1 Dear Prospective Applicant: PhD Program in Counseling Psychology Application Packet Thank you for your interest in our APA accredited PhD program in Counseling Psychology. The faculty and staff at the University of Northern Colorado are a group of committed professionals who strive to give our students a world class educational experience at a reasonable cost. Our program admits students with both Bachelor s and Master s degrees. Our PhD program is fully accredited by the American Psychological Association. For more information regarding program accreditation, contact the APA s Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation, st Street NE, Washington, DC or at (202) or at This program is designed to develop counseling psychologists who can independently apply scientific psychological principles to improve the well-being of individuals across their lifespan. The program focuses on developing competencies in the application of three treatment modalities: individual, group, and couples and family therapy. In addition, attention is directed toward the development of competencies in research, assessment, clinical supervision, advocacy, and program evaluation. This program subscribes to the scientist-practitioner model, with an emphasis on training practitioners and researchers to work with diverse populations. Graduates obtain employment in faculty positions, counseling centers, private practice, community agencies, health care, business, and are eligible to be licensed as psychologists. The Counseling Psychology program is in the Department of Applied Psychology and Counselor Education, which is a part of the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Northern Colorado. UNC is a Carnegie Research Intensive Institution with approximately 13,000 students. The Department is housed on the second floor of McKee Hall. Our space includes classrooms, offices, seminar rooms, the Psychological Services Clinic, Diagnostic Materials Library, and student resource rooms. Greeley is a community of approximately 90,000 and is located one hour north of Denver and one hour east of Rocky Mountain National Park. You will find enclosed information outlining our PhD counseling psychology programs or check on line Please understand that applying for the counseling psychology PhD program is a two-step process. You must apply to the counseling psychology program though the application provided in the packet on line, and you must apply to the UNC Graduate School (http://www.unco.edu/grad/admissions/index.html or ). As a prospective student you probably have many questions about our program. We have designed our website to answer the most commonly asked questions. If after reviewing our website you still have questions, please contact: Basilia Softas-Nall, PhD Professor Counseling Psychology & Director of Training
2 PhD program in Counseling Psychology 291 McKee Hall/Campus Box 131 The University of Northern Colorado Greeley, CO (970)
3 Admission Policies and Procedures Admission to the PhD Counseling Psychology program is a two-stage process consisting of (1) preliminary screening by the Graduate School and (2) review by Counseling Psychology Core Faculty. Each applicant is required to submit to the Graduate School no later than December 1 st : Our minimum admission requirements for full admission are determined by the Graduate School and include: Completed Graduate Application from the Graduate School (http://www.unco.edu/grad/admissions/howtoapply.html) Transcripts of all college/university work (a minimum GPA of 3.25 is recommended) Three letters of recommendation (which address both the individual s ability to successfully complete the respective graduate program and the probability of effective functioning in the field) GPA at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale Scores on the Graduate Record Examination. GRE scores are required from ALL applicants to the doctoral (PhD) program. The GRE must have been taken within the last five years. GRE Verbal & Quantitative scores of at least 450 each or 291 total on the new score scale. Analytical Writing score at least 3.5 TOEFL score (for International Students) need to be at least 213 on the computer based test and 550 on the paper based test. (Students who do not meet one or more of the above requirements may still be admitted and placed on conditional admission for their first semester.) When the Graduate School has ascertained that minimum University requirements have been met, the materials are then forwarded to the program area for consideration. (This evaluation process customarily takes four weeks.) What are the Application Procedures? Applying to the Counseling Psychology Program is a TWO STEP process. Step 1: Apply to UNC s Graduate School & International Admissions office. Download a Graduate School application. You can also call (970) to get an application sent to you. You can also write for an application by sending your request to The Graduate School, University of Northern Colorado, th Street, Campus Box 135, Greeley, CO 80639, or ing the Graduate School at: The Graduate School application will also request official copies of your transcripts, letters of recommendation (with UNC s Recommender Evaluation Form), copies of GRE results and the application fee. International applicants will be asked to provide their TOEFL scores as well. Step 2: Complete the Counseling Psychology Program s Supplemental Data Form and Application Questions. The supplemental data form and application questions can be obtained (following this link). Along with this supplemental information, please include a copy of your vita. All information can be sent to: The Graduate School & International Admissions The University of Northern Colorado th Street Campus Box 135 Greeley, CO (970)
4 What is the Application Deadline? The application deadline is December 1st of each year. We only admit students in the spring semester to start the program the following fall semester. Once admitted, it is not possible to delay starting the program. How Long do I have to Wait to Know if I got Accepted? The faculty will review your written material, and by late January we will invite finalists to campus for an admissions workshop. The workshop is typically on the 2nd or 3rd Friday in February. If attending the workshop creates a hardship for finalists, they can also record their responses to the interview questions. By the end of February we make our initial offers. Applicants have until April 15th to decide if they want to attend UNC. If someone declines our offer of admission, we make an offer to one of our alternates. Offers are made in the spring for students to start classes in the fall semester. Because we train on a cohort model, it is not possible to delay starting your program.
5 Dear Prospective Applicant: Counseling Psychology Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Degree An American Psychological Association (APA) Accredited Program Thank you for your interest in the Counseling Psychology program at the University of Northern Colorado. This is the Second Step in your application process. If you have not already completed the Graduate School s application, you can do so by clicking on the following link: Download a Graduate School Application. You can call (970) to get an application sent to you. You can also the Graduate School to obtain the application forms at The Graduate School application will request official copies of your transcripts, letters of recommendation (with UNC s Recommender Evaluation Form), copies of GRE results and the application fee. The Graduate School will forward this information to us, so you do not need to include any of this information in your supplemental application. Our Application Deadline is December 1. INSTRUCTIONS: Complete the Supplemental Data Form, Clinical and Research Experience Surveys and Supplemental Questions (typed, please) and mail, along with a copy of your vita/resume, to: The Graduate School & International Admissions The University of Northern Colorado th Street Campus Box 135 Greeley, CO Should you have any further questions or want to confirm that your materials have been received, you may contact Ms. Greenshields at or call the main office at If you have questions regarding program accreditation, you can contact the APA s Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation at 750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC or at (202) or at
6 Supplemental Data Form Counseling Psychology Greeley, Colorado (970) FAX(970) The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Degree An American Psychological Association (APA) Accredited Program Last Name First Middle Address City/State/Zip Home Phone ( ) Office ( ) FAX ( ) BEAR # We will provide your BEAR # Graduate Education School Degree Year Major School Degree Year Major Undergraduate Education School Degree Year Major School Degree Year Major Recommendations: Please list the names of the people who are providing letters of recommendation. Letters should be from people who know your academic and professional experience Please do not write below this line --- APCE Office Use Only GPA Application from Graduate School GRE Verbal Letters of Recommendation GRE Quantitative Personal Statement GRE Analyt Writing Supplementary Data Sheet GRE V + Q Total VITA
7 CLINICAL EXPERIENCE SURVEY Name Please give us your best estimate of prior counseling/psychotherapy experience by answering the following questions. We are aware that some applicants, especially those applying without any prior graduate coursework may not have many of the experiences we are asking about. 1. Have you ever taken a course specifically devoted to role playing interviewing/counseling skills? yes no If yes, was it an undergraduate or graduate course? undergrad grad number of credits When did you take the course? (year) 2. How many semesters of counseling practica and internship (doing therapy) have you taken overall? Please estimate your total number of face-to-face client contact hours (45-50 min = 1 hour) Masterʼs practicum or internship hours Undergraduate practicum or internship hours 3. Have you ever been employed to provide counseling/therapy services? yes no If yes, for approximately how long? months or years Setting(s): Type of Work you did: 4. What methods of clinical supervision have you received? Please rate each, as follows: 0 = not at all 1 = a little 2 = a fair amount 3 = a lot Live observation (or one-way mirror) Review of written notes, assessments Videotape review Review of raw test data Audiotape review Discussion of clinical processes Co-therapy with supervisor Discussion of personal reactions to clients Discussion of your professional development Case review/management 5. Workshops you have attended and/or specialized clinical training you received: 6. Please tell us anything else that you think is important for us to know regarding your clinical experience.
8 RESEARCH EXPERIENCE SURVEY Name Please complete the following survey, which will help us match your current skills with faculty. Put a check mark in the column that best describes the amount of experience you have for each of the following activities. HOW MUCH EXPERIENCE HAVE YOU HAD None, A Little, A Fair Amount, A Lot General Research Activities 1. Working as part of a research team 2. Doing literature searches (e.g., Psych Lit, Medline, etc) 3. Designing an experiment independently with faculty help 4. Designing an experiment as part of a research team/group 5. Developing procedures to collect or track data 6. Constructing an instrument (e.g., developing items, writing directions, etc.) 7. Running groups or seeing clients as part of a research project Quantitative Research Activities 8. Soliciting participants for a questionnaire study (collecting data) 9. Running participants through an experiment 10. Serving as a confederate in an experiment 11. Scoring questionnaires 12. Entering raw data into a spreadsheet 13. Analyzing data using SPSS or SAS (please check below all analyses that you conducted): descriptive statistics (M, SD, correlations, etc.) regression analyses of variance multivariate analyses of variance structural equation modeling factor analysis other (specify: ) Qualitative Research Activities 14. Interviewing respondents for a qualitative study 15. Transcribing interviews 16. Coding narrative data (content analysis or qualitative codes) Writing/Presentation Activities 17. Writing Institutional Review Board proposals 18. Writing grant applications 19. Writing a proposal for a conference (poster, presentation, roundtable) 20. Writing up an empirical study (please check type) thesis (circle: undergraduate master s ) for a conference presentation or poster for publication 21. Writing literature reviews (please check) for a class assignment for a thesis for publication (check if you re the first author: ) 22. Presenting an empirical study at a conference Please describe other research experiences that you would like for us to know about.
9 Additional Questions: Please respond to the following questions in a maximum of 2 single spaced typed pages. I. Professional Aspirations: a. Comment on why you want a doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology. b. What are your major professional goals (independent practice, research, teaching, administration). c. How did you select the University of Northern Colorado? II. Professional Background and Interests a. What are your three most significant professional experiences? b. What are your major professional interests? c. List any interest areas outside your professional interests. III. Include your Vita: Be sure your vita lists mental health related work experiences you have had. This can include either paid or volunteer experiences such as research assistantships, teaching assistantships and applied clinical experiences. Please list paid and volunteer experiences separately and list your most recent positions first. Your listing should include the name of each employer/supervisor, location (city/state), the dates of employment/involvement, and a brief statement describing your major responsibilities. Also be sure your vita lists any professional activities you have had. Please list any professional presentations and/or publications in APA format. This can also include works in progress. Finally if you have any special recognitions or wards, be sure they are included in your vita. Please Note: Letters of Recommendation should come from individuals who are familiar with your academic work, research capabilities and/or counseling skills. Application Review: (1) Apply for admission to the Graduate School A. Appropriate application form completely filled out and submitted B. Two official transcripts from all accredited institutions attended since high school, except for transcripts from UNC. C. Paid non-refundable processing fee D. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores requested from ETS. If available, a copy of scores can be enclosed with a written request to evaluate pending receipt of official scores E. TOEFL scores for International Students Only. D. Three letters of recommendation (2) Complete the Supplemental Admission Application for the Counseling Psychology Program. A. Complete the Supplemental Data Form (attached) B. Respond to the Clinical and Research Experiences Surveys C. Provide Answers to the Additional Questions (attached) D. Include a copy of your Vita Send everything to: The Graduate School & International Admissions The University of Northern Colorado th Street Campus Box 135 Greeley, CO We recommend that you also send Ms. Diane Greenshields an message informing her that you have completed our application process at
10 Helpful Websites University Information UNC Department of Counseling Psychology: Graduate School Admissions Application: Office of Financial Aid: Interactive Map of UNC: Cost of attendance (resident): Cost of attendance (non-resident): Graduate School Catalog: UNC Schedule of Classes: https://wfrpt03.unco.edu/approot/unc/schedule.htm Support Services Center for International Education: Disability Support Services: Registrar s Office: Campus Recreation Center: Student Activities: UNC Insurance: University Center: GLBTA Resources: Women s Resource Center: Native American Student Services: Marcus Garvey Cultural Center: Cesar Chavez Cultural Center: Asian/Pacific American Student Services: Housing and Community UNC Housing: Apartments in Greeley: Greeley Tribune (local newspaper on-line): Greeley Chamber of Commerce:
11 History of Counseling Psychology at the University of Northern Colorado The Counseling Psychology program at UNC has been in existence since It became accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) in 1995 as a PsyD program. In 2009, the curriculum was modified and now we offer only the PhD in Counseling Psychology. The PhD Counseling Psychology program has been accredited by APA since January 15, 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 by phone at (202) or on the web at The Counseling Psychology (PhD) program adheres to the Scientist-Practitioner model of training. The emphasis is on both practitioner/clinical skills (about 60%) and science (about 40%). Our program is designed for persons interested in careers as psychologists working in independent practice, mental health agencies, health care facilities and academic institutions. Our program strives to train psychologists who can independently assess, diagnose and treat a wide spectrum of mental health and adjustment concerns, in a variety of settings, utilizing at least three core treatment modalities: Individual, Group, and Couples & Family Therapies. In addition to completing clinical practica in these three core treatment modalities, students also complete a practicum in Clinical Supervision of individual therapy. Doctoral students are supervised by licensed psychologists for the in-house clinical practica experiences and receive live supervision from behind a one-way mirror. Students receive feedback as soon as they are finished with their sessions, and ongoing feedback is dubbed onto the session recording. Students also learn how to administer, score and interpret a wide variety of psychological assessment instruments including the MMPI-2, Rorschach, and Wechsler s tests. Clinical practica experiences in psychological assessment are also a required part of students training. Many students also do external practica in a variety of settings. Our program believes that it is important for our students to become contributors to and informed consumers of psychological research. Consequently all students complete a rigorous statistics sequence that involves learning about both quantitative and qualitative methodologies. Students participate in program evaluation research projects and individual research apprenticeships. Students are required to present at the university s Counseling Psychology Research Day and the Statistics and Research Methods Research Evening. Students are encouraged to make professional presentations and author publications while in the program, and most students do (please look at our newsletters online for a sampling). Our research training culminates with the doctoral dissertation, which includes a manuscript of the research ready for publication. At UNC you will enter an academic environment that demonstrates respect for and understanding of cultural and individual diversity.
12 Program Description and Philosophy The Counseling Psychology PhD program at UNC adheres to the scientist-practitioner model of training in which science and practice are integrated. We place great emphasis on both research training and practitioner training. Inherent in this model are the assumptions that psychologists can best contribute to the betterment of society and serve clients well-being through the understanding and practical applications of research knowledge and science. Research is a core part of our students training. Our program believes that it is important for our students to become contributors to and informed consumers of psychological research. While the program is weighted on the practitioner side of the scientistpractitioner continuum, (approximately 60 percent practice), the faculty is also strongly committed to training psychologists who know how to conduct, understand, and utilize psychological research. Training in research and evidence-based practice in psychology is integrated throughout coursework and practica experiences. Another assumption in our program is that psychologists must act as scientist practitioners and be adequately prepared to function independently, with a high level of expertise in the areas of psychotherapy, assessment, diagnosis, professional ethics, supervision and evaluation of services. Finally, psychologists work with individuals and systems from many different backgrounds, cultures and lifestyles. Therefore, our doctoral training emphasizes the needs of diverse populations in order to produce graduates who are sensitive to cultural, ethnic, gender and lifestyle concerns in both language and action. Program Goals, Objectives, and Competencies Goal #1: To prepare students in the application of different therapeutic treatment modalities, professional presentation and behavior, and evidence-based practice. Objectives: Students will develop awareness, knowledge, and skills in the application of counseling practice and develop professional presentation and behavior in: Individual Therapy, Group Therapy, Couples & Family Therapy, -and- Application of evidence-based practice to assessment and intervention. Goal #2: To prepare students in conducting psychological assessments. Objectives: Students will develop knowledge, awareness, and skills in: Administering, scoring, interpreting and reporting about various intellectual and academic assessments, Administering, scoring, interpreting and reporting about various personality and behavioral assessments, -and- How to incorporate knowledge of the scientific and theoretical bases for construction of tests (i.e., reliability and validity), as well as appropriately applying knowledge of behavior in the context of human development and diversity. Goal #3: To prepare students to provide clinical supervision. Objectives: Students will develop: Knowledge of supervision literature and application of various clinical supervision models/techniques, Skills in helping counselors-in-training conceptualize clients from diverse perspectives. -and- Awareness of individual differences and diversity issues as they impact the counseling and supervision process.
13 Goal #4: To prepare students in regards to individual and cultural diversity, in advocacy for clients, and in legal and ethical codes and standards. Objectives: Students will develop awareness, knowledge, and skills: Of self and others as cultural beings and apply such awareness, knowledge and skills into intervention, assessment, and consultation, -and- Develop awareness, knowledge, and skills in the legal & ethical aspects of professional psychology. Goal #5: To prepare students in research methodology and data analyses and generating research, and also prepare them to understand and appreciate the integration of science and the application of scientific methods. Objectives: Students will develop: Knowledge of and skills with quantitative and qualitative research methodologies, Knowledge of and skills with statistical analyses procedures, Knowledge of and skills with program evaluation and empirically supported intervention research, -and- Skills in conducting original research. Goal #6: To prepare students in the breadth of scientific psychology in the following areas: biological bases of behavior, cognitive-affective bases of behavior, social bases of behavior, lifespan developmental bases of behavior, and history and systems of psychology. Objectives: Students will develop awareness and knowledge of: Of the biological bases of behavior, The cognitive-affective bases of behavior, The social bases of behavior, Lifespan developmental bases of behavior, -and- History and systems of psychology.
14 Program Profile Student Admissions, Outcomes, and Other Data In January 2010 the Counseling Psychology doctoral program became an APA-accredited PhD program. Prior to this since 1995 our program was an APA-accredited PsyD program. We are now only a PhD program, and the PsyD program is currently accredited, inactive and was withdrawn effective December 31, The last graduate from the PsyD program was in Time to Completion: Since the year 2005, students entering the Counseling Psychology program with a Master's degree in counseling (or a closely related field) have taken on average 5.97 years (median 5.33) to graduate from our PhD program. It should be noted that several students who had entered the PsyD program delayed their matriculation date and transitioned to the PhD program, thus extending their time to graduation. In 2010, we had the first graduates from the PhD program. Below is a breakdown of their time to completion: Outcome Time to Completion for Students entering the Program with Advanced Standing- PhD Total number of students with doctoral degree conferred on transcript Mean number of years to complete the program Median number of years to complete the program Time to Degree Ranges Students in less Year in which Degrees were Conferred Total N % N % N % N % N % N % N % N % than 5 years Students in 5 years Students in 6 years Students in 7 years Students in more than 7 years
15 Because we admitted our first cohort of students entering with a BA/BS degree in 2006, we only have limited time to completion data available. The program is structured so that those entering with a bachelor's degree could complete the program in 5 years. Students who had entered the Counseling Psychology program with a Bachelor's degree have taken on average 5.5 years (median 5.0) to graduate from our PhD program. Below is a breakdown of their time to completion. Time to Completion for Students entering the Program with a Bachelor s Degree (if applicable) Year in which Degrees were Conferred Outcome Total Total number of students with doctoral degree conferred on transcript Mean number of years to complete the program Median number of years to complete the program Time to Degree N % N % N % N % N % N % N % N % Ranges Students in less than years Students in 5 years Students in 6 years Students in 7 years Students in more than 7 years
16 PROGRAM COSTS: Description st-year Cohort Cost Tuition for full-time students (in-state) $14,499 Tuition for full-time students (out-of-state) $31,131 Tuition per credit hour for part-time students (if applicable) $537 (in-state); $1,153 (out-ofstate) University/institution fees or costs $1,707 Additional estimated fees or costs to students (e.g. books, travel, etc.) $725 The cost of attending UNC varies depending upon your residency status. The Counseling Psychology Program is a member of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education's (WICHE) Western Regional Graduate Program. What membership in the WRGP means is that applicants who are residents of 15 western states (Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming) would qualify for resident tuition status starting their first year in the program. Applicants who are US citizens, but residents from other states would need to pay nonresident tuition their first year on campus, but could then qualify for resident tuition status after 1 year in Colorado. International students currently remain classified as nonresidents throughout their degree program. Current information regarding tuition and fees can be found on the Costs website by going to: For more information regarding the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) go to For more information regarding WICHE's Western Regional Graduate Programs (WRGP) go to: Students are eligible for federal loans, scholarships and grants. In the past three years all incoming students and the majority of our returning students were offered assistantships through the program that pay for a portion of the student s tuition and give a stipend. Some students obtain assistantships across the campus (e.g., Career Services, Disability Support Services, University 101, School of Psychological Sciences). For more information regarding financial aid, please refer to
17 INTERNSHIPS: Our doctoral students have successfully completed pre-doctoral internships at sites across the country. Doctoral students from 2006 through 2009 were originally admitted into the previous PsyD program, and most took the option to switch over into the new PhD program and graduated with a PhD. Our program now requires that students apply only to APA-accredited internship sites. Below are some data on student's outcomes, which includes those students who switched from the PsyD to the PhD program: Internship Placement- PhD Program Outcome Year Applied for Internship N % N % N % N % N % N % N % Students who sought or applied for internships* Students who obtained internships Students who obtained APA/CPA-accredited internships Students who obtained APPIC member internships that were not APA/CPAaccredited (if applicable) Students who obtained other membership organization internships (e.g. CAPIC) that were not APA/CPAaccredited (if applicable) Students who obtained internships conforming to CDSPP guidelines that were not APA/CPA-accredited (if applicable) Students who obtained other internships that were not APA/CPA-accredited (if applicable) *This includes students that withdrew from the internship application process.
18 Internship Placement PhD Program Outcome Year Applied for Internship N % N % N % N % N % N % N % Students who obtained internships Students who obtained paid internships Students who obtained halftime internships* (if applicable) *Should only include students that applied for internship and are included in the number that "sought or applied for internship" from "Internship Placement - Table 1" for each year. Please Note: All of our graduates must complete an internship. In year 2010 the first cohort that applied for internship came from the PhD program. During the past 3 years ( ) since our program became exclusively a PhD program, 77 percent (N=20) of our students who applied for internship have completed internships all over the United States. Of those students, the majority (90%, N=18 out of 20), obtained APA-accredited internships and 10 percent (N=2 out of 20) went to APPIC internships. Attrition Once admitted into our program, we work very hard to help ensure that students successfully progress toward degree completion. During the past 7 years our attrition, or dropout, rate has been about 2 percent (1 out of 47 students). Outcome data for our doctoral students for the past seven years are presented in the table below. Variable Students for whom this is the year of first enrollment (i.e. new students) Students whose doctoral degrees were conferred on their transcripts Students still enrolled in program Students no longer enrolled for any reason other than conferral of doctoral degree Attrition Year of First Enrollment * 2008* 2009* N % N % N % N % N % N % N % *During these years students were admitted as PsyD students and then transitioned to the PhD Students who remained in the PsyD program were not included in this table. Licensure For our PhD program, with the first graduating class in Spring 2010, 67% of graduates have become Licensed Psychologists (4 out of 6). For our APA-accredited PsyD program, which has been phased out, 80% of recent graduates have become licensed psychologists from 2002 to 2010 (36 out of 45 graduates, 80%).
19 Sources of Funding Research Assistantships. The Programs in Counseling Psychology are currently assigned several graduate research assistants. These students assist faculty 10 to 15 hours per week and receive a partial waiver of tuition and a stipend. Additional research assistantships may be available through contract and grant projects, both in Counseling Psychology and in other units of the University. Teaching Assistantships. The School of Psychological Sciences has a limited number of teaching assistantships that are sometimes assigned to advanced doctoral students in counseling psychology. These regularly budgeted positions are for nine months, carrying a teaching responsibility of three to six credits each semester. A limited number of summer assignments are available. Additional positions are occasionally available on a one- semester basis. Supervision Assistantships. Advanced students in Counseling Psychology are currently assigned limited supervision graduate assistantships. These students assist faculty 10 hours per week in supervision and receive a partial waiver of tuition and a stipend. Fellowships/Scholarships. Various scholarships may be available to students. The amounts of these scholarships vary, but typically include diversity scholarships. Other opportunities. Other opportunities may be available at career services, disability support services, UNIV 101 for freshmen, etc. Additionally, the Graduate School provide some financial support for dissertation research and the Graduate Students Association offers travel awards for students making presentations at professional conferences.
20 Degree Requirements 121 Credits* College of Education and Behavioral Sciences Accredited by the American Psychological Association. For more information regarding program accreditation, contact the APA's Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation, 750 1st Street NE, Washington, DC or at (202) or at Required Major Credits Introductory Core Required 20 hours APCE 558 Diagnosis and Treatment Planning 3 APCE 612 Practicum in Individual Counseling 5 APCE 660 Psychological Consultation: Theory and 3 Practice APCE 665 Family Systems 3 APCE 669 Advanced Methods: Couples and Family 3 Therapy SRM 600 Introduction to Graduate Research 3 Counseling Psychology Core 8 hours APCE 616 Career Theory, Counseling and 3 Assessment APCE 701 Professional Development Seminar in 1 Counseling Psychology PSY 530 Life Span Developmental Psychology 3 APCE 701: Take two times Research Core 16 hours APCE 733 Research Apprenticeship 1 SRM 602 Statistical Methods I 3 SRM 603 Statistical Methods II 3 SRM 610 Statistical Methods III 3 SRM 680 Introduction to Qualitative Research 3 SRM 700 Advanced Research Methods 3 Suggested Electives for Students Completing Quantitative Dissertations: SRM 607 Non-Parametric Statistics 3 or SRM 609 Sampling Methods 3 or SRM 625 Applied Multiple Regression Analysis 3 or SRM 627 Survey Research Methods 3 Suggested Electives for Students Completing Qualitative Dissertations: SRM 685 Educational Ethnography 3 or SRM 686 Qualitative Case Study Research 3
21 or SRM 687 Narrative Inquiry 3 or SRM 688 Writing as Analysis of Qualitative Research 3 Practica Required 24 hours APCE 694 Practicum in Couples and Family Therapy 4 APCE 702 Practicum in Counseling 4 APCE 712 Advanced Practicum in Indvidual 4 Counseling APCE 714 Practicum in Supervision of Counseling 3-6 APCE 715 Seminar in Counselor Supervision and 2 Theory APCE 762 Practicum in Group Facilitation 4 APCE 793 Psychological Services Clinic I 1 APCE 794 Psychological Services Clinic II 2 APCE 714: 3 credits required. Suggested Practica Electives: APCE 795 External Practicum 3 (added spring 2013) APCE 617 Play Therapy: Theory and Practicum 3 APCE 713 Practicum in Supervision of Play Therapy 3 APCE 773 Practicum in Supervision of Group 3 Facilitation APCE 774 Practicum in Supervision of Family Therapy 3 Assessment Core Required 10 hours APCE 674 Assessment for Intervention: Cognitive and Academic APCE 678 Assessment for Intervention: Personality and Behavior Suggested Assessment Elective: APCE 782 Introduction to Rorschach Administration and Scoring Licensing Core 24 hours APCE 623 Understanding and Counseling Diverse 3 Populations APCE 657 Legal and Ethical Aspects of Counseling 3 and Psychology APCE 682 Biological Bases of Behavior 3 APCE 707 Seminar in Personality and Counseling 3 Theories APCE 758 Advanced Psychopathology 3 PSY 540 Theories and Principles of Learning 3
22 PSY 590 Seminar in History and Systems 3 PSY 664 Advanced Social Psychology 3 Internship - 3 hours APCE 791 Internship in Counseling Psychology 1-5 APCE 791: 1 Year, 2000 Hours Research Proposal/Dissertation 16 hours APCE 797 Doctoral Proposal Research 1-4 APCE 799 Doctoral Dissertation 1-12 APCE 797: Take 4 APCE 799: Take 12 NOTES: * A student entering with previously completed graduate coursework equivalent to coursework required for the PhD degree may have course(s) waived with advisor consent and may significantly reduce the total number of hours required to complete the program. A plan of study for the degree must contain a minimum of 72 hours of coursework in addition to doctoral research (16) and internship hours (3-18). In addition to formal course requirements, students are required to successfully complete a doctoral comprehensive examination, a dissertation and a one-year, 2000-hour internship.
23 Counseling Psychology Core Faculty Dr. Brian Johnson Brian Johnson, PhD, is a Professor of Counseling Psychology at the University of Northern Colorado who has been here since He earned his PhD in Counseling Psychology from the University of Iowa (APA-accredited) in He is a licensed psychologist in the State of Colorado and an active member of various professional organizations. He served as the training director for several years. He works from a cognitive-behavioral lens and his area of research includes issues related to parenting, childhood behaviors, and attachment. He has also earned several awards and accolades for his book, 7 Skills for Parenting Success. Dr. Lia (Basilia) Softas-Nall Lia Softas-Nall, PhD, is a Professor of Counseling Psychology at the University of Northern Colorado who has been at UNC since 1992, and has been the Chair and Director of Training since She earned a PhD in Counseling Psychology from Ball State University (APA-accredited) in She is a licensed psychologist in the State of Colorado, operates from a systemic/relational lens, specializes in couples and family therapy, multiculturalism, and is an AAMFT-approved supervisor. Her research appears in both national and international venues. Dr. Sean O Halloran Sean O Halloran, PhD, is a Professor of Counseling Psychology at the University of Northern Colorado who has been at UNC since She earned a PhD in Counseling Psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara (APA-accredited) in She is currently the Clinic Director of the UNC Psychological Services Clinic, our in-house clinic, and is an active member in the Association of Directors of Psychology Training Clinics. Dr. O Halloran is a licensed psychologist in the State of Colorado whom operates from a cognitive-constructivist lens. She has published nationally, internationally and specializes in trauma, eating disorders, and diversity. She has also recently served as a Fulbright Senior Specialist in Thailand. In addition, Dr. O Halloran recently completed a multi-year grant project of a Building Healthy Marriages Demonstration. Dr. Stephen Wright Stephen Wright, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Counseling Psychology at the University of Northern Colorado who has been at UNC since He earned his PhD in Counseling Psychology from Ball State University (APA-accredited) in 2008, and is a Licensed Psychologist in Colorado. He operates from an interpersonal/psychodynamics lens, and his research interests include attachment theory, career development, gifted adults, and work-family interface. Dr. Jeffrey Rings Jeffrey Rings, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Counseling Psychology at the University of Northern Colorado who has been at UNC since He earned his PhD in Counseling Psychology from the University of Denver (APA-accredited) in He operates from object relations/psychodynamic and humanistic lenses and his research interests and areas of specialization include clinical supervision, crisis intervention, grief and loss, suicide risk assessment and prevention, and Veterans' issues. He is currently working on licensure as a psychologist, has accumulated all clinical hours and will be taking the EPPP soon.
24 Frequently Asked Questions What is the Composition of your Student Body? Our student body ranges in age from their mid 20 s to mid 40 s. Currently, 75 percent of our students are female and 29 percent are members of underrepresented groups. Nine percent of our students have come from foreign countries to study at UNC (China, Taiwan, Switzerland/Germany, and Thailand). At UNC we embrace the cultural and individual diversity of all of our students and faculty. What are the Average Scores for Admitted Students? The average scores for students who have been admitted since during the past 7 years are considerably higher than the minimum scores established by the Graduate School. Admitted with MA/MS Degree Admitted with BA/BS Degree GPA (4 point scale) 3.83 GPA (4 point scale) 3.76 GRE Verbal (old scale/new scale) 537/156 GRE Verbal (old scale/new scale) 534/155 GRE Quantitative (old scale/new scale) 591/149 GRE Quantitative (old scale/new scale) 625/151 Analytical Writing (range) Analytical Writing (range) TOEFEL N.A. TOEFEL 610 How Many Applications do you Receive? How Many do you Admit? While the number of applications we receive can vary greatly from year to year, recently we have been receiving between applications and we have admitted 6-9 students. We typically admit 4-5 MA applicants and 2-4 BA applicants. How Much does it Cost to Attend UNC? Description st-year Cohort Cost Tuition for full-time students (in-state) $14,499 Tuition for full-time students (out-of-state) $31,131 Tuition per credit hour for part-time students (if applicable) $537 (in-state); $1,153 (out-ofstate) University/institution fees or costs $1,707 Additional estimated fees or costs to students (e.g. books, travel, etc.) $725 Tuition at UNC varies depending upon your residency status. The Counseling Psychology Program is a member of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education s (WICHE) Western Regional Graduate Program. What membership in the WRGP means is that applicants who are residents of 15 western states (Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming) qualify for resident tuition status
25 starting their first year in the program. Applicants who are US citizens, but residents of other states would need to pay nonresident tuition their first year on campus, but could then qualify for resident tuition status after 1 year in Colorado. International students currently remain classified as nonresidents throughout their degree program. Current information regarding tuition and fees can be found on the Costs website by going to For more information regarding the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) go to For more information regarding WICHE s Western Regional Graduate Programs (WRGP) go to Students are eligible for federal loans, scholarships and grants. In the past three years all incoming students and the majority of our returning students were offered assistantships through the program that pay for a portion of the student s tuition and give a stipend. Some students obtain assistantships across the campus (e.g., Career Services, Disability Support Services, University 101, School of Psychological Sciences). For more information regarding financial aid, please refer to