Goals, Objectives, and Competencies

  • GOAL 1: Students demonstrate a solid foundation of the knowledge and skills that are essential for the scientifically informed professional practice of Counseling Psychology.

    Objective 1: Students have knowledge of the theoretical and scientific foundations of the discipline of Counseling Psychology.

    Competency 1a: Students demonstrate knowledge about theory and research relevant to both the General Psychology Core (described above) and the Professional Core in Counseling Psychology (described above).
    Competency 1b: Students demonstrate the ability to use relevant counseling theories to conceptualize client distress.
    Competency 1c: Students demonstrate understanding of the importance of scientifically informed practice and remaining current in clinically relevant professional literature.
    Objective 2: Students have solid counseling skills and have the knowledge and skills necessary for competence in assessment, diagnosis, treatment, supervision and consultation.

    Competency 2a: Students demonstrate competence with basic and advanced counseling skills.
    Competency 2b: Students demonstrate competence in assessment.
    Competency 2c: Students demonstrate competence in diagnosis and treatment.
    Competency 2d: Students demonstrate skills and mastery of theory and research
    related to the provision of supervision.

    Objective 3: Students are able to identify and effectively respond to ethical and legal conflicts in the practice of Counseling Psychology.

    Competency 3a: Students demonstrate a thorough understanding of the Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct (2002) of the American Psychological Association.
    Competency 3b: Students demonstrate the ability to apply Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct (2002) of the American Psychological Association in clinical situations (both in theory and in actual practice).
    Objective 4: Students have knowledge about the process of scientific inquiry and are able to produce original scholarship and/or research.

    Competency 4a: Students are able to critically analyze professional literature and write a scholarly review.
    Competency 4b: Students demonstrate knowledge about the process of scientific inquiry including research methods and relevant statistics.
    Competency 4c: Students are able to produce original scholarship/research.

    GOAL 2: Students demonstrate knowledge and skills necessary to act as culturally sensitive practitioners and agents of social change.

    Objective 5: Students understand the importance of self-awareness and in particular cultural self-awareness to the culturally competent work of psychologists.

    Competency 5a: Students demonstrate openness and self-awareness as it pertains
    to diversity and sociopolitical influences on her/his development and professional performance.
    Objective 6: Students understand social injustice and other sociopolitical influences on the development of client distress.

    Competency 6a: Students demonstrate understanding of the impact of social injustice and other sociopolitical influences on the development of client distress.
    Objective 7: Students understand the ways that social systems function to maintain oppression and injustice and methods to interrupt oppression and injustice.

    Competency 7a: Students demonstrate knowledge regarding the ways that social
    Systems function to maintain oppression and injustice.
    Competency 7b: Students demonstrate knowledge regarding methods to interrupt oppression and injustice at the meso and macro levels of social functioning.

    GOAL 3: The Counseling Psychology program provides a learning environment that promotes collaboration and supports the professional and personal growth of students. In addition, this environment is meant to model the appropriate and ethical use of power and to facilitate the transition of students to professional psychologists.

    Objective 8: Students are committed to professional and personal growth.

    Competency 8a: Students demonstrate commitment to professional growth through self-motivated professional involvement.
    Competency 8b: Students demonstrate commitment to personal growth through openness to feedback and engagement in self-reflection.
    Objective 9: Students transition from the student role to readiness for professional practice at the doctoral level in the field of Counseling Psychology, in particular with regard to recognition of the privilege and responsibility associated with this professional position and their ability to work with others across multiple settings.

    Competency 9a: Students demonstrate awareness of the power dynamic that exist between them and many individuals with whom they will interact professionally.
    Competency 9b: Students demonstrate conscientiousness and awareness of the weight and potential implications of professional statements in all areas of their professional work.
    Competency 9c: Students demonstrate professional behavior (i.e., interpersonally appropriate) and the ability to work collaboratively with peers/colleagues, staff, supervisors, and faculty.