The Doctor of Philosophy with a Major in Counseling Psychology
Accredited by the American Psychological Association Committee on Accreditation
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Counseling Psychology is an applied specialty within the field of psychology. The doctoral degree contributes to eligibility to become licensed and practice as a Psychologist. Counseling Psychologists provide developmental, preventative, and remedial services to a wide variety of clients, including children and adolescents, couples and families, people with mental health problems, students, veterans, the unemployed, prisoners, medical patients, people with physical disabilities and cognitive impairments, and older adults. Traditionally, Counseling Psychology has been identifiable by its emphasis on client strengths, the interaction between the person and the environment, working with problems of living rather than chronic or severe mental illness, and facilitating career development (Gelso & Fretz, 2000). Currently, Counseling Psychology may be best known for its leadership in the area of multiculturalism.
Georgia State University (GSU) is an urban university located in the heart of downtown Atlanta. Students, professors, businesspeople, and urban dwellers from a wide variety of racial and ethnic backgrounds mix and mingle on the streets and in nearby restaurants. Georgia Tech and Emory universities and other cultural attractions are nearby.
The Counseling Psychology doctoral program (CPY) at GSU prepares scientist-practitioners for a wide variety of careers by providing advanced training in theory, research, and practice. Graduates often pursue careers as university professors, researchers, psychotherapists, and directors of psychological services. Our graduates have been listed on the National Registry of Health Providers and have achieved diplomate status with the American Board of Professional Psychology. As of 2003, our graduates were ranked 9th highest in the nation in terms of their mean score on the EPPP (the national examination required to obtain licensure as a psychologist).
Carnegie ranks GSU as a top university for its high level of research activity. In 2005, GSU’s Counseling programs were ranked 4th in the nation by the Chronicle of Higher Education for the research productivity of the Counseling Psychology and Counselor Education faculty. In comparison to other Counseling Psychology programs, GSU’s program is ranked in the middle tier for faculty publications in top tier journals closely related to our field (Buboltz et al., 2005). In addition, many of the Counseling Psychology faculty members currently provide psychotherapeutic, supervisory, and consulting services.
Unique Training Opportunities
Program of Study
The curricular experiences comprising the doctoral program were constructed while keeping in mind accreditation requirements of the American Psychological Association, recommendations by the Council of Counseling Psychology Training Programs, state licensure requirements, the American Board of Professional Psychology's requirements for the Diplomate, and our own model of a functioning counseling psychologist. Students and their Advisory Committee construct a program of study tailored to the student's career goals. The Committee supervises the student's progress through course work, comprehensive examinations, and internship. The Committee may be reconstituted for the supervision of the student's dissertation. Students must complete a two-semester residency during which they are directly involved with faculty in research, teaching, or service approved by the advisory committee.
The training model is constructed so that it is possible to complete the program in four years, although some students take longer. This includes approximately three years of post-master's coursework in core psychology areas, the counseling psychology specialty, research and statistics, and a cognate area (e.g., clinical assessment, psychotherapy, child and family therapy, health psychology, geriatric psychology, research methodology, multicultural and diversity issues, organizational development). Additional requirements include a pre-dissertation, comprehensive examinations, an APA-accredited internship, and a dissertation. Although doctoral students must be full-time students, many also work part-time in positions that extend their professional preparation.
A. Core Area (18)
The Core Area consists of 15 semester hours of research coursework and 3 semester hours of Social Foundation of Education and Psychology of Learning coursework.
Research Core (15 hours)
Choose one course (3):
Social Foundations of Education and Psychology of Learning course (3):
Students must select EPY 8200 Advanced Developmental Psychology: Cognition and Intellect (3) or EPY 8220 Advanced Developmental Psychology: Personality and Socialization (3) to fulfill the psychology of learning component of the Social Foundations and Psychology of Learning Core.
B. Major Area (50-51)
CPS 8350 Biopsychology and Medication (3)
CPS 8370 Advanced Career Counseling (3)
CPS 8450 Advanced Group Counseling (3)
CPS 8530 Professional Issues and Decisions (3)
CPS 8650 Advanced Counseling Theory (3)
CPS 8660 Applied Practice II: Professional and Rehabilitation Counseling (6)
CPS 9480 Supervision of Counseling Services (3)
CPS 9680 Doctoral Internship (3)
CPS 9920 Research and Publication (2)
CPS 9962 Counseling Psychology Seminar (6)
PSYC 8500 History of Psychology (3)
PSYC 8510 Advanced Social Psychology (3) OR EPY 8220 Advanced Developmental Psychology: Personality and Socialization (3)
[If EPY 8220 is completed to satisfy the Core area requirements, PSYC 8510 must be completed to satisfy this requirement. EPY 8220 can only be applied to one area of study: It cannot satisfy both the Core Area and the Major Area.]
Select one (3):
CPS 8100 Psychobehavioral Diagnosis (3)
CPS 8540 Child/Adolescent Psychopathology Assessment (3)
CPS 9665 Assessment Practicum (3)
Select one (3-4):
CPS 9410 Assessment of Intelligence (3)
CPS 9420 Adult Personality Assessment (3)
PSYC 8030 Assessment II (4)
C. Cognate Area (18)
CPS 8340 Advanced Multicultural Counseling Strategies and Intervention (3)
CPS 9660 Applied Practice III (6)
The cognate area provides the students an opportunity to enrich their preparation as counseling psychologists with further study in a related area of expertise. The students must select one of the following cognate areas (9): child and family, clinical assessment, health psychology, human sexuality, psychotherapy, multicultural, geriatric psychology, organizational development, rehabilitation psychology, or research methodology. Students should contact their Doctoral Advisory Committees for a program outline for Counseling Psychology. The program outline describes the course sequencing and describes additional cognate course requirements.
D. Dissertation (15)
CPS 9990 Dissertation (15)
Program total: minimum of 101-102 semester hours
Counseling Psychology Faculty: Affiliations and Research Interests
Jeff Ashby, Ph.D., Program Coordinator - Perfectionism, stress coping, and religiosity/spirituality
Greg Brack, Ph.D. - Crisis and trauma. Dual appointment with Counselor Education program.
Joseph Hill, Ph.D. - CPY Program Clinical Coordinator. Contact regarding practicum opportunities and internship placement
Joel Meyers, Ph.D. - Dual appointment with School Psychology program
Applying for Admission
Your essay should describe your match with our program, including:
Preferences for Interviews are given to Applicants with:
Applications are due to the Office of Academic Assistance and Graduate Admissions for the College of Education by December 1. Interviews generally take place during the first week of March.
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