Graduate

Clinical Counseling Psychology

The premier graduate-level clinical counseling psychology program in the nation specializing in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

Clinical Counseling Psychology Program

Program Tracks Available

On campus


Admission Deadline

Fall (August start): March 1
Spring (January start): October 5
Summer: February 8
Fellowship Scholarship: March 1


Degrees Offered

M.A.


Department

Psychology

Program Contact

Susan M. Cahill

Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions
Schedule a Conversation
508-767-7365 Admissions House - Room 205

Leonard A. Doerfler, Ph.D.

Director of the Clinical Counseling Psychology Program, Director of the Aaron T. Beck Institute for Cognitive Studies
508-767-7549 Kennedy Memorial Hall - Room 133

Susan Volungis

Academic Support Team Coordinator
508-767-7390 Kennedy Hall - Room 123
Feb 22 Sat

Graduate Studies Winter Open House

Join campus community members for an Assumption College Graduate Open House. Spend part of your day with us and learn how a graduate degree or certificate from Assumption College can advance your career. Attend Open House and your application fee waived will be waived!  

Feb. 22, 2020
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Testa Science Center Atrium
Apr 16 Thu

The 11th Annual Graduate School Symposium

Each year current and recently graduated students from the seven graduate programs here at Assumption present their research at the Graduate Studies Symposium. Presentations include paper and posters and entries can be nominated and sponsored by all graduate faculty. The common theme is “excellence”...

Apr. 16, 2020
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Hagan Center
Apr 18 Sat

Graduate Studies Spring Open House

Join campus community members for an Assumption College Graduate Open House. Spend part of your day with us and learn how a graduate degree or certificate from Assumption College can advance your career. Attend Open House and your application fee waived will be waived.

Apr. 18, 2020
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Testa Science Center Atrium

Events

Feb 22 Sat

Graduate Studies Winter Open House

Join campus community members for an Assumption College Graduate Open House. Spend part of your day with us and learn how a graduate degree or certificate from Assumption College can advance your career. Attend Open House and your application fee waived will be waived!  

Feb. 22, 2020
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Testa Science Center Atrium
Apr 16 Thu

The 11th Annual Graduate School Symposium

Each year current and recently graduated students from the seven graduate programs here at Assumption present their research at the Graduate Studies Symposium. Presentations include paper and posters and entries can be nominated and sponsored by all graduate faculty. The common theme is “excellence”...

Apr. 16, 2020
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Hagan Center
Apr 18 Sat

Graduate Studies Spring Open House

Join campus community members for an Assumption College Graduate Open House. Spend part of your day with us and learn how a graduate degree or certificate from Assumption College can advance your career. Attend Open House and your application fee waived will be waived.

Apr. 18, 2020
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Testa Science Center Atrium


Program Curriculum

Faculty

Learn from clinical psychologists who are experts in a variety of cognitive behavioral therapies that have been shown to be efficacious by empirical research.

Career Paths

Students and graduates of the Clinical Counseling Psychology program are known for their high-caliber skills and work ethic. Employers seek out our students for both practicum-internship opportunities and full-time employment after graduation.

UmassMemorial Community Healthlink

Spectrum Health Systems

Open Sky Community Services

Family Continuity

North Suffolk Mental Health Association

Arbour Counseling Services

Children’s Friend

Child and Family Services

Mark Joyce

Clinical Counseling Psychology 2018
Clinician, Open Sky Community Services

I participated in research with Dr. Volungis where we studied the effects of smartphone addiction.

This article has recently been published and serves as an example of the high quality of work that occurs during the fellowship process. I was able to present our research in three separate states as well as publish our findings on smartphone addiction.
Lindsey Millerick

Clinical Counseling Psychology 2018
Program Therapist, Butler Hospital, Rhode Island

Assumption gave me the tools and support necessary to be successful in my field of study.

The program's emphasis on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy familiarized me with the theory that has been adopted by the partial hospital program I currently work in. My familiarity with CBT principles has allowed me to teach these concepts and skills to patients effectively.
Emily Morse

Clinical Counseling Psychology 2018
Program Therapist, Butler Hospital

I love the work that I do, and I wouldn't trade my experience at Assumption for anything.

Dr. Leonard Doerfler influenced my therapeutic style. He taught me not only how to implement the CBT interventions I use daily, but how to explain them to patients in a way that helps them to understand the reasoning behind these interventions.
Alana Kearney

Clinical Counseling Psychology 2019
Standard Outpatient Clinician, LUK, Inc.

Find an internship site that challenges you, take every opportunity to learn more!

I was able to take classes that allowed me to complete concentrations in both CBT and Child and Family Interventions, which are both necessary when working in community mental health. I also participated in a research fellowship studying social synchronization patterns.
Katherine Schmidt

Clinical Counseling Psychology 2017
Special Education Instructional Assistant at Central Massachusetts Collaborative

I completed my Graduate Fellowship with Dr. Paula Fitzpatrick working on three different projects.

Each of these projects has allowed me to practice different skills associated with the field, including everything from data collection and entry to writing a paper and presenting it to colleagues across the country.
Jared Manteuffel

Clinical Counseling Psychology 2016
Mental Health Clinician

I worked with Dr. Kuersten-Hogan on her coparenting study during my fellowship.

My responsibilities included coding prenatal parent play activities with a doll representing their future child. One theme I coded, for example, was on how supportive parents were of their partner’s playtime with the doll.
Brenden Knight

Clinical Counseling Psychology 2016

The fellowship is an extension of the classroom.

Whether or not research is your passion or forte, the research fellowship provides excellent learning opportunities for research-driven, evidence-based careers. The students delve into the nuts and bolts of the research process with exclusive behind-the-scenes experience.
William Nall

Clinical Counseling Psychology 2018
Clinician at The Bridge of Central Massachusetts

The graduate fellowship experience has been a highlight of my time at Assumption.

The fellowship allows one to experience aspects of psychological research, development, proposal, and implementation that cannot be found elsewhere. It provides students with an avenue to explore pathways of professional development previously never considered.
Teresa DiTommaso

Clinical Counseling Psychology 2019

Throughout my fellowship, I was able to gain insight into a different field of psychology.

I had the privilege to work with Dr. Alison Stoner on multiple research projects. One of the research projects is a measurement development project focused on individuals with cystic fibrosis and their health-related behaviors.
Thomas Gold

Clinical Counseling Psychology 2009
Master's Level Clinician, Community Health Link

The invaluable, cutting-edge training applies directly to the success of my work as a clinician.

"We studied with professors who are on a first name basis with Aaron T. Beck, the pioneer of CBT. It was exciting to be at ground zero for innovation & leadership in the field. Learning from these outstanding profs. gave me the confidence & skills to thrive in my career."
Ana Turner

Clinical Counseling Psychology 2009
In-Home Therapy Clinician, North Suffolk Mental Health Association

My experience at Assumption turned into more than I could have dreamed of.

"I entered the CCP program as an international student. I’m now employed as a full-time clinician here in Massachusetts by the organization for which I did my practicum. This is a direct result of the exceptional knowledge and skills I received from Assumption."
Nuno Nunes

Clinical Counseling Psychology 2009
Clinical Therapist, Child and Family Services

This program offers the cutting-edge counseling expertise that employers want.

"The emphasis on cognitive behavioral therapy is a crucial advantage that elevates Assumption graduates. CBT is an area of expertise that communicates to employers that we are modern, effective counselors who can address today's diversity of client populations and diagnoses.
Katie Adamson

Clinical Counseling Psychology 2013
Mental Health Clinician, Children’s Friend

Employers know that graduates of this program are highly competent and effective counselors.

Students learn everything required to hit the ground running as effective clinicians, including comprehensive preparation for the LMHC licensure exam and rigorous training in treatment planning and CBT techniques. It was excellent preparation for launching my career.
Meghan McIntire

Clinical Counseling Psychology 2013
Clinician, Cornerstone Behavioral Health

Among the most well-designed professional education in the field.

This program is renowned nationally and rightfully so. From start to finish, the professors focus on helping students develop skills and knowledge that are effective in real world counseling practice.

Shining their light

Mark Joyce

Clinical Counseling Psychology 2018
Clinician, Open Sky Community Services

I participated in research with Dr. Volungis where we studied the effects of smartphone addiction.

This article has recently been published and serves as an example of the high quality of work that occurs during the fellowship process. I was able to present our research in three separate states as well as publish our findings on smartphone addiction.
Lindsey Millerick

Clinical Counseling Psychology 2018
Program Therapist, Butler Hospital, Rhode Island

Assumption gave me the tools and support necessary to be successful in my field of study.

The program's emphasis on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy familiarized me with the theory that has been adopted by the partial hospital program I currently work in. My familiarity with CBT principles has allowed me to teach these concepts and skills to patients effectively.
Emily Morse

Clinical Counseling Psychology 2018
Program Therapist, Butler Hospital

I love the work that I do, and I wouldn't trade my experience at Assumption for anything.

Dr. Leonard Doerfler influenced my therapeutic style. He taught me not only how to implement the CBT interventions I use daily, but how to explain them to patients in a way that helps them to understand the reasoning behind these interventions.
Alana Kearney

Clinical Counseling Psychology 2019
Standard Outpatient Clinician, LUK, Inc.

Find an internship site that challenges you, take every opportunity to learn more!

I was able to take classes that allowed me to complete concentrations in both CBT and Child and Family Interventions, which are both necessary when working in community mental health. I also participated in a research fellowship studying social synchronization patterns.
Katherine Schmidt

Clinical Counseling Psychology 2017
Special Education Instructional Assistant at Central Massachusetts Collaborative

I completed my Graduate Fellowship with Dr. Paula Fitzpatrick working on three different projects.

Each of these projects has allowed me to practice different skills associated with the field, including everything from data collection and entry to writing a paper and presenting it to colleagues across the country.
Jared Manteuffel

Clinical Counseling Psychology 2016
Mental Health Clinician

I worked with Dr. Kuersten-Hogan on her coparenting study during my fellowship.

My responsibilities included coding prenatal parent play activities with a doll representing their future child. One theme I coded, for example, was on how supportive parents were of their partner’s playtime with the doll.
Brenden Knight

Clinical Counseling Psychology 2016

The fellowship is an extension of the classroom.

Whether or not research is your passion or forte, the research fellowship provides excellent learning opportunities for research-driven, evidence-based careers. The students delve into the nuts and bolts of the research process with exclusive behind-the-scenes experience.
William Nall

Clinical Counseling Psychology 2018
Clinician at The Bridge of Central Massachusetts

The graduate fellowship experience has been a highlight of my time at Assumption.

The fellowship allows one to experience aspects of psychological research, development, proposal, and implementation that cannot be found elsewhere. It provides students with an avenue to explore pathways of professional development previously never considered.
Teresa DiTommaso

Clinical Counseling Psychology 2019

Throughout my fellowship, I was able to gain insight into a different field of psychology.

I had the privilege to work with Dr. Alison Stoner on multiple research projects. One of the research projects is a measurement development project focused on individuals with cystic fibrosis and their health-related behaviors.
Thomas Gold

Clinical Counseling Psychology 2009
Master's Level Clinician, Community Health Link

The invaluable, cutting-edge training applies directly to the success of my work as a clinician.

"We studied with professors who are on a first name basis with Aaron T. Beck, the pioneer of CBT. It was exciting to be at ground zero for innovation & leadership in the field. Learning from these outstanding profs. gave me the confidence & skills to thrive in my career."
Ana Turner

Clinical Counseling Psychology 2009
In-Home Therapy Clinician, North Suffolk Mental Health Association

My experience at Assumption turned into more than I could have dreamed of.

"I entered the CCP program as an international student. I’m now employed as a full-time clinician here in Massachusetts by the organization for which I did my practicum. This is a direct result of the exceptional knowledge and skills I received from Assumption."
Nuno Nunes

Clinical Counseling Psychology 2009
Clinical Therapist, Child and Family Services

This program offers the cutting-edge counseling expertise that employers want.

"The emphasis on cognitive behavioral therapy is a crucial advantage that elevates Assumption graduates. CBT is an area of expertise that communicates to employers that we are modern, effective counselors who can address today's diversity of client populations and diagnoses.
Katie Adamson

Clinical Counseling Psychology 2013
Mental Health Clinician, Children’s Friend

Employers know that graduates of this program are highly competent and effective counselors.

Students learn everything required to hit the ground running as effective clinicians, including comprehensive preparation for the LMHC licensure exam and rigorous training in treatment planning and CBT techniques. It was excellent preparation for launching my career.
Meghan McIntire

Clinical Counseling Psychology 2013
Clinician, Cornerstone Behavioral Health

Among the most well-designed professional education in the field.

This program is renowned nationally and rightfully so. From start to finish, the professors focus on helping students develop skills and knowledge that are effective in real world counseling practice.
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Admissions Requirements

Clinical Counseling Psychology-specific Requirements

Pre-requisites:

  • A baccalaureate degree and at least (6) psychology courses including statistics completed at an undergraduate level. You must complete the requisite courses before consideration of your application for admission to the graduate program

  • A minimum grade point average of 3.0, both overall and in psychology courses

You do not need to have majored in psychology as an undergraduate student to enter the program. However, if your undergraduate program did not include at least 6 face-to-face psychology courses (must be taken at a four year institution, not a community college), you must complete additional courses before you can be admitted to the program. Unfortunately, we cannot accept online Psychology courses towards the prerequisite. If you are considering applying to the program and have not yet taken the required six (6) undergraduate psychology courses, the Program Director will address your questions regarding entrance requirements and will assist you in selecting appropriate preparatory course work.

The Admissions Committee will consider several factors when evaluating your application. One important consideration is the strength of your background and preparation in psychology. The Admissions Committee may recommend admission if your overall GPA is below 3.0 but your GPA for the last 2 years is strong and your performance in your psychology courses is strong. If you believe that you have evidence of extenuating circumstances that explains a weak overall GPA, you may contact the Program Director regarding your application.

The Admissions Committee also requires that you submit three strong positive recommendations from your professors or other professionals for whom you have worked. Only letters that are academic or professional in nature will be considered. At least one recommendation must be from a professor you had for at least one course. If you have been out of school for several years and are unable to obtain an academic reference, you must contact the Program Director for guidance in identifying individuals who can provide suitable recommendations. It is important to choose individuals who know your academic ability, research skills, or clinical work well.

Finally, the Admissions Committee will consider the match between your professional interest and Assumption's program offerings. We recommend that you give considerable thought to the content of your essay as it is an important part of the evaluation process. Success in the counseling program and in the field requires high levels of responsibility, integrity, interpersonal skills, as well as mastery of theory and research methodology. We are seeking candidates who have thought deeply about their place within the field of counseling and who possess strong academic credentials. We encourage you to reflect this thought and to describe your preparation thoroughly in the essay you submit.

Your personal statement should be approximately 600 words that answer each of the following questions:

  • Describe the academic preparation and skills that you have that you believe qualify you for the rigorous training involved in our master's program in Clinical Counseling Psychology. Discuss experiential and field-based experiences that you believe prepare you for our counseling program.
  • Describe what you hope to accomplish academically during your graduate program and the career goals you have for yourself. Focusing on the actual job you would like to have five years after completing your graduate study will bring specificity to your essay.
  • Describe the qualities that you see as essential for an effective counselor and then assess yourself in terms of these characteristics.

General Graduate Studies Admissions Requirements

  • Completed Application Dated & Signed
  • $30 Application Fee (waived for AC Alumni)
  • Three Letters of Recommendation
  • Official Transcript(s)
  • Personal Statement
  • Current Resume
  • TOEFL or IELTS for applicants whose native language is not English
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Graduate Fellowships

Graduate Fellows are a highly select group of students who receive advanced training and mentoring in psychological research. The Fellowships include tuition waivers for 30 credits. Graduate Fellows work closely with a faculty mentor for two semesters on advanced psychological research.

Fellowship Testimonials 

How to Apply


Aaron T. Beck Institute for Cognitive Studies

The Aaron T. Beck Institute for Cognitive Studies at Assumption College is the only one of its kind in the Northeast – with support from Aaron T. Beck, the founder of CBT. The Institute regularly hosts events featuring world-renowned CBT practitioners. Students in the Clinical Counseling Psychology program can attend these events at no charge.

Learn more about the Institute


Psy.D. Articulation Agreement

Our articulation agreement with the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) provides a seamless transition for students who complete the Master of Arts Degree in Clinical Counseling Psychology at Assumption College from our program to the doctoral program in clinical psychology at PCOM which is accredited by the American Psychological Association.

PCOM Psy.D. Program


Clinical Counseling Psychology Program Receives National Accreditation

Noting that the College’s Clinical Counseling Psychology program “clearly plays an important role in the community and appears to have a significant impact on services for the public,” Assumption’s program has been accredited by the Masters in Psychology and Counseling Accreditation Council (MPCAC) for a two-year period.

Read the story


Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy: Theory into Practice

Dr. Adam Volungis, a distinguished member of our Clinical Counseling Psychology faculty and a counseling psychologist, recently published a new book entitled Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy: Theory Into Practice. The book addresses how to apply core competencies for therapists/psychologists serving mental health clients, is designed for graduate students in training and mental health professionals who want to learn the basic foundations of applied CBT, and can be used as a resource for experienced practitioners looking to improve their skills.


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