Dyson College of Arts and Sciences - Year in Review 2011-2012
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UNIVERSITY'S FIRST DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY DEGREE The Department of Psychology (Pleasantville) opens a new chapter in Pace University's 107-year history: in fall 2013, it will offer Pace's first Doctor of Philosophy degree. The PhD will be in Mental Health Counseling, the first such degree in New York State. The program will be offered on Pace's Westchester Campus. The program is designed to provide master's-level students with advanced professional training, the support needed to produce research and scholarship, and in-depth scholarly training. "Doctoral-level mental health counselors bring a depth and breadth of understanding to their work with clients as practitioners, as well as to the research of new therapeutic modalities," says Rostyslaw Robak, chair and professor of doctoral-level Psychology on the Westchester Campus. Mental health counseling is a profession distinct from disciplines such as psychiatry, psychology, and social work. It focuses on preventive therapies, marriage and family counseling, and career 4 • Dyson College of Arts and Sciences counseling. Data from the Department of Labor shows that job growth in the mental health counseling sector is expected to significantly grow — by 37 percent — from 2010 to 2020 as health insurance companies increasingly cover counseling services and as the population grows overall. As the sector expands, this program will help to open the doors to leadership careers for its graduates.• " The program will enrich our graduates' ability to work successfully with clients and to develop new ways to treat mental health conditions that have the potential to signiﬁcantly advance the ﬁeld of mental health counseling. —Rostyslaw Robak "