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Twelve Great Reasons to Study Counseling Psychology at UND
- Our students and faculty are leaders in Counseling Psychology. This is demonstrated through their active involvement in Division 17 (Society of Counseling Psychology) leadership and national professional engagement. Our students and faculty present at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (APA), apply cutting-edge training approaches, and are elected to national leadership positions.
- Our graduates report their UND training has contributed to effective performance in practice, supervision, teaching and research settings. Most notably, our graduates consistently report that their competency in diversity and privilege issues are recognized as outstanding and unique among their professional colleagues, consistent with our primary training goals.
- We know how to get along with each other. Our program philosophy supports a cooperative, rather than competitive, approach to learning. Plus, we look for opportunities to celebrate each other successes.
- Our internship match rate is consistently higher than the national average match rate. Over the last 5 years, 86% of students applying for internship have been matched at APA-accredited internship sites. See the APPIC report for comparative data: http://www.appic.org/Portals/0/downloads/APPIC%20Match%20Rates%202011-16%20by%20Univ.pdf
- The program faculty is collaborative and supportive of student development. We work together in teams, and we integrate students into those teams at all levels of program functioning. You will have ready access to research opportunities, co-teaching experiences, departmental decision-making, and other activities that promote leadership and professional identity.
- You have the opportunity to identify your specialized competency areas. Our program requires demonstration of competency in:
- Professional Identity (including Social Justice, Vocational Psychology, and Ethical Decision-Making)
- Clinical Skills (Psychotherapy, Supervision, and Assessment)
- Teaching (Teaching Assistant and University Teaching)
- Research Skills (including Fundamental Research and Dissemination/Publishing Competencies)
- Your Own Interests (Leadership, Consultation, or Grant-Writing)
- North Dakota provides great night-time experiences – the Aurora Borealis, 11:00 p.m. dusk in the summer, and "big skies" with bright stars. Plus there's a great downtown night-life, for the less nature-oriented.
- Doctoral students receive excellent financial support – tuition waivers and diverse assistantship opportunities in teaching, supervision, research, and consultation/outreach.
- You will have substantial office space. All doctoral students have access to office space, including a semi-private office during dissertation years.
- You'll get first-hand exposure to the joys of snow-biking.
- We have excellent training partnerships with a range of practicum sites in both North Dakota and Minnesota. Whether you are interested in university counseling center, hospital, community agency, prison, or VA experience, we will support your educational and professional goals with a practicum site and supervisor that enhances your clinical development.
- Grand Forks and the surrounding region is a pleasant and low-stress place to live. The city welcomes students and our program strives to meet the needs of citizens in the region.