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Clinical and Counseling Psychology (M.S.)

Masters Degree in Clinical and Counseling Psychology

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The mission of Chestnut Hill College's Master of Science in Clinical and Counseling Psychology program is to develop interpersonally skilled, culturally informed, empathic, and knowledgeable clinicians prepared to meet the needs of individuals within a broad spectrum of contexts: relational, familial, and cultural and societal. The program’s goal is to graduate ethical, self-aware practitioners with a high level of professional competence, personal integrity, and social conscience.

Students complete a total of 60 graduate credits, typically earning the M.S. degree in between two to three years. The majority of courses meet once/week for three hours in the evening each semester; some courses are offered in an optional five-day accelerated format. During the field placement year, students have the opportunity to choose from a wide variety of general and specialized treatment centers in the Philadelphia and Lehigh Valley areas, including hospital, outpatient, and residential settings. The field placement year often leads to employment possibilities, and our CHC program alumni are a source of connection, support, and opportunity for current students.

The M.S. degree in clinical and counseling psychology meets the requirements for students seeking master’s licensure in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as either Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC) or Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFT). The M.S. degree also provides the training and preparation for students who wish to pursue doctoral study in the field.

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Program Highlights

Meet Jennifer

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Following two impactful volunteer experiences at orphanages in Zimbabwe and Kenya, one as a senior in high school and the other as a sophomore at Wagner College, Jennifer Musick Wright founded HEAL, committed to "raising our world, one child at a time." Now, as a student in Chestnut Hill College's Clinical and Counseling Psychology program and Executive Director of HEAL, Wright is using her education to help further her goals of helping provide a better world for orphans and vulnerable children around the world.

“When I was looking for programs, I saw that Chestnut Hill College was in the Top 25 in child psychology," notes Wright. "I like that the spiritual energy and the mission align with what I’ve done so far in life. When I walked through the Hall of Philanthropy for the first time, I knew this was where I was supposed to be.”

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