The Clinical-Counseling Psychology program prepares students for careers in mental health practice at the masters-level.
As a program, we strive to promote empathy, self-reflection, cultural humility, and an appreciation for human strengths. We work to increase our sensitivity and responsiveness to the role of discrimination and marginalization, particularly as these impact individual and community mental health and well-being. In collaboration with other professionals, we strive to be agents of positive social change.
Our curriculum integrates science and practice, enabling our students to be informed consumers of psychological research, who can critically evaluate and apply empirical knowledge.
Full-time students may complete the program in two years. Part-time students may extend their time to complete the program in three or four years.
Historically, our graduates have pursued one of two licensure routes in Vermont—either as a Psychologist-Master or as a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor. Many graduates who have moved outside of Vermont have obtained licensure in other states, however, prospective students who anticipate practicing in a different state should consult professional licensure laws to ensure our program aligns with other states’ requirements.
Flexibility – study full or part-time in the evenings (Monday classes begin at 2 pm)
Upon graduating, our students go on to professional positions in a variety of settings: child and adult services units of community mental health centers; not-for-profit outpatient and residential services for youth and their families; college and school counseling offices; correctional and social service agencies; community hospital behavioral health programs; and private practices.
“I have literally looked back on my decision to do this work and feel so fulfilled at being able to make a real difference in people’s lives. If the idea of helping others excites you, go for it!”
Clinical-Counseling Psychology Internships
During the final year in the Clinical-Counseling Psychology in program, students are expected to complete a 20 hour/week internship providing counseling and psychological services under the supervision of a licensed professional.
Learn about the internship experiences from some of our current students:
“I have learned a lot from the way this program documents client paperwork, creates plans of care and implements therapeutic interventions….Overall, I work with children who navigate a complicated web of family dynamics, and this internship has provided me with the tools and guidance I needed to become an effective mental health clinician.”
– Brian McCarthy
"What Saint Michael’s offered was a very holistic and integrative program that made you think for yourself in a lot of ways around what kind of clinician you want to be.”