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 Recruitment
book an Appointment
508-767-7365 Admissions House - Room 005

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
Mar 19 Tue

Graduate Studies Spring Open House

Spend part of your day with us and learn how a graduate degree or certificate from Assumption College can advance your career.

Mar. 19, 2019
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Testa Science Center Atrium
Apr 11 Thu

10th Annual Graduate Studies Symposium

The symposium will include paper and poster presentations by current and recently graduated students from the seven graduate programs here at Assumption College.

Apr. 11, 2019
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Hagan Center

Graduate Studies Events

Mar 19 Tue

Graduate Studies Spring Open House

Spend part of your day with us and learn how a graduate degree or certificate from Assumption College can advance your career.

Mar. 19, 2019
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Testa Science Center Atrium
Apr 11 Thu

10th Annual Graduate Studies Symposium

The symposium will include paper and poster presentations by current and recently graduated students from the seven graduate programs here at Assumption College.

Apr. 11, 2019
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Hagan Center

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

The Bridge of Central Massachusetts

Family Continuity

North Suffolk Mental Health Association

Arbour Counseling Services

Children’s Friend

Child and Family Services

Admissions Requirements

Clinical Counseling Psychology-specific Requirements

Pre-requisites:

  • A baccalaureate degree and at least (6) psychology courses completed at an undergraduate level. You must complete the requisite six psychology 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.

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.

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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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