About the Program -Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology
The mission of the Counseling Psychology doctoral program is to foster and maintain an environment in which new knowledge is generated and community-engaged change agents are trained. Collectively, we share a passion for eliminating mental and physical health inequities and ethically engaging in scientific and clinical work with a deep understanding and valuing of social justice and the plurality of worldviews.
Climate of Safety: Climate of safety and trust for all that honors all opinions and perspectives. Recognition of strengths and growth potential of all individuals and systems.
Diversity and Social Justice: Respect for diversity and values different from one’s own, including but not limited to issues of age, gender, gender identity and expression, race, ethnicity, culture, national origin, language, religion, faith and no faith, spirituality, sexual orientation, ability status, and socioeconomic status. This respect includes the process of self-examination, a no tolerance policy for bigotry, prejudice, harassment, and discrimination, and a commitment to serving as social change agents.
Ethics and Professionalism: Ethical behavior and professionalism, including adherence to the APA Ethical Principles and Code of Conduct and all the APA guidelines that address diversity issues.
Science and Practice: Commitment to the scientist-practitioner model, including scientific rigor and highest practice standards in which science informs practice and practice informs science.
Person in Context: Emphasis on context and person-environment fit, i.e., the recognition that an individual’s behavior cannot be understood without considering that person’s environment/context and its impact. This perspective includes dealing with the complexity of both the person and his/her environment, as well as the interaction between the two.
Is this Program for Me?
The Counseling Psychology doctoral program trains psychologists to become health service psychologists and psychological researchers. Our nationally recognized and competitive program offers challenging curriculum, a supportive student environment, student-faculty mentorship, excellent and diverse sites for clinical training, and multiple opportunities for research. The Counseling Psychology Program has been nationally accredited by the American Psychological Association* since 1987.
The program's general goals are:
- Train Counseling Psychologists who are skilled in the practice of professional psychology in a variety of settings with diverse urban populations.
- Produce graduates who are knowledgeable of the foundational base of psychological science and are able to contribute to the empirical body of knowledge in the field of counseling psychology.
- Train Counseling Psychologists who display ethical behavior and professionalism.
It will typically take 4 to 5 years to complete the degree if students are enrolled full-time (When enrolled full-time, at least 9 hours).
Option: Health Psychology Emphasis
For those Counseling Psychology doctoral students who wish to add a Health Psychology Emphasis to their doctoral training, there is additional coursework that can be integrated into your program. This 15-hour minor includes three courses (two required and one elective) and two semesters of clinical health psychology practicum (which can be one of the practicum placements already included in the doctoral program). Hence, this is only an addition of nine credit hours. It is also possible to gain exposure to this topic by taking one or two courses. For more details on this option, please see pages 11-12 of the doctoral program handbook available on this website.
What will I learn?
Students develop professional leadership, ethical, interpersonal, and intrapersonal skills through:
- Candidacy research project
- Comprehensive exam
Since degree plans change periodically, students will follow the degree plan that is in place at the time in which they complete an official, approved degree plan. Students enter the program with either a Master’s or Undergraduate degree. Please see page 13 of the Counseling Psychology Ph.D. Program Handbook for the most current sample degree plans.
What can I do with my degree?
The program offers the preparation necessary for students to apply for licensure as psychologists in Texas and other states and provinces. Our graduates are employed in settings such as:
- Colleges and University Psychology Departments
- University and College Counseling Centers
- Community Agencies
- Private Practice
- K-12 schools
To apply for this program, please visit Graduate Admissions.
*Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation, American Psychological Association, 750 First Street, NE, Washington D.C. 20002-4242. Phone: (202) 336-5979