PsyD in Counseling Psychology

The Psychology Department offers the Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) Degree in Counseling Psychology, which trains graduates for the independent practice of assessment and intervention with individuals, couples, families, and groups.

The Counseling Psychology PsyD program is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) and meets the specialty guidelines for the delivery of services. For information about APA accreditation status, contact the APA Commission on Accreditation, c/o Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation, 750 First Street NE, Washington, DC 2002-4242, phone: 202-336-5979. 

The PsyD program emphasizes skills and competencies for the professional practice of psychology. The PsyD program differs from the traditional PhD program in that there is a larger emphasis on the application of psychology and the delivery of services and less emphasis on traditional research activities. The PsyD degree is designed to meet state academic requirements for licensure as a psychologist.

 PsyD program is committed to the following Aims and Objectives in preparing our students to become competent in the practice of psychology:

Aim #1: Graduates will be prepared for the competent practice of psychology

  • Objective 1.1 Students demonstrate mastery of the theory and practice of psychotherapy
  • Objective 1.2 Students demonstrate proficiency in providing psychological assessment and interpreting assessment procedures.
  • Objective 1.3 Students demonstrate understanding of and the ability to apply ethical and legal principles.
  • Objective 1.4 Students demonstrate multicultural competence.
  • Objective 1.5 Students are able to implement appropriate methodologies to evaluate clinical practice, efficacy, and outcome.
Aim #2: Graduates are prepared to contribute to the development of the profession
  • Objective 2.1 Students demonstrate proficiency in providing supervision of psychotherapy.
  • Objective 2.2 Students demonstrate skills necessary to contribute to the profession through scholarship.
Aim #3:  The PsyD program produces licensed professional psychologists (program outcomes)
  • Objective 3.1 Students that apply for internship are matched at an APA-accredited or APPIC-member site.
  • Objective 3.2 Students complete program within 10 years.
  • Objective 3.3 Graduates obtain licensure as professional psychologists.

Psychological Services for Spanish Speaking Populations (PSSSP) Certificate

Psychology graduate students who are conversationally proficient in Spanish may obtain a certificate in Psychological Services for Spanish Speaking Populations (PSSSP). The PSSSP certificate was developed to prepare students to provide high quality services to the growing number of clients who prefer to receive services in Spanish. The goal of the PSSSP program is to prepare practitioners to be equally competent in the delivery of psychological services in Spanish and in English. The PSSSP certificate requirements may be fulfilled as an elective concentration in the PsyD program. Download PSSSP application (application is in Spanish). 

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Psychology Department

Additional Resources

PsyD Handbook
Community Counseling Service
Psychology Faculty