal, the student must submit the proposal to the Chestnut Hill College Institutional Review Board (IRB), which must review and approve all research involving human subjects. After receiving approval from the IRB, the student may begin data collection.
• Dissertation Advising. After completing Dissertation Seminar, students continue the development of the dissertation under the guidance of the Dissertation Chair and committee members.  Students must register for Dissertation Advising (2 credits) for each semester until the dissertation has been successfully defended.