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
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
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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.