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Doctorate in Counseling Psychology (Psy.D.)

Pursue a Doctorate in Counseling Psychology (Psy.D.)

The Counseling Psychology Doctorate is designed to build on previous training in psychology and prepare professionals for a variety of work settings, such as university counseling centers, community mental health clinics, correctional facilities, schools and hospitals. Graduates typically pursue licensure as a psychologist and provide diverse communities with a range of services including psychotherapy and assessment. Our graduates also engage in clinical supervision, administration, teaching and evaluation. Learn about our MA with Direct Admission to the Doctoral Program.

Our Psy.D. is founded on a practitioner-scholar model. The program trains entry level health service psychologists who integrate the science of psychology with self-reflective practice, think systemically and developmentally, and who provide ethical, inclusive, and culturally sensitive services to advance the common good.

In this program, you will:

  • Establish competence in the core foundational areas associated with scientific psychology and in the foundations of practice associated with the specialty of counseling psychology
  • Demonstrate competence in diagnosing or defining problems through assessment and implementing effective intervention strategies
  • Identify and understand individual and cultural differences
  • Exhibit ethical knowledge and decision-making
  • Be prepared for a career as a psychologist through our Psy.D. Practicum and Internship Experience

Application Deadline: December 15

Where You'll Learn:

Minneapolis Campus

When to Start:

Summer or Fall

What’s the difference between a Psy.D. and a Ph.D.?

If you’re considering earning a doctorate degree in psychology, you may be trying to decide whether to pursue a Psy.D. or a Ph.D.

St. Thomas offers a Doctorate of Psychology (Psy.D.) degree, which is intended for students who want to use their degree to provide psychological services in practice. A Psy.D. is different than a Ph.D. degree, which is better suited for students who are primarily interested in conducting research and/or teaching at a college or university. This is not to say that Psy.D. students don’t conduct research; however, the primary focus for most Psy.D. students is delivering mental health care as licensed psychologists.

For more information, please visit the American Psychological Association’s website.

About the Degree

  • First Year
  • Second Year
  • Third Year
  • Fourth Year
  • First Year

    Total of 82 Credits

    25 (of 82) Credits

    Summer

    • CPSY 717 Vocational and Organizational Psychology

    Fall

    • CPSY 700 Introduction to Doctoral Studies in Counseling Psychology
    • CPSY 702 Quantitative Methods of Inquiry
    • CPSY 801 Dissertation Measurement and Psychometrics
    • CPSY 901 Diversity Issues in Counseling Psychology

    J-Term

    • CPSY 950 Historical Foundations

    Spring

    • CPSY 701 Qualitative Methods of Inquiry
    • CPSY 735 Advanced Psychopathology
    • CPSY 737 Psychological Testing II (Personality) and Lab
    Browse Counseling Psychology Classes

    Second Year

    Total of 26 Credits

    Summer

    • CPSY 775 Contemporary Ethical Issues
    • CPSY 903 Psychological Testing III (Cognitive) and Lab

    Fall

    • CPSY 708 Advanced Practicum I
    • CPSY 802 Dissertation Methods and Scholarly Writing I
    • CPSY 910 Practice Development Seminar I
    • CPSY 710 Contemporary Approaches to Psychotherapy

    J-Term

    • CPSY 708 Advanced Practicum I
    • CPSY 713 Relationship Counseling

    Spring

    • CPSY 708 Advanced Practicum I
    • CPSY 803 Dissertation Methods and Scholarly Writing II
    • CPSY 911 Practice Development Seminar II
    • CPSY 908 Biological Bases of Behavior
    Browse Counseling Psychology Classes

    Third Year

    Total of 22 Credits

    Summer

    • CPSY 999 Elective
    • CPSY 719 Advanced Group and Social Behavior
    • CPSY 804 Dissertation Methods and Scholarly Writing III

    Fall

    • CPSY 709 Advanced Practicum II
    • CPSY 723 Supervision and Consultation
    • CPSY 739 Learning and Cognition

    J-Term

    • CPSY 709 Advanced Practicum II

    Spring

    • CPSY 709 Advanced Practicum III
    • CPSY 715 Life Span Development
    • CPSY 751 Prof. Development Seminar in Counseling Psych
    Browse Counseling Psychology Classes

    Fourth Year

    Total of 9 Credits

    Fall

    • CPSY 800 Internship in Counseling Psychology

    Spring

    • CPSY 800 Internship in Counseling Psychology

    Summer

    • CPSY 800 Internship in Counseling Psychology
    Browse Counseling Psychology Classes

    First Year

    Total of 82 Credits

    25 (of 82) Credits

    Summer

    • CPSY 717 Vocational and Organizational Psychology

    Fall

    • CPSY 700 Introduction to Doctoral Studies in Counseling Psychology
    • CPSY 702 Quantitative Methods of Inquiry
    • CPSY 801 Dissertation Measurement and Psychometrics
    • CPSY 901 Diversity Issues in Counseling Psychology

    J-Term

    • CPSY 950 Historical Foundations

    Spring

    • CPSY 701 Qualitative Methods of Inquiry
    • CPSY 735 Advanced Psychopathology
    • CPSY 737 Psychological Testing II (Personality) and Lab
    Browse Counseling Psychology Classes

    Second Year

    Total of 26 Credits

    Summer

    • CPSY 775 Contemporary Ethical Issues
    • CPSY 903 Psychological Testing III (Cognitive) and Lab

    Fall

    • CPSY 708 Advanced Practicum I
    • CPSY 802 Dissertation Methods and Scholarly Writing I
    • CPSY 910 Practice Development Seminar I
    • CPSY 710 Contemporary Approaches to Psychotherapy

    J-Term

    • CPSY 708 Advanced Practicum I
    • CPSY 713 Relationship Counseling

    Spring

    • CPSY 708 Advanced Practicum I
    • CPSY 803 Dissertation Methods and Scholarly Writing II
    • CPSY 911 Practice Development Seminar II
    • CPSY 908 Biological Bases of Behavior
    Browse Counseling Psychology Classes

    Third Year

    Total of 22 Credits

    Summer

    • CPSY 999 Elective
    • CPSY 719 Advanced Group and Social Behavior
    • CPSY 804 Dissertation Methods and Scholarly Writing III

    Fall

    • CPSY 709 Advanced Practicum II
    • CPSY 723 Supervision and Consultation
    • CPSY 739 Learning and Cognition

    J-Term

    • CPSY 709 Advanced Practicum II

    Spring

    • CPSY 709 Advanced Practicum III
    • CPSY 715 Life Span Development
    • CPSY 751 Prof. Development Seminar in Counseling Psych
    Browse Counseling Psychology Classes

    Fourth Year

    Total of 9 Credits

    Fall

    • CPSY 800 Internship in Counseling Psychology

    Spring

    • CPSY 800 Internship in Counseling Psychology

    Summer

    • CPSY 800 Internship in Counseling Psychology
    Browse Counseling Psychology Classes

    Accreditation/Licensure Information

    In October of 2000, the Psy.D. at the University of St. Thomas’ Graduate School of Professional Psychology was accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association. Questions related to the program's accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation.

    • Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
    • 750 First St., N.E., Washington, DC 20002-4242.
    • (202) 336-5979
    • Email: apaaccred@apa.org

    http://www.apa.org/ed/accreditation

    The Psy.D. in Counseling Psychology in the Graduate School of Professional Psychology (GSPP) at the University of St. Thomas is founded on a practitioner-scholar model. The GSPP aims to train entry level health service psychologists who integrate the science of psychology with self-reflective practice, think systemically and developmentally, and who provide ethical, inclusive, and culturally sensitive services to advance the common good.

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    Find the right one for you

    Variety of Practicum Sites

    With many available practicum sites, PsyD students can apply to a wide range of agencies to complete their practicum. Students enjoy personalizing training experience to support their long-term goals. Sites include university counseling centers, community mental health clinics, correctional facilities, schools, hospitals and the Interprofessional Center for Counseling and Legal Services.

    PsyD Practicum and Internship Experience

    Why St. Thomas?

    As our primary point of focus, you’ll be assigned a full-time faculty advisor in the Graduate School of Professional Psychology and have access to student organizations.

    Study Within a Cohort

    You’ll develop your professional community as you form deep relationships with your academic peers.

    Faculty Advisors

    Our faculty are practitioners who take the time to get to know you and to connect you to a strong network of diverse students, faculty and alumni.

    Get Involved

    Enhance your experience in groups for counseling psychology students, like the Graduate Student Organization and the Students of Color, Multiracial and Indigenous Students (SOCMI) groups.

    Meet Our Faculty

    Our full-time and adjunct faculty members are professionally engaged with a blend of applied (professional practice and consulting) and scholarly activities. Faculty bring their experience into the classroom.

    Dr. Bryana French.

    Bryana French, Ph.D., L.P.

    Dr. French teaches courses in Diversity Issues, Counseling Skills, Dissertation Methods, and Career Development. Her practice interests focus on multicultural counseling, advocacy, and sexual violence recovery. Her research interests focus on sexual coercion and radical healing from racial trauma.

    DR. BRYANA FRENCH
    Dr. Tatyana Ramirez.

    Tatyana Ramirez, Ph.D., L.P.

    Dr. Tatyana Victorovna Ramirez teaches theories of counseling, personality assessment, basic counseling skills, and master’s level practicum. Her current scholarly interests are focused on experiences of people with international backgrounds. She provides psychotherapy and collaborative personality assessment services as a practitioner.

    DR. TATYANA VICTOROVNA RAMIREZ
    Dr. Nathaniel Nelson.

    Nathaniel Nelson, Ph.D., L.P.

    Dr. Nathaniel Nelson teaches courses related to biological bases of behavior and quantitative methods. He retains various research interests in clinical neuropsychology and conducts neuropsychological evaluations among adults with histories of various neurological and psychiatric conditions.

    DR. NATHANIEL NELSON

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