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Program Overview (Psy.D.)

Program Overview (Psy.D.)

Chestnut Hill College offers the Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) degree in clinical psychology with optional concentrations in Couple, Family, and Child 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.

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Theoretical Orientation

The theoretical orientation of the Department of Professional Psychology at Chestnut Hill College is a complementary blend of psychodynamic interpersonal and systems theories. Psychodynamic interpersonal 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.

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Program Goals
  • To prepare students to become competent practitioners of clinical psychology by facilitating the acquisition of knowledge and skills necessary for effective clinical practice.
  • To foster respect for human diversity and to enable students to work effectively with individuals from diverse cultural backgrounds.
  • To foster ethical thinking and behavior in professional work and appreciation of legal and quality assurance principles that have an impact on clinical practice.
  • To facilitate the development of a scholarly attitude, 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.
  • To promote professionalism, self-awareness, and active involvement in the profession of psychology and advocacy efforts.

Each of these goals has specific objectives and competencies associated with it.  Complete list of the goals, objectives and competencies.

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Admission to the Psy.D. program is open to:
  • Applicants with a bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited institution 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 be eligible for admission directly to Year II of the Psy.D. program. For criteria for admission with Advanced Standing, see Psy.D. Program: Admissions.
  • The program will also accept a limited number of students transferring from other APA-accredited doctoral programs in clinical psychology. (See Doctoral Admissions for information relevant to these applicants.)

The Doctoral Program does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, religion, national origin, disability, relationship status, or on the basis of any other criteria that is inconsistent with state or local laws in the administration of its educational policies, admission policies, or financial aid.

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