Counseling Psychology (MSCP)
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Counseling Psychology (MSCP) Overview
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Deadlines to submit application and all required materials:
Fall - July 1
Spring - November 1
Forty-eight credits are required for degree conferral. Completion of an additional 12 credits is required to qualify to become a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).
Cost consists of program tuition (cost per credit times number of credits) as well as any applicable University and degree-specific fees.
The MS in Counseling Psychology is accredited by the Masters in Psychology and Counseling Accreditation Council (MPCAC) for the period of April 2017-April 2027.
Explore the Counseling Psychology Degree:
The program focuses on both the professional, intellectual, and personal growth of students, emphasizing human-centered values as well as evidence-informed treatment approaches.
- Have a completed baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university, with an overall undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale.
If a student has below a 3.0 GPA, please feel free to apply if you show extreme promise through other achievements. Additional Admissions documents may be requested.
- Successful completion of an undergraduate psychology course with at least a B grade
Completed application for admission by the posted deadline, including:
- Online application
- Admissions Essay (current prompt found in application portal)
- Curriculum vita or Resume
- Two letters of recommendation
- Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
As part of our admission’s review, Chatham reserves the right to request a background check prior to the offer of admission.
Students will be notified if they are chosen for the required admissions interview.
Admissions Materials can be uploaded in the application or submitted to:
Office of Graduate Admission-Berry Hall
Pittsburgh, PA 15232
PSY617: Psychology of Culture and Identity
The course addresses issues of culture and identity as related to counseling and therapeutic relationships. Sociopolitical, socioeconomic, familial, and psychological aspects of diversity, identity, and culture are explored through readings, seminars, and experiential exercises. Students challenge underlying assumptions and develop effective skills to work with diverse populations in counseling.
PSY629: Human Development across the Life Span
PSY681: Professional Integration Seminar
Social justice and multicultural competence are key values of counseling psychology. This year our country witnessed several prominent incidents reminding us of the work that remains to be done to create a society in which all humans are equally prized.
In May, George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man was choked to death while in police custody following his arrest on suspicion of forgery.
Simultaneously, the COVID19 pandemic has raged unchecked through the country, with people of color and disadvantaged socioeconomic status being overly represented in infections and deaths.
As a faculty and staff, we are diverse along many dimensions, including but not limited to race, ethnicity, privilege, gender, sexual orientation, political perspectives, and age. We are, however, united in our condemnation of oppression and our commitment to work toward equity. We acknowledge the pain of individuals and communities who are suffering. We understand the need for ongoing self-reflection so that we can continue to open our hearts and minds to needed change. We recognize this as a necessary step toward helping others create change in their own lives.
In our profession’s clinical work, we will be called to provide treatment to people from all backgrounds and with widely divergent presenting concerns. Providing competent, ethical, and effective assessment and treatment will require that we check our own assumptions and unconscious biases, to listen intentionally, and to understand perspectives that may or may not differ from our own. We will encounter victims as well as perpetrators of violence. We will be called to help first responders and police officers, and family members of those who may have been mistreated by members of the same.
These incidents are tragic and disheartening, and yet they also serve to remind us of the importance of our work as mental health professionals in a position to enact positive change at the individual, community, and societal levels. Our program’s faculty and students co-created the Antiracism Collective (ARC), the purpose of which is to envision and take action steps to engage in antiracism work at a personal level. Students have created an allyship group dedicated to exploring and dismantling White privilege. We have created space for BIPOC and non-Black POC to share their experiences as students in a predominantly White institution (PWI). Our shared aims are to walk this journey with company.
Finally, we encourage self-care so that we can provide comfort and guidance to those entrusted with our care.
When looking for a master’s program, I wanted to really focus on my future career and be sure that I had a supportive environment to move me forward. The small class sizes help to create a community, and my professors knew me and my interests. At Chatham, you have the opportunity to find a professor who can nurture and mentor you.
—ERIN TROUP, MS ’08, LPC, NCC, CT
Faculty members are accomplished teachers, scholars, practitioners, and active leaders in the field.
Field Placement Training
Chatham University offers a vibrant and comprehensive field placement training curriculum. The field placement opportunities occur throughout Western Pennsylvania region and the city of Pittsburgh at a variety of settings, including hospitals, community mental health agencies, private practice, and correctional facilities. Populations served by these sites are infants and parents, children, adolescents, adults, and senior citizens working through the range of mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, drug and alcohol abuse, relationship problems, career development issues, eating disorders, and end-of-life concerns.
Graduate Psychology Assistantships
Our competitive Graduate Psychology Assistantships are available to full-time graduate students in the Master of Science in Counseling Psychology (MSCP), the Master of Arts in Psychology (MAP), and Doctor of Psychology in Counseling Psychology (PsyD/EPsyD) programs.View Funding Opportunities : Checkerboard 2 - Graduate Psychology Assistantships
Graduate Counseling Psychology Research
Students have opportunities to engage in a broad array of faculty-led research, from investigating counseling modalities to exploring issues related to diversity and identity.Explore Graduate Research : Checkerboard 3 - Graduate Counseling Psychology Research
Why Counseling Psychology?
Counseling psychology is a subfield of psychology with specific values focused on strength-based approaches to interventions, multicultural counseling competence, individual differences, human development across the life span, outreach and prevention, social justice and advocacy, relatively brief interventions, and understanding person-environment interactions.
Chatham University’s Counseling Psychology graduate programs received an HRSA-funded Behavioral Workforce Education and Training grant in the Fall of 2017 for the Supporting Wellness: Expanding Psychology Training in Integrated Care Project, or the WELL Project.Explore the WELL Project : Checkerboard 5 - WELL Project
Chatham University’s Counseling Psychology graduate programs received an HRSA-funded Behavioral Workforce Education and Training grant in fall 2021 for the Healthcare Alliance Promoting Pittsburgh Youth Project (the HAPPY Project).Explore the HAPPY Project : Checkerboard 6 - HAPPY Project
The Independent Monitoring for Quality (IM4Q) Program at Chatham aims to improve the quality of life for people with intellectual disabilities by affording them the opportunity to independently communicate their perception of services provided by Allegheny, Beaver, Greene and Washington County’s contracted residential providers.Explore the IM4Q Program : Checkerboard 7 - IM4Q Program
In accordance with the 2017 standards, MPCAC now requires programs to report program statistics (applications, admissions, graduations) and program outcomes on their websites. MPCAC will also need to report on these data for all of our programs in our annual report as part of our own public accountability.View Full Accreditation Information : Checkerboard 8 - Accreditation
Read Our Newsletter
Learn about student and faculty accomplishments, alumni achievements, and various activities that occurred over the last academic year—in Pittsburgh, and all over the country.View Program Newsletters : Checkerboard 9 - Read Our Newsletter
Chatham’s Most Life-Changing Course?
It’s called Intergroup Dialogues (IGD). There’s a fall term component and a spring term component, and they’re different but complementary. Students—both undergraduate and graduate—can sign up for either, or, perhaps, both.
Chatham Counseling Psychology: Research Focus
Chatham’s Counseling Psychology program received a behavioral workforce education and training grant that funds a variety of student training opportunities, including stipends for practicum sites, conferences, on-site trainings, and more. Dr. Jen Morse, associate professor of counseling psychology, and Ehren Emter, PsyD '18 discuss the impact of the grant on the student experience.
Graduates have gone on to work for organizations including Mercy Behavioral Health; Cleveland Clinic; re:solve Crisis Network; Family Behavioral Resources; University of Pittsburgh; Pittsburgh Action Against Rape; Carnegie Mellon University; Gateway Rehabilitation Center; Mon Yough Community Services, Inc.; Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh; and the Matilda Theiss Child Development Center.