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Rivier University in Nashua offers new combined doctorate in counseling, school psychology

Rivier University announced the launch of a new doctorate program in counseling and school psychology.

The program makes Rivier the first college in New Hampshire to offer a combined doctoral program and one of only eight in the nation to offer a similar program. ...

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Rivier University announced the launch of a new doctorate program in counseling and school psychology.

The program makes Rivier the first college in New Hampshire to offer a combined doctoral program and one of only eight in the nation to offer a similar program.

This will be the second doctoral program to be offered at the university. In 2008, Rivier introduced the doctorate of education in leadership and learning, also the first of its kind in New Hampshire.

The new doctorate in counseling and school psychology will provide individuals who already hold a master’s degree or Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in counseling or school psychology a chance to obtain advanced training in their field.

The program will allow students to emphasize counseling or school psychology in their coursework, leading to the Psy.D.

“The program fills a void in doctoral-level training of psychologists in the state of New Hampshire,” said Dr. Robert Walrath, associate professor of education and director of the Psy.D. program. “There are no other programs like it in the state.

“The program is designed to provide broad and general knowledge and skills for psychologists to work across a number of settings, such as schools, mental health agencies, private practice, and universities and colleges.”

The doctoral program meets the state licensure requirements and is consistent with the accreditation requirements of the American Psychological Association. Accreditation will be pursued for the program after the enrollment of a sufficient number of students.

– DANIELLE CURTIS