Undergraduate Contact Information

Psychology Program

Dr. Michelle M. Barrett
Program Chairperson
Henderson Hall
Room 222D

Phone: (973) 290-4027
Email: mbarrett01@cse.edu



Overview & Mission

Undergraduate and Graduate Programs in Psychology

The Psychology Program offers a 40-credit undergraduate major leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree, as well as an 18-credit minor. The Program is open to both women and men through evening coursework, and traditional age Women's College students. The Psychology Graduate Program, open to both women and men, offers a Master's in Counseling Psychology with three specialization options, a Master's in Forensic Psychology and Counseling and a Psy.D. in Counseling Psychology.

The mission of the Psychology Program is to facilitate students' understanding of the science of psychology, as well as the values, knowledge, and skills required to pursue empowerment of self and others in a social justice context.

Students will acquire a broad understanding of the discipline of psychology, as well as a global awareness of issues affecting the development of psychological knowledge in other countries. At the same time, they will develop an appreciation of principles of ethical decision making, the importance of resilience, self-efficacy and self-advocacy as cornerstones of self-respect and self-determination, and the fundamental duty of social justice in working with underserved groups.

The Programs will prepare students to implement a range of empowerment strategies in their personal and interpersonal lives and work productively in their chosen fields.



Student Outcomes

Student learning outcomes for the Psychology Program include:

  • Demonstrate familiarity with the major concepts, research methodology, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology.
  • Recognize, understand, and respect the complexity of sociocultural diversity.
  • Demonstrate awareness of the global nature of the discipline and issues affecting psychology in other countries.
  • Apply psychological principles to promote social justice.
  • Develop self-understanding and sense of purpose in life and implement a range of strategies to enhance self-efficacy.
  • Successfully complete a career development plan that will guide students’ professional goals.
  • Promote an understanding of current ethical, social, and legal issues facing the helping professional.
  • Promote the application of psychological theory to effectively guide individual growth, change and development.
  • Develop leadership skills to effectively guide change in the promotion and delivery of counseling services to the public.

Graduates

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

Students who complete the degree in psychology will have a broad range of skills applicable to many human services as well as business employment settings. The Program provides a rigorous education in fundamental content areas such as human development and personality theory, but also teaches students to think critically and communicate effectively. These are skills that are highly sought after by employers in corporations, hospitals, schools, counseling centers, and group homes. With a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from the College of Saint Elizabeth, students are eligible for entry-level positions in the mental health field and have been hired in community agencies, hospital programs, and in group homes.

Students who complete the Program are also well prepared to pursue Master's and Doctoral degrees. Many of our graduates have earned these advanced degrees from institutions such as:

  • College of Saint Elizabeth
  • Columbia University
  • Fairleigh Dickinson University
  • Fordham University
  • John Jay School of Criminal Justice

  • New York University
  • Seton Hall University
  • Stevens Institute of Technology
  • University of Missouri

Many psychology majors choose to double major and/or minor in related disciplines such as education, sociology, gerontology, justice studies, biology, nutrition and business. Students are encouraged to discuss these options with their advisor because completing a second major and/or minor along with the major in psychology broadens students' career choices. The Minor in Psychology is also a very good option to combine with a major in another discipline such as sociology or business. The minor will also give students the option to apply to graduate programs in psychology.

Master's in Counseling Psychology

The Master's program in Counseling Psychology, building on a multidisciplinary core, has been designed to prepare working adults to meet the challenges involved in providing counseling services to individuals and/or groups, and to be effective facilitators of change and growth.

Students who complete the program are well prepared to pursue doctoral degrees or enter professional work settings. The 60-credit mental health specialization meets the educational requirements for licensure as a professional counselor in New Jersey. The 48-credit school counseling specialization meets the educational requirements for certification as a School Counselor in New Jersey. The 30-credit specialization prepares students to apply for doctoral training in Psychology.

Psychology Program


Graduate Programs in Psychology

Admissions Criteria for Master's Programs

The graduate psychology courses of study are coeducational. Applicants for Master's Programs must have a baccalaureate degree, with a minimum of nine credits in psychology including the following courses: General Psychology, Developmental Psychology (Child Development, Adolescent Development, Adult Development or a Life Span Development course), and Psychopathology (Abnormal Psychology). Applicants should note that undergraduate Statistics and Experimental Psychology are prerequisites for PSY631: Research Methods and Program Evaluation. The baccalaureate degree must be from an accredited undergraduate institution with a cumulative GPA of not less than 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Students will be invited for an interview based on their academic achievement, letters of reference, personal statement and relevant experiences. The interview will include a case review.

Transfer of credit into the graduate programs will be subject to evaluation and approval by the Course of Study Coordinator. All graduate transfer credits must carry a minimum grade of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. A maximum of six transfer credits will be accepted for the Masters in Counseling Psychology 30-credit track and a maximum of nine credits for the 48-credit school counseling and 60-credit mental health tracks, and the Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology and Counseling. Faculty members regularly evaluate the progress of each student enrolled in the Master's Programs. This review addresses both the student's progress toward the completion of the academic degree and the student's development as a counseling practitioner. Students must continue to develop in both areas. Depending on the outcome of this evaluation, students may be required to take remedial action such as repeating course work, taking additional practica, taking a leave of absence, etc. In unusual instances, the student may be terminated from the programs as a result of the evaluation process. Rarely the behavior of a given student will suggest psychological impairment which, in the professional judgment of the faculty, would interfere with the person's ability to function in a counseling career or in counseling settings. In such a case, the programs reserve the right to ask students to take remedial actions such as: seeking counseling, taking a leave of absence, repeating course work, enrolling in further course work, or if necessary, withdrawing from the programs.

Requirements for the Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology

Specialization in Counseling Psychology

The 30-credit hour specialization in Counseling Psychology is the main track in the degree. It consists of 24 credit hours in a core curriculum, three credit hours from an elective course and three credit hours from the CSE Multidisciplinary Core. Additionally, any student who would like to take PSY671: Counseling Theories and Methods III: Practicum for additional training would be allowed to do so, but only as over and above the 30 required credit hours. A culminating project is required in lieu of a thesis.

Core Courses: 24 credits

  • PSY601 Orientation to the Profession (3)
  • PSY620 The Helping Relationship in Counseling (3)
  • PSY631 Research Methods and Program Evaluation (3)
  • PSY633 Counseling Theories and Methods I (3)
  • PSY635 Assessment and Evaluation in Counseling (3)
  • PSY637 Group Dynamics and Interpersonal Relationships (3)
  • PSY641 Psychopathology and Diagnosis (3)
  • PSY643 Career Development and Occupational Opportunities (3)
  • PSY697 Culminating Project (0)

Electives: 3 credits

  • PSY606 Infant, Child and Adolescent Development (3)
  • PSY639 Human Growth and Personality Development (3)
  • PSY653 Multicultural Counseling (3)
  • PSY659 Counseling Children and Adolescents (3)

Multidisciplinary Core: 3 credits

  • MC 626 Ethical Issues in Human Services Leadership (3)

Specialization in School Counseling

The specialty in School Counseling builds on the basic 30-credit hour curriculum by adding 18 additional credit hours. It is a 48-credit New Jersey Department of Education approved program consisting of 35 credit hours in counseling, four credit hours in the foundations and contextual dimensions of school counseling, three credit hours in supervised practicum and six credit hours in supervised field experience in a school setting. A culminating project is required in lieu of a thesis.

Core Courses in Counseling: 35 credits

  • PSY601 Orientation to the Profession (2)
  • PSY619 Psychological Issues for Special Needs Populations (3)

OR

  • PSY620 The Helping Relationship in Counseling (3)
  • PSY631 Research Methods and Program Evaluation (3)
  • PSY633 Counseling Theories and Methods I (3)
  • PSY634 Counseling Theories and Methods II (3)
  • PSY635 Assessment and Evaluation in Counseling (3)
  • PSY637 Group Dynamics and Interpersonal Communication (3)
  • PSY639 Human Growth and Personality Development (3)

OR

  • PSY606 Early Childhood, Child and Adolescent Development and Behaviors (3)
  • PSY643 Career Development and Occupational Opportunities (3)
  • PSY653 Multicultural Counseling (3)
  • PSY659 Counseling Children and Adolescents (3)
  • PSY675 Community Agencies and Resources (3)
  • PSY697 Culminating Project (0)

Foundations and Contextual Dimensions of School Counseling: 4 credits

  • PSY602 Foundations of School Counseling (2)
  • PSY604 Organization, Administration and Consultation in School Counseling Services (2)

Practicum and Field Experience in a School Setting: 9 credits

  • PSY671 Counseling Theories and Methods III: Practicum (3)
  • PSY691 Counseling Theories and Methods IV: Field Experience (3)
  • PSY693 Counseling Theories and Methods V: Field Experience (3)

Specialization in Mental Health Counseling

The specialty in Mental Health Counseling builds on the basic 30-credit hour curriculum by adding 30 credit hours to meet the New Jersey educational requirements for licensure as a professional counselor. This 60-credit hour program consists of three credit hours in the multidisciplinary core, 39 credit hours in counseling courses, nine credit hours in electives in counseling and nine credit hours of supervised practicum and field experience. A culminating project is required in lieu of a thesis.

Core Courses in Counseling: 39 credits

  • PSY601 Orientation to the Profession (3)
  • PSY615 Ethical and Legal Standards in Counseling (3)
  • PSY620 The Helping Relationship in Counseling (3)
  • PSY631 Research Methods and Program Evaluation (3)
  • PSY633 Counseling Theories and Methods I (3)
  • PSY634 Counseling Theories and Methods II (3)
  • PSY635 Assessment and Evaluation in Counseling (3)
  • PSY637 Group Dynamics and Interpersonal Communication (3)
  • PSY639 Human Growth and Personality Development (3)
  • PSY641 Psychopathology and Diagnosis (3)
  • PSY642 Treatment Planning (3)
  • PSY643 Career Development and Occupational Opportunities (3)
  • PSY653 Multicultural Counseling (3)
  • PSY697 Culminating Project (0)

Practicum and Field Experience: 9 credits

  • PSY671: Counseling Theories and Methods III: Practicum (3)
  • PSY691: Counseling Theories and Methods IV: Field Experience (3)
  • PSY693: Counseling Theories and Methods V: Field Experience (3)

Elective Courses: 9 credits

Requirements for the Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology and Counseling

The M.A. in Forensic Psychology and Counseling program is a 48-credit hour, cohort-based program offered over a 2-1⁄2 year time frame. A culminating project is required in lieu of a thesis.

Core Curriculum Courses shared with the Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology: 24 credits

  • PSY620 The Helping Relationship in Counseling (3)
  • PSY631 Research Methods and Program Evaluation (3)
  • PSY633 Counseling Theories and Methods I (3)
  • PSY637 Group Dynamics and Interpersonal Communication (3)
  • PSY641 Psychopathology and Diagnosis (3)
  • PSY651 Substance Abuse Counseling (3)
  • PSY671 Counseling Theories and Methods III: Practicum (3)
  • PSY691 Counseling Theories and Methods IV: Field Experience (3)
  • PSY697 Culminating Project (0)

Core Curriculum Courses in Forensics Psychology: 21 credits

  • PSY621 Introduction to Forensic Psychology (3)
  • PSY622 Violence and Risk Assessment (2)
  • PSY623 Trauma and Crisis Intervention (2)
  • PSY624 Psychological Assessment for Forensic Psychology I (3)
  • PSY625 Psychological Assessment for Forensic Psychology II (3)
  • PSY626 Evaluation and Treatment of Juvenile Offenders (3)
  • PSY627 Evaluation and Treatment of Adult Offenders (3)
  • PSY628 The Social Psychology of Crime and Criminal Behavior (2)

Core Curriculum Courses in Justice Studies: 3 credits

  • JUS 620: Law and Legal Systems (3)

Requirements for the Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) in Counseling Psychology

Admissions Criteria

The Psy.D. in Counseling Psychology is a four-year, full-time, cohort-based program with courses being offered in the fall, spring and summer. The curriculum consists of 88 credits of which 15 credits are completed by students through required courses in their Master's Programs and transferred into the Psy.D. program. The required courses are: Human Growth and Personality Development, Psychological Assessment, Psychopathology, Research Methods and Advanced Statistics, Counseling Theories, and Group Counseling. Although a three-credit course in Group Counseling is a prerequisite to the program, it is not accepted as a transfer course. In addition to these 15 credits in Master's-level courses, the curriculum includes 73 credits in doctoral-level coursework and supervision.

Faculty members regularly evaluate the progress of each student enrolled in the doctoral program. This review addresses both the student's progress toward the completion of the academic degree and the student's development as a practitioner. Students must continue to develop in both areas. Depending on the outcome of this evaluation, students may be required to take remedial action such as repeating course work, taking a leave of absence, etc. In unusual instances, the student may be terminated from the program as a result of the evaluation process. Rarely the behavior of a given student will suggest psychological impairment which, in the professional judgment of the faculty, would interfere with the person's ability to function as a mental health professional. In such a case, the program reserves the right to ask students to take remedial actions such as: seeking counseling, taking a leave of absence, or if necessary, withdrawing from the program.

Applicants to the Psy.D. program in counseling psychology are required to:

  • Have completed a Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology, Forensic Psychology and Counseling, or its equivalent,
  • Have completed three credits in each of the following Master's-level courses: Human Growth and Personality Development, Psychological Assessment, Psychopathology, Research Methods and Advanced Statistics, Counseling Theories, and Group Counseling,
  • Have a satisfactory degree of professional or applied experience,
  • Submit official scores on the Graduate Record Examination (Psychology GRE Subject Test is optional),
  • Submit a statement of professional goals: 3-6 pages, double-spaced, detailing the applicant's professional goals and including an autobiographical statement regarding the applicant's motivation for pursuing those goals,
  • Submit three letters of recommendation from professionals who can comment on the applicant's qualifications for doctoral study: at least one letter must be from a professor attesting to academic capability and at least one must be from a practitioner attesting to professional capacity,
  • Submit official transcripts of all graduate and undergraduate work,
  • Submit a curriculum vitae,
  • Submit a completed application form.

Selected applicants are invited to interview with representatives of the Psy.D. faculty.

First Academic Year: 21 credits

Fall 9 credits:

  • PSY702 Recent and Advanced Theories of Personality (3)
  • PSY710 Advanced Personality Assessment (3)
  • PSY719 Foundations of Counseling Psychology (3)

Spring 6 credits:

  • PSY716 Advanced Adult Psychopathology (3)
  • PSY712 Cognitive and Neuropsychological Assessment (3)

Summer 6 credits:

  • PSY700 Clinical Applications of Human Development (3)
  • PSY714 Advanced Child and Adolescent Psychopathology (3)

Second Academic Year: 21 credits

Fall 6 credits:

  • PSY726 The Application of Social Justice in Psychological Treatment (3)
  • PSY732 Doctoral Practicum I (3)

Spring 9 credits:

  • PSY728 Advanced Research Methods and Statistical Design (3)
  • PSY733 Doctoral Practicum II (3)
  • PSY720 Techniques in Counseling and Psychotherapy (3)

Summer 6 credits:

  • PSY708 History and Systems of Psychology (3)
  • PSY734 Doctoral Practicum III (3)

Third Academic Year: 19 credits

Fall 6 credits:

  • PSY704 Learning and Cognition (3)
  • PSY735 Doctoral Practicum IV (3)

Spring 7 credits:

  • PSY730 Counseling Research and Program Evaluation Research (3)
  • PSY740 Doctoral Project I (1)
  • PSY706 Physiological Psychology (3)

Summer 6 credits:

  • PSY742 Doctoral Project II (1)
  • PSY722 Theories and Techniques of Career Counseling (3)
  • PSY731 Program Management, Consultation, and Supervision for Counseling Psychology (2)

Fourth Academic Year: 12 credits

Fall 6 credits:

  • PSY744 Doctoral Project III (3)
  • PSY736 Doctoral Internship I (3)

Spring 6 credits:

  • PSY746 Doctoral Project IV (3)
  • PSY738 Doctoral Internship II (3)