DelVal Now Offers Counseling Psychology Major

Sep 03, 2008

Delaware Valley College has introduced a new major in Counseling Psychology; the program began with the start of classes this fall.

According to Dr. Allison Buskirk-Cohen, assistant professor of psychology, counseling psychology is one of the most popular fields in psychology. The need for counseling psychologists is growing because of increased demand for psychological services in schools, hospitals, social service agencies, mental health centers and substance-abuse treatment clinics. Often, however, in undergraduate programs, a student must major in general psychology before going on to graduate school to specialize in counseling psychology.

"We'll be one of the only undergraduate programs in the region to offer a major with the primary focus on counseling. We recognize that many graduates want to begin working in the field immediately following graduation, and a specialized major in counseling psychology provides these students the advanced training they'll need to immediately join the mental health profession," said Buskirk-Cohen. "The strength of our program is that students may choose to pursue an advanced degree, or they may seek immediate employment in the field."

Students will take a series of foundational courses in psychology, including counseling theories and techniques, multicultural issues, history and systems, statistics for research and methods of research as well as concentration courses in lifespan development, personality theories, measurements and assessments and abnormal psychology. Specialized electives include educational psychology, child development, adolescent psychology, substance use and abuse, developmental disabilities, marriage and family counseling and childhood psychopathology, among others.

Although Delaware Valley College has offered a psychology minor as part of its curriculum for some time, this is the first major in psychology offered by the school. "This program is already proving to be a popular major among DelVal students, with numerous current and incoming students already signing up for or changing their majors," according to Buskirk-Cohen. For more information about the new Counseling Psychology program at Delaware Valley College, contact Dr. Allison Buskirk-Cohen at 215-489-2234.