Assumption College: MA in Clinical Counseling Psychology

Assumption College offers a Master of Arts Degree in Clinical Counseling Psychology. This program is 60 credits, and students who complete the program are eligible for licensure as a Mental Health Counselor or Licensed Professional Counselor in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and most other states in the country. The curriculum is structured so that students can complete the program in as few as two years.

The Clinical Counseling Psychology Program at Assumption College is unique because it is one of the few Counseling Psychology programs in the country to fully integrate Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) theory and practice in addressing common clinical problems like aggressive behavior in children, ADHD, depression, anxiety and substance abuse. The program offers optional concentrations in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapies and Child and Family Interventions. Students can complete both concentrations within the 60-credit curriculum without taking additional courses.


  • The Aaron T. Beck Institute for Cognitive Studies at Assumption College attracts CBT practitioners from around the globe to present at and attend workshops and lectures on campus.
  • Assumption offers generous Graduate Fellowships with 30 credits of tuition remission.
  • You choose four electives, which provides flexibility to focus on your personal interests.
  • All faculty bring extensive clinical experience to the classroom, and full-time faculty also have impressive research credentials.
  • The numerous practicum-internship opportunities in Worcester, a city renowned for health care, are key components of the program.

Additional information is presented at the Assumption College web site:

Assumption College is located in Worcester, Massachusetts, which is in Central Massachusetts, about an hour west of Boston. Worcester is the second largest city in New England, with 10 colleges or universities in Worcester or close to the city. Health care is a major part of the local economy, and there is an extensive network of mental health agencies in Central Massachusetts – which offers many options for practicum and internship placements.

If you have questions about the program or would like to talk with the program director, you are welcome to e-mail Dr. Leonard Doerfler at or call him at (508) 767-7549.

Psychological Science Night 2016

Submissions are now being accepted for the 3rd Annual Psychological Science Night on Friday, December 9th (Reading Day) from 3-5 PM in the Betty Tipton Room.

Students may submit a project abstract online by clicking here. Up to 80 posters can be accommodated and three students will be selected to give oral presentations.

The Psychological Science Night webpage is located here.

EPA Call for Papers/Posters

You are invited to submit a paper, poster, or symposium proposal for the March 16-18, 2017 Eastern Psychological Association meeting at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel in Boston, MA. The standard room rate will be $179 (plus taxes). Rooms can be reserved at the group rate until February 10, 2017 by following the link:

EPA dues/registration for Members and Fellows is $70 and $30 for Associates (students) if paid by March 1, 2017. There are no other registration fees.

To pay dues/registration, go to, click on Members Only at the top of the left menu, and then click on Renew Your Membership. After you have paid your dues by credit card, click again on Members Only. Depending on your membership type, you will then click on either Member Proposals, Fellow Proposals, or Associate Proposals to submit your proposal.

Please remember that only paid-up Members, Fellows, and Associates may submit proposals for the meeting. If you are planning to submit a proposal, please do not wait until the last moment to pay dues, as payments may take up to 48 hours to process. All associates must have a faculty sponsor who, at the time of the submission, is a current EPA Member with dues paid for the current year.

The submissions site is open now and will close promptly at 5:00 PM EST on November 15, 2015.

To access the site, please use the login information on the Members Only page. Please be certain to read the EPA submissions guidelines and the FAQ page prior to preparing your submission.

As in recent years, another call for proposals for a special undergraduate poster session will be issued later for a December 1, 2016 deadline; however, space will be very limited, and undergraduate students (Associates) are strongly advised to apply for the regular November 15 deadline if at all possible.

This year’s meeting continues EPA’s tradition of offering cutting edge developments in psychological science, application and teaching in the form of exciting lectures, symposia and posters.

Student Research – Keep Up the Good Work!

Wow! Our students do a LOT of undergraduate research. Check out how many of our students have recently published articles or given presentations about their research, compared to students in other departments across the university: (Psychology starts about halfway down the page). For a full list of our student research dating back to 2008, see Keep up the good work!