PROGRAM TYPE
On Campus

DEGREES
BA, MA/LMHC, MS

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John Pratico, M.A., C.A.G.S., Psy. D.

Assistant Professor of Psychology/Director of Psychology Programs
Psychology
(508) 849-3413
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Psychology

Program Overview

The purpose of the Psychology Program is to advance the knowledge of psychological science through its work with the student body. Students in the psychology program will:

  • Honor academic excellence; 
  • Foster a sense of lifelong learning, leadership, and self-development; 
  • Promote excellence in service to humanity and to one’s community. 

Specifically, the Psychology Program sees its mission to be that of preparing students for some of the common experiences after graduation, which include graduate school, research assistantships, and for working in careers in human services.  Finally, the Psychology Program is committed to nurturing a sense of respect for oneself and others and to encourage ethical and social responsibility in a diverse world.

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“Psychology has a long past, yet its real history is short.”

– Hermann Ebbinghaus (1908)

Course Of Study

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Minor

Students of psychology often find that their studies overlap with other disciplines in the social sciences. Psychology provides well-balanced that connects to other fields. The curriculum includes introductions to the basic concepts utilized in psychology, foundations of clinical practice, appreciation of societal issues and culture, and development across stages of the lifespan. Students may graduate with a minor in psychology by taking six courses which include two upper-level electives from the upper-level elective (300-level and beyond) in courses relevant to the field of psychology.  These elective courses do not necessarily need to be taken in Psychology, however, and can include courses from other programs such as social work, education, criminal justice, music therapy, etc.

Psychology Minor Curriculum Requirements (18 credits total)

  1. PSY 101 General Psychology (3 credits)
  2. One Developmental Psychology Course (3 credits)
    1. PSY 207 Child Development
    2. PSY 215 Adolescent Development
    3. PSY 217 Human Development Across the Lifespan
  3. One Clinical Psychology Course (3 credits)
    1. PSY 306 Abnormal Psychology
    2. PSY 313 Personality Theory
  4. One Sociocultural Psychology Course (3 credits)
    1. PSY 322 Social Psychology
    2. PSY 324 Cultural Psychology
  5. Two Upper-Level Elective Courses (6 credits total)

Students have the option of taking two courses from one content area and use the additional course as an elective.  For example, students could take PSY 306 Abnormal Psychology and PSY 313 Personality Theory, and they could apply PSY 306 to their Clinical Psychology requirement and PSY 313 as one of their upper-level elective courses.  Please consult with your academic advisor for guidance on fulfilling the minor requirements.

Addiction Studies Minor

The Addiction Studies Minor provides an interdisciplinary education as it relates to substance use, addiction, and recovery. Students will be offered courses in substance use theory, prevention, treatment, and social issues.  There is an additional track that concentrates on addiction counseling and prepares students in becoming a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor Level 1 (LADC-1) in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  The goal of the minor is to increase student knowledge, competency, and skills as it relates to the field of addiction science. According to the www.mass.gov website,  “The LADC-I is a person licensed by the Department to conduct an independent practice of alcohol and drug counseling, and to provide supervision to other alcohol and drug counselors.”

A person who has their LADC-I license can bill certain insurance companies for their services with a graduate degree in behavioral science. The license is designed to prepare people for careers in the field of substance use in various settings across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

However, it is also anticipated that there will be many undergraduate students who will be interested in Addiction Studies yet may not be interested in LADC licensure.  Hence, the Addiction Studies Minor is designed to have two tracks that are effectively distinguished as “licensure” versus “non-licensure” tracks. Regardless of track, students in the minor take four core courses.  If the student is not interested in LADC licensure, he or she will take two upper-level (i.e. 300-level or above) elective courses that are relevant to the field of substance use (e.g. HST 332 Drug Trafficking in Latin America). Students interested in licensure will take two graduate classes in counseling psychology as Fifth Year Option courses and will complete an additional 300 hour internship experience.

Addiction Studies Minor (18 credits)

  1. PSY 205: Foundations of Addiction 1 – Macrosystems
  2. PSY 206: Foundations of Addiction 2 – Microsystems 
  3. CRJ 304 Drugs & Society
  4. PSY 306 Abnormal Psychology
  5. Upper-Level Elective
  6. Upper-Level Elective

Addiction Studies Minor – Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor Track (24 credits)

  1. PSY 205: Foundations of Addiction 1 – Macrosystems
  2. PSY 206: Foundations of Addiction 2 – Microsystems 
  3. CRJ 304 Drugs & Society
  4. PSY 306 Abnormal Psychology
  5. PSY 622 Counseling Theory
  6. PSY 727 Counseling the Substance Abusing Client
  7. PSY 815 Internship Seminar I (300 hours)

Internship

Students pursuing internship for licensure will need to meet the BSAS internship standards including supervised clinical work at an addiction site (e.g. a detox unit).  Students will need to take a seminar corresponding with the semester in which they complete their internship hours.

Program Learning Outcomes

The Psychology Program at Anna Maria College aligns its learning goals and outcomes with the undergraduate psychology guidelines set forth by the American Psychological Association (APA).

  • Students will describe key psychological concepts and principles and will apply these psychological concepts to themselves and to society.
  • Students will use scientific reasoning to interpret psychological phenomena, and they will demonstrate information literacy in psychology. They will build these skills by designing, conducting, and interpreting their own psychological research.
  • Students will apply ethical standards to psychological science and to clinical practice.
  • Students will exhibit effective communication through writing and presentation skills.
  • Students will apply psychological content to specific professional skills and to career goals such as getting into graduate school, working as a research assistant, or finding a job in the field of human services. As such:
      • Students will improve their capacity for teamwork.
      • Students will enhance interpersonal relationships with diverse populations.
      • Students will explain sociocultural values that build communities.
      • Students will refine project-management skills.

Internships

Students will participate in an internship seminar course in the semester(s) in which they accrue internship hours and experience.  The course is designed to supplement the student’s internship experience, and it also acts as an opportunity to support and supervise student interns.

This list below includes sites where students have worked in the past as well as sites where students could potentially work in the future.  Please consult with your academic advisor regarding internships that might be interesting to you.

ABBY’S HOUSE

52 High Street
Worcester, MA 01609
508-756-5486
Website

ADCARE HOSPITAL
107 Lincoln Street
Worcester, MA 01605
508-799-9000
Website
ACLU
340 Main Street, Room 717
Worcester, MA 01610
508-752-5363
Website
AMERICAN RED CROSS – CENTRAL MA CHAPTER
2000 Century Drive
Worcester, MA 01606-1256
508-595-3700
Website
AUBURN HIGH SCHOOL 

99 Auburn Street
Auburn, MA 01501
508-832-7711
Website

AUBURN YOUTH AND FAMILY SERVICES
21 Pheasant Court
Auburn, MA 01501
508-832-5707
Website
 THE BRIDGE OF CENTRAL MASSACHUSETTS
4 Mann Street
Worcester, MA 01602
508-755-0333
Website
BRIGHT HORIZONS
419 Belmont Street
Worcester, MA
774-455-5437
Website
BURNCOAT HIGH SCHOOL
BURNCOAT HIGH SCHOOL
179 Burncoat Street
Worcester, MA 01606
508-799-3300
BURNCOAT MIDDLE SCHOOL
BURNCOAT MIDDLE SCHOOL
135 Burncoat Street
Worcester, MA 01606
508-799-3392
CATHOLIC CHARITIES
10 Hammond Street
Worcester, MA 01610
508-798-0191
Website
CMHA
7-11 Bellevue Street
Worcester, MA 01609
508-791-7265
Website
CENTRAL MASSACHUSETTS SPECIAL EDUCATION COLLABORATIVE
11 McKeon Road
Worcester, MA 01610
508-459-5463
Website

 

 CEREBRAL PALSY OF MASSACHUSETTS
43 Old Colony Avenue
Quincy, MA 02170
617-479-7443
Website
COMMONWEALTH OF MA, DPT. OF CHILDREN & FAMILIES
Central Regional Office
25 Winthrop St., Suite 300
Worcester, MA 01604
508-929-2130
Website
COMMUNITY
HEALTHLINK, INC.
72 Jacques Avenue
Worcester, MA 01610
508-860-1260
Website

 

DANA-FARBER
CANCER INSTITUTE
44 Binney Street
Boston, MA 02115
617-632-3052
Website
DAYBREAK RESOURCES
DAYBREAK RESOURCES
YMCA Address:
1 Salem Sq.,
Box 3093
Worcester, MA 01613-3093
Virginia Navickas, Director:
508-755-5371
DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN AND FAMILIES
151 West Boylston Drive
Worcester, MA 01606
508-793-8000
Website

 

DEVEREUX SCHOOL
60 Miles Road
Rutland, MA 01543
Website
 DIOCESE OF WORCESTER
49 Elm Street
Worcester, MA 01609
508-791-7171
Website
EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTRAL
EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTRAL
34 Cedar Street
Worcester, MA 01609
508-792-0220
Website

 

EDUCATION DEVELOPMENT CENTER, INC.
55 Chapel Street
Newton, MA 02458-1060
617-969-7100
Website
EDWARD STREET CHILD SERVICES
34 Cedar Street
Worcester, MA 01609
508-792-0220
Website
ELDER SERVICES OF WORCESTER AREA, INC.
411 Chandler Street
Worcester, MA 01602
508-756-1545
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EVERYDAY MIRACLES PEER RECOVERY CENTER
25 Pleasant Street
Worcester, MA 01609
508-799-6221
Website
FAMILY HEALTH CENTER OF WORCESTER, INC.
26 Queen Street
Worcester, MA 01610
Contact – Amy Grassette
(508) 860-7700
Website
FAMILY SERVICES OF CENTRAL MASSACHUSETTS
31 Harvard Street
Worcester, MA 01609
508-756-4646
Website
FRIENDLY HOUSE, INC.
36 Wall Street
Worcester, MA 01604
Contact – Josefina Velez
508-755-4362
Website
GENESIS CLUB, INC.
274 Lincoln Street
Worcester, MA 01605-2106
508-831-0100
Website
GIRL SCOUTS OF CENTRAL AND WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS
81 Goldstar Boulevard
Worcester, MA 01606
413-584-2602
Website
GIRLS INC OF WORCESTER
125 Providence St
Worcester, MA 01604
508-755-6455
Website
HEAD START
Administrative Office
Taylor Building
770 Main Street
Worcester, MA 01610
508-799-3608; 508-799-3225
Website
HORIZONS FOR HOMELESS CHILDREN
111 Park Avenue
Worcester, MA 01609
508-755-2615
Website
JEWISH FAMILY SERVICE OF WORCESTER
646 Salisbury Street
Worcester, MA 01609
Contact – Steve Slaten, Ph.D.
508-755-3101
Website
LUK, INC.
545 Westminster Street
Fitchburg, MA 01420
978-345-0685
Website
MASSACHUSETTS COMMISSION AGAINST DISCRIMINATION
Worcester City Hall
455 Main Street, Room 100
Worcester, MA 01608
508-799-8010
Website
MASSACHUSETTS SOCIETY FOR THE PREVENTION OF CRUELTY TO CHILDREN
Central Regional Office
335 Chandler Street
Worcester, MA 01602
508-753-2967
Website
MONTACHUSETT VOCATIONAL TECHNICAL HIGH SCHOOL
1050 Westminster Street
Fitchburg, MA 01420
978-345-9200
Website
NEW ENGLAND CENTER FOR CHILDREN
33 Turnpike Road
Southborough, MA 01772
508-481-1015
Website
RAPE CRISIS CENTER
OF CENTRAL MASSACHUSETTS
RAPE CRISIS CENTER OF CENTRAL MASSACHUSETTS
799 West Boylston Street
Worcester, MA 01606
Contact – Denise Roy
508-852-7600
SEVEN HILLS FOUNDATION
81 Hope Avenue
Worcester, MA 01603
508-755-2340
Website
SHREWSBURY COUNCIL
ON AGING
SHREWSBURY COUNCIL ON AGING
98 Maple Avenue
Shrewsbury, MA 01545
508-841-8640
Website
SHREWSBURY YOUTH AND FAMILY SERVICES
240 Maple Avenue
Shrewsbury, MA 01545
508-845-6932
Website
SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION
51 Myrtle St
Worcester, MA 01608
508-753-4105
Website
SOUTH BAY EARLY COMMUNITY SERVICES
548 Park Avenue
Worcester, MA
774-823-1500
Website
SOUTH WORCESTER NEIGHBORHOOD IMPROVEMENT CORP.
47 Camp Street
Worcester, MA 01603
508-757-8344
Website
SULLIVAN INSURANCE GROUP
One Chestnut Place
10 Chestnut Street
Worcester, MA 01608
800-649-1553
Website
TRI-VALLEY, INC
10 Mill Street
Dudley, MA 01571
800-286-6640
Website
TURN BACK TIME INC.
250 Marshall Street
Paxton, MA 01612
978-760-3707
Website
UNITED WAY OF CENTRAL MASSACHUSETTS
484 Main Street
Worcester, Ma. 01608
508-757-5631
Website
WAYSIDE YOUTH & FAMILY SUPPORT NETWORK
75 Fountain Street
Framingham, MA 01702
508-879-9800
Website
WOODS AT
EDDY POND
WOODS AT EDDY POND
667 Washington Street
Auburn, MA 01501
Contact – Lori Tombs
508-832-8488; 877-357-5101
Website
WORCESTER ART MUSEUM
55 Salisbury Street
Worcester, MA 01609
508-799-4406
Website
WORCESTER COMMON GROUND
7-11 Bellevue Street
Worcester, Massachusetts 01609
508-754-0908
Website
WORCESTER COMPREHENSIVE CHILD CARE SERVICES
160 Tacoma Street
Worcester, MA 01605
508-852-3792
Website
WORCESTER COMMUNITY ACTION COUNCIL
Early Head Start
484 Main Street #200
Worcester, MA 01608
508-754-1176
Website
WORCESTER HOUSING AUTHORITY
34 Tacoma Street
Worcester, MA 01605
508-853-0098
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Meet Our Faculty

Achu Alexander, Ph.D., M.A.

Assistant Professor
Psychology
(508) 849-3440

Gary Blanchard

Lecturer

Jean Desto

Lecturer
Health & Emergency Management

Lynn LeBlanc-Marrone

Lecturer
Health & Emergency Management

Michael Letendre

Lecturer
Psychology

John Pratico, M.A., C.A.G.S., Psy. D.

Assistant Professor of Psychology/Director of Psychology Programs
Psychology
(508) 849-3413

Stephanie Pratico

Lecturer
Health & Emergency Management

Morgan Rafferty

Lecturer
Health & Emergency Management

Robin Risso

Lecturer

Cornelia Salone

Lecturer
Psychology

Katrin Sanford

Lecturer
Psychology

Christina Smith

Lecturer

Doe West

Lecturer

Lisa Williams, M.S.

Assistant Professor of Psychology
Psychology

Timothy Woodward

Lecturer
School of Professional Studies

Vincenzo Zaccheo

Lecturer

Karen Zaleski

Lecturer