Degrees & Programs

Counseling Psychology

Few careers offer the opportunity to make a real difference in someone’s life nearly every day. Counseling psychology is one of them.

Our Ph.D. program in counseling psychology is based on a scientist-practitioner training model, with strong emphasis on multicultural issues and opportunities for specialized training. Students will be trained to be researchers, practitioners, consultants, and faculty members.

Overview

The Ph.D. program in Counseling Psychology at Indiana University was recently ranked by U.S. News & World Report as the nation's 6th best program in student counseling & personnel services. Graduates of this program work as psychologists in college counseling centers, faculty members at universities and colleges, private practitioners, and psychologists in other healthcare facilities.

At Indiana University, we believe in training counseling psychologists who adhere to the scientist-practitioner model. Moreover, we strive for a culturally informed integration of science and practice. In considering whether our program is a good fit, applicants should be aware that research is an integral part of our training. Although we welcome students with diverse career interests (including clinical practice and research), students who have little or no interest in research would not be a good fit for our program. Students are expected to have a genuine interest in research and participate actively in research activities throughout the duration of the program.

Accreditation

The Ph.D. program in Counseling Psychology is accredited by the American Psychological Association.

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 First Street NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242
Phone: (202) 336-5979

Student Admissions, Outcomes, and Other Data

Degrees

The School of Education offers the following degree in Counseling Psychology:

Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology

Become a counseling psychologist through a program where your knowledge of theoretical systems informs your clinical approach, and your practice guides your research.

In this 90-credit hour program, you’ll learn to apply psychological principles with an understanding of and respect for differing world views. You’ll undertake original research under the guidance of a faculty advisor.

You’ll get real-world experience as both a counselor and a counselor supervisor. Upon graduation, you’ll be prepared for a career as a psychologist, administrator, or faculty member in mental health centers, college counseling centers, private practice, higher education, or other settings where counseling psychology skills are needed.

While we prefer students who have a master’s degree in counseling or an undergraduate degree in psychology, the program welcomes qualified applicants from many disciplines.

Degree Requirements

Detailed degree requirements may be found in the Bulletin section of the Counseling Psychology program specific Student Portal. Course descriptions can be found in the current School of Education Graduate Bulletin

At the completion of your course work and before you begin your dissertation, you will need to pass a qualifying exam, in the form of portfolio of work and an oral examination.

The intent of the sequence of courses in the major area is to help ground students in Counseling Psychology and prepare them as effective scientist-practitioners. Courses from related areas of study may be added if their relevance to the major can be demonstrated, and if approval is secured. Requests for adding courses are made to the student's advisor initially, and then to the Program of Studies Committee members. Six hours of inquiry course work in the major are required, in addition to the Inquiry Core component. Inquiry course work in the major for Counseling Psychology includes three (3) credits of G650 Counseling Psychology Early Inquiry Seminar  (Early Inquiry Experience) and three (3) credits of G685 Seminar in Counseling Research Methods (Inquiry Linkage). Three credit hours of G699: Internship in Counseling Psychology must be taken during the year-long pre-doctoral internship (1 credit in each of the three terms: Fall, Spring, and Summer). An end-of-year evaluation from the internship training director must be submitted to the IU Counseling Psychology Program Director to receive a grade for G699.

Faculty

Our faculty members are both experienced clinical practitioners and innovators in the field of counseling psychology. Their research interests are broad, including family and marriage therapy, sports psychology, leadership and group dynamics, substance abuse prevention, career counseling, and the specialized psychological needs of different ethnic and cultural groups.

Careers

Our graduates are working in a variety of settings, including higher education, university counseling centers, community mental health, private practice, hospitals, and Veterans Administration.

We have a strong professional network throughout the United States and abroad. Your faculty mentors will facilitate your professional development and help you achieve your career goals.

Contact

For more information on counseling degrees, please contact us:

Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology
201 North Rose Avenue, Suite 4000
Phone: (812) 856-8300
Email: cep@indiana.edu