Total Semester Credit Hours Required
The minimum number of semester credit hours required for the program depends on the individual degree program. The applicant should contact the director of the program for details.
Counseling Psychology students will spend a minimum of four semesters in practicum placements. The student will consult with the Practicum Coordinator to arrange for appropriate placement.
A full-year, full-time APA-accredited or APPIC-member internship is required for the doctoral program in Counseling Psychology. The student will consult with the Training Director to arrange for appropriate placement. Doctoral students in Counseling Psychology are expected to be willing to leave the immediate geographical area for internship. The internship can not begin until the student has been admitted to candidacy, which requires the successful completion of all required coursework and comprehensive exams. The dissertation proposal must also be completed prior to internship application.
The four required research tools courses are:
A student is required to maintain a grade point average of 3.5 or better on a scale of 4.0 in all courses applied to the doctoral degree. If a grade of ‘C’ or less is earned in a course, the student will be required to complete a formal remediation process. If a second grade of ‘C’ or less is earned (in at least six semester credit hours total), the student will be dismissed from the program.
Students who have not written an empirical master’s thesis during a master’s program will be required to complete an original research project with an individual faculty member within the first 60 hours of doctoral training.
Full-time enrollment is required of all doctoral students in Counseling Psychology until they approach candidacy (generally the first three years). Requests for exceptions to this requirement must be approved by the Counseling Psychology Core Faculty. Two consecutive semesters of enrollment of less than nine semester credit hours without official leave or permission (excluding summer enrollment) will result in removal to inactive status. In order to re-enter the program from inactive status, the student must have approval of the Core Faculty in Counseling Psychology. All coursework, internship, and dissertation must be completed within seven years, excluding any official leaves-of-absence.
The Professionalism Benchmark occurs in the Fall semester of the student’s second year. The purpose of the Benchmark is to assess students for fundamental competencies that are needed to progress past the second year in the program, and in particular to demonstrate readiness for Practicum. Competencies to be assessed include aspects of Professionalism, Reflective Practice/Self-Assessment/Self-Care, Relationships, Individual and Cultural Diversity, Ethical-Legal Standards and Policy, and Research-Evaluation. These competencies are based on the APA Joint Council of Chairs of Training Council’s related document.
The Professionalism Benchmark will consist of two parts: a Written Narrative and an Oral Evaluation. Students will have one chance to remediate problems with any part(s) of the Benchmark or be dismissed from the program, as these Competencies are considered absolutely foundational to any additional progress in the program and must be assessed prior to the timeline for first practicum placement. The Professionalism Benchmark process is administered each year in mid-October. See the Counseling Psychology Doctoral Student Handbook
for a detailed description of the Professionalism Benchmark process.
Comprehensive Exams consist of a paper integrating professional identity, theory, and a case conceptualization, followed by a presentation of that paper and a recorded demonstration of therapy skills with an actual client or clients. The content, format, administration, and evaluation of the Comprehensive Exam will be the responsibility of the Counseling Psychology Core Faculty. Students who fail any portion of the comprehensive exam process will be provided with remediation plans and subsequent measures for re-evaluation of student progress. A student may be dismissed from the program if remediation is not completed in a satisfactory manner. Upon successful completion of all coursework and comprehensive competency evaluations, the doctoral student is recommended for candidacy for the Ph.D. degree.
Dissertation and Final Examination
All students are required to complete an empirical dissertation. An oral defense of the dissertation is required. The defense may be repeated once.
Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling Psychology Program of Study (semester credit hours dependent on individual degree program)
|PSY 5163||Psychology of Women||3|
|PSY 5304||Advanced Psychological Statistics I||4|
|PSY 5353||Research Design||3|
|PSY 5423||Cognitive Assessment||3|
|PSY 5513||Advanced Psychopathology||3|
|PSY 5523||Clinical Therapeutic Group Processes||3|
|PSY 5554||Theory and Practice of Counseling and Psychotherapy||4|
|PSY 6103||Cognition and Emotion||3|
|PSY 6133||Advanced Behavioral Neuroscience||3|
|PSY 6204||Advanced Psychological Statistics II||4|
|PSY 6243||Advanced Theories and Psychotherapies||3|
|PSY 6383||Cross Cultural Psychology||3|
|PSY 6443||Objective Personality Assessment for Adults||3|
|PSY 6553||Projective Personality Assessment for Adults||3|
|PSY 6613||Advanced Developmental Psychology||3|
|PSY 6633||Philosophical and Historical Foundations of Psychology||3|
|PSY 6683||Professional Issues in Psychology and Counseling Psychology||3|
|PSY 6774||Foundations of Social Psychology and Personality||4|
|PSY 6803||Seminar in Vocational Psychology||3|
|PSY 6833||Ethics in Psychology||3|
|PSY 6853||Supervision and Consultation Psychology||3|
|PSY 6871||Internship in Professional Psychology (3 semesters)||3|
|PSY 6923||Supervised Practicum (4 semesters)||12|
|PSY 6931||Practicum in Applied Psychology||1|
|PSY 6961||Research Team||1|
|PSY 6981||College Teaching||1|
|PSY 6983||Dissertation (2 semesters)||6|
|PSY 6993||Dissertation (2 semesters)||6|
|Theory and Practice of Family Psychology|
|Psychology of Human Sexuality|
|Psychology of Violence, Trauma, and Abuse|
|Qualitative Research Methods and Program Evaluation|
|Total Semester Credit Hours||106-107|