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Washington Adventist University signs agreement with the Chicago School of Professional Psychology to help students earn their doctoral degrees

Takoma Park, Md. (November 7, 2017) Washington Adventist University (WAU) and The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (TCSPP) reached an agreement recently that will make it easier for WAU graduate psychology students to earn a doctoral degree so that they can provide holistic, professional psychology services that will improve community health.

The agreement was signed October 26, 2017 by Washington Adventist University President Weymouth Spence, Ed.D., and The Chicago School of Professional Psychology President Michele Nealon, Psy.D. Beginning in fall 2017, WAU students who earn their master’s degree in counseling psychology or clinical mental health counseling and who meet TCSPP acceptance criteria, will be guaranteed acceptance into the Clinical Psy.D. Program at the Washington, D.C. Campus, and will be able to seamlessly transfer four required courses as long as they earned a grade of “B” or higher. In addition, tuition costs will be discounted.

“We are extremely pleased to have forged this agreement with The Chicago School of Professional Psychology,” said WAU Provost Cheryl Harris Kisunzu, Ph.D. “Our graduate psychology students are taught from a faith-informed perspective to provide holistic care to others. Those who earn a doctoral degree will be in a better position to address mental health needs and will further enrich our communities.”

“It is exciting to offer students at Washington Adventist University a new career path in the field of mental health,” said Heather Sheets, Psy.D., TCSPP Washington, D.C. Campus Dean. “Our practitioner-model of education and training is intended to give graduates immediate access to jobs and help fill the gap in mental health care facing the nation.”

The Washington Adventist University School of Graduate and Professional Studies offers evening graduate degree programs in Counseling Psychology (MA) and Clinical Mental Health Counseling (MA), as well as an evening undergraduate Counseling Psychology program (BS). One of more than 20 degree programs The Chicago School offers across its four campuses, the Washington, D.C. Clinical Psy.D. Program is American Psychological Association (APA) accredited, and offers students a broad knowledge of scientific and theoretical psychology principles.

Although the agreement guarantees admission for eligible 2017 graduates, those who graduated in previous years and who seek admission to The Chicago School of Professional Psychology will be evaluated on an individual basis to determine their eligibility for the transfer of courses and for the ten percent tuition discount.

For more information, please contact Nicole Currier, Interim Dean, Washington Adventist University School of Graduate and Professional Studies at 301-891-4092 or email her at ncurrier@wau.edu.

Photo shows WAU Provost Dr. Cheryl Harris Kisunzu, Ph.D. (left) and The Chicago School of Professional Psychology President Michele Nealon, Psy.D.

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Washington Adventist University is Montgomery County’s only four-year private college. Part of the Seventh-day Adventist system of higher education, Washington Adventist University has been educating college students since 1904 on a 19-acre campus in suburban Takoma Park, close to the nation’s capital. Approximately 1,100 students of all faiths participate in the university’s nine graduate and 42 undergraduate programs. The 2017 edition of U.S. News & World Report ranked Washington Adventist University among the best regional colleges in the north.

Founded in 1979, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (TCSPP) is a nonprofit university devoted exclusively to psychology, and related behavioral health sciences with new programs in the health services. The Chicago School is an affiliate of TCS Education System, a nonprofit system of colleges advancing student success and community impact. The institution serves more than 4,300 students across campuses in Chicago; Southern California (Los Angeles, Irvine and San Diego); and Washington, D.C., as well as through online programs. The Chicago School is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission, (WSCUC), and its Clinical Psychology Doctoral Programs in Chicago and Washington, D.C. are accredited by the American Psychological Association. With more than 20 graduate degree programs, thousands of hours of real-world training, and a wealth of international opportunities, TCSPP is the leader in professional psychology and behavioral health education.

 

Media Contacts:
Douglas Walker, 301-891-4134, dkwalker@wau.edu
Donna Bigler, 240-286-1169, dbigler@wau.edu
Lisa Riley, 312-410-8963, lriley@thechicagoschool.edu