The overarching goal of the Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology, offered through Seton Hall University's College of Education and Human Services, is to prepare counseling psychologists in the scientist-practitioner model to assume roles as responsible, competent members of the professional psychological community. Such members understand the value of research for the practice of psychology and the value of applied practice for the science of psychology. The program is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) through its Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation (750 First Street NE, Washington, D.C. 20002-4242; Phone: 202-336-5979) since October 22, 1999.
A Unique Approach
Because counseling psychologists work in increasingly diverse settings, the program is committed to training multiculturally sensitive and competent professionals. Creating such sensitivity and competency mandates attention to the cultural diversity of the student body and faculty, the practicum experience, the composition of course syllabi and lectures, and the program's professional seminar content. The Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology program embraces the traditions of the discipline, which is visible in the curriculum. This includes training in supervision, vocational and career development and vocational assessment, as well as a respect for diversity. Additionally, the curriculum provides for a nine-credit specialization or focus. Students have selected multicultural studies, neuropsychology, marriage and family therapy, assessment, pediatric and adolescent psychology and geropsychology, to name a few. The program also offers two unique international training experiences in Trinidad that occur in July and January each year.
Who Should Apply?
The Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology program admits students at both the post-bachelor and post-master's levels. Because of the highly interactive nature of the classroom and practicum experiences, students in the program learn from one another as well as from their professors and supervisors. Therefore, the program seeks to admit students who bring well-developed interpersonal skills and a variety of personal backgrounds, perspectives and life experiences that may serve to enhance the professional and personal development of their peers. For more specific requirements, click on Admissions.
The Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology is a 97-credit, full-time program. All students follow a defined sequence of training in theory, research and practice with a comprehensive generalist focus and select a nine-credit minor concentration area in preparation for more specialized training in their internship and/or post-doctoral experiences. The philosophy of training maintains a strong emphasis on the approach to practice that distinguishes counseling psychologists from other professionals, as defined by APA Division 17, with a focus on:
- the lifespan with emphasis on the importance of multicultural factors;
- assets, strengths and positive mental health regardless of the degree of disturbance; and
- person-environment interactions rather than an exclusive focus on person or environment.
Consistent with the scientist-practitioner model, students are involved in research projects throughout their training. This begins in the first year, with an assignment as a research assistant to a faculty member and culminates with the design, data collection and analysis of at least one independent research project in addition to the dissertation. As members of the professional community, students are also encouraged to present their work at national and regional conferences, both during their academic careers and after graduation. For specific program requirements, click on curriculum.
Doctoral Student Handbook
Guide to Research Training
Doctoral Student Guide to Practicum Training
Doctoral Student Internship Guide
Graduates of the Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology program have chosen careers in a variety of settings throughout the country, including college and university counseling centers, healthcare and rehabilitation facilities, academic departments in universities, private practice and consultation, and business and organizational practice.