Psychology and Counseling
The Psychology and Counseling program helps students develop skills in practical applications of psychology and clinical mental health counseling. Such competencies are grounded in theory and research, personal experience, and self-knowledge, and are influenced by current social complexities and the state of psychology. These skills can be used in clinical, research, and community settings.
Coursework leads to one of three degrees:
- Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
- Master of Arts in Psychology
- Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
At the start of the semester, students attend an intensive eight-day residency in Vermont, followed by 16 weeks of independent work and self-reflection in close collaboration with a faculty advisor and course mentor. Goddard pioneered this format nearly a half century ago to meet the needs of adult students with professional, family, and other obligations seeking learning experiences grounded in the real-world.
Residencies are a time to explore, network, learn, witness, and share with peers, staff, and faculty. Students work with advisors and peers in close-knit advising groups to forge individualized study plans that describe their learning objectives for the semester.
Working closely with their faculty advisors, and supported by fellow learners, students identify areas of study, personal goals, relevant resources, and avenues to achieve these goals. Students also attend and are invited to help organize workshops, keynote addresses, celebrations and other events intended to stimulate, inspire, and challenge.
This low-residency model combines the breadth of a collaborative community with the focus of personalized learning, enhanced by insightful exchanges with a faculty advisor and course mentors.
Licensure is available at the graduate level. Students seeking state licensure or other certification are responsible for gathering information about the current requirements and for bringing this information with them to their first residency. Meeting licensure or certification requirements is solely the responsibility of the students. Faculty advisors work to help students design study plans that enable them to prepare for those requirements, while also meeting the general college requirements and those arising from their individual interests. It is of particular importance for students to know the state requirements around supervised internship hours and to be proactive in setting up an internship that will meet their academic and licensure needs. The licensure coordinator will assist students in this process.
In addition to working with students as Academic Advisors, the Psychology and Counseling faculty also work with students as Course Mentors. The Course Mentor’s job is to work closely with a student to design, execute, and evaluate a specific course. Students can work with multiple Course Mentors each semester (full-time graduate students, up to four; full-time undergraduate students, up to five; part-time graduate and undergraduate students, up to three). A student’s Academic Advisor can also act as their Course Mentor. A student cannot work with the same faculty member for all four courses in any given semester unless they have designed a thesis to take place within one semester. In each semester students will take at least one course with their Academic Advisor, unless the Advisor feels that working with other faculty would be of greater benefit to the student.
Course Mentors are assigned by the Program Director with input from the students based on their Mentor Preference Selection Form. Because of the nature of our program, faculty members are hired not only for their strengths in a specialty area, but also for their ability to work with students in many areas of the field. As a result, more than one faculty member offers many courses.