UW Madison - Department of Counseling Psychology - PhD Training in Counseling Psychology

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CONTACTING US

Main Office

Department of
Counseling Psychology

School of Education
UW-Madison
335 Education Building
1000 Bascom Mall
MadisonWI  53706-1326

Tel: 608/262-4807
Fax: 608/265-3347

Email: counpsych@education.wisc.edu
or by contact form
 

Ph.D. Training in Counseling Psychology

The Ph.D. program adheres to a scientist-practitioner model of training. The program is designed to fully integrate traditional counseling and psychological theory with practice and substantive development of research skills in the specialty of counseling psychology.

The program aspires to create an educational environment that honors: 

  • Dignity and respect for the teacher, the student, and the consumer of professional psychology
  • Innovation in the application of psychology that is based on rigorous scientific method 
  • Practice of counseling psychology in an effort to enhance individuals’ lives and the communities in which they live
  • The formulation of empirical questions that utilize the basic constructs of psychology
  • The dissemination of new knowledge through writings and oral presentations done locally, nationally, and internationally
  • The ethical principles of the profession and the legal principles related to the teaching and practice of counseling psychology

Training Philosophy

Because our program in Counseling Psychology emphasizes the integration of multiculturalism and diversity into counseling psychology, we endorse the “Guidelines on Multicultural Education and training, Research, Organizational Change, and Practice for Psychologists” of the American Psychological Association. These guidelines are based on the premise that because the U.S. population is increasingly diverse, culture-centered and ethnically appropriate services are necessary. In particular, psychologists and psychologists-in-training must:

  • Recognize that, as cultural beings, they may hold attitudes and beliefs that can detrimentally influence their perceptions of and interactions with individuals who are ethnically and racially different from themselves
  • Recognize the importance of multicultural sensitivity, responsiveness, knowledge, and understanding about ethnically and racially different individuals
  • Employ the constructs of multiculturalism and diversity in psychological education
  • Recognize the importance of conducting culture-centered and ethical psychological research among people from ethnic, linguistic and racial minority backgrounds
  • Apply culturally-appropriate skills in clinical and other applied psychological practices
  • Use organizational change processes to support culturally informed organizational policy development and practices

Based on these principles, the doctoral program endorses the statement “Counseling Psychology Training Values Addressing Diversity” and strives to create a learning community in which both faculty and students are committed to open communication and reflection and ongoing enhancement of skills in navigating cultural differences.

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