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Nilda M. Laboy

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A Message from the Counseling Psychology (MA) Department

Counseling Psychology MA Program
Forensic & Counseling Psychology MA Program
Counseling Psychology & Community Mental Health MA Program
Counseling Psychology & Expressive Arts Therapy
Counseling Psychology & Global Mental Health MA Program
Counseling Psychology & Primary Care MA Program

Welcome from the Department Head <back to top>

Welcome to MSPP! I am delighted that you have chosen to pursue your graduate studies with us. You have made a very good choice: not only are you embarking on a career that is challenging, intellectually stimulating, and deeply rewarding, you are also placing yourselves on the path to join one of the fastest growing mental health service professions in the United States. At a time when, sadly, many other occupations are shrinking, the field of mental health counseling is expected to experience a job growth rate of up to 30% between now and the year 2016.

We will prepare you for these opportunities by providing a hands-on, experiential education anchored in a state-of-the-art curriculum delivered by a practitioner faculty in the context of a model that actively integrates theory with practice. In our classrooms and field sites, you will learn the fundamentals of counseling and clinical work within an ethical framework. You will be exposed to the many facets of diversity and cultural competence, and you will learn to apply your classroom knowledge to the realities of everyday practice. You will learn how to be a consumer of scientific research to guide you in choosing the best practices to guide your assessments and interventions. Above all, you will learn how to listen to persons in distress – and how to respond to them in such a manner as to help them overcome their difficulties and get the most out of their lives. You will learn the essence of caring, and you will make a greater difference.

All of you come to us from different walks of life, and you bring to our department and to our school your intellect, your knowledge, your passion, your humanity and your kindness, along with your life experiences. Our strength resides in our diversity and the ability to use our gifts, along with the training we give and receive, to make this world a better place, one day at a time.

On behalf of the Counseling Psychology Department and the faculty in our five programs, I welcome you. We are honored to be part of your professional journey and to be your academic and professional home.

If you have any questions, please contact me at any time at, or contact my assistant, Ms. Maura O’Brien, at 617-327-6777 x1406 or at

Nilda M. Laboy, PsyD
Head, Counseling Psychology Department

Academic Advisors <back to top>

You will be assigned your academic advisor during the summer and you will be in contact prior to the beginning of classes. If you have any questions in the meantime, please contact me at

Field Education <back to top>

You should expect an email from Dr. Jeff Napolitano, Associate Director of Field Education for the Counseling Psychology Department, requesting information that will allow the Field Education Office to help you in the search process for practicum. If you do not receive such email by early May, or within a week of paying your deposit, please contact Dr. Jeff Napolitano at:

Setting up your MSPP Email Account <back to top>

As soon as you receive instructions on how to set up your MSPP email account, please do so, and check it on a daily basis, as we will be sending information using a distribution list for entering students. You should also use the MSPP email account when you are applying to practicum sites.

Updated 5/21/14

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