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The Graduate Program in Counseling Psychology at Colorado State University has full accreditation from the American Psychological Association. (Commission on Accreditation, American Psychological Association, 750 First Street, NE, Washington DC 20002-424 ,(202) 336-5979)

The Graduate Program in Counseling Psychology at Colorado State University is based upon a scientist-practitioner model of training. As such, the goal of the program is to produce students who are capable of advancing psychology as a science and who are proficient in the use of a variety of counseling and clinical techniques. In meeting this goal, students must demonstrate excellence in three basic areas:

Psychological Theory

Fundamental to being a counseling psychologist is a broad knowledge of the theoretical basis of psychology. Breadth of knowledge in general psychology is developed largely through the core curriculum which includes topics such as human learning and memory, animal learning, personality, social psychology, measurement, history of psychology, physiological psychology, developmental psychology, neuropsychology, and statistics. The core curriculum provides a conceptual foundation of research, scholarship, and the developmental of skills in assessment and intervention.

Research

Students are expected to become intelligent consumers and contributors. To meet this end, students take courses in both basic and advanced statistical and methodological concepts. Research involvement is required at both the master’s and doctoral levels and encouraged throughout the program. Students are encouraged to join faculty in ongoing research endeavors. Faculty have a wide range of both applied and theoretical interests.

Assessment & Intervention

Training begins during the first year of the program and continues throughout, culminating in a year’s internship. Required course work in personality theory, developmental theory, testing, psychopathology, and counseling/psychotherapy theory provide the foundation for a conceptual understanding of problems, life circumstances, and intervention strategies. Additionally, students are expected to develop an area of specialization. For example, a student might choose a child specialty and include courses in child assessment, child interventions, and school consultation; a student might select an adult emphasis and prepare for a career in a university counseling center, or a student might seek experience in family therapy or in medical settings.

Skill development through practicum placements begins with interviewing/prepracticum courses in the first year and continues with placements in the University Counseling center the second year and in the Psychological Services Center the third year. In the second year, practicum students work with clients with educational, vocational, and/or developmental problems. As students progress, clients needing short-term psychotherapy may be seen. Clients seen in the third-year practicum are typical of persons seen in a community mental health center. Students begin treating adults, children, and families with various psychological problems during their third-year practicum. Advanced practica are selected based on each student’s interests and professional goals. Advanced practica in community settings are encouraged. After completion of academic requirements and the intensive practicum training, doctoral students are required to complete a one-year internship which is consistent with the student’s professional goals.

The program is marked by an emphasis on human development as a constant, underlying process. It is also marked by an awareness of and a concern for the human condition. Students are expected to be responsive to the problems and characteristics of groups that are not adequately served by the present systems: people of color, the economically disadvantaged, physically and socially isolated groups, etc. While seminars dealing with specific issues are offered, the program includes appropriate and relevant content pertaining to under served populations in every course and practicum. Advanced practica which include supervised practice with these groups are encouraged. Awareness and knowledge of mutlicultural issues is a necessity in our changing society, particularly for those interested in careers in counseling psychology.

Residency

The program requires the equivalent of four full-time academic years of graduate study and the completion of an internship prior to the awarding of the doctoral degree. At least two of the academic training years within the program must be at CSU, and these must be in full-time residence at CSU. An exception to the four years occurs when students request credit to be transferred or waived for coursework from a previous institution. However, students who transfer or waive credit are still required to meet the minimum of 3 full-time academic years of graduate study in the program.

We only accept applications for the Fall semester.

Application due date is December 1st.

The counseling program has suspended use of the GRE in admissions decisions during the 2020-2021 application cycle.

Our interview date for 2020 is Friday, Feb. 7th

Application instructions and links are located here.

We have a number of internal and external practicum experiences that offer the potential to work with individuals from diverse backgrounds:

At Colorado State University

The Psychological Services Center
The Psychological Services Center (PSC) is a community mental health agency affiliated with the Psychology Department of Colorado State University (CSU). The PSC offers therapy and psychological evaluation services for children, adolescents, adults, couples and families to members of the Fort Collins community. The PSC offers a sliding scale of fees that is based on income and the number of individuals dependent on that income. The PSC typically serves clients who are underrepresented in most clinical settings, including those living below the federal poverty line and who are self-report racial and ethnic minority status.

In Fort Collins and Northern Colorado

Child, Adolescent and Young Adult Connections (CAYAC):
CAYAC serves all individuals from the community including those medically underserved covered by Medicaid and CHP+. Medicaid and CHP+ recipients, who qualify due to living at or below the federal poverty line. Additionally, of those reporting demographic information and receiving Medicaid or CHP+ (approximately 64% or recipients report this information in Colorado), 33% self-report minority race or ethnicity.

Platte Valley Youth Services Center
Platte Valley serves detained residents from rural counties (e.g., Logan, Morgan, Yuma, Adams). The majority of committed residents are from families living at or below the federal poverty line and who are disproportionately of racial and ethnic minority status. There are additional opportunities to work with groups at risk of discrimination, particularly in this kind of correctional facility, including sexual and gender minorities. All residents are considered vulnerable population.

Salud Family Health Centers
Salud is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) operating 13 clinic locations and a mobile unit across Colorado. They provide medical and behavioral health care to low-income, medically underserved populations, migrant and seasonal farmworker populations in Colorado.

Synapse Counseling LLC
Synapse typically serves un- or underinsured individuals, and provide bilingual (Spanish) services.

UCHealth Mountain Crest Behavioral Health Center
Mountain Crest offers mental health assessments and treatment programs for adolescents, adults, senior citizens, and families. Inpatient and outpatient programs are available. Mountain Crest services individuals with private pay insurance, Medicaid and Medicare, and who are uninsured.

In Denver and the Surrounding Area

National Jewish Health
This is a national program, families fly from all over the country. This often provides the opportunity to work with a diverse family compositions (grandparents raising grandchildren; blended families; single parents with support from aunt, etc.) and individuals from rural and urban communities.

University of Colorado –Department of Family Medicine
Practicum therapists work with patients who suffer medical disabilities or have limited abilities due to multiple chronic conditions. A significant proportion of patients self-identify as having an ethnic or racial minority origin and come from have low income. The clinic also serves other vulnerable patients who identify as immigrants, sexual and gender minorities, and individuals belonging to multiple minority groups. Age range of those served is from 0-90+.

University of Colorado Hospital – Neuropsychology Clinic
A high percentage of patients in this clinic are elderly. Many patients have a disability.

VA Medical Center- Denver
The VA serves veterans who are vulnerable at multiple levels, including many who are individuals from diverse and marginalized backgrounds, including those self-reporting minority ethnic and racial origin, low income, underinsured, and individuals who have been disabled as a result of their service.

Although the program does not make final GTA assignment decisions, for courses with “counseling content” the program will proceed as follows:

(1) The Department sends the DOT a list of courses with “counseling content” that need a GTA.
(2) The DOT sends the list of courses with deadlines and instructions to students and instructors.
(3) Instructs are responsible for posting online the criteria they will use to select a GTA for a course.
(3) Students contact the instructor to be considered as the course GTA and how they meet the criteria.
(4) The instructor will submit to the DOT a ranked list of students to be consider as the course GTA.
(6) The DOT will put all lists together and based on available spots, will recommend GTA assignments.
(7) The ranked list of course GTAs will be sent to the Department to make all final GTA assignments.
(8) If students or instructors are in disagreement with the assignment, they can petition a change but reassignment is left to the Department’s discretion.

PSY210,  Psychology of the Individual in Context

Posted 3/30/2017

Contact:  Karla Gingerich (karla.gingerich@colostate.edu) or Tracy Richards (tracy.richards@colostate.edu)

General Criteria:
1. Graduate student in Counseling, I-O, or Social Psychology.
2. Ability to attend class regularly is preferred, but the ability to attend on exam days is required.
3.  Excellent organizational skills, timeliness, and dependability as well as a respectful interpersonal style when interacting with students.
4.  Demonstration of prior successful GTA experience, including Canvas experience, is preferred.
5.  Experience with grading, including the implementation of holistic rubrics, is preferred.
6.  Depending on the semester, the GTA may be required to run pre-exam study sessions as well as to assist individual students with course content, study skills, and writing assignments.
7. Ability to do one or two guest lectures during the semester.
8. Hold regular office hours.
9. Other duties may be added, as needed.

PSY260, Child Psychology (Spring semester)

Posted 3/30/2017

Contact:  Karla Gingerich (karla.gingerich@colostate.edu)

General Criteria:
1. Graduate student in any of the five Psychology graduate programs
2. Ability to attend class regularly is preferred, but the ability to attend on exam days is required.
3.  Excellent organizational skills, timeliness, and dependability, as well as a respectful interpersonal style when interacting with students.
4.  Demonstration of prior successful GTA experience, including Canvas experience, is preferred.
5.  Experience with grading, including the implementation of holistic rubrics, is preferred.
6.  Depending on the semester, the GTA may be required to run pre-exam study sessions as well as to assist individual students with course content, study skills, and writing assignments.
7. Ability to do one or two guest lectures during the semester.
8. Hold regular office hours.
9. Other duties may be added, as needed.

PSY 300: Positive Psychology

Posted 11/2/2016

Contact: Mike Steger – Michael.F.Steger@colostate.edu

*Core criteria:
1. Demonstrated knowledge of and/or expertise in core positive psychology topics (may be demonstrated through publication history in core positive psychology topics, previous GTA experience in PSY 300 or similar courses, or participation in any research activities related to core positive psychology topics)
2. Ability to attend at least 2/3 of the class sessions
3. Capability to coordinate guest speakers
4. Ability to give at least 1 lecture during the semester
*Additional Desired Criteria:
1. Availability to attend all class sessions
2. Familiarity with Canvas
3. Familiarity with CSU testing services
4. Ability to manage and coordinate the activities of undergraduate TAs
*Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
-Attend and take notes on lectures, recruit/manage undergraduate TAs, coordinate Guest Speakers, perform at least one lecture per semester, manage online classroom site (currently Canvas), grade papers, meet with students as needed, arrange alternate testing times for students who need them, coordinate undergraduate TAs.
*Preference will be given to more advanced students in the event that multiple students with similar qualifications apply.

PSY310

Posted 3/27/2017

Contact: Tracy Richards – Tracy.Richards@ColoState.EDU

Required criteria:
1.        Counseling Psychology graduate student
2.        Completion of PSY610/611 sequence
3.        Ability to attend class at least one day/week (class usually meets Tuesdays/Thursdays)
Additional desired criteria:
1.        Previous GTA experience
2.        Familiarity with Canvas and CSU Testing Center
3.        Highly organized and detailed regarding grading of papers and other assignments as well as overall grading system
Responsibilities include:  Attending at least half of the classes, managing multiple UTAs for the course, managing Canvas, grading papers and other assignments, holding office hours for one hour per week, possible guest lecture delivery, and completion of other duties related to the course.

PSY311B

Posted 3/27/2017

Contact: Tracy Richards – Tracy.Richards@ColoState.EDU

Required criteria:
1.        Counseling Psychology graduate student
2.        Completion of PSY610/611 sequence
Additional desired criteria:
1.        Previous GTA experience
2.        Familiarity with Canvas and CSU Testing Center
3.        Previous teaching experience (including guest lecture delivery)
4.        Completion of second-year counseling practicum
5.        Highly organized and detailed regarding grading of papers and other assignments as well as overall grading system
Responsibilities include:  Serving as Primary Instructor for laboratory course under supervision.  Attend regular supervision meetings, develop syllabus and course schedule for semester (will have access to material used in previous semesters), recruit and supervise undergraduate TA for course, coordinate in-class activities and role-play recordings in counseling lab rooms, grade papers and other assignments including quizzes, facilitate mid-semester and end-of-semester feedback with students (as part of course schedule) and completion of other duties related to the course.

PSY320 Abnormal Psychology

Posted 3/29/2017

Contact: Marti.Amberg@Colostate.edu

The goal of the course is to explore psychopathology,  primarily through describing symptoms, theories, research and treatments (in accordance with the current diagnostic standards)

Required GTA Criteria/Responsibilities:

1. Create 2 original case studies for students to use to diagnosis a disorder

2. Grade student case studies

3. Grade students  papers reviewing how psychopathology is presented in media/movies

4. Grade student papers- where students rewrite a fairy tale  so a character is demonstrating symptoms of a specified disorder

5. Have set office hours once a week to meet with students

6. Help proctor exams

Optional- students are welcome to give a lecture if they are interested

PSY325:  Psychology of Personality (Spring semester)

Posted 3/30/2017

Contact:  Karla Gingerich (karla.gingerich@colostate.edu) or Bryan Dik (bryan.dik@colostate.edu)

General Criteria:
1. Graduate student in Counseling, I-O, or Social Psychology.
2. Ability to attend class regularly is preferred, but the ability to attend on exam days is required.
3.  Excellent organizational skills, timeliness, and dependability as well as a respectful interpersonal style when interacting with students.
4.  Demonstration of prior successful GTA experience, including Canvas experience, is preferred.
5.  Experience with grading, including the implementation of holistic rubrics, is preferred.
6.  Depending on the semester, the GTA may be required to run pre-exam study sessions as well as to assist individual students with course content, study skills, and writing assignments.
7. Ability to do one or two guest lectures during the semester.
8. Hold regular office hours.
9. Other duties may be added, as needed.

PSY 330 and PSY 460

Posted 11/2/2016

Contact: Lee Rosen – Lee.Rosen@ColoState.EDU

There are no criteria for serving as my TA other than being enrolled in the doctoral program. I figure anyone who made it in is certainly qualified to TA. If I get more than one person interested in the position, I will simply choose someone randomly. No one is really more qualified than anyone else to be my TA so a random draw seems to be the fairest way to me.
What the TA for the class (N =75) does is grade 3 papers, hold a review session before each of the 3 exams, hold makeup exams for individual students, and meet with students individually if they need some help. The exams are already written and there is no need to attend class – but, of course you can if you want.

PSY 610/611

Posted 3/29/2017

Contact: Brad Conner & Ernie Chavez brad.conner@colostate.edu ernest.chavez@colostate.edu

Required criteria:
1.        Counseling Psychology graduate student.
2.        Completion of PSY610/611 sequence.
Additional desired criteria:
1.        Previous GTA experience.
2.        Completion of UCC and/or PSC practicum.
3.        Previous teaching experience (including guest lecture delivery).
4..       Knowledge of specific therapeutic orientations, empirically supported treatments, and common therapeutic factors.

Responsibilities Include:  Attend class weekly and contribute to class discussion. Lead lab section of the course, which meets 2-4 times per month and builds on skills learned in lecture portion of the course. Facilitate mid-semester and end-of-semester feedback with students and completion of other duties related to the course.

Note: This is a year-long commitment to both 610 and 611, as the courses occur in sequence. You cannot apply for one or the other and committing to 610 means you are committing to 611.

PSY 786A

Posted 3/29/2017

Contact: Debbie Essert Deborah.Pratt@colostate.edu

Required criteria:
1.  Counseling Psychology graduate student.
2.  Completion of PSY610/611 sequence.
3.   Completion of Clinical Practicum I and II
Additional desired criteria:
1.        Highly organized.
2.        Ability to work to deadlines.
3.        Previous teaching experience (including guest lecture delivery).
4..       Knowledge of specific therapeutic orientations, empirically supported treatments, and common therapeutic factors.

Responsibilities Include:  Attend class weekly and contribute to class discussion. Lead lab section of the course, which meets 2-4 times per month and builds on skills learned in lecture portion of the course. Facilitate mid-semester and end-of-semester feedback with students and completion of other duties related to the course.

Note: This TA position occurs in conjunction with being an Assistant Director for the PSC. As part of being an AD you will be responsible for generating the other half of your stipend and tuition through providing services in the PSC. Additionally, it is a year-long commitment.

PSY 786E

Posted 3/29/2017

Contact: Debbie Essert Deborah.Pratt@colostate.edu

Required criteria:
1.  Counseling Psychology graduate student.
2.  Completion of PSY610/611 sequence.
3.   Completion of Clinical Practicum I and II
Additional desired criteria:
1.        Highly organized.
2.        Ability to work to deadlines.
3.        Previous teaching experience (including guest lecture delivery).
4..       Knowledge of specific therapeutic orientations, empirically supported treatments, and common therapeutic factors.

Responsibilities Include:  Attend class weekly and contribute to class discussion. Lead lab section of the course, which meets 2-4 times per month and builds on skills learned in lecture portion of the course. Facilitate mid-semester and end-of-semester feedback with students and completion of other duties related to the course.

Note: This TA position occurs in conjunction with being an Assistant Director for the PSC. As part of being an AD you will be responsible for generating the other half of your stipend and tuition through providing services in the PSC. Additionally, it is a year-long commitment.

During the past seven years 100 percent of the students in the Counseling students were successful on obtaining paid, APPIC member, APA accredited. In a recent survey, the Counseling Program rated among the top ten programs in the United States for APPIC matches.

After completion of academic requirements and the intensive practicum training, doctoral students are required to complete a one-year internship which is consistent with the student’s professional goals. A complete listing of available internships can be found at http://www.appic.org/. The following constitutes a listing of internship placements for students from CSU’s Counseling Psychology Program:

20-21 Hennepin Healthcare, Minneapolis, MN

20-21 Allina Health – Mental Health & Addiction Services, Fridley, MN

20-21 Denver Health Medical Center, Denver, CO

20-21 Phoenix VA Health Care System, Phoenix, AZ

20-21 University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA

20-21 Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Providence, RI (two students matched here)

20-21 Sharp Healthcare, San Diego, CA

20-21 University of Texas at Dallas Student Counseling Center

 

19-20 University of California at Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA

19-20 Missouri Health Sciences Psychology Consortium, Columbia, MO

19-20 Washington State University, Pullman, WA

19-20 Colorado Mental Health Institute, Pueblo, CO

19-20 SUNY Stony Brook – Counseling Center, Stony Brook, NY (two students matched here)

 

18-19 VA Boston Healthcare System, Geropsychology, Boston, MA

18-19 Colorado Psychology Internship Consortium (CO-PIC), Denver, CO

18-19 University of Washington, Behavioral Medicine/Neuropsychology, Seattle, WA

 

17-18 North Florida/South Georgia VA Health System, Geropsychology, Gainesville, FL

17-18 Wellspan Behavioral Health York, PA

17-18 Community Reach Center Commerce City, Commerce City, CO

 

16-17 Atascadero State Hospital, California Department of State Hospitals, San Francisco, CA

16-17 West Virginia University, Charleston, West Virginia, VA

16-17 University of Missouri, Counseling Center, Columbia, MI

16-17 Southwest Consortium/NMVAHCS, Albuquerque, NM

16-17 University of Colorado School of Medicine, Primary Care Internship, Denver, CO

 

15-16 The Ohio State University, Counseling Center, Columbus, OH

 

14-15 Casa Pacifica in Camarillo, CA

14-15 University of Illinois-Chicago Counseling Center in Chicago, IL

14-15 University of Nebraska Medical Center’s Munroe Myers Institute, NE

14-15 University of South Carolina Counseling Center in Columbia, SC

14-15 Community Reach Center in Commerce City, CO

14-15 Utah Neuropsychiatric Institute in Salt Lake City, UT

 

13-14 Aurora Mental Health Center, Aurora, CO

13-14 Emory University Counseling Center, Atlanta, GA

13-14 University of California-Davis, CA

13-14 UNC-Chapel Hill Counseling Center, NC

The Student Admissions, Outcomes, and other data PDF document is located here.

The Counseling Psychology Doctoral Program at CSU is currently undergoing a process of determining states and territories for which the program meets all educational requirements for licensure. When this process is complete, our website will be updated accordingly. If you have questions about educational requirements for licensure pertaining to our program, please contact the program’s Director of Training, Bryan Dik, at Bryan.Dik@ColoState.edu.

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