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The Springfield College Doctor of Psychology in Counseling Psychology (PsyD) is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA).

In the PsyD in counseling psychology program, your education will move swiftly from the classroom to the field. We follow the practitioner-scholar model, with an emphasis on clinical training and the application of research to practice.

Through practica opportunities, a full-time internship, a dissertation research project, and ongoing faculty mentoring, you will graduate with experience and research on your resume, an in-depth knowledge of the field, and a unique focus on service and social justice.

The program, which can be completed in approximately four years to six years of full-time academic study, will provide you with a solid foundation in theory, research, and practice. This includes skills in assessment, diagnosis, and treatment for application in a variety of practice settings and for use across the full spectrum of adjustment and psychological disorders. You also may choose a concentration in athletic counseling.

A group of PsyD students attend a diversity conference.

Part of the PsyD program involves attending conferences where you'll get to engage with other students, faculty, and practitioners in the field. PsyD students attended the Diversity Challenge 2015 Conference in Boston.

The 2016 PsyD cohort of students pose on their first day of classes

As a member of the PsyD program, you'll enter with a cohort of students who you will get to know quite well during the course of the program through classes, research, and study sessions.

Faculty member talking to a group of students
Faculty Interaction

Students in the PsyD program get to know faculty well thanks to small class sizes and personal advising. Faculty members also serve as a great resource when it comes to conducting research and provide students ongoing mentoring and support.

A student and a faculty member sitting next to one another during a class.
Practitioner-scholar Model

With an emphasis on clinical training and application of research to practice, our practitioner-scholar model provides students with the coursework and integrated training experiences in a variety of topical and professional areas to ensure preparedness and success after graduation.

Graduates standing with their diplomas outside of a building on the campus.
Congrats, Grads!

At the end of it all, you'll graduate with a deep understanding of counseling psychology, the skills and knowledge to be successful in the workplace, and an education rooted in our Humanics philosophy of educating students in spirit, mind, and body for leadership in service to others.

Marcus Dumas, Doctoral Student in the Counseling Psychology Program

From the Student Perspective

Marcus Dumas, a student in the doctoral counseling psychology program, talks about his experience as a student, including interviewing Shaquille O'Neal during media day at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and working with faculty members

Studying Psychology At Springfield College
Doctor of Psychology Accreditation

The PsyD counseling psychology program at Springfield College’s is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA).

If you have questions about the accreditation process for doctoral programs in psychology, you can contact the APA Commission on Accreditation via the following: apa.org/ed/accreditation.

The Springfield College Counseling Psychology Program also is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc., through its Commission on Institutions of Higher Education. The curriculum of the PsyD program is designed to meet the educational requirements for licensure as a psychologist in the state of Massachusetts. It may satisfy licensure requirements in other states as well; there are additional requirements for licensure as determined by the Psychology Licensing Boards in the various states, and successful completion of the program does not guarantee licensure. Information about licensure requirements in the various states may be found at the website of the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards.

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