Psychology and Counseling
The demand for qualified practitioners to provide psychological services in schools, hospitals, social agencies, mental health clinics and private settings continues to grow. Our knowledgeable and skilled Psychology Department instructors offer students the benefit of their extensive experience in research and clinical work across this wide panorama of professional services and settings.
Students entering our department will have multiple options and tracks from which to choose. Undergraduates can pursue a double major which pairs psychology with art. Qualified psychology majors may also pursue a combined Bachelor’s-Master’s degree program.
Most full time psychology faculty members have a Ph.D. and/or other specific, appropriate terminal degree and actively publish and present in the field. As a result, our students acquire an up-to-date knowledge set and understanding which prepares them for further study and work in a complex, pluralistic society.
Additional information on the wide variety of interesting courses offered, departmental news, extracurricular activities relevant to our major, and requirements for financial assistance and application for study, can be found here.
Undergraduate Programs in Counseling
- Clinical Mental Health Counseling
- School Counseling
- Mental Health Counseling with Art Therapy
- B.S. in Psychology/M.A. in Occupational Therapy
Graduate Programs in Counseling
Caldwell’s graduate programs in Counseling are located in the School of Psychology and Counseling. Each specialization prepares students to work effectively in a variety of settings as clinical mental health counselors, school counselors, and art therapists. The three areas share a number of core courses and provide specialized education in their unique focused areas as well. A central component of Caldwell University’s programs is the integration of spirituality, enabling students to incorporate this important dimension in concert with conventional practices.
- M.A. in Counseling
- Combined Degree Programs: B.S. in Psychology/M.A. in Counseling
- Post-Graduate M.A. in Art Therapy
- Post-Master Director of School Counseling Services Program
- Post-Master Professional Counselor Licensing Program
- Post-Master School Counseling Specialization
Additional objectives are set based on specialization.
Clinical Mental Health Specialization
Coordinator: Dr. Emma Kendrick
Dr. Andrew Plath, Ph.D., LPC (IL)
According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics:
- Employment of mental health counselors is projected to grow 20 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations.
- Job prospects are expected to be good for mental health counselors and marriage and family therapists, particularly in rural areas or other communities that are under served by mental health practitioners.
- In addition, the number of military veterans needing and seeking mental health treatment is expected to increase over the next decade. The federal government, community clinics, and local hospitals will need to expand their mental health counseling staff to provide timely and effective treatment for veterans and active duty personnel.
- The federal health care reform requires insurance plans to cover treatment for mental health issues in the same way as other chronic diseases. This will give more people access to mental health care as a result.
School Counseling Specialization
Dr. Stacey Solomon
According to the American School Counselor Association:
Professional school counselors are certified/licensed educators with a minimum of a master’s degree in school counseling making them uniquely qualified to address all students’ academic, personal/social and career development needs by designing, implementing, evaluating and enhancing a comprehensive school counseling program that promotes and enhances student success.
Clinical Mental Health Counseling with Art Therapy Specialization
Dr. Daniel Summer, PhD, ATR-BC, LCAT, ATCS
Natashia Collins, MA, LPC, ATR-BC, ACS, ATCS
The Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree with art therapy specialization is a uniquely designed program that prepares you for a career as a clinical mental health counselor in a variety of human service settings. The specialization trains graduates to use the creative process to improve health and well-being.
This is the first CACREP accredited program of this type in the nation.