The Doctorate of Psychology (PsyD) in Counseling Psychology program at Austin Peay State University prepares highly competent doctoral level generalist practitioners of health service psychology. The program adheres to a training philosophy that emphasizes an asset-strength model with a deep appreciation of the sociocultural and systemic contributors to well-being and distress across the lifespan.
Counseling Psychology PsyD graduates are equipped with knowledge and skills to ensure ethical and effective treatment of the full range and scope of psychological distress and disorder with diverse multicultural and multi-age client populations. APSU trains practitioner-scholars 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.
The program curriculum is approximately 100 credit hours and includes the completion of traditional coursework, clinical practicum hours, a research-based dissertation, and a 2000 pre-doctoral internship. The program is rigorous and intended to be completed in 3 years of full-time study, plus 1 year for the pre-doctoral internship (4 years total). The program offers a concentration in Serving Military Personnel, Veterans, and their Families. Students may elect to complete this concentration or a generalist track with guided electives based on professional goals.
The prerequisite for pursuing this degree is a M.S./M.A. degree in counseling or clinical psychology or other closely related discipline. Students may be required to complete additional credit hours at the masters-level in order to be prepared for the Counseling Psychology PsyD curriculum.
Admission is highly selective and the program admits small cohorts each fall. In addition to having earned a master’s degree in counseling or clinical psychology, competitive applicants will have a graduate GPA of 3.5 or above, above average GRE scores, strong professional letters of recommendation from faculty familiar with applicants’ academic potential, as well as clinical supervisors familiar with applicants’ skill and/or potential as a clinician. An interview with program faculty will also be required as part of the admissions process.
What opportunities are available with this degree?
As an integral part of the Counseling Psychology PsyD training, students will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of clinical training experiences at sites in and around the APSU campus, as well as at sites throughout the Clarksville community and surrounding region. Students will also be provided opportunities to acquire research training and experience through involvement in faculty-led research teams and projects, as well as through their own research leading to the completion of a dissertation. Students will have opportunities to gain experience in teaching, consulting, and supervising. Students will be encouraged to pursue diverse training experiences to prepare for a wide range of health service psychology career paths (assessment, counseling and therapy, prevention, consultation, supervision, education and training, and research). APSU trains practitioner-scholars 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).