Counseling and Educational Psychology

Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology

The Ph.D. program in counseling psychology is accredited by the American Psychological Association. Graduates of this program are prepared to work as (a) psychologists and administrators in mental health centers, college counseling centers, and in business and industry; (b) college faculty members; (c) private practitioners; (d) psychologists and in other positions where counseling psychology competencies are needed. The doctoral program in counseling psychology includes courses in the following areas: (1) psychological measurement, statistics, and research design; (2) biological, cognitive, affective, social, and individual bases of behavior; (3) course work leading to competence in an area of specialization; and (4) intervention strategies and service delivery systems.  The application deadline is December 1 for matriculation in the fall semester. 

The intent of the sequence of courses in the major area is to help ground students in counseling psychology and prepare them as effective scientist-practitioners. Courses from related areas of study may be added if their relevance to the major can be demonstrated, and if approval is secured.

Degree Requirements (108 cr.)

Major Requirements (45 cr.)

  • G522 Counseling Theories (3 cr.)
    (Typically taken concurrently with G523.)
  • G523 Laboratory in Counseling and Guidance (3 cr.)
    (Typically taken concurrently with G522.)
  • G524 Practicum in Counseling (3 cr.)
    (Pre-requisite: G522 and G523, or equivalents.)
  • G532 Introduction to Group Counseling (3 cr.)
  • G552 Career Counseling: Theory/Practice (3 cr.)
  • G575 Multicultural Counseling (3 cr.)
  • G600 Pro-Seminar in Counseling Psychology (3 cr.)
  • G615 Psychopathology and Advanced Diagnosis (3 cr.)
  • G622 Advanced Theories of Counseling (3 cr.)
  • G624 Advanced Practicum in Counseling Psychology (2 cr.)
  • G625 Advanced Practicum: Individual Supervision (1 cr.)
  • G650 Social Justice Consultation, Advocacy, and Leadership (3 cr.)
  • G685 Seminar in Counseling Research Methods (Inquiry Linkage) (3 cr.)
  • G763 Advanced Practicum in Counseling Supervision (3 cr.)
  • P655 Cognitive Assessment and Intervention (4 cr.) or G650 Topical Seminar in Counseling Psychology (3 cr.) If using G650 confirm with advisor relevant section required
  • P691 Personality Assessment and Intervention (3 cr.)

Inquiry Requirements (12 cr.)

  • Y502 Intermediate Statistics Applied to Education (3 cr.)
    (Must be taken concurrently with Y500)
  • Y527 Educational Assessment and Psychological Measurement (3 cr.)
  • Y604 Multivariate Analysis in Educational Research (3 cr.)
    (Must be taken concurrently with Y500)
  • A Y course on qualitative research (e.g., Y611) (3 cr.)


Minor Requirements (12 cr.)

The minor must have integrity in its own right and must complement the major.  The minor field must demonstrate wholeness within itself and contribute to the student's overall doctoral program.  Minors are normally formulated within a single program area.  However, an interdisciplinary minor is also possible. If courses in the minor are from more than one program area, a written description of the minor's underlying theme must be provided along with a rationale for each course's contribution to that theme.  This written description is typically limited to two pages and submitted to the student’s Program of Studies Committee.  Major area courses (those within the Counseling Psychology program) may not be used in the minor. A few minors that have been selected by doctoral students in recent years include educational inquiry, human development, sport psychology, public health, organizational behavior, gender studies, and various interdisciplinary studies. 

Elective Requirements or Second Minor (6 cr. minimum)

The School of Education requires a minimum of 6 elective credit hours intended to ensure that students have flexibility in their programs from stipulating all of the minimum 90 credit hours of the doctoral program.  It is expected that most students will have more than six elective credit hours.  It should also be noted that at least 27 hours in the student's program must come from outside the major.  Most students take additional psychological foundations courses as their electives or second minor (e.g., P514 and P624).

Program-Required Elective (3 cr.)

Students are required to take any one of the following courses: 

  • Any research-based Y course
  • Any other research-based course approved by the student’s advisory committee (excluding G685)
  • G567 Marriage and Family Counseling (3 cr.)
  • G632 Advanced Group Leadership (3 cr.)
  • G510 Introduction Alcohol and Drug Counseling (3 cr.)
  • G609 Interventions in Performance Psychology (3 cr.)
  • G580 Topical Seminar in Counseling and Guidance (3 cr.)
    • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with Children and Adolescents
  • Any other clinically oriented course approved by the student’s advisory committee

Additional Psychological Foundations Requirements (12 cr.)

Courses in this area satisfy additional accreditation requirements of the American Psychological Association.  Because these courses are unique requirements in the Counseling Psychology program, they can in some cases be listed in one of the areas above.

Biological aspects of behavior

  • P624 Brain Research Applied to Educational and Clinical Practice (3 cr.) OR
  • Psy667 Neuropsychopharmacology (3 cr.)

Affective and cognitive aspects of behavior

  • P650 Affective and Cognition Bases of Behavior (3 cr.)

Social aspects of behavior

  • G656 Social Bases of Behavior (3 cr.)

Human development

  • P514 Lifespan Development (3 cr.)

 Dissertation Requirements (15 cr.)

  • G795 Dissertation Proposal Preparation (3 cr.)
  • G799 Doctoral Thesis in Counseling Psychology (12 cr.)

Internship (3 cr.)

Three credit hours of G699: Internship in Counseling Psychology must be taken during your year-long pre-doctoral internship (1 credit in each of the three terms: Fall, Spring, and Summer).  An end-of-year evaluation from your internship training director must be submitted to the IU Counseling Psychology Program Director to receive a grade for G699.

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