Program Information

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in Counseling Psychology embodies a balanced training experience designed to train professional psychologists in the scientist-practitioner model. The scientist-practitioner is prepared to reflect the attitudes and competencies arising from the effective internalization and blending of both scientific and counseling approaches.

The Counseling Psychology program at Louisiana Tech University is firmly committed to the scientist-practitioner model, hence the primary goal of the program is to produce professional psychologists who are competent in both the conduct of research and in professional practice. Within the scientist-practitioner model, Counseling Psychology emphasizes complementary value of research and professional practice. Strong emphasis is placed on the integration of research and practice throughout the program.

Consistent with the principles of the Council of Counseling Psychology Training Programs (CCPTP), we provide a philosophical perspective and generalist training that emphasizes client strengths, developmental issues, and prevention and remediation of difficulties. Generalist training allows counseling psychologists to occupy many professional roles and settings. Employment settings for counseling psychologists include university counseling centers, VA medical centers, rehabilitation centers, career centers, academic departments at colleges and universities, and business and industry.

Program faculty support the guiding themes of counseling psychology and incorporate these themes in both program philosophy and content. Trainees study: (a) adaptive functioning within a life-span developmental context; (b) ability to work with a wide range of psychological dysfunction’s; (c) recognition of client strengths and potentials, regardless of level of disturbance; (d) a variety of counseling approaches; (e) a focus on person-environment fit and interactions; (f) understanding of both prevention and psychoeducational perspectives; (g) respect for indiviuals, groups and cultural diversity; (h) emphasis on educational and career development; and (i) monitoring and improving quality of life through the application of critical thinking and empirical methodologies.

The Counseling Psychology program trains students to become competent and contributing researchers and mental health professionals who are sensitive to issues of diversity and individual differences. The program’s curriculum integrates theory, research, teaching, and practice in professional psychology. Specifically, students receive rigorous training in general psychology and counseling psychology theory and research, as well as assessment, career counseling, counseling methods, supervision, and cross-cultural counseling. The research curriculum is aimed at promoting understanding of psychological inquiry, as well as developing competencies in research design, methodology, data analysis, measurement and evaluation. Teaching skills are developed through a mentorship program where students are trained in the basics of classroom management, syllabus development and lecture skills under the supervision of faculty. Practicum training focuses on developing counseling interventions, as well as diagnostic, assessment, and supervision skills. Cross-cultural skills are developed through integration of culturally sensitive materials in all coursework, as well as via coursework specifically designed to promote the development of competencies in multicultural counseling.

As part of the training experience students are required to complete a minimum of 1000 hours in practicum training. In addition to coursework and program training experiences, students are required to: (1) pass a comprehensive examination in counseling psychology, (2) complete a qualifying research project, (3) demonstrate research skill competency by completing a dissertation, and (4) complete a 2000-hour internship.We urge all applicants to investigate the field of Counseling Psychology prior to making application to the program. Following is a list of links that discuss Counseling Psychology and clarify its position with respect to other psychological specialties.

  • Counseling Psychology: Making Lives Better by Jean Carter, Ph.D.

  • Division 17 of the APA

  • Guide to Psychology

  • The Louisiana Tech University Counseling Psychology Ph.D. program involves rigorous preparation in: psychological foundations, research methods/statistical analysis, counseling psychology, counseling practica, successful completion of a year long internship, and successful completion and defense of a dissertation involving original research.

    The program normally requires about four years of full-time graduate study (including internship) beyond the master's degree and five years of full-time study post-B.A. The actual amount of time needed varies depending on student prior preparation (a limited amount of credit may be requested for prior graduate work) and progress in the program. The program aims to prepare Counseling Psychologists who can make significant contributions to the field. Our faculty is diverse and well qualified, representing a broad range of interests in the field and its theoretical and methodological underpinnings. The Counseling Psychology Program and the Department of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences offer graduate students a number of important resources. The Department operates an in-house clinic serving the community, which provides students an opportunity to work with a wide variety of clientele while gaining experience in many areas of professional practice. In addition to the clinic, the Department also works in conjunction with many local agencies in the community, which provide students with a wide range of opportunities to develop relevant clinical skills. The Department of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences also operates a computer and statistics lab which provides students opportunities to exercise their skills and increase their knowledge of statistical software packages.

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