The Combined CP/SP Program is accredited by the American Psychological Association (750 First St., NE, Washington, D.C. 20002-4242, 202-336-5979) and adheres to the scientist-practitioner model of training. Given this model, the Program is designed to prepare psychologists who can evaluate, provide, and enhance human services through scientific inquiry and practice. As a result, graduates are firmly grounded in psychological science that addresses etiology, prevention, and intervention with contemporary problems.
The Combined Program model provides students with an opportunity to receive specialized training in either Counseling Psychology or School Psychology. The major difference between the two concentrations is School Psychology's focus on child and adolescent client populations as compared to Counseling Psychology's emphasis on older adolescent and adult populations. School Psychology's unique competencies include assessment of infants, children, and adolescents, behavioral interventions and counseling with the pre-kindergarten through high school populations, and consultation with schools and parents. In contrast, Counseling Psychology's distinctive competencies include vocational psychology, supervision, and counseling with older adolescents and adults.
The Program training model incorporates an integration of science and practice that is achieved through multiple means. Beginning with the first semester, students receive instruction in research methods, counseling/interventions, and supervised practicum experiences, all offered simultaneously. The blend of science and practice is an ever-present underlying theme or structure that guides our program model, permeates our program planning, and pervades the specific day-to-day activities of the program.
Completion of the program qualifies graduates for a variety of positions in schools, universities, hospitals, private practice, mental health centers, university counseling centers, and community clinics. Graduates will meet requirements to sit for the psychology licensure examination in New York and most other states.