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Doctorate of Counseling Psychology Program
Credits: 88 credits
Program Length: 4-5 years
Start Date: Fall semester
Instructional Method: Classes on Lodi campus, with one online course per semester
The Doctorate of Counseling Psychology (PsyD) Program prepares graduates to become psychologists in the health care system of the future, providing mental and behavioral health services as part of an integrated, primary care model. This type of collaborative care connects behavioral and physical health, often leading to more cost-effective treatment and increased access for underserved people (see APA article.)
The objectives of the Doctorate of Counseling Psychology (PsyD) Program are developed within the larger context of professional psychology, the principles of the American Psychological Association (APA), and the vision and mission of Felician University. The educational philosophy of the PsyD Program at Felician University includes an appreciation for the value and uniqueness of the individual, a belief in the potential for each human being to flourish and achieve integrity and happiness, and an acknowledgment of the strengths of each individual as it relates to treating mental health diagnoses.
Felician University embraces the Franciscan spiritual and intellectual traditions that emphasize the uniqueness of each while striving for a just and peaceful society. Felician University considers itself “to be a pre-eminent Catholic Franciscan University where scholarship and the practice of teaching and learning place students first in the enduring quest for truth and the persistent pursuit of competence, character, and compassion.” Meanwhile its mission declares as part of its “enduring purpose to promote a love of learning, a desire for God, self-knowledge, service to others, and respect for all creation.”
The Doctorate of Counseling Psychology prepares graduate students in the practitioner-scholar model to provide psychological services to diverse communities. The doctoral training integrates the University’s commitment to Franciscan identity, which includes the nine core values: respect for human dignity, compassion, transformation, solidarity with the poor, justice and peace, reverence, diversity, service and joy. Our mission is to develop new doctoral-level trained psychologists who can contribute to the expansion of the practice of psychology, and develop professionally relevant knowledge and skills to work effectively with issues of diversity.
Statement on Diversity
Doctorate of Counseling Psychology (PsyD) Programs respects and values issues of diversity consistent with the American Psychological Association's (APA) Ethical Principles and Code of Conduct (2002) and the Guidelines and Principles of Programs in Professional Psychology (APA, 2005).
Felician’s PsyD Program emphasizes the importance of multicultural psychology, the promotion of diversity, and fosters inclusiveness within the society at large. Our program exists within multicultural communities that contain individuals of diverse racial, ethnic, and class backgrounds, national origins, religious, spiritual and political beliefs, physical abilities, ages, genders, gender identities, sexual orientations and physical appearance (CCPTP). Our community is committed to educating each other on the existence and effects of stereotypes, microaggressions, prejudice and discrimination.