Philosophy of the UND Counseling Psychology Program
The Counseling Psychology Ph.D. program at the University of North Dakota endorses the scientist-practitioner model of training. We affirm as a primary value the integration of practice and science throughout the professional lifespan, from training through career-long participation in the profession.
A second and equally important value within our philosophy for training is best captured by the word diversity, which we seek, value, and respect. We use the word in a very broad sense. Included in diversity is racial, ethnic and cultural background, sexual orientation, ability, age, gender identity, values, religion and spirituality, and life experiences - we seek such diversity actively. We also value diversity in our professional ways of practice across theoretical models, our ways of learning, and our ways of doing science.
Students and faculty are expected to take on the challenge of examining their own cultural identity and understanding ways in which their cultural context interacts with the experience of clients and others with whom they work, consistent with the Counseling Psychology Model Training Values Statement Addressing Diversity. Our program community is dedicated to recognizing and analyzing issues of diversity, multiculturalism, and privilege in order to make more inclusive contributions to practice and research.