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Program Mission, Goals & Objectives

Counseling Psychology Ph.D. Program Goals and Objectives

Program Goal #1: Educate entry-level psychologists in core foundational areas of professional and counseling psychology.

  • Program Objective 1A: Students will be grounded in the area of core foundational areas of counseling psychology
    • 1A1. Students will demonstrate knowledge of biological factors that affect human behavior
    • 1A2. Students will demonstrate knowledge of cognitive and affective factors that affect human behavior
    • 1A3. Students will demonstrate knowledge of social factors that affect human behavior
    • 1A4. Students will demonstrate knowledge of cultural factors that affect human behavior
    • 1A5. Students will demonstrate knowledge of lifespan human development
    • 1A6. Students will demonstrate competence in applying theories of personality and other relevant psychological theories to an understanding of human behavior
    • 1A7. Students will demonstrate competence in vocational theories and vocational assessment


Program Goal #2: Prepare entry level psychologists to become competent in research and scholarship in counseling psychology

  • Program Objective 2A: Students become knowledgeable of skills involved in the research process
    • 2A1. Displays problem solving skills, critical thinking, organized reasoning, intellectual curiosity and flexibility
    • 2A2. Demonstrates ability to critically examine, evaluate, and synthesize extant research/literature
    • 2A3. Demonstrates basic knowledge and understanding of research design and statistical analyses and applies appropriate research methods and data analysis techniques to address identified problelms
  • Program Objective 2B: Students will demonstrate skills in scientific writing and scholarship
    • 2B1. Students propose an original research study.
    • 2B2. Students conduct an original research study.
    • 2B3. Students will disseminate research to scholarly outlets.  


Program Goal #3: The program seeks to prepare psychologists who foster respect for human diversity and who are skilled to effectively work with individuals from diverse cultural backgrounds

  • Program Objective 3A: Students will become knowledgeable of multicultural framework to develop culturally appropriate clinical skills when working with diverse populations (e.g., race, gender, sexual orientation, class, religion, SES, immigrants)
    • 3A1. Demonstrates cultural awareness and self-awareness; basic reflectivity regarding professional practice
    • 3A2. Demonstrates an awareness of the ways in which ones own personal worldviews influences professional activities.
  • Program Objective 3B: Prepare students to demonstrate ability to work effectively with individuals from diverse cultural backgrounds and communities
    • 3B1. Utilize knowledge, awareness and understanding of the way(s) in which culture and context influence the behavior and  functioning of individuals
    • 3B2. Demonstrates a knowledge of and sensitivity to the complexity of lifestyles, values, challenges, and cultural/linguistic backgrounds
    • 3B3. Students  consider multicultural issues in their practice and research


Program Goal #4: Prepare entry level psychologists who are competent in psychological practice

  • Program Objective 4A: Students will acquire knowledge of and demonstrate skills in psychological assessment
    • 4A1. Demonstrates skill and knowledge of clinical interviewing
    • 4A2. Demonstrates knowledge of Psychopathology and the DSM-IV-TR (V)
    • 4A3. Demonstrates understanding of the basic psychometric constructs (e.g., validity, reliability,)
    • 4A4. Administer, score, interpret and integrate Vocational assessment data
    • 4A5. Administer, score, interpret and integrate Cognitive assessment data
    • 4A6. Administer, score, interpret and integrate  Personality assessment data
    • 4A7. Identifies appropriate assessment measures with client populations
    • 4A8. Integrates cultural data with all assessment and test data
  • Program Objective 4B: Students will acquire knowledge of and skills in therapeutic interventions that include awareness of cultural factors
    • 4B1. Demonstrate effective interpersonal skills (e.g., listens and is empathic with others, respects and shows interest in others’ cultures, experiences, values, points of view, goals and desires, fears, etc.)
    • 4B2. Demonstrates ability to formulate diagnoses
    • 4B3. Articulates awareness of theoretical foundations intervention
    • 4B4. Demonstrates knowledge of evidence-based interventions  
    • 4B5. Identifying basic strengths and weaknesses of intervention approaches for different problems and populations
  • Program Objective 4C: Students will acquire knowledge of and demonstrates skills in supervision and consultation (that include awareness of cultural factors)
    • 4C1. Students will demonstrate knowledge of supervision theories to the application of supervision skills
    • 4C2. Students will demonstrate knowledge of consultation theories to the application of consultation skills


Program Goal #5: Prepare students to appropriately apply and practice ethical and professional standards and guidelines in all professional activities

  • Program Objective 5A: Students will have a basic understanding of the APA ethical principles and code of conduct
    • 5A1. Demonstrates knowledge of ethical, legal, and professional standards and guidelines
    • 5A2. Demonstrates awareness and the application of ethical decision making
  • Program Objective 5B: Students will have the ability to recognize the importance of ethical concepts in practice and research.
    • 5B1. Ability to recognize the importance of ethical concepts in practice (e.g., informed consent, confidentiality, dual relationships, competency, assessment)
    • 5B2. Demonstrates an awareness of ethical conflicts and dilemmas including  personal and cultural factors
    • 5B3. Demonstrates an awareness of ethical Guidelines in Research
  • Program Objective 5C: Students will conduct themselves in a professional manner
    • 5C1. Demonstrates an appropriate professional demeanor in appearance and behavior
    • 5C2. The student demonstrates courteous, ethical, and professional practice in collaboration and communication with peers and professionals (including fellow students, faculty, supervisors, and professional associates/colleagues)
    • 5C3. Demonstrates broad, accurate self-assessment of competence; consistently monitors and evaluates practice activities; works to recognize limits of knowledge/skills, and seek means to enhance knowledge a/skills
  • Program Objective 5D: Students will develop an identity as a counseling psychologist and participate in the profession
    • 5D1. The student understands and identifies with the role of the counseling psychologist
    • 5D2. The student understands the value of participating in professional activities and associations