Doctor of Psychology in Counseling Psychology (PsyD)

The Doctor of Psychology in Counseling Psychology program at Holy Family University is wholeheartedly committed to a scientist-practitioner training experience that espouses evidenced-based practice and interventions. It is guided by the APA accreditation standards and will prepare graduates to become license eligible psychologists in the State of Pennsylvania.

The Holy Family University PsyD program is designed upon the foundational values of the discipline of Counseling Psychology, including a developmental, strength-based, and mind-body approach to treatment and wellness. In particular, the PsyD program at Holy Family University is a training experience that is dedicated to the values of social justice and multiculturalism. As a result, graduates of the PsyD program will be prepared to work in a variety of settings with a wide range of populations.

A unique feature of the HFU PsyD training program is that students are given the opportunity to complete training to teach in higher education in both face-to- face and on-line offerings.

Thus, graduating from Holy Family’s PsyD program will prepare you to move forward as a state-of-the-art psychologist who will impact both the lives of your clients and the communities in which they live.

PsyD Program Objective and Competencies

The Holy Family University Counseling Psychology PsyD will:

  • Provide an empirically based counseling psychology program that prepares students for the practice of professional psychology.
  • Offer a quality, doctoral level education, based in research and evidence-based practice.
  • Assist students in developing a deep professional identity that includes an ethical awareness and knowledge of legal issues surrounding the practice of psychology.
  • Enable candidates to make significant contributions to their field of knowledge through applied research and quality improvement to existing delivery structures.
  • Instill a meaningful dedication to social justice and multicultural competence in accordance with the mission of Holy Family University and the principles of Counseling Psychology.

At the completion of the doctoral program, candidates will be able to:

  • Administer evidence-based, state-of- the-art interventions to a wide variety of client populations.
  • Deliver quality teaching in both traditional and alternative formats.
  • Conduct meaningful independent scholarship that contributes to the ongoing development of the field.
  • Build collaborative relationships with community partners to assess, develop, and administer interventions to address the service based needs of the community.
  • Articulate a professional identity as a Counseling Psychologist.
  • Demonstrate the ability to address complex ethical decision making in practice, teaching, and scholarship.

Practicum and Internships

The field placement experience is an important and required component of graduate education in Counseling Psychology. The practicum and internship experience provides opportunities for the student to integrate and apply the fundamentals of the profession under the direction of qualified supervisors. This field training also forms the basis for the transition from a student role to one of professional psychologist. In so doing, students develop skills to work with particular client populations and shape their future employment opportunities.

Holy Family University requires that all psychologists in training have the following opportunities through their field placements:

  • The ability to develop and maintain productive relationships with patients/clients, families, colleagues, supervisors, support staff, teams, and community professionals.
  • The development of skills to seek and apply theoretical and research knowledge relevant to counseling in the clinical setting, including accessing and applying scientific knowledge bases.
  • The understanding and application of theoretical and research knowledge related to diagnosis/assessment and intervention, diversity, supervision, and ethics.
  • The ability to formulate and conceptualize clinical cases and develop treatment plans for clients.
  • The ability to implement a wide range of developmental, multicultural, preventative, and trauma-informed interventions.
  • The application of the current American Psychological Ethical Code and Guidelines.

PsyD Curriculum

The PsyD program at Holy Family University is a 90-credit, post master’s degree, which takes on average 4 years to complete. The program requires 57 academic credits; 9 in-house clinical training practica; two 3 credit courses in higher education teaching training; 9 credits at an external clinical training internship; and a 9 credit dissertation.

  • PSYD 801 | Professional Identity and Ethical Practice in Counseling Psychology
  • PSYD 802 | Multiculturalism & Feminism in Counseling Psychology
  • PSYD 803 | History & Systems of Psychology
  • PSYD 804 | Cognitive & Affective Bases of Behavior
  • PSYD 805 | Advanced Developmental Psychology
  • PSYD 806 | Advanced Theories
  • PSYD 807 | Career Psychology
  • PSYD 808 | Consultation: Theory and Practice
  • PSYD 809 | Teaching Psychology I: Classroom Based Formats
  • PSYD 810 | Teaching II: Alternative Formats
  • PSYD 811 | Biological Bases of Behavior
  • PSYD 812 | Personality Theory & Assessment
  • PSYD 813 | Advanced Psychopathology & Evidence Based Practice
  • PSYD 814 | Intellectual Assessment
  • PSYD 815 | Advanced Research Design
  • PSYD 816 | Social Psychology
  • PSYD 817 | Advanced Data Analysis
  • PSYD 818 | Advanced Cognitive Behavior Therapies
  • PSYD 819 | Supervision: Theory & Practice
  • PSYD 820 | Social Justice & Advocacy in Counseling Psychology
  • PSYD 821 | Contemporary Treatment Topics in Counseling Psychology
  • PSYD 822 | Advanced Practicum I
  • PSYD 823 | Advanced Practicum II
  • PSYD 824 | Advanced Practicum III
  • PSYD 901 | Dissertation I
  • PSYD 902 | Dissertation II
  • PSYD 903 | Dissertation III
  • PSYD 904 | Dissertation Continued I
  • PSYD 905 | Dissertation Continued II
  • PSYD 906 | Advanced Internship I
  • PSYD 907 | Advanced Internship II
  • PSYD 908 | Advanced Internship III


The Holy Family PsyD training program is guided by the APA accreditation standards and will prepare graduates to become license-eligible psychologists in the State of Pennsylvania. The program will be seeking APA Accreditation as it becomes time eligible to do so.

Admission Criteria

To apply to the PsyD program a master’s degree in one of the following is required: Counseling, Counseling Psychology, Human Services Psychology, or Counselor Education.

Students may be accepted with other degrees after an audit is completed of their transcripts. If an audit is conducted, a determination may be made regarding pre-requisite masters level courses that will need to be completed by the student either prior or during the program.

As well, the ideal student will have a 3.5 GPA from their Master’s Program, a satisfactory score on the GRE (Recommended 148 on Verbal and Analytical Scales respectively), three strong letters of recommendation from both academic and professional contacts, and an in-depth statement outlining the candidate’s clinical interests and areas of preferred research.

Application Fee: $50 (waived for alumni)
Program Deposit: $500 (non-refundable)
Tuition and Fees: 2017-2018