Hybrid Doctorate in Counseling Psychology Programs are designed to meet the education needs of graduate students interested in pursuing a career as Counseling Psychologists, whether in research, academia or clinical practice. The hybrid format of learning combines online and on campus courses into one doctorate program. The web-based component makes this type of program convenient to busy adults and working professionals who may not have the time to devote to a full-time on campus PhD program. Distance learning requires a computer and Internet access, so one might study from any location. There are digital tools for study and research, online libraries, and other quality technology that keeps students connected to faculty and classmates. The campus component is low residency, and gives students the potential to network, meet their professors and peers, as well as have access to on-site libraries, laboratories and other college amenities.
The PhD in psychology is a research degree that culminates in a comprehensive exam and a dissertation based on original research. PhD counseling psychology students typically complete a one-year internship as part of the doctoral program.[i] In the U.S., the American Psychological Association (APA) accredits counseling psychology PhD programs. To become licensed as a counseling psychologist, one must meet the criteria of a psychologist's license (4–7 year doctoral degree and one-year full-time internship, including 3,000 hours of supervised experience and exams). Both doctoral levels counseling psychologists and doctoral level counselors can perform applied work, as well as research and teaching.[ii]
Counseling psychologists counsel others on how to understand and deal with their problems, including issues at home, at the workplace, or in their community. Through this counseling, they help patients in identifying their strengths or abilities so they might manage and cope better in all aspects of their lives. Counseling psychologists include a focus on assets and strengths, person to person and environment interactions, educational and career development, brief interactions, and a focus on intact personalities.