UW-Madison - Department of Counseling Psychology - Doctoral Training Goals

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Main Office

Department of
Counseling Psychology

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

Tel: 608/262-4807
Fax: 608/265-4174

Email: counpsych@education.wisc.edu
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Training Goals

The Ph.D. program in counseling psychology involves required coursework in Counseling Psychology and related departments, as well as a series of supervised clinical training experiences.  Through the course of this training, students are expected to attain competence in three domains we believe are critical to effective performance as a professional psychologist.  The three domains are mutually reinforcing, in that skills in one domain enhance competence in the others.  More detailed description of training objectives and evaluation procedures in each domain is found in Appendix A of the PhD Handbook

Preparation for role as professional psychologist

  • Professonal standards and conduct;
  • Scientific foundations;
  • Knowledge and skill in psychological practice;
  • Relational skills.

Understanding scientific basis for practice

  • Knowledge of research methods;
  • Application of research findings to psychological practice;
  • Application of scientific thinking to practice;

 Multicultural competence and social justice orientation

  • Cultural and scientific knowledge relevant to diverse and underrepresented groups;
  • Awareness of self as a cultural being;
  • Skill in application of knowledge of self, culture, and context to clinical work;


Coursework is designed to train students in these intersecting competency areas in a graded and sequential manner, with attention to the interplay between science and practice.  Course requirements and a suggested sequence of courses are found in the PhD Handbook, Part III.

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