Program Goals & Objectives
Department of Educational Psychology, Counseling, and Special Education Counseling Psychology
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Program Goals & Objectives

Program Goals and Objectives

IMG_2953.jpgGoal #1: To foster students' development of competence as scientists, researchers, and scholars, including their knowledge of the ways in which practice influences science.

Objectives: Our first goal specifies an emphasis on training in research and scholarship. The intent is for students to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to understand, plan, conduct, analyze, and present the results of scholarly inquiries. We have four interrelated objectives that originate from this goal: that our students develop proficiency in:

  • (a) conducting scholarly reviews of literature
  • (b) using scientific research methods and data analytic procedures
  • (c) understanding the manner in which science informs practice (and vice versa)
  • (d) implementing ethical research practice


Goal #2: To foster students' development of competence as practitioners, including their knowledge of the ways in which science influences practice.

Objectives: Through coursework and training experiences, our counseling psychology students acquire the theoretical, empiricial, and practical background necessary to understand, evaluate, and perform competent and effective psychological interventions with diverse clientele and client problems in a variety of settings. We have six interrelated objectives that emanate from this goal:

  • (a) proficiency with a range of psychological theories and intervention models and modalities
  • (b) understanding of how practice informs science and how science informs practice
  • (c) ability to engage in personal introspection on one's own attitudes, beliefs, opinions, feelings, and personal history as they relate to the practice of counseling psychology
  • (d) develop/acquire knowledge and skills to deliver multiculturally competent services
  • (e) ability to work with diverse populations and in diverse settings
  • (f) ability to function as an ethical practitionerpic4.jpg


Goal #3: To foster the development of counseling psychologists who demonstrate their multicultural sensitivity, awareness, knowledge, and competence in their training and professional work.

Objectives: These objectives emphasize development of multicultural awareness and acquisition of multicultural knowledge and skills. Specifically, we have five interrelated objectives for training that originate from this goal: that students

  • (a) engage in personal introspection into their attitudes, beliefs, opinions, and feelings about their own and others' cultural groups as they relate to the practice of counseling psychology
  • (b) develop personal awareness of power and privilege and the role it plays in one's own life and the lives of people from other cultural groups
  • (c) develop awareness of one's biases and assumptions about members of one's own and others' cultural group
  • (d) demonstrate the ability to work with diverse populations and in varied settings and deliver multiculturally competent psychological services
  • (e) acquire knowledge and skills necessary to engage in culturally competent scholarly work


Goal #4: To provide broad and general training in the field of psychology while also fostering students' professional development and identity as counseling psychologists.

Objectives: We have two related objectives for training students as psychologists in general, and specifically, as counseling psychologists. That is, students acquire:

  • (a) broad and general knowledge pertinent to psychological foundations of the field of psychology, including psychological foundations, history and systems of psychology, professional ethics
  • (b) knowledge of the history of counseling psychology, how the specialty of counseling psychology is delineated from other specialties, and how a counseling psychology identity is reflected in approaches to conceptualization, treatment, and supervision