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Counseling Psychology Program

The Counseling Psychology program offers a Ph.D. and has been fully accredited by the American Psychological Association since 1988. Questions related to the program’s accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation:

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation

750 1st Street, NE

Washington D.C. 20002-4242

(202) 336-5979

apaaccred@apa.org

Program Description

The program is housed in the Department of Educational Psychology and the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education. Our program has traditionally followed a scientist-practitioner training model, and we remain committed to this integration of science and practice. However, in view of our further commitment to train students to offer culturally responsive services, especially to traditionally marginalized populations, and to reflect our belief that all professional roles, including practitioner, researcher, teacher, consultant, and supervisor, involve social consequences and social responsibilities, we are moving toward the development and implementation of a scientist-practitioner-advocate training model (Fassinger & O’Brien, 2000). Training will continue to include the provision of counseling services in our on-site, community-based clinic, as well as include collaborative service learning experiences with community organizations and agencies.

The Counseling Psychology Program is designed to meet the criteria set forth by the American Psychological Association Commission on Accreditation. The sequencing of courses in the program has been organized to encourage and support the professional and scientific development of the student. The faculty believes that it is important for counseling psychology students to not only to be good consumers of research, but also to become familiar and proficient with research processes. Students begin their involvement in the research process upon entry into the program and continue until completion of the dissertation. Furthermore, students are encouraged to present their research at professional conferences and to submit their research for possible publication.