The Department of Professional Psychology and Family Therapy has a long history dating back to the early 1960's of training professionals in a wide variety of educational and counseling specialties. Originally called the Department of Counseling and Special Services, it became the Department of Counseling Psychology in the mid 1980's when the College was restructured.
Programs in educational specialties such as teaching individuals with disabilities, reading specialist, and speech therapy moved into the Department of Educational Studies while the counseling and psychologically based programs remained in this department. In 1993, the Department of Counseling Psychology changed its name to the Department of Professional Psychology and Family Therapy, a name more accurately reflecting the programs offered by the department.
The faculty at Seton Hall University are involved in professional development activities and provide seminars and workshops for students in all programs. Specialties include school psychology, counseling psychology, marriage and family therapy, mind/body/spirituality, and sports psychology. Our faculty are involved in research in such areas as career decisions, cultural diversity, infant mental health, learning disabilities, neuropsychology, psychopathology, trauma issues, etc. and are dedicated to promoting scientific research in a professional and ethical manner.