PsyD Counseling Psychology Program Update
Postponing until Summer and Fall 2021
Pacifica Graduate Institute would like to announce a change in the timing of the start date of our new PsyD Program in Counseling Psychology. The Counseling Department, alongside the entire Pacifica community, continues to be in an active time of planning and resourcing for the new PsyD Counseling Psychology Program, and looks forward to the re-imagined initial launch of this program in Fall 2021.
The advent of the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the delivery of higher education in many profound ways, including necessitating online teaching methodologies which represent a departure from the way we normally interact with our students. For current students, we have been on a collective journey to identify and implement best practices for functioning online, a process which has included student and faculty feedback to changing circumstances. As we all work together to adapt to the challenge posed by COVID-19, we are making every effort to preserve the interpersonal and experiential quality of our residentially-based programs.
Because of the timing of the global pandemic, and the newness of the PsyD program, Pacifica Graduate Institute has made the considered decision to delay the implementation of the PsyD in order to maximally preserve those interpersonal and experiential qualities which we consider central to the way we teach. As a result, the PsyD program is now scheduled to begin with new external admits in Fall 2021. For admits who are graduates of the Pacifica’s existing Masters in Counseling Psychology (MACP) program, the PsyD curriculum will begin as originally planned, in Summer 2021.
In the coming weeks and months, we look forward to sharing even more news and updates about the growth and planning of the PsyD Counseling Psychology Program, and being present with graduates and applicants in webinars and virtual admissions events to share our vision. We welcome you to begin your application, and look forward to getting to know you during the admissions process.
At a time of great collective need, and with numerous mental health and cultural crises that will require the support of our depth-informed clinical expertise, the Counseling Psychology Department remains committed to teaching and training the next generation of licensed clinicians. We look forward to the new PsyD Counseling Psychology Program serving as an additional program offering to meet this collective need, and to our new students joining us in this effort in the Summer and Fall Quarters of 2021.