Chicago — Global connectivity, conflicts, and other crises throughout the world have exponentially increased the need for professionals with international and cross-cultural expertise. The global need for psychology has never been greater—to heal wounds, foster diplomacy, and cultivate cooperation and peace. In response, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (TCSPP) developed its International Psychology PhD program for working professionals—the first degree of its kind in the world. This unique program—which launched in 2009 in an online-blended format—will now be offered in an on-ground format at the school's Chicago campus beginning with the January 2011 semester.
"The dynamics of the world have changed and international psychology is well positioned to ask the right questions, engage in cross-cultural and cross-disciplinary collaboration and research, and propose creative and unique solutions to our common challenges," said Azin Nasseri, a counselor and therapist currently living in China who is in his second year of TCSPP's online-blended International Psychology doctoral program. "TCSPP's International Psychology program has given me the skills and confidence to move forward in my profession as I work to advance mental healthcare here in China."
The on-ground International Psychology PhD program is a 60-credit post-master's program designed for working professionals, with coursework on weekends and evenings. Students participate in two required field experiences at international sites, and also benefit from the activities and resources of the Center for International Studies and the Center for Multicultural and Diversity Studies at the Chicago Campus, plus a variety of research and community-based hands on learning opportunities throughout the Chicago area.
The program offers two concentrations: Organizations and Systems, and Trauma Services.
Interest in international psychology has been growing rapidly, but there had not been a PhD program focused exclusively on the field until The Chicago School developed its online-blended program in 2009.
"We are looking at a new kind of professional who is uniquely qualified to apply psychological principles to address the challenges of an increasingly interconnected, diverse, and rapidly changing world," said Dr. Amanda Kim, lead faculty for the on-ground International Psychology PhD. program. "As psychologists, we have an opportunity to make a positive global impact not just on individuals, but on communities, systems, and policy. Students who enroll in the program have the commitment—and can now gain the skills sets—to do so."
For more information on the International Psychology PhD program, attend the upcoming International Psychology - Chicago Information Session on November 3, 2010, at the Chicago Campus.