Create a bigger impact with a Counseling Psychology Doctorate

News: In 2019, Carlow's PsyD program's accreditation was reaffirmed by the American Psychological Association (APA). Read more here.

Promote psychological wellness in individuals, couples, families, and larger social systems with a PsyD in Counseling Psychology at Carlow University. Here at Carlow, you will earn a graduate degree in psychology that is focused on social justice; in fact, Carlow’s doctorate in psychology is one of only three APA-accredited counseling programs with a social justice focus. 

Carlow University has been identified, by as having one of the top-50 doctoral programs in counseling psychology in a ranking based on APA accreditation, EPPP pass rate, amount of time to complete the program, tuition, and licensure percentages.


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Careers in Counseling


Beginning in the summer of your first year of study, you may engage in community-based practica experiences. Carlow University is conveniently located in the large metropolitan area of Pittsburgh. Past students have been placed at nationally recognized medical hospitals, university counseling centers, community mental health agencies, and even rural practices that offer experiences that extend beyond the urban landscape.

Carlow PsyD students have engaged in practica with such organizations as the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, Mercy Behavioral Health, Staunton Clinic and Allegheny General Hospital.


In the 2017–2018 school year, students in the doctorate in counseling program completed predoctoral internships at a variety of locations, including:
  • Charles George VA Medical Center 
  • Pine Grove Behavioral Health and Addiction Services 
  • The Ohio State University 
  • Allegheny General Hospital 
  • Cleveland Clinic 

PsyD in Counseling Psychology Curriculum

Course Requirements: 93 credits
Degree: Doctor of Psychology
Location: Oakland Campus

In addition to standard counseling courses like psychometrics and personality assessment, Carlow University offers its PsyD students unique learning opportunities:

CPY 805: Social Justice & Feminism in Counseling Psychology: Theory and Strategy for Action

This class is a comprehensive introduction to social justice and feminism, focusing on the relationship between psychological distress and broader social realities. Students will explore the nuances of social inequality and the impact of related systemic issues. In addition, students will examine their attitudes and beliefs about those who occupy identity categories that are different than their own.

CPY 814: Diversity Issues
Explore experiences, beliefs, needs, and behaviors of diverse population groups in our society and develop counseling skills that are essential for culturally sensitive practice. Racial antagonisms, experiences, and consequences of discrimination, oppression, biases, and prejudices are discussed with particular emphasis on racial and culturally diverse groups and communities, women, sexual orientation, and the mentally- and physically-challenged.

CPY 816: Scientific and Professional Ethics and Standards
This course provides an overview of the current ethical, legal, and professional issues that are vital to proper psychological care. The course includes readings, discussion, role plays, and a survey of the relevant and seminal literature related to the ethical practice of counseling psychology. In addition, the application of ethical guidelines to challenging case scenarios, with particular attention to culturally sound practice, is an integral component of learning.

For a more detailed curriculum, please visit the graduate course catalog, or request more information to talk to an admissions representative.

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