Combine Community Intervention and Action Research for Positive Social Change
Earn your master's in clinical-community psychology at Point Park University in Downtown Pittsburgh. Our 48-credit Master of Arts program offers students a holistic, humanistic and phenomenological approach that seeks to better understand human experience and behavior by integrating two important subfields of psychology — clinical and community psychology.
Clinical psychology is primarily concerned with promoting mental health and well-being while community psychology is focused on social and cultural influences on personal well-being, including research and assistance at the community level.
Clinical-Community Psychology Program Goals
The overall goal is to enable graduate psychology students to enhance the well-being of individuals, groups and communities through research, community assistance and clinical practices. Therefore, emphasis is placed on understanding the role of social and cultural influences on mental health and well-being including prevention, diagnosis and treatment of mental illness.
This clinical-community graduate psychology program also strives to teach empathic understanding and recognition of diverse ways of living in the world. The goal of empathic understanding, in addition to scientific goals of explanation, is a foundation for an ethically-informed approach to psychology that respects and values the fundamental dignity and human rights of all persons.
As part of their thesis, psychology graduate students will work within a community to help address specific needs that have been identified by community members and organizations. Based on research review and assessment, students will then design a plan to help empower and improve the mental health and well-being of members of the community. Students also have the opportunity to present their research work at national psychology conferences.
Grad Student Profile
Humanitarian works inspires international grad student Shari Boddin to pursue M.A. in clinical-community psychology.
Course Offerings in Clinical-Community Psychology
Some of the courses offered in this master's in clinical-community psychology program include:
- Foundations of Community Psychology
- Mental Health & Well-Being: Individual and Collective
- Brain, Body and Experience
- MFT I: Theoretical Approaches to Psychotherapy in a Family and Social Systems Context
- Psychology of Human Diversity
- Child Development
- Individual Psychotherapy
- Lifespan Development
With a master’s degree in psychology, you will have the option to pursue a doctoral degree as well as various career opportunities, such as:
- Administer/director of community programs in human services, mental health, prevention community, education, health promotion and community development
- Social and community service manager
- Marriage and family therapist (with additional courses for training in MFT work)
Point Park's psychology department is affiliated with the American Psychological Association's Divisions 32 and 27. Click on the links below to learn more.
- APA, Division 32: Society for Humanistic Psychology
- APA, Division 27: Society for Community Research and Action