Although a degree from our program prepares students to be licensed as practicing psychologists, it is important to keep in mind that the Ph. is a research degree; our priority is to cultivate scholars who are capable of developing original lines of research and of playing leadership roles in both academic and applied settings.
Applicants who are exclusively or primarily interested in psychotherapy practice are encouraged to consider more practitioner-oriented training programs like those offering a Doctor of Psychology (Psy. Our program values diversity in many senses of the word and we are firmly committed to the development of multicultural competence in each of our students.
I invite you to visit our links, review the e-packet, and contact me for any additional information you may need to make an informed decision about applying to our program. The Program advocates the scientist-practitioner model of training in which students receive extensive grounding in the scientific underpinnings of the discipline.
In turn, students use this knowledge en route to becoming highly skilled scholars and clinicians.
The present student body has more women (74%) than men, with a wide range of ages, and represent a diversity of sexual orientation identities and religious preferences.
The deadline for receiving completed applications is December 1st for the following Fall semester. International applicants are strongly recommended to submit application materials no later than October 15, to allow sufficient time for document evaluation prior to the Program’s December 1st deadline.
In the academic setting, such opportunities include: being involved in clinical training opportunities with diverse underserved populations; participating as research assistants in grant-funded projects addressing the health-related needs of these populations; pursuing original diversity-related dissertation projects; and, for those fluent in Spanish, practicing bilingual counseling skills in supervised practicum experiences.
The training we offer on multicultural issues is consistent with the APA Guidelines on Multicultural Education, Training, Research, Practice, and Organizational Change for Psychologists.
Thus, an integration of the understanding of both research and clinical practice is vital to the advancement of the field of psychology.
The Counseling Psychology Program adheres to the scientist-practitioner model.