Program Contact Information

Claudia Garcia-Leeds, Ph.D., Master’s Program Co-Coordinator (Main campus) 

Leslie Shralow, Ph.D., Master’s Program Co-Coordinator (Main campus) 

Mark Kenney, M.Ed., N.C.C., L.P.C., Master’s Program Administrator (DeSales University Center Valley campus) 


Program Offerings

Masters of Science in Clinical and Counseling Psychology 

Post-Master’s Certificates and Licensure Preparation Courses 


Program Overview


The School of Graduate Studies of Chestnut Hill College, offers the Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Clinical and Counseling Psychology. This degree may be earned in one of five areas of concentration: Child and Adolescent Therapy, Child and Adolescent Therapy:  Specialization in Autism Spectrum Disorders, Co-Occurring Disorders, Couple and Family Therapy,  and Trauma Studies. Students may elect one of these concentrations or may choose the generalist curriculum, which allows them to distribute their electives among any of the five areas.  The M.S. Program in Clinical and Counseling Psychology is also offered on the campus of DeSales University in Center Valley, PA.  


The department also offers Post-Master’s Certificates of Advanced Graduate Study in Professional Counseling for Licensure Preparation, and Post-Master’s Certificates of Advanced Graduate Academic Study in each of the five concentration areas. Applicants for these certificate programs must have already earned a master’s degree in counseling or a related discipline.   


Program Objectives

Chestnut Hill College, seeks to prepare students pursuing a master’s degree 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 professional counseling

2. provided with training in the skills needed for culturally competent and ethical professional practice; and 

3. prepared for ongoing graduate study in a doctoral program. 


The Master of Science degree meets 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). This degree also meets the master’s-level licensure requirements in many other states. Please contact your state licensing board for requirements in your state. 


Other Program Guidelines and Standards

Professional Standards

The Master’s in Clinical and Counseling Psychology Program has the responsibility to assure that its graduates are adequately prepared for the professional practice of counseling and psychotherapy. The student is required not only to demonstrate competence in the areas of academic study and professional 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 ACA and AAMFT Codes of Ethics.


Disclosure in Courses

Some courses require students to share personal information, either orally or in writing, germane to understanding self-growth, developing insight into counter-transference 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 professional counseling and couple and family therapy. The student receives feedback in these areas on the Global Review. 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 professional 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.