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Ph.D. Counseling Psychology

Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology
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The Ph.D. program, which is accredited by the American Psychological Association, trains students to become effective counseling psychologists who demonstrate the competencies necessary to deliver mental health services to multicultural client populations in various settings.

The program faculty openly embrace and encourage student development with respect to issues such as race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability, spirituality, age, religion, and socioeconomic status, and provide educational opportunities for students to further their professional development with respect to these issues.

It is our goal to produce students who can readily intervene with individuals and groups from diverse backgrounds within the context of the client's culture and community. The professional training in the program adheres to a scientist-practitioner model, which presumes skillful and professional practice that is under-girded by sound principles and models of psychological science and social justice.

Lehigh’s doctoral program in counseling psychology adheres to The Benchmark Competencies for Professional Psychology (APA Education Directorate, 2013; Fouad et al., 2009).  A recently revised set of competencies specific to Counseling Psychology (Campbell, Fouad, Grus, Hatcher, Leahy, & McCutcheon, 2013) “details essential components, behavioral anchors, and the frequency of and degree to which certain competencies of the specialty might be expected to be demonstrated in counseling psychologists”.

All CP doctoral students are evaluated using these competencies as the base for coursework, practicum, and annual reviews.

Questions regarding APA Accreditation may be addressed to the APA Office of Accreditation at:
Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
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Telephone: (202) 336-5979
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Curriculum for the Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology

Currently, the doctoral program requires a total of 103 credits, which are composed of 30 master's level credits plus 70 doctoral level credits. A student who enters the counseling psychology doctoral program already holding a master's degree, regardless of where the degree was obtained, may be exempted by her or his advisor from taking up to a total of the 30 credits of required master's level coursework, with the exemption granted based on a review of the student’s transcript and/or course syllabi to ensure that the course or courses were of similar content to the course offered by Lehigh. These exempted credits do count toward the total needed for the doctoral degree (currently 103), but will not appear on the student’s Lehigh transcript. After conferring with his or her advisor, the student will complete an internal petition to have these credits exempted, and this petition must be approved by the program director. 

Required Master's Level Coursework
EDUC 403 Research 3
EDUC 408 Introduction to Statistics 3
CPSY 427 Assessment and Appraisal in Counseling 3
CPSY 439 Theory and Practice of Group Counseling 3
CPSY 440 Introduction to Family Counseling 3
CPSY 442 Counseling and Therapeutic Approaches 3
CPSY 430 Professional Seminar 3
CPSY 451 Helping Skills 3
CPSY 455 Counseling Issues and Skills: Advanced Techniques in Counseling 3
CPSY 471 Diversity and Multicultural Perspectives 3
Doctoral Coursework *

General Psychology Core

Biological Bases of Behavior (e.g., physiological psychology, comparative psychology, neuropsychology, sensation, psychopharmacology) (3 credits)

BIOS 404 Behavioral Neuroscience 3

or EDUC 491

Advanced Seminars: Behavioral Neuroscience

Cognitive-Affective Bases of Behavior (e.g., learning, memory, perception, cognition, thinking, motivation, emotion) (3 credits)

EDUC 451 Applied Principles of Cognitive Psychology 3
Social Bases of Behavior (e.g., social psychology; cultural, ethnic and group processes; sex roles; organizational systems and theory) (3 credits)
EDUC 473 Social Basis of Human Behavior 3
Individual Behavior (e.g., personality theory, human development, individual differences, abnormal psychology)(3 credits)  
CPSY 472 Human Development Across the Lifespan 3
History and Systems of Psychology (3 credits)
CPSY 484 History and Systems of Psychology 3
Counseling Psychology Core (12 credits)
CPSY 460 Foundations of Counseling Psychology 3
CPSY 436 Culture-Centered Career Intervention 3
CPSY 473 Advanced Research Methods in Applied Psychology 3
CPSY 481 Advanced Multicultural Counseling 3
Assessment Core (9 credits)
EDUC 412 Advanced Applications of Psychometric Principles 3
CPSY 461 Assessment of Adult Intellectual Functioning 3
or SCHP 422 Assessment of Intelligence
CPSY 462 Assessment of Personality 3

or CPSY 466

Current Issues in Counseling and Therapy (Projective Techniques - Optional)
Advanced Applications in Counseling (6 credits)
CPSY 476 Supervision and Consultation in Counseling 3
EDL 488 Program Evaluation 3
Advanced Seminar (3 credits)
CPSY 466 Current Issues in Counseling and Therapy 3

or CPSY 467

Doctoral Seminar In Counseling Psychology
Apprenticeship (5 credits)
CPSY 470 Independent Study and Research (College Teaching Apprenticeship) 1
CPSY 470 Independent Study and Research (Research Apprenticeship) 1
CPSY 477 Supervision Apprenticeship 3
Research Methods (6 credits)
EDUC 410 Univariate Statistical Models 3
EDUC 411 Multivariate Statistical Models 3
Practicum (9 credits)
CPSY 487 Advanced Doctoral Practicum I 3
CPSY 488 Advanced Doctoral Practicum II 3
CPSY 489 Advanced Doctoral Practicum III 1
CPSY 491 Advanced Doctoral Practicum IV 1
CPSY 492 Advanced Field Placement (if not taken as part of master’s [course can be repeated]) 1
Internship (2 credits)
CPSY 498 Counseling Psychology Doctoral Internship (2 semesters full-time, or four semesters half-time) 2
Qualifying Project (1 credit)
EDUC 486 Doctoral Qualifying Research Project 1
Dissertation (minimum 4 credits)
CPSY 499 Dissertation  4
Total Credits 102

*After the student has completed the first 15 hours of graduate work, the student is specifically reviewed for full admission. This review is completed during the annual review process for any student who has completed 15 hours. The student's coursework and performance and progress in the doctoral program are reviewed by the faculty. Any questions about the student's progress and plans are raised and discussed, and a vote is then taken to admit the student. The College of Education then writes a letter of admittance to the student specifying the time line for completion of all degree requirements. Students entering with a bachelor’s degree have 10 years to complete all degree requirements. Students entering with a master's degree have 7 years to complete all degree requirements

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