Overview and Philosophy

Iowa State University offers a Ph.D. degree in counseling psychology. The Counseling Psychology Program is committed to a scientist-practitioner model that accords dual emphases to the acquisition of scientific knowledge and research skills, along with the development of professional competencies in counseling, assessment, and supervision. This commitment to science and practice is reflected in an integrated curriculum that involves students in research, classroom instruction, and applied activities starting in their first semester and continuously thereafter.

Consistent with our counseling psychology identity, the program places emphasis upon science and practice activities that maximize strengths, serves as a catalyst for personal development, fosters strong coping skills, and increases awareness of cultural and individual differences from an inclusive multicultural perspective consistent with the ethical guidelines of the American Psychological Association. These values are viewed as foundational to our training model and are infused into all aspects of our training. Courses, seminars and practica are designed to increase awareness, tolerance and respect for personal and individual differences and to promote sensitivity to the influence of culture, religion, gender, and sexual orientation on persons and their behavior.

Among the many strengths of this program are opportunities for active research mentoring, acquisition of teaching competencies, and exposure to diverse practica experiences. Many opportunities exist to develop the skills and experience necessary for a career as a scientifically based practitioner in an applied setting or as a scholar in an academic or other research setting. The specialization in counseling psychology while focusing on a broad generalist training maintains flexibility in the development of programs of study, enabling students to tailor their courses, practica, teaching and scholarship to their specific interests and aspirations.


The American Psychological Association has accredited the Counseling Psychology Program at Iowa State University since 1973 (Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation American Psychological Association, 750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002 / Phone: (202) 336-5979 / E-mail: apaaccred@apa.org Web: www.apa.org/ed/accreditation).