Message from the President
Thank you for your interest in William James College.
For more than 40 years, our talented faculty and dedicated staff have been educating professionals to bring psychological theory and skills to businesses and organizations, health care systems, correctional facilities, community mental health centers, schools and consulting rooms. Evolving from the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology, ours is a college that is committed to educational excellence in applied psychology and to developing the next generation of culturally sensitive professionals to make a difference in our community.
With 75% of children failing to receive necessary mental health care;businesses and organizations requiring leadership and alignment of needs to create healthy and productive work environments;anywhere from 18-30% of our troops returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan experiencing significant anxiety, depression and substance abuse disorders; 80% of those in prison estimated to have mental illness and less than 2% of mental health providers able to offer language and culturally sensitive mental health services, there is a critical need to attract and to educate professionals with strong sense of Social Responsibility. James' unfailing emphasis on practical psychology informs the curricula of each of our major departments and encourages graduates to look towards service to the community.
James' student Dr. John Dewey developed the pedagogical model of Experiential Education that integrates rigorous academic instruction with closely-supervised clinical training. Graduates leave us with thousands of hours of experience in the very practice settings that they will assume upon completing their degrees. Practiced professionals in the community and on our faculty attend to the Personal Growth of students through advising meetings, group discussion and weekly, individual hours of supervision. Since professionals are the instruments of change, an education at William James College is as much about developing self-knowledge as acquiring command of psychology research and theory.
With nine degrees in Clinical Psychology, School Psychology, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, and Organizational and Leadership Psychology and specialty programs in Military Mental Health, Latino Mental Health, Global Mental Health, and African and Caribbean Mental Health, William James has created a diverse college of psychology. The variety of training programs equip professionals to work as consultants and clinicians in schools, courts, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, substance abuse recovery programs, community mental health centers, business and private practice with children, adults and families. The faculty and the student body across all degree programs support each other by sharing research findings, clinical experience and insight from their specialty areas of mental health.
Our commitment to language and culturally sensitive mental health care brings students to Costa Rica, Ecuador and other Spanish-speaking countries to increase language fluency and an awareness of cultural differences that might impact treatment. The school's investment in recruiting military veterans, who can become mental health providers with the clinical skills and special insight into the emotional needs of troops and their families, is a further example of its investment in culturally sensitive care.
Fieldwork in more than 350 hospitals, clinics, schools, businesses and non-profit organizations provides a rare opportunity to educate our students while enhancing the mental health services and psychological sophistication of our partner organizations. Whether this effort is at the level of coaching senior executives, assessing student needs in schools, working in the courts, helping medical patients to cope more effectively with an illness or helping adults to understand themselves better, William James' integrative model of instruction provides a value-based education that trains professionals who are able to "Meet the Need and Make a Difference."
We welcome your interest, your ideas and your energy along with the opportunity to work with you to create your future. Thank you for your interest in us.
Nicholas A. Covino, PsyD ( bio)
William James College is approved for training by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, the American Psychological Association and the National Association of School Psychologists.