About the Division of Counseling Psychology
The Division of Counseling Psychology currently offers two graduate programs:
an APA accredited Ph.D.
in Counseling Psychology and an M.S.
in Mental Health Counseling.
A fundamental mission of both programs is to promote and value diversity.
This is found in the many opportunities our students have to explore issues
of human diversity (race, ethnicity, culture, gender, religion, age, sexual
orientation, disability, etc.), to learn a variety of theoretical approaches
to counseling, to study with a multicultural array of students and faculty,
to work with a range of client populations, and to practice in multiple
work settings. A common link across our master's and doctoral training programs
is a commitment to excellence. Our graduate students work in countless agencies
and schools throughout the local communities, contributing valuable new
ideas and assistance to students, clients, and organizations.
About the PhD Program:
The PhD program in Counseling Psychology has been continuously accredited
by the American Psychological Association since 1980. For information, contact
the Commission on Accreditation, Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation,
American Psychological Association, Education Directorate, 750 First St.,
NE, Washington, DC 20002-4242, 202-336-5979, http://www.apa.org/ed/accreditation.
The doctoral program embraces the scientist-practitioner model of training.
In fact, the doctoral program has sustained a ranking among the top five
counseling psychology programs in terms of faculty productivity and scholarly
contributions to the literature for over 25 years (e.g., Buboltz, Deemer,
& Hoffman, 2010; Skovholt, Stone, & Hill, 1984). For more specific
information, see the references cited below. National recognition of the
contributions of individual faculty has also been outstanding: Two of our
faculty (Friedlander, Phillips) were ranked in the top 8% of the members
of the Society of Counseling Psychology in terms of scholarly productivity
(Horan et al., 1993), and one (Friedlander) was identified in several publications
as being one of the most productive scholars in counseling psychology (Buboltz
et al., 1999, 2010; Howard & Curtin, 1993) and psychotherapy process-outcome
research (Hill, Nutt & Jackson, 1994).
During its last APA accreditation process, the program was commended for
(among other things) "a clearly articulated training model and well
organized curriculum." Our academic offerings highlight the integration
of theory, research, and practice, ethics, and training in multicultural
diversity. Clinical experience is available in various locations (community
agencies, residential settings, hospitals, college and university counseling
centers, forensic and administrative sites), including the UAlbany
Psychological Services Center, a training clinic run conjointly with
the clinical psychology program. The majority of our students receive tuition
waivers and fellowships or assistantships for 4 or more years.
The program accepts 7 or 8 new doctoral students each year. Typically,
half the incoming class has bachelor's degrees, and half has master's degrees.
The Division is strongly committed to multicultural diversity and to recruiting
students of color. Currently, students of color make up roughly 25% of the
total enrollment. The program has awarded over 185 PhDs -- between 5 and
16 per year since 1983. Graduates of the PhD program are licensed in many
states and contribute to the field as practitioners adn scholars. In our
most recent self-study, virtually all graduates within the past 5 years
readily found employment in varying settings, including counseling centers,
hospitals, community agencies, medical schools, and academia.
About the Master's Program:
The Master of Science program is designed to reflect traditions in psychology
that focus on individual and contextual differences and developmental progression.
The emphasis in this practitioner training program is on identifying, preventing,
and ameliorating client problems across the life span and across the varied
domains of human experience (family life, education, interpersonal relationships,
work and leisure).
The Division currently has 6 full-time faculty and a number of part-time
faculty. Three faculty members are Fellows of the American Psychological
Association. Faculty are actively involved in research activities and in
national and local psychological organizations. Many are also engaged in
clinical work as consultants and in independent practice.
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of the Journal of Counseling Psychology: Buboltz, Miller, and Williams
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Buboltz, W. C., Miller, M., & Williams, D. J. (1999). Content analysis
of research in the Journal of Counseling Psychology (1973-1978).
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Delgado, E. A., & Howard, G. S. (1994). Changes in research productivity
in counseling psychology: Revisiting Howard (1983) a decade later. Journal
of Counseling Psychology, 41, 69-73.
Diegelman, N., Uffelman, R., Wagner, K., & Diegelman, S. (2005). Current
institutional trends in research productivity in counseling psychology journals.
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Institutional contributors to scholarly and professional activities
in counseling psychology. Paper presented at the annual convention
of the American Psychological Association, Toronto, Canada.
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process research: Samples, measures, researchers, and classic publications.
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the cerebral functioning of Division 17, which organ should we dissect?
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