Counseling Psychology

Counseling psychology is a general practice and health service provider specialty in professional psychology that focuses on. . .

  • personal and interpersonal functioning of individuals across the life span.
  • emotional, social, vocational, educational, health-related, developmental, and organizational concerns.
  • typical or normal personality and the experiences that contribute to and limit its development.
  • amelioration of situations and conditions that lead to atypical or disordered development.

Counseling psychologists are trained as scientists, scholars and practitioners, and they work in the complete range of occupational settings. As creative scientists they contribute to society’s understanding of . . .

  • career development and vocational behavior.
  • individual differences (including racial, cultural, gender, lifestyle, and economic diversity).
  • psychological measurement and principles of psychological/diagnostic and environmental assessment.
  • social and organizational psychology.
  • human life span development.
  • consultation and supervision.
  • personality and psychopathology.
  • learning (cognitive, behavioral).
  • research and evaluation methodology.
  • individual and group interventions (counseling/psychotherapy).

As human service providers they are skilled in the expert application of basic principles derived from social, differential, developmental and vocational psychology. Counseling psychologists are trained to . . .

  • provide assessment and diagnosis services in individual, family, group, systems, and organizational settings.
  • develop effective interventions to remedy problems that occur in individual, family, group, systems, and organizational settings.
  • help clients experiencing physical, social, emotional, vocational, educational, developmental, and organizational disorders to improve their well being, alleviate their distress and maladjustment, and resolve their crises.

Professional preparation for the specialty of Counseling Psychology occurs at the doctoral and postdoctoral level.

Accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) since 1954

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