The Master of Arts in Psychology is designed to prepare graduates to enter into their area of psychology with the professional skills necessary to advance their career goals, their personal development, and to make a positive impact on the communities in which they live and work. We have the goal of meeting each student where they are in their development as scholar, psychologist, and advocate for social justice.
We will work with students to provide them with appropriate opportunities to overcome whatever challenges they face in their development in these areas, as our resources permit, and to identify those for whom our program is not appropriate as soon as we are reasonably able to do so. We also work with students to create expectations for their work that reflect not only their passions and interests, but also the demands for proper training that the ethical principles of our profession demand of us as faculty members.
In our work together, we will create a learning experience that meets students’ unique needs, within the limitations under which the field and we, as practitioners and teachers, exist.
Students pursuing the Master of Arts in Psychology may also choose to fulfill the following concentrations:
The Sexual Orientation concentration encompasses the broadest scope of sexuality. Integral parts of the concentration’s respectful inclusiveness are bisexuality and heterosexuality, as well as the perspectives of people who identify as trans, intersexed, celibate or asexual, androgynous, and queer. Students in this concentration research and analyze issues around sexual orientations and identities, and they have the opportunity to get counseling skills related to these issues.
The Expressive Arts Therapy concentration teaches students how to infuse work within the discipline with a range of expressive arts practices – including drama, storytelling, dance, movement, music, poetry, painting, and photography. The Expressive Arts Concentration may contribute to your pursuit of becoming approved as a Registered Expressive Arts Therapist or as a Registered Consultant/Educator through the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association.
Concentrations predefine inter- and trans-disciplinary areas of study through a core set of readings and resources, learning areas and key concepts, and specify the way in which students must complete an identity statement and engage with the community through practicum, internship, fieldwork, or engaged practice. Concentrations within the program are highly individualized, guided by a unique study plan, developed by each student, to address learning needs and professional goals.
The Master of Arts in Psychology is offered in Goddard’s unique low-residency model, which removes the barriers between living your life and learning. In our low-residency model, each semester begins with an eight-day residency on our campus in Plainfield, Vermont. Following the residency, there are 16 weeks of independent work and self-reflection in close collaboration with a faculty advisor and course mentors.