The Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) in Counseling Psychology program at Austin Peay State University prepares highly competent doctoral level generalist practitioners of health service psychology. APSU’s training philosophy adheres to Counseling Psychology’s asset-strength model and deep appreciation of the sociocultural and systemic contributors to well-being and distress across the lifespan.
The PsyD in Counseling Psychology program’s curriculum is designed to provide students with sound training in Counseling Psychology. The curriculum adheres to the Standards of Accreditation for Health Service Psychology set forth by the Commission on Accreditation (CoA) of The American Psychological Association
A masters degree in counseling or counseling psychology (or very closely related degree) is required to be considered for admission to the PsyD in Counseling Psychology program. Masters-level counselor education programs typically require the completion of 60 credit hours, however other related disciplines may require 48 credit hours, and in some cases as few as 30 credit hours. Students may be required to complete additional credit hours at the masters-level in order to be prepared for the Counseling Psychology PsyD curriculum. GRE scores, resume, personal statement, writing sample, and interview are also required. Please note: Admissions requirements are minimum standards but do not guarantee admission to the program. Admission is highly selective as we admit very small cohorts.
What opportunities are available with this degree?
APSU’s graduates are equipped with training and skills to ensure ethical and effective treatment of the full range and scope of psychological distress and disorder from life adjustment/developmental, career/vocational concerns to severe psychopathology with diverse multicultural and multi-age client populations. Further, APSU trains health service psychologists who are competent to provide services in a wide variety of therapeutic contexts and settings (e.g., military, medical, community mental health, educational, organizational, and community). In addition to preparing graduates to assess, diagnose, and treat psychological distress and disorders, APSU’s program prepares graduates to use their knowledge and skills to promote wellness through strategies of prevention, identification and enhancement of client strengths, potentials, and resiliencies.