At the University of North Texas, our focus in the doctoral Counseling Psychology program is developing well-rounded professional psychologists in an inclusive and student-oriented community. To that end, we provide you opportunities to:
Build competencies in numerous areas, including self-awareness, psychological assessment and multicultural counseling
Cultivate a deep understanding of scientific methodology
Gain experience in the profession
The Doctor of Philosophy degree prepares you for work as an independent professional in a research, academic or applied setting.
Gain new perspectives
We train professional psychologists in the broad context of the scientist-practitioner model. This training occurs through courses, practica and research, as well as through the many informal learning opportunities that occur while working with faculty members and peers.
The model focuses on applying the scientific principles of psychology and the perspectives, values and emphases of counseling psychology to:
Help individuals identify and resolve difficulties in life or promote growth to enhance their sense of self, relationships, work satisfaction, performance or general well-being
Effectively serve as psychotherapeutic agents for persons with severe problems in personal adjustment, distressing psychological symptoms or mental illness
Increase understanding and appreciation of individual and cultural diversity and their fundamental relevance to psychology
Provide instruction in the scientific and practice activities in counseling psychology and the symbiotic relationship between them
Train counseling psychologists as scientists with the expertise that allows them to make contributions to the scientific community and think as scientist-practitioners no matter their career paths
Our faculty members are active researchers who offer you a variety of experiences and different perspectives. Their specialties range from psychotherapy to eating disorders and body image. The program also supports the UNT Psychology Clinic and UNT Counseling and Testing Services, which serve as training resources.
The program has about 50 students and admits approximately eight students annually. Our students are diverse in age, backgrounds and interests. Most facilities on campus, including the Department of Psychology, are accessible to students with disabilities.
The program is accredited by the American Psychological Association's Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation (750 First St. NE; Washington, D.C. 20002-4242; telephone 202-336-5979).
As directed by the APA, we provide data concerning applicants, admitted students, internship acceptance rates, program completion time, licensure, student attrition rates and financial cost.