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Curriculum: Ph.D., in Counseling Psychology

Curriculum at a Glance (97 credits)

Part 1: Discipline-Specific Knowledge

History and Systems of Psychology (3 credits)

  • CPSY 7100: History and Systems of Psychology

Basic Content Areas and Advanced Integrative Knowledge (15 credits)

  • CPSY 6104: Theories of Cognition and Affect
  • CPSY 6105: Biological Bases of Behavior
  • CPSY 6102: Psychology of Human Development
  • CPSY 7515: Social Psychology
  • CPSY 6601: Couple and Family Dynamics – Systemic Perspectives

Research Methods, Statistical Analysis (12 credits)

  • CPSY 7006: Statistical Theory and Computer Applications II
  • CPSY 9001: Univariate Experimental Design
  • CPSY 9002: Applied Multivariate Statistics
  • CPSY 9004: Seminar in Qualitative Research Methods

Part II: Profession-Wide Competencies

Research (9 credits)

  • CPSY 8001-8002: Supervised Research in Counseling Psychology (1 credit for each course)
  • CPSY 9991-9992: Dissertation Advisement I-II (3 credits for each course)

The six credit hours for dissertation advisement are counted in the calculation of the 97 total credit hours in the curriculum for the Counseling Psychology Ph.D. Program. Dissertation advisement may begin the Fall semester of the student's second year and continue for a minimum of two semesters (CPSY 9991-9992). Enrolling for additional dissertation advisement credits will be determined in consultation with the student's mentor. In addition, in order to stay continuously enrolled in the University after all courses and the Internship are completed, students must enroll in Dissertation Advisement (CPSY 9993-9999) until the dissertation is completed. Students who have competed all courses and the Internship may, at the discretion of their mentor, register for THCN 8999: Thesis Continuation for one semester. Only registration fees are assessed for THCN 8999. Students who have successfully defended their dissertation but are not eligible for their degree until the subsequent semester must register for RGCN 8000 for that semester. Proposals for the dissertation must be defended by July 15th of Year Three in order to be eligible for Internship.

Ethical and Legal Standards (3 credits)

  • CPSY 8010: Seminar: Ethical and Legal Issues in Professional Psychology Individual and Cultural Diversity (4 credits)
  • CPSY 8106: Special Topics: Multicultural Competency (1 credit in each of 4 years)

Note: CPSY 8106 is offered at least once every year, usually in the summer. Students are
required to attend ad complete all assignments for this course whenever it is offered
during their first 4 years in the Program. Because this course reflects current multicultural issues, no student will be excused, regardless of previous courses taken with similar content. However, students may have registration and fees waived for prior
coursework, at the discretion of the Training Director.

Assessment (15 credits)*

  • CPSY 8520: Seminar in Psychopathology
  • CPSY 8519: Seminar in Child and Adolescent Psychopathology
  • CPSY 7502: Individual Cognitive Assessment
  • CPSY 8502: Individual Cognitive Assessment Lab (1 credit)
  • CPSY 8706: Seminar in Clinical Assessment Techniques
  • CPSY 9706: Seminar in Clinical Assessment Techniques Lab (1
  • credit)
  • CPSY 7203: Practicum: Aptitude, Interest, and Personality Testing
  • *CPSY 6601 also addresses assessment of family systems

Intervention and Prevention, including Professional Values and Attitudes (22 credits)

  • CPSY 9774: Theories and Techniques of Counseling and Psychotherapy in Counseling
  • Psychology
  • CPSY 8701: Techniques of Group Counseling
  • CPSY 8550: Group Psychotherapy with Children and Adolescents
  • CPSY 8703: Seminar in Vocational Psychology (also addresses vocational research)
  • CPSY 8705: Psychoeducational Programming and Consultation
  • CPSY 8563: Practicum in Counseling Psychology I
  • CPSY 9563: Practicum in Counseling Psychology I Lab (1 credit)
  • CPSY 8564: Practicum in Counseling Psychology II
  • CPSY 8565: Practicum in Counseling Psychology III

Intervention and Supervision (6-8 credits*)

  • CPSY 8566: Practicum in Counseling Psychology IV
  • CPSY 8568: Practicum in Counseling Psychology V
  • CPSY 9788-9789: Internship (no credit, but student fees will be assessed)
  • *CPSY 8003: Practicum Supervision (1-credit, only if placement starts in the summer)

Minor Area (9 credits)

The minor area is an opportunity for students to choose an area of either practice or research specialization, beyond the required coursework for the program. Up to three credits may be double-counted toward degree requirements. For example, a student selecting neuropsychological assessment as a minor area would be allowed to count CPSY6105: Biological Bases of Behavior, a psychological core course, as satisfying three of the nine credits for the neuropsychological assessment minor as well as satisfying three of the 21 credits in the psychological core. The course has been double counted because it has satisfied credit hour requirements in two different areas. If a student chooses to double count a course, the total number of credit hours for the Counseling Psychology Ph.D. Program is reduced from 97 to 94 credit hours. Six of the nine credits in the minor area must be taken at Seton Hall.