The doctoral program in counseling psychology began in 1978 and is currently based on a scientist-practitioner model. The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of American Psychological Association (APA). Questions related to the program's accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation: Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation, 750 First Street NE, Washington, DC 20002-4242, telephone (202) 336-5979/ Email: Web: www.apa.org/ed/accreditation
The program's philosophy holds that theory, research and practice are interdependent and complementary. The curriculum and practical experiences are designed to ensure professional competency in all three dimensions and to facilitate their integration. The CECP counseling psychology’s Student Admissions, Outcomes and Other Data are provided to help potential doctoral students make an informed decision. Program graduates are typically employed in a variety of settings including academic departments, university counseling centers, community mental health agencies, hospitals and independent practices.
The program resides in the College of Education and the Department of Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology. The Counseling Psychology Training Committee is responsible for administering the program which leads to a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Counseling Psychology. Graduates of the program meet curriculum requirements for licensure as a psychologist in Michigan. Because the program is accredited by APA, students are typically in a good position to meet curricular requirements for licensing in other states.
The curriculum was developed by the Counseling Psychology faculty and is based on guidelines and principles of the American Psychological Association for accreditation of professional psychology programs.
Research design and statistics
Biological bases of behavior
Cognitive-affective bases of behavior
Social bases of behavior
Individual behavior and human development
History and systems of psychology
Professional issues and ethics in Counseling Psychology
Counseling theory and practice
Intellectual and personality assessment
Supervision of counseling and therapy
Multicultural counseling psychology
Students are able to pursue specialty interests in Counseling Psychology through elective courses and other adjunctive experiences (e.g. involvement in faculty research, individual or group clinical supervision, etc). The student's doctoral chair and committee, along with the Counseling Psychology Training Committee, are responsible for helping the student develop a program of study and for monitoring the student's progress through the program.
Students are expected to demonstrate attainment of core knowledge and competencies by successfully passing a series of examinations in the following areas: (1) counseling psychology information and knowledge and (2) a professional work sample.
A 2000 hour predoctoral internship in an APA and APPIC setting is required.
A dissertation that is psychological in nature is required.
The program emphasizes the importance of addressing the needs of an increasingly diverse society. To that end the program strives to increase the educational opportunities of racial minorities and diverse student populations. The program creates an atmosphere where unique values and concerns receive attention and respect. Racial minority and other diversity concerns are integrated into coursework, practica and supervision. Three courses in multicultural counseling are required: two of which have a focus on race and ethnicity and one in an elective area (e.g., further racial minority studies, psychology of women, lesbian and gay issues in counseling and development, etc). Many faculty and students maintain active professional and research interests concerning various aspects of multicultural and diversity studies.
The program is also committed to recruiting and supporting diverse faculty and students. Among the students who are currently most active in coursework and department life (the last four admissions classes 2003-2005), 48% are White or Caucasian, 36% are African or African American, 6.5 % are Asian and 6.5 % are multiracial and 3 % are Hispanic. Of the students admitted into the program since 2000, over one-third are U.S. racial or ethnic minorities or international students and approximately two-thirds are female. Also since 2000, ages of students at admission vary with 83% of the students 22-30 years old, 13% between 31-40 years and 4% 41 years or older. Students are also diverse in a number of other ways (e.g., there are openly lesbian and gay students, students with disabilities, etc.). There is also diversity among the faculty in regard to gender, age, sexual orientation, race/ethnicity and other considerations.
This option is specifically designed to meet the educational curricular requirements as a State of Michigan Licensed Psychologist (LP). Because the program is accredited by APA, students are typically in a good position to meet curricular requirements for licensure in other states.
The department also maintains a list of departments that employ graduate students (University Counseling and Testing Center, the College of Education, Research and Sponsored Programs, Holistic Health Department, Division of Minority Affairs, Office of Student Development-Academic Advising, Women's Studies and the Office of Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay and Transgender Issues).
Questions regarding admissions to the doctoral program in Counseling Psychology? Contact:
(Ball State University).
Associate Professor and Co-Training Director of Counseling Psychology Doctoral Program. Licensed Psychologist.
Department of Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology
3521 Sangren Hall
Phone: (269) 387-5152
Fax: (269) 387-5090
All other questions regarding doctoral program in Counseling Psychology should be directed to:
(Michigan State University).
Associate Professor, Co-Training Director of Counseling Psychology Doctoral Program and Director of the Center for Counseling and Psychological Services – Grand Rapids.
Licensed Psychologist.Department of Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology
WMU Graduate Center
200 Ionia St. SW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Phone: (616) 771-4171
Fax: (616) 742-5085