Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology -
Key characteristics of the training model include the following:
The Program faculty members work closely with students, in a mentoring role, as they undertake at least three sequential, cumulative, full-time years of coursework and practical experience in residence. This training addresses both practice and science, in preparation for the doctoral capstones of dissertation and internship.
Mutual Feedback and Evaluation
Close contact and good faculty-to-student ratios allow for ongoing, mutual feedback and evaluation; students are aware of their progress and remaining goals, with opportunities to contribute to improving the training experiences for themselves and other students. Across the areas of research, clinical practice, and supervision, students move through a series of educational experiences that become increasingly complex, and simultaneously move from closely supervised to increasingly independent work, as they develop from novice to new professional colleagues.
Learn the Science of Counseling Psychology
Through early coursework and faculty mentoring, students are expected to develop competencies and gain experience in the science of Counseling Psychology, incorporating methodological, measurement, critical thinking, and data analytic skills. At each opportunity in their development, efforts are made to link science and practice by emphasizing a critical, thoughtful, and reasoned approach to both practice and research issues, bridged by theory.
Self-Disclosure and Introspection
Students must become very familiar and comfortable working with the process of individual’s self-disclosure and introspection. Therefore, it is an essential training component of the Program to provide assignments and classroom experiences that call for students to self-disclose and personally introspect about life experiences to an extent not expected in other academic disciplines. This expectation is clearly expressed in the context of the APA Ethics Code, 7.04. (See details below)
Tolerance and Appreciation of Diversity
Because Counseling Psychologists often work with individuals who have been marginalized in one way or another, it is imperative that those who aspire to the Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology hold tolerance and appreciation of diversity to be among their most central values. Tolerance for values different from your own and the valuing of diversity in general, is expected of all students who are accepted into the program.
Professional development and leadership, through affiliation with organizations, attendance at conferences, and submission of research for presentation and publication, is encouraged and supported. With such values, mentoring and modeling on the part of faculty are the best guarantee that students may come to appreciate and practice effective approaches to their present and future roles--whether focused upon counseling/psychotherapy, research and/or teaching.
Please note that disclosing personal information is a requirement of our training model.