The program provides preparation at the Ph.D. level for employment in a variety of academic and psychological service settings, such as: community mental health agencies, college and university counseling centers, hospitals and medical centers, college and university departments of counseling and psychology, or independent private practice. The program provides preparation for licensure as a psychologist and is accredited by the American Psychological Association. The curriculum adheres to recommendations of the American Psychological Association for the preparation of counseling psychologists and reflects a model, which equally emphasizes science and practice.
The program accepts students at the post bachelor’s and post master’s level. The Department is committed to diversity, particularly to training for Native Americans, and emphasizes the role of social justice across all psychological practice. The program offers unique training in Rural Psychology in Integrated Care Settings, with support of a federal Graduate Psychology education grant.
The overarching goal of the Ph.D. program in Counseling Psychology is to prepare entry-level counseling psychologists who are well trained and competent in both the practice and science of the profession. Within that overarching goal, the program has developed a set of six specific training goals:
1. To prepare entry-level counseling psychologists who demonstrate attitudes and behaviors related to foundational professionalism.
2. To prepare entry-level counseling psychologists who have a knowledge base in the biological, social, cognitive/affective and individual differences foundations of psychology.
3. To prepare entry-level counseling psychologists who have strong and coherent professional identities.
4. To prepare entry-level counseling psychologists who demonstrate competency in their use of clinical skills.
5. To prepare entry-level counseling psychologists who possess sound research skills.
6. To prepare entry-level counseling psychologists who possess effective teaching skills.
In addition to the six required training goals, each student must develop a level of proficiency in one additional area of competency, to be selected from Consultation, Leadership, or Grant-Writing.
UND is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. UND also holds many special accreditations at the college, department, or program level.
International Student Requirements:
All graduate applicants must demonstrate academic-level proficiency with the English language before they will be considered for admission. This requirement must be met by all applicants, regardless of citizenship, residency, or nation of birth. No applicants will be considered for admission until the English Language Proficiency is met. Please refer to the Academic Catalog for ways in which this requirement can be met.
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