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Counseling Psychology

Degree/Licensure to Pursue

  • Ph.D. – Counseling Psychology
  • Licensure as Psychologist – Health Service Provider

Work Settings

Graduates of The University of Memphis Counseling Psychology program are employed as Psychologists in:

  • University Counseling Centers
  • Veterans Administration Medical Centers
  • Hospitals
  • Prisons
  • Community Mental Health Agencies
  • Business organizations (consultants)
  • Independent and Group practice
  • Academic faculty in programs ranging from community college psychology departments to doctoral programs in Counseling Psychology

The Ph.D. program trains generalists who are competent at multiple tasks. Counseling psychologists may see clients for psychotherapy; conduct assessments of personality, cognitive, and vocational functioning; supervise counseling trainees; provide forensic information to the legal system for use in custody or other types of court cases; conduct research on theory development, treatment efficacy, outcome, and many other topics; work with legislative personnel to change public policy; and consult with school, business, and medical personnel in order to improve the behavioral health of the identified population.

Why Counseling Psychology at The University of Memphis?

Our Ph.D. program has been continuously accredited by the American Psychological Association since 1989 and consistently provides excellent training leading to student placement in competitive predoctoral internships and successful performance on the national examination for licensure as a psychologist (EPPP). Due to our urban setting, students have access to a wide variety of clinical practicum training sites that prepare them for careers in multiple settings. In addition to formal coursework, students have numerous opportunities to work with faculty as co-teachers and co-researchers, thus forming lifelong mentoring relationships. For more information on faculty interests, please click here (insert link to faculty page on CPSY site).

General information about Counseling Psychology

According to the Occupational Information Network, individuals who become Counseling Psychologists value relationships, achievement, and independence. The projected employment growth in this area (2006 – 2016) is rated as “faster than average” (14% to 20%) with a projected need of an additional 47,000 employees.

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