Administrative Unit: Counseling Psychology
College/School: School of Education
Admitting Plans: M.S., Ph.D.
Degrees Offered: M.S. in Counseling; Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology
Minors and Certificates: Doctoral Minor in Counseling Psychology
The Department of Counseling Psychology offers a doctoral program in counseling psychology, which is fully accredited by the American Psychological Association.
The Ph.D. program in counseling psychology involves required course work in counseling psychology and related departments, as well as a series of supervised clinical and supervision training experiences. Through the course of this training, students are expected to attain competence in three domains that are critical to effective performance as a professional psychologist. The three domains are mutually reinforcing, in that skills in one domain enhance competence in the others.
- Preparation for role as a professional psychologist: professional standards and conduct; scientific foundations; knowledge and skill in psychological practice; knowledge and skill in clinical supervision; relational skills.
- Understanding scientific basis for practice: knowledge of research methods; application of research findings to psychological practice; application of scientific thinking to practice.
- Multicultural competence and social-justice orientation: cultural and scientific knowledge relevant to diverse and underrepresented groups; awareness of self as a cultural being; skill in application of knowledge of self, culture, and context to clinical work.
Supervised practicum experiences are available through many local agencies, including the departmental training clinic and the campus Counseling and Consultations Services. The culminating clinical training experience is a yearlong predoctoral internship, generally off campus and obtained through a national search-and-match process. Approximately 40 doctoral students and 25 master's students are enrolled in the department.
Graduates are employed as college/university teachers and researchers, in private practice, community agencies, government agencies, hospitals and professional organizations, and as administrators and public and private consultants.
The department offers a terminal master's program in counseling. Requirements for the master's degree are designed to ensure that each student attains a substantive social science base and demonstrates competency in individual and group counseling, consultation, research, ethics, multiculturalism, social justice and vocational psychology. Master's graduates may be licensed as professional counselors in the State of Wisconsin. Supervised practicum experiences are available through the training clinic, university counseling centers, community mental health centers and numerous other campus units and community agencies. Approximately 25 master's students and 40 doctoral students are enrolled in the department. For more information, see the department website.
Master's graduates are employed in community agencies that provide counseling services, university and college counseling centers and in non-counseling positions.