Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology
Exchange Program with Universidad de La Coruña
Beginning in 1999, the Doctoral program in counseling psychology and the
Universidad de La Coruña, La Coruña, Spain, entered into an
exchange agreement. Doctoral students in their third year (or beyond) who
are reasonably fluent in Spanish may go to Spain for a period of 2 months
to 1 year to train in La Coruña’s interdisciplinary Postgraduate
Family Intervention Program, directed by Dr. Valentín Escudero. See
page for a description of the program. This
training program, which combines didactic material with seminars, case studies,
tutorials, research, and a family therapy practicum, is taught by faculty
from Spain and the U.S.
Please follow this link for a bio sketch of the Director of the Family Interventions program in Spain, Dr. Valentín Escudero.
See this page for information on Meniños
a community clinic for families with maltreated and neglected children,
a popular practicum site. More information on the city of La
Coruña, which is in Galicia, in northwestern Spain can be
found on this
page. Also see the city's
official tourism web site.
Eligibility for the program is determined by the Director of Doctoral Training
in consultation with the faculty. To be eligible, students must demonstrate
proficiency in Spanish, be in good academic standing, and have completed
all required practica in the program.
Students must enroll for at least 3 credits per semester at UAlbany (Fall
or Spring; 1 credit in the summer session). Tuition at the Universidad de
La Coruña is waived in exchange for 5-6 hours of research assistance.
A description of the exchange program was published in The
Friedlander, M. L., Escudero, V., & Guzman, M. (2001). International
exchanges in family therapy: Training, research, and practice in Spain and
the U.S. The Counseling Psychologist, 30, 314-329.
The ongoing family therapy research program that is being done both at
UAlbany and in Spain can be seen at www.softa-soatif.net.
Below is a photo of our first Spanish exchange student, Ana Martinez-Risco,
who received her Master's degree diploma in December, 2003.
The Portugal Connection
Since the early 1990s, UAlbany’s Counseling Psychology faculty and
several psychology and education faculty at the University of Coimbra (Coimbra,
Portugal) have enjoyed a mutually-enhancing relationship, which was formalized
by both universities in 1994. Not only has there been a substantial research
collaboration and numerous faculty and student visits across the Atlantic,
but also we have jointly sponsored colloquia, a videoconference, and live
conferences. One member of our faculty, Prof. Richard Haase, has sat on
Coimbra dissertation committees, and two Coimbra faculty, Prof. Joaquim
Armando Ferreira and Prof. Eduardo J. R. Santos, are adjunct faculty in
the Counseling Psychology program at UAlbany.
In October, 2007, four UAlbany faculty and 15 PhD students traveled to
Coimbra to co-host a large, three-day conference and workshops, entitled
Counseling Psychology at the Crossroads. Many new alliances (and friendships)
were formed among faculty and students, including initial discussions of
a plan to allow UAlbany PhD students to take up to a year of comparable
coursework in Coimbra (note: texts/tests are in English, Portuguese faculty
speak English fluently). The photos below depict the city of Coimbra, the
University (3rd oldest in Europe, dating from 1290), the cobblestoned streets
of this college town, and some of the Albany posters and presentations from
the October 2007 conference.
The West Indies Connection
The University at Albany, and the Division of Counseling Psychology in
particular, have an ongoing collaboration with the Department of Psychology
at the University of West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago (UWI-SA).
Specifically, there are opportunities between UA and UWI-SA for collaborative
research, for student and faculty exchanges, and for the student study abroad
program. Thus far, we have had two graduate psychology students from UWI-SA
studying here. We are currently developing similar opportunities at the
UWI-Cave Hill campus in Barbados. These are wonderful opportunities for
immersion experiences in cultural diversity.