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Counseling Psychology Overview

The Counseling Psychology Program, leading to the Ph.D. in Educational Psychology (Specialization in Counseling Psychology), is accredited by the American Psychological Association, providing assurance to prospective students of continuing excellence. The program is based on the scientist-practitioner model of psychology training; that is, it is based on the principle that theory, research, and practice should be considered inseparable in the preparation of professional psychologists. We consider it top priority to provide integrated training in psychology as a behavioral science and in counseling psychology as a specialty.

Degree Requirements

Post-Bachelor’s Track

  • 5 years minimum (including internship)
  • Post-Bachelor Year – Master’s in Educational Psychology, Specialization in Counseling Psychology, Master’s Portfolio
  • Plan of Study
  • Comprehensive Exams
  • APA-accredited Internship

Post-Master’s Track

  • 4 years minimum (including internship)
  • Plan of Study
  • Comprehensive Exams
  • APA-accredited Internship

Post-Graduation Success

Graduates from our program have found employment as counseling psychologists in academic settings; university counseling centers; public service settings such as correctional facilities, the military settings, hospitals, Veterans Administration Medical Centers, or Indian Health Services settings; child/adolescent guidance centers; community mental health clinics, rehabilitation centers; family services; and private practice settings.

Philosophy of the Counseling Psychology Program

The philosophical orientation of this program is consistent both with the historical development of counseling psychology and with the current roles and functions of counseling psychologists. We give major emphases to preventive/developmental /educational interventions, and to remediation of problems that arise in the normal development of relatively well functioning people.

  • Prevention, Developmental Change, and Education
  • Skills related to facilitation of growth
  • Training in education, consultation, environmental change, and self-help
  • Focus on assets, skills, strengths, and possibilities rather than psychopathology
  • Remediation
  • Focus on remediation motives our  acquisition of knowledge
  • Skills in psychotherapy  as applied to individuals, groups, families, and communities

Commitment to Multiculturalism, Diversity, and Social Justice

Diversity and Inclusion Statement

The College of Education, Health, and Aviation (EHA; of which the CPSY program is a part) is committed to the promotion and affirmation of diversity in the broadest sense. This commitment is consistent with the ethical principles of the various professions, including the American Psychological Association, represented in the College of EHA and in the School of Community Health Sciences, Counseling and Counseling Psychology.

Multicultural Training

Counseling Psychology as a discipline of psychology is committed to diversity issues and multiculturalism and issues of social justice. As counseling psychologists, we serve and advocate for underrepresented and oppressed groups of individuals. Counseling psychologists conceptualize peoples' experiences within the context of their history, their culture and communities, and their development (lifespan). We emphasize the strengths and resilience of individuals, groups, families and communities in their efforts to live meaningful and satisfactory lives.

Course Work

Students are exposed to a variety of coursework related to multiculturalism and professional psychology in our program. Students take coursework in multicultural counseling and discuss diversity issues in most of their classes (e.g., multicultural aspects of group work, marriage and family work, career counseling, personal counseling, etc.).

Students are encouraged to present diverse clients in their case presentations in practicum classes. Students are encouraged to present diverse clients in their case presentations in practicum classes. As part of the experience in our training program, students actively explore their biases and prejudices related to working with clients.

Safe Zone Training

Our faculty members all have advanced GLBTQ Safe Zone training and we encourage our students to complete the training. Safe Zone stickers and other signs of inclusion and diversity around counseling psychology faculty, students, and staff work spaces help create an inclusive atmosphere.