Hi, my name is Sidney Trantham, and I am an Associate Professor and the Division Director for the Division of Counseling and Psychology at Lesley University. I want to provide a brief overview of the programs we offer through the Graduate School of Arts and Social Sciences. The Division of Counseling and Psychology is currently made up of 11 full time core faculty members, four full time staff members, and a number of adjunct and part time staff members. One strength of our program is the decades of clinical and educational experience of the faculty, with expertise in trauma, mind body health, counseling children in adolescence, gender and sexuality, and social justice advocacy. Many of the core faculty currently engage in clinical and professional practice of some kind, including maintaining a private practice, providing consultation to schools and agencies, and providing mental health trainings for other professionals and agencies.
Another strength of our division is our field training office, which provides a significant amount of support for all students in the program before they start their internship, during their internship and after their internship as they move forward with seeking licensure. We offer a number of degree programs, including two 48 credit programs, one of which is our 48 credit School Counseling degree that completers are then eligible for the Massachusetts DESE School Counselor License. We also offer a number of 60 degree credit programs that allow graduates to become eligible to become Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselors or LMHCs in Massachusetts. We have several specializations that allow students to specialize in areas such as Trauma Studies, Holistic Studies, and School and Community programs. These programs require two internships in order to help students further develop their specialized knowledge and skills related to the topic area. Most 60 degree credit programs are completed in three years from the start of the program, with the exception of our off campus cohort, which usually takes 3.5 years due to the structure of the program.
As I mentioned, we have a variety of on campus courses, and we also offer them in weekly and weekend format for students. All of our on campus courses are currently face to face with the development of many online versions of courses at this time. The division has more than four decades of experience working with career transitioners and working adults. As a result, we offer courses in two formats: weekly over the course of the semester, once a week, two and a half hours, and weekend intensive. Weekend intensive courses involve students meeting on campus for a class for two weekends. Usually this means you meet for one weekend in one month, and then about four weeks later, you meet for the second weekend. In a weekend intensive format students self direct their learning often doing work before the first weekend, between the two weekends and after the first weekend, but concentrating their face to face time in the weekends. For our off campus cohort, all courses are offered in the weekend intensive format, and they start in January. And this is why the weekend intensive off campus cohort takes about 3.5 years to complete.
We also have a doctoral program designed for licensed mental health professionals who are looking to advance their careers. This program is not a clinical program. Graduates do not become licensed psychologists, but rather a professional program, where graduates obtain a PhD that will allow them to advance in leadership positions at their agencies to be employed full time as a faculty member at a college or university where a doctorate is required for full time employment, or to be eligible for higher levels of grants and scholarships to do research, as well as other professional endeavors. If someone is looking to have a wider impact in the field, our doctoral program may be just right for you.
And finally, we offer several certificate programs that allow licensed professionals to add their knowledge and skills to help set them up in their professional practice. These can be completed often in about a year from the start of the program.
And finally, if you'd like to learn more, please reach out to Courtney Millette, our Associate Director. She can answer many of the questions you might have and get you on your way to apply to one of our programs. I hope to see you join us sometime in the future.