Concentrations are as follows: clinical mental health, couples and family counseling, and athletic counseling.
The counseling psychology program reflects the Springfield College mission of educating students in spirit, mind, and body for leadership in service to others.
The program provides students with specialty training in three concentrations: clinical mental health, couples and family counseling, and athletic counseling.
Graduates of the doctor of psychology program (Psy.D.) may pursue licensure for the practice of psychology and provide counseling, psychotherapy, assessment, and supervision. Graduates may also go into careers in administration, teaching, and evaluation.
The doctor of psychology program in counseling psychology is dedicated to the following.
Educating and developing practitioner-scholars who will lead and serve their communities and the discipline of professional counseling psychology.
Training students for a variety of work settings and to prepare counseling psychologists to meet state requirements for licensure as psychologists.
Preparing graduates who can identify and understand individual and cultural differences (ICD) and issues of multiple identities, power, oppression, privilege, and engage in culturally sensitive professional activity.
Producing graduates who consistently exhibit ethical knowledge and decision making, professional identity and development as a counseling psychologist, and attitudes and skills that sustain lifelong learning, scholarly inquiry, and professional problem solving.
The Psy.D. program requires approximately four years of full-time academic study beyond the master’s degree—three of these years are dedicated to coursework including advanced practica and concentration-specific training. The final year is reserved for the completion of a research project and a year-long, full-time internship.
Springfield College is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc., through its Commission on Institutions of Higher Education.
The curriculum of the Psy.D. Program has also been designed to meet the standards of the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association. However, as a newly developed program, the Psy.D. program has not yet been accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA). The College intends to apply for APA accreditation as soon as it is eligible to submit material.