Doctor of Psychology in Counseling Psychology (PsyD)

Now Accepting Applications for Fall 2021 Priority Application Deadline: December 1, 2020

Upcoming PsyD Program Online Information Session: Wednesday, October 14th, 6:00 PM

School of Arts and Sciences

The Doctor of Psychology in Counseling Psychology (PsyD) program at Holy Family University is committed to a practitioner-scholar training model. The program is evidence-based and practice-informed, utilizing interventions that reflect the foundational values of the discipline of counseling psychology. Our view of clinical training is consistent with the American Psychological Association’s Standards of Accreditation for Health Services Psychology (HSP) and the guidelines for professional psychology training developed by the National Council for Schools and Programs in Psychology (NCSPP).

The program develops trainees who demonstrate a respect for all individuals and have the ability to work from a developmental framework and a strength-based approach. The program develops trainees skilled in working with a variety of individuals with a wide range of issues who can foster psychological development by increasing the client’s ability to problem solve and cope more effectively with daily stressors and demands. The program embraces a mind-body approach that utilizes a prevention perspective, focusing on developing client strengths and understanding the role of the person-environment interaction. The program facilitates the development of students who are able to seek career paths within a variety of contexts working with diverse populations.

The program facilitates the development of clinicians who are able to promote psychological wellness across lifespan development for individuals, couples, families, groups and diverse social systems. The training experience is thoroughly informed by the values of social justice, feminism and multiculturalism with an emphasis on training students who are socially conscious advocates, well-versed in working with diverse identities.

The PsyD Program is designed to ensure that each student meets the competencies essential for achieving its three aims:

  • To develop graduates with knowledge of the fundamental theories and scientific foundations of psychology
  • To produce graduates prepared for the ethical and competent practice of psychology across the lifespan with diverse populations
  • To develop the scholarship of graduates to ensure the scientific foundation of psychological practice

The PsyD program is a 5-year, post-masters, 90-credit program, that unfolds over the fall, spring and summer semesters at Holy Family University, with both academic and clinical training components. The program was designed to meet the American Psychological Association’s Accreditation Standards and prepare graduates for licensure in the state of Pennsylvania.

Students are expected to meet a minimum of three full-time academic years of graduate study with a minimum of two of the three years of training being completed in residence in Holy Family’s Counseling Psychology PsyD program. All students are expected to complete a full-time, one-year pre-doctoral internship as a requirement of graduation from the program, at an internship site accredited by the APA (or the equivalent thereof).


Core Coursework: (54 credits)

PSYD 801 Professional Identity & 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 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 817 Advanced Data Analysis

PSYD 818 Advanced Cognitive Behavior Therapies

PSYD 819 Supervision: Theory & Practice

PSYD 820 Social Justice & Advocacy in Counseling Psychology 

PSYD 830 Group Psychology

PSYD 831 Advanced Psychopharmacology


Comprehensive Exams


Teaching: (6 credits)

PSYD 809 Teaching Psychology I: Classroom-Based Formats 

PSYD 810 Teaching Psychology II: Alternative Formats


Field Placement: (21 credits)

PSYD 822 Advanced Practicum I

PSYD 823 Advanced Practicum II 

PSYD 824 Advanced Practicum III

PSYD 825 Advanced Practicum IV 

PSYD 906 Advanced Doctoral Internship I 

PSYD 907 Advanced Doctoral Internship II

PSYD 908 Advanced Doctoral Internship III

Dissertation: (9 credits)

PSYD 902 Dissertation I

PSYD 903 Dissertation II

PSYD 904 Dissertation III 

Admission Requirements Applicants must possess the following qualifications for admission to the Doctor of Psychology in Counseling Psychology program:

  • A master’s degree in Counseling or a related field from an accredited college or university.
  • 3.5 GPA from Master’s program. Masters level transcripts will be verified to ensure appropriate coursework and field experience prior to beginning program
  • GRE Scores of 148 or higher on Verbal and Analytical Scales.
  • Three satisfactory letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with the applicant’s academic or professional work.
  • An application form with a nonrefundable application fee.
  • Interview with program faculty.
  • A 250-500 word personal statement of clinical and research interests. The quality of the applicant’s statement will be of critical importance to the success of the application for admission.
  • Official transcripts of all previous college or university work.
  • CV or resume
  • Background Questionnaire

Applicants will be considered based on their academic ability, expression of interests and goals, life experience, and personal interview. All cohorts begin in the Fall. Prior to admission, selected applicants will be invited to complete a personal interview with the Counseling Psychology faculty.

Please note that the program is limited in size because of the intensive training requirements. Although many applicants meet the criteria for admission, it may not be possible to admit all qualified students.

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Student Admissions, Outcomes and Other Data

Program Cost: Tuition and Fees

full-time student tuition

(3 courses per semester)

tuition credit per hour $995.00

fees/costs beyond tradition

-general fee per semester

-graduation fee











Time to completion for all students entering the program

Year mean number of years median number of years
2020 5 5
2019 5 5
2018 5 5
2017 5 5






 Attrition rate

2020 0
2019 1
2018 1
2017 1




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