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Pursue a Career in Counseling Psychology

The Counseling Psychology program at UNC has been in existence since 1984. The program became accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) in 1995 as a PsyD program. The curriculum was modified to offer only the PhD in Counseling Psychology and has been accredited by APA since January 15, 2010. For more information about APA accreditation, contact the American Psychological Association’s Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation at 750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002-4242, by phone at (202) 336-5979, or on the web at http://www.apa.org/ed/accreditation/.

In our doctoral program at the University of Northern Colorado, we offer a Major Area of Study in Counseling Psychology with at least three years of didactic course work and supervised clinical training in that Major Area of Study, which includes completing a dissertation that is consistent with the field of Counseling Psychology; students also complete one additional year of pre-doctoral internship. Students that complete our program are appropriately trained in health service psychology to be eligible for licensure as doctoral level psychologists. We offer students experience in being trained in treatment interventions from multiple modalities by completing: two individual practica courses, one couples and family practicum course, and a group practicum course. Live supervision is provided for these practica courses at our on-site training clinic that provides professional psychological services to community members and university students. Students are also exposed to psychological assessment by completing a cognitive assessment course and a personality assessment course, as well as the option of completing additional assessment courses. Furthermore, our students are trained to create, disseminate, and utilize scholarly research to engage in evidence-based practice. Our program places relatively greater concentration on training related to research. Students take six courses in the area of research and have the option of completing one additional research course in order to receive a doctoral minor in applied statistics and research methods.

Licensure Disclosure Statement: Our program is accredited by the American Psychological Association. Students that complete our program are appropriately trained in health service psychology and meet the educational requirements to be eligible for licensure as doctoral level psychologists in the state of Colorado. Educational requirements for licensure outside of Colorado, vary by state and a complete list of state-by-state requirements can be accessed using this link:

State By State Requirements

You should also verify licensure requirements for your state by reviewing and directly contacting the state’s licensing agency.

Student Admissions, Outcomes, and Other Data

Questions related to the program’s accredited status should be directed to:
Commission on Accreditation
Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 1st Street NE
Washington, DC 20002