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Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) in Counseling Psychology

Admissions Criteria

The Psy.D. in Counseling Psychology is a four-year, full-time, cohort-based program with courses being offered in the fall, spring and summer. The curriculum consists of 88 credits of which 15 credits are completed by students through required courses in their Master's Programs and transferred into the Psy.D. program. The required courses are: Human Growth and Personality Development, Psychological Assessment, Psychopathology, Research Methods and Advanced Statistics, Counseling Theories, and Group Counseling. Although a three-credit course in Group Counseling is a prerequisite to the program, it is not accepted as a transfer course. In addition to these 15 credits in Master's-level courses, the curriculum includes 73 credits in doctoral-level coursework and supervision.

Faculty members regularly evaluate the progress of each student enrolled in the doctoral program. This review addresses both the student's progress toward the completion of the academic degree and the student's development as a practitioner. Students must continue to develop in both areas. Depending on the outcome of this evaluation, students may be required to take remedial action such as repeating course work, taking a leave of absence, etc. In unusual instances, the student may be terminated from the program as a result of the evaluation process. Rarely the behavior of a given student will suggest psychological impairment which, in the professional judgment of the faculty, would interfere with the person's ability to function as a mental health professional. In such a case, the program reserves the right to ask students to take remedial actions such as: seeking counseling, taking a leave of absence, or if necessary, withdrawing from the program.

Applicants to the Psy.D. program in counseling psychology are required to:

  • Have completed a Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology, Forensic Psychology and Counseling, or its equivalent.
  • Have completed three credits in each of the following Master's-level courses: Human Growth and Personality Development, Psychological Assessment, Psychopathology, Research Methods and Advanced Statistics, Counseling Theories, and Group Counseling.
  • Have a satisfactory degree of professional or applied experience.
  • Submit official scores from the Graduate Record Examination and the Psychology GRE Subject Test.
  • Submit a statement of professional goals: 3-6 pages, double-spaced, detailing the applicant's professional goals and including an autobiographical statement regarding the applicant's motivation for pursuing those goals.
  • Submit three letters of recommendation from professionals who can comment on the applicant's qualifications for doctoral study: at least one letter must be from a professor attesting to academic capability and at least one must be from a practitioner attesting to professional capacity.
  • Submit official transcripts of all graduate and undergraduate work.
  • Submit a curriculum vitae.
  • Submit a completed application form.

Selected applicants are invited to interview with representatives of the Psy.D. faculty.

Student Learning Outcomes:

As a result of completing the Psy.D. program in counseling psychology, students will be:

  • Able to apply knowledge of affective, biological, cognitive, development, and social bases of behavior in the practice of health service psychology.
  • Able to demonstrate knowledge and application of the ethical, legal, and professional standards and guidelines of professional practice of psychology.
  • Proficient as science-informed practitioners in conducting professional assessment and treatment services, integrating research into practice.
  • Able to articulate a professional identity as counseling psychologists which reflects the values, ethics, and professional standards of counseling psychology.
  • Competent as effective practitioners with diverse clients, promoting health and empowerment across social and cultural context.
  • Able to demonstrate a commitment to social justice as reflected in a broad range of professional activities.

First Academic Year: 24 credits

Fall 9 credits:

PSY700Clinical Applications of Human Development

3

PSY702Recent and Advanced Theories of Personality

3

PSY720Techniques in Counseling Psychotherapy

3

Spring 9 credits:

PSY704Cognitive and Affective Aspects of Behavior

3

PSY708History and Systems of Psychology

3

PSY716Advanced Adult Psychopathology

3

Summer 6 credits:

PSY701Social Aspects of Behavior

3

PSY706Physiological Psychology

3

Second Academic Year: 24 credits

Fall 9 credits:

PSY710Advanced Psychometrics and Cognitive Assessment

3

PSY719Foundations of Counseling Psychology

3

PSY732Doctoral Practicum I

3

Spring 9 credits:

PSY712Advanced Personality Assessment

3

PSY728Advanced Research Methods and Statistical Design

3

PSY733Doctoral Practicum II

3

Summer 6 credits:

PSY714Advanced Child and Adolescent Psychopathology

3

PSY734Doctoral Practicum III

3

Third Academic Year: 19 credits

Fall 6 credits:

PSY726Applied Social Justice in Psychological Treatment

3

PSY735Doctoral Practicum IV

3

Spring 7 credits:

PSY722Theories and Techniques of Career Counseling

3

PSY730Counseling Research and Program Evaluation Research

3

PSY740Doctoral Dissertation I

1

Summer 6 credits:

PSY731Program Management and Consultation Supervision for Counseling Psychology

3

PSY742Doctoral Dissertation II

3

Fourth Academic Year: 12 credits

Fall 6 credits:

PSY736Doctoral Internship I

3

PSY744Doctoral Dissertation III

3

Spring 6 credits:

PSY738Doctoral Internship II

0

PSY746Doctoral Dissertation IV

0