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July 5, 2016

Roberts Wesleyan College to Offer Doctorate in Psychology this Fall

- College’s first doctoral program coincides with its 150th year -

Roberts Wesleyan College is thrilled to announce approval by New York State to offer the college’s first doctoral program, a doctorate in psychology, beginning this fall during the college’s 150th year. The college’s innovative curriculum will blend professional areas of clinical and school psychology, and will meet educational requirements for licensure as a psychologist in New York State, as well as the NYS Certification in School Psychology.

“Launching our first doctoral program is strategic for the college, as this will be the only doctoral program in the United States that provides training in both clinical and school psychology from a Christian perspective,” said Dr. Deana L. Porterfield, president of Roberts Wesleyan College. “The strong desire for this program was driven by the need for more psychologists to provide services to those in need — and providing purposeful service to others is a distinction of a Roberts student.”

The mission of Roberts Wesleyan’s program is to prepare doctoral-level practitioners of health service psychology who can ethically deliver effective, evidence-based psychological services in a variety of settings with diverse populations, and integrate the science and practice of psychology with Christian principles. Practicum experiences will include assessment, intervention, consultation and supervision, and are integrated throughout the program in many settings – schools, hospitals, psychiatric centers, mental health clinics, forensic settings, residential treatment centers and counseling centers.

“Families and schools in our community are struggling with the significant mental health needs of children and adolescents, and it can be challenging to find psychologists who can provide timely assessment and treatment,” adds Dr. Jennifer Aube, professor of psychology at Roberts Wesleyan College. “Our hope is to prepare new psychologists to competently and compassionately provide psychological services to those underserved.”

The program will consist of 96 credit hours completed over four years of full-time study, which includes three years of residency at Roberts Wesleyan College and one year of internship. Applications are currently being accepted.  Additional information and applications can be found here.

 

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