What distinguishes this program from other programs in Counseling Psychology?
- The Counseling Psychology program at the University of Denver is distinguished by a small student-to-faculty ratio, small class size, opportunities for both research and clinical experience, and a variety of quality internship opportunities in the Denver Metro area.
Is this program accredited?
- The Ph.D. degree program is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA).
What does a typical schedule look like for M.A. and Ph.D. students?
- More complete information about typical schedules can be found in the Handbooks section. Your advisor can help you create a comprehensive schedule that fits your needs.
What types of practicum and internship placements are available?
- For the M.A. concentrations in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling, there is a required practicum and M.A. Internship. The Counseling Psychology Program has relationships with many sites in the Metro Denver area where practicum and internship placements are available. Students have an opportunity to work with adult and adolescent clients in schools, hospitals, residential centers and community counseling centers.
- The Ph.D. Counseling Psychology program has two required practica. Students’ experience culminates in a required APA approved pre-doctoral psychology internship. Last year we had a 100 percent match for the students applying for internship. They are now across the country in California, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Washington State, and New Hampshire. Their match sites include university counseling centers, general hospital settings, and Veterans Affairs. We prepare students for teaching careers, research, and staff psychologist positions in a variety of treatment settings.
What kind of Careers can I pursue with this degree?
- The Counseling Psychology program prepares students to work with adolescents and adults in a variety of settings including community counseling agencies, hospitals, schools and many other types of agencies. Selecting a practicum or internship site that corresponds with the setting in which you would like to work after graduation will give you experience in a particular setting.
- Counseling psychologists encourage individuals to better understand themselves and their behavior, to develop an increased repertoire of adaptive coping skills and to more effectively approach life problems in light of this understanding and skill development. Life crises such as those that normally occur in the aging process – developing an identity, mid-life reevaluation, retirement and grief or loss – are of concern to the counseling psychologist.
- Counseling psychologists also help individuals make vocational-educational decisions, take productive action in marriage or family systems and assist individuals with health-related crises. Within such roles, they may teach communication and other interpersonal skills, time and stress management, parenting, as well as help with normal developmental processes. Problems such as these are the primary province of counseling psychology although counseling psychologists may also work with issues involving atypical or disordered development.
- Focusing on developmental issues or those involving atypical development, counseling psychologists may target individuals, families, groups, systems or organizations. They may do remedial work with individuals or groups in crisis, or work in a developmental, preventative role by providing information and training to prevent crises or more serious mental health problems. In these roles, they often function as educators.
- Counseling psychologists may also function as researchers in agencies, organizations or academic settings. They may evaluate current practices and programs, develop and test new interventions or study the characteristics of the populations they serve. They may also do basic research on human development, behavior change or related issues. Consequently, doctoral students develop research skills that will enable them to contribute original research to the profession as well as to evaluate individual and program effectiveness.
Are there Career paths in Denver for Counseling Psychologists?
- It should be noted that the Denver-Boulder-Colorado Springs metropolitan area is heavily subscribed with mental health professionals. Individuals who are accepted in the doctoral program should not necessarily expect to find employment in these geographical areas after graduation. Students should also be aware that faculty members believe that in light of managed care and other related events, the practice of psychology is changing.
- We believe that within the next 5-10 years, the opportunities for private practitioners will decline and that doctoral-level psychologists should prepare themselves for positions that include research, supervision, program development and evaluation, and teaching. These positions will involve leadership and communication skills. The Counseling Psychology program at the University of Denver is committed to help students develop such skills.
What should I do to prepare for my practicum placement?
- Near the Counseling Psychology faculty offices, there is a blue notebook containing information and reviews of sites with which students have worked in the past. Look through the notebook and talk to other students about their practicum and internship experiences.
I’m interested in eventually applying to a Ph.D. program; what can I do to ensure that the master’s program prepares me for that?
- To prepare for your application to the Ph.D. program, it is helpful to make connections with faculty, be involved in research (including attending conferences and working on presentations and papers) during your M.A. program.
What programs lead to license in the state of Colorado?
- With additional post-graduation hours, both the M.A. and Ph.D. programs lead to licensure in the state of Colorado.
Will I be able to obtain a license in another state after receiving my degree in Colorado?
- Licensing requirements vary from state to state. Check with the licensing board for the state you are interested in. Some states may require specific classes or degrees for licensure that are not required for Colorado.
Are there opportunities to be involved in research during my program?
- There are many opportunities for M.A. students to be involved in research with faculty members. Research experience is a fundamental component of the Ph.D. program.
Are there opportunities to teach during this program?
- Opportunities for teaching are available to Ph.D. students, but not M.A. students.
Do I need an undergraduate degree in Psychology to apply to the program?
- A major in Psychology is not required for acceptance into either program.
Do I need a master’s degree to apply to the Ph.D. program?
- No. We do not require applicants to have a master’s degree prior to applying to the Ph.D. program.
What factors are considered for acceptance into the programs?
- The admissions committee will consider your transcript(s), letters of recommendation, statement of goals, GRE scores and prior experience, including volunteer work in the field or any training in counseling.
Is an interview required as part of the application process?
- Yes. Individuals who cannot attend Interview Day will be scheduled for a phone or Skype interview with a faculty member.
Will I be able to waive a course based on previous graduate coursework?
- Some courses can be waived with documentation that you’ve already taken a similar course.
Can I enroll in this program part time?
- Both the M.A. and Ph.D. programs are full time (full time = 8 or more credits per quarter) but arrangements can be made for part-time enrollment.
When does this program begin?
- For both the Ph.D. and M.A .programs, students begin during the fall quarter.