Shape the Future of Psychology

The Combined Doctoral Program in Counseling and School Psychology builds on existing MA and EdS programs at Rivier University in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Psychology that lead to licensure by the New Hampshire Board of Mental Health Practice (Clinical Mental Health Counseling) or that are approved by the New Hampshire Department of Education. (School Psychology). The Program was designed to intentionally integrate the two traditional practice areas of counseling and school psychology. This approach to doctoral training prepares health service psychologists to work in a variety of professional settings as licensed psychologists and is consistent with the generalist approach to training entry-level psychologists.

The doctoral program curriculum meets the State of New Hampshire licensing requirements for Psychologists and strives to be consistent with the Standards of Accreditation of the America Psychological Association.

The Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) degree was proposed at the Vail Conference on Professional Training (in psychology) in 1973 in response to the need for a more practice-oriented degree that would meet the need for more clinically prepared practitioners in the field. The Rivier University Combined Doctoral Program in Counseling and School Psychology follows the practitioner-scholar model, which integrates clinical skills in assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and consultation with the empirical foundations of the discipline. The Program is designed to prepare graduates to obtain licensure as professional psychologists and to work in a variety of agency, community, independent practice, and public service settings.

Students are prepared as critical thinkers and problem solvers who draw on the theory and knowledge of psychology and education to deliver empirically-supported services. Students are trained to be consumers of research that informs their practice as skilled professionals delivering assessment, diagnosis, intervention, consultation, and preventive services.

Rivier University is the first college or university in the state of New Hampshire to offer a combined doctoral program in Counseling and School Psychology, and is one of only a few such programs in the country.

Rivier’s Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) degree addresses the needs of mental health practitioners for advanced training in many careers and settings:

  • As school psychologists;
  • As practitioners in private practice or counseling centers;
  • In mental health agencies and programs; and
  • In inpatient hospital settings

Rivier’s multidisciplinary faculty engage students in a curriculum that focuses on: 

  • Biological bases of behavior 
  • Cognitive–affective bases of behavior 
  • Social bases of behavior and diversity 
  • The application of research to practice
  • Individual differences 
  • Assessment, intervention, and consultation