The Psy.D. in Counseling Psychology at Carlow University is designed to train psychologists who promote psychological wellness in individuals, couples, families, groups, and larger social systems.
Even from its very inception as a place to educate along Mercy values, Carlow University has been dedicated to social justice. In fact, Carlow's doctorate in psychology is one of only three APA-accredited counseling programs with a social justice focus.
Carlow PsyD counselors are trained to identify institutional structures that perpetuate injustice and disenfranchisement. They are uniquely sensitive to the needs of those who have had trouble finding mental health care in the shifting landscape of human diversity.
Quick Facts: Fall 2016 classes begin August 29; Accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA); GRE General Test required
Doctorate in Counseling Psychology (PsyD) Course Information
Course Requirements: 87 credits
Degree: Doctor of Psychology
Location: Main Oakland Campus
In addition to standard counseling courses like psychometrics and personality assessment, Carlow University offers its PsyD students unique learning opportunities:
CPY-805 : Social Justice & Feminism in Counseling Psychology: Theory and Strategy for Action (3 credits)
This class is a comprehensive introduction to social justice and feminism, focusing on the relationship between psychological distress and broader social realities. Students will explore the nuances of social inequality and the impact of related systemic issues. In addition, students will examine their attitudes and beliefs about those who occupy identity categories that are different than their own.
CPY-814: Diversity Issues (3 credits)
Explore experiences, beliefs, needs, and behaviors of diverse population groups in our society and develop counseling skills that are essential for culturally sensitive practice. Racial antagonisms, experiences, and consequences of discrimination, oppression, biases, and prejudices are discussed with particular emphasis on racial and culturally diverse groups and communities, women, sexual orientation, and the mentally- and physically-challenged.
Beginning in the summer of the first year of study, doctoral students are permitted to engage in community-based practica experiences. Carlow University benefits from its location in the large metropolitan area of Pittsburgh. Students have placed at nationally recognized medical hospitals, university counseling centers, community mental health agencies specializing in child and adult treatment, and even rural practices that offer experiences that extend beyond the urban landscape.
Specifically, our PsyD students have engaged in practica with such organizations as the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, Mercy Behavioral Health, Staunton Clinic and Allegheny General Hospital.