How many students, alumni, and faculty does William James College have?
We are home to over 700 students, 1,750 alumni and 150 faculty members. There are 15 academic programs (three Doctoral, 10 Master's, two Certificate), four academic departments, and numerous centers of excellence. A core faculty of 40 professionals, the majority of whom are practitioners in their areas of expertise, provides educational continuity within the programs, and more than 100 additional community psychologists supervise field training and serve as mentors. In addition to classroom experiences and group discussion, our programs provide weekly instruction, supervision and personal advising.
How old are your students? What is the gender breakdown? How many students are international?
The mean age of the entering students in the past five years has been 27: 75% women, 25% men, 13% minorities, and 13% foreign born students, and 1% of students with disabilities.
What academic degree programs does William James College offer?
Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) in Clinical Psychology
This program prepares practitioners over a course of 5 years to create and direct human service centers and to train, supervise, teach and treat individuals and families.
Certificate of Respecialization in Clinical Psychology
Psychologists who hold doctoral degrees in developmental, experimental or other areas of psychological study who wish to develop expertise in Clinical Psychology may consider the Respecialization Program. Students in the Respecialization Program take courses with our PsyD students and participate in the same practica and internship training.
Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) in Leadership Psychology
This course of study is for current and aspiring managers, consultants, and other individuals, with on average 10 years of work experience, who want to exercise leadership, support leadership change, or create followership. The full-time program is entirely online with the exception of an annual 4-day residency in both fall and spring on campus.
Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) in School Psychology
William James College offers a doctoral degree (PsyD) in school psychology that prepares practitioners to assume leadership roles in the field, with an emphasis on the delivery of mental health services in schools as well as development of advanced level practice skills. The initial (MA/CAGS) level of the program provides students with a solid foundation of content knowledge and practice skills. The PsyD level of the program allows practicing school psychologists to continue working while pursuing more advanced and specialized training.
Master of Arts (MA) in Counseling Psychology
This program prepares graduates to work as professional mental health counselors, providing services to individuals, groups and systems.The curriculum can be completed in 2 years, full-time or 3-4 years, part-time.
Master of Arts (MA) in Counseling Psychology and Couples and Family Therapy
Students can complete this program in 2 years, full-time or 3-4 years part-time. Graduates are prepared to provide therapeutic services to individuals, couples and families, as well as to agencies and communities. The Couples and Family Therapy (CFT) Respecialization Certificate helps individuals with a clinical or counseling psychology degree obtain the necessary qualifications to pursue a license as a marriage and family therapist in Massachusetts. The respecialization certificate requires a minimum of one academic year, depending on the courses students need.
Master of Arts (MA) in Counseling Psychology in Expressive Arts Therapy
This program educates the next generation of mental health professionals in the therapeutic use of expressive arts processes (art, dance/movement, drama, psychodrama and music) for personal, family and community transformation. Students complete the curriculum in 2 years full-time or 3-4 years part-time.
Master of Arts (MA) in Counseling and Health Psychology
The Master of Arts in Counseling and Health Psychology program educates students to work as independent professional mental health counselors, in both behavioral health and medical settings. The average time to completion is 2 years.
Master of Arts (MA) in Forensic and Counseling Psychology
This full-time, 2-year course of study examines the relationship between Psychology and the legal system. The program combines intensive on-site weekends and online learning, preparing graduates to work in court clinics, secured forensic units, correctional facilities, child advocacy centers and forensic assessment and treatment facilities.
Master of Arts (MA) in Organizational Psychology
Available in both online and blended (combination of online and "in residence") formats, this 1-year full-time and 2-year part-time program allows students to earn a Master's degree while maintaining their career. Graduates work in either Leadership, Human Resources, Talent Management, or internal or external Organizational Development Consulting roles.
Master of Arts (MA) in Professional Psychology and Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (CAGS) in School Psychology
This program prepares practitioners to enter the school psychology field with competencies that meet the needs of today's students and parents. The 3-year course of study focuses on acquiring skills and professional behaviors that promote healthy development and reduce barriers to learning. Our students receive a Master of Arts after one full year and go on to earn a CAGS in the final two years.
Graduate Certificate in Executive Coaching
The seven-month curriculum combines psychology, business, organizational development and coaching theory to support leaders in achieving powerful outcomes. This program follows a " blended learning" format. Students meet on campus one weekend per month from September through April. In between residencies there is online course work. Graduates of our Executive Coaching program often work as independent coaches on their own or in small partnerships, or as internal coaches/consultants within Human Resource departments of organizations and corporations.
What is experiential education? William James College emphasizes learning through experience. Beginning in their first semester and throughout the first three years in the Clinical Doctoral Program, students are in practica, field placements where they learn as they practice and practice what they learns. Students assume more clinical responsibility as they enter their internships. In all other programs students are in practica and internships throughout the duration of their years of study as well. There are over 350 field sites across all William James College training programs. Among the variety of field placement settings are: schools;hospitals;mental health agencies;community health centers;college counseling centers;trauma centers;forensic units;geriatric settings;and business organizations.
What is available for students who want to become child psychologists? We have a doctoral program called Children and Families of Adversity and Resilience (CFAR). CFAR students learn about normal child development, disorders of childhood and adolescence, family dynamics, and systems issues that influence the well-being of children and families. The training of CFAR students focuses on helping those children and families who face multiple adversities and are in severe need. Coursework is supported by experiential education in a number of field sites, where students develop clinical skills, including how to assess clients and conduct psychotherapy. Students in school psychology programs have naturally child-focused career orientations and students in counseling psychology programs have course and training site options that are child oriented.
What does your Master's degree program in Organizational Psychology prepare students to do? Graduates of our Organizational Psychology program apply psychological principles in the workplace in order to improve productivity and the quality of work life. They deploy themselves within for-profit, not-for-profit, business, government, and educational settings to create positive change. This means going beyond technical solutions to find means of change that address the culture, values, and structures of organizations. The online and blended (combination of online and "in residence") formats of the William James College Organization Psychology curriculum make it a good fit for working professionals.
William James College has a two-year Master's program that teaches students to provide mental health care to individuals involved in the criminal justice system. What kinds of field training do students in this program receive? Students in our Forensic and Counseling Psychology program, have a first year field placement in a general counseling setting to acquire a well-rounded foundation. Their second year field experience is in a facility such as a juvenile detention center, an adult house of corrections and/or prison, an outpatient center that provides services to people under probation and/or parole, a substance abuse treatment center with clients involved with the criminal justice system, or an outpatient sex offender treatment center.
Why the name change to William James College?
On May 7, 2015, our name officially changed from the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology (MSPP) to William James College. It was an honor to rename our institution for William James (1842-1910), the founder of American psychology. James stood for the values that underlie our institution.He championed diversity and education across race and gender lines; he fostered openness to different perspectives; and he worked for a more practical application of psychology. James mentored many influential thinkers, one of whom was John Dewey, the architect of experiential learning.
The name change reflects the growth that our institution has achieved since its establishment in 1974. Over the past 40 years, MSPP has evolved into a "college of psychology," enlarging its student body and faculty, purchasing a spacious building, and expanding from one degree program to 15.
What is the career outlook for William James College graduates?
Over the past decade, society's needs for mental health providers have increased.This has resulted in a shortage of individuals qualified to provide responsible, skillful and culturally sensitive psychological care, particularly to those who are underserved, including children, military service members, and the Latino population. For these reasons, 94% of William James graduates obtain a job in their desired field within 6 months of graduation. They work as consultants and clinicians in schools, courts, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, detox and recovery programs, community mental health centers, business and private practice with children, adults and families.
Does William James College offer international training experiences?
Our Lucero Latino Mental Health Program teaches students to provide culturally-sensitive psychology services to the Latino population. Students in this program spend a month in Guayaquil, Ecuador, where they live with a local family, receive Spanish language training, and engage in volunteer work.
What programs do you offer to the Military Community?
In 2011, we received a state grant and established our Train Vets to Treat Vets®program, which allows our students with a military history to reach out to help veterans in the community. Launched in 2013, our Military and Veteran Psychology Area of Emphasis (MVP®) trains students to provide mental health services to military members, veterans, and their families. MVP® students complete focused academic coursework, participate in relevant field training, and conduct research in the areas of military and/or veteran matters.