College of Education2021-2022

Department of Educational Psychology

Combined Counseling/School Psychology, Doctor of Philosophy

Learning Outcomes

Purpose Statement

This plan prepares students to function as well-rounded generalists with a strong foundation in both counseling psychology and school psychology. Students engage in substantive training utilizing a scientist-practitioner model integrating psychological theory, research, and practice. The combined approach promotes the optimal development of individuals, families, groups, and environmental using empirically supported, culturally sensitive interventions that include assessment and diagnosis, interdisciplinary teamwork, relatively brief intervention approaches, prevention, consultation, outcome evaluation, career-development, and ethical decision-making,  in a broad array of settings including schools, universities, integrated healthcare, community mental health, correctional facilities, and independent practice. We believe that this core is best realized using a scientist-practitioner training model that includes a systematic analysis of human behavior, careful applications of best practice, and a methodical evaluation of the effectiveness of these applications.
The program is organized to emphasize general preparation as counseling/school psychologists through

  • Integration of theory, research, and practice of health service psychology
  • Ethical decision making and commitment to professional standards of practice
  • Multicultural awareness, knowledge, and skills with particular emphasis on working with peoples in the rural, Southwestern United States (e.g. American Indians, Latinas/os)
  • Application of  health service psychology theory, research, and practice concepts in training, supervision, and consultation

Student Learning Outcomes

1. Graduates will demonstrate ethical behavior and a commitment to professional standards of practice, including multicultural awareness, knowledge, skills, and social justice principles.

  • Graduates will demonstrate ethical behavior that adheres to professional standards and legal guidelines for psychologists.
  • Graduates will demonstrate skills in self-assessment of competence and self-care.
  • Graduates will demonstrate competent delivery of psychological services to diverse populations, particularly those located in the rural Southwest.
  • Graduates will demonstrate effective social justice advocacy methods.
2. Graduates will demonstrate entry-level practice skills and strong identity as psychologists.
  • Graduates will demonstrate evidence-based assessment, diagnosis, and treatment skills.
  • Graduates will apply consultation and collaboration skills in interdisciplinary settings, taking into account the unique needs of systems located in the rural Southwest.
  • Graduates will demonstrate supervision knowledge and skills.
  • Graduates will demonstrate critical thinking about issues and practices central to professional psychology and regularly participate in professional conferences and workshops.
3. Graduates will effectively apply scientific theory and research methods to the practice of Counseling and School Psychology.
  • Graduates will apply critical thinking and analytical skills to evaluate existing research for use in psychological practice.
  • Graduates will demonstrate ability to evaluate the effectiveness of treatment approaches.
  • Graduates will generate research that advances the knowledge and practice of psychology.

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