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College of Social & Behavioral Sciences

Psy.D. Counseling Psychology

The Doctor of Psychology degree (Psy.D.) in Counseling Psychology at Northwest University prepares students to qualify for professional licensure as a Licensed Psychologist in Washington State with tangible knowledge and skills that can be used to serve the needs of others in a globally relevant and socially conscious manner. Using the practitioner-scholar model, we provide excellent training to equip students with assessment and intervention skills leading to qualification for licensure as a psychologist. Our program has a unique ethos on international psychology and service to the global community, with commitment to social justice, from a Christian worldview. Whether alleviating psychological suffering for those who reside here in our own city, or developing services for the afflicted around the world, we strive to equip our graduates to serve others with compassion and excellence. This applied program focuses on training skilled practitioners with a solid focus on scholarly research, discipline and inquiry. Students learn to integrate a strong theoretical knowledge base with practical, theory-informed, evidence-based skills to provide psychological and counseling services.

Application Deadline

The application deadline for the Psy.D. in Counseling Psychology is April 21, 2014.

Program Goals

  • Students demonstrate the knowledge and abilities needed for providing professional psychological and counseling services.
  • Students demonstrate knowledge of the scientific foundations of psychology, skill in psychological assessment, and proficiency in intervention (including evidence-based practice).
  • Students demonstrate skills in providing effective consultation and supervision.
  • Students demonstrate research literacy and the ability to critically analyze scientific research, as well as conduct psychological research.
  • Students demonstrate an awareness of issues related to social justice and the needs of underserved populations, both locally and globally.

Program Format

The Psy.D. program in Counseling Psychology uses a cohort system. All entering students are grouped together and given the same schedule of courses for the entire program. The advantage of this system is the support and openness it creates. The cohort becomes a valuable resource for several reasons: students study together, encourage and assist one another when needed; and become comfortable with one another to the point of being able to discuss sensitive issues and share personal stories. Since a higher level of openness is attainable, a higher level of learning can be reached.

Course Format

Classes are designed to complement the lives of adult learners who often seek to balance their academic goals with the demands of everyday life. It takes five years of full-time enrollment to complete the Psy.D. degree, with courses scheduled across three annual terms of approximately 15 weeks each. Classes are in session from the first week of September to the last week of July. There are one- to two-week breaks between each term. Classes usually meet two evenings per week and two weekends per month. Weekend classes are generally comprised of Friday evening and Saturday morning through afternoon. All courses and practica will be completed during the first four years, and the fifth year will be comprised of a full-time internship placement.

Classes are scheduled in the evenings and on some weekends. However, this program is academically rigorous and requires considerable time outside the classroom devoted to assignments, as well as practicum and internship experiences. Each applicant should carefully consider if he or she can successfully complete this program with his or her lifestyle and commitments.

Year One: Classroom instruction with required cultural immersion experience.
Year Two: Classroom instruction including administration of psychological assessments.
Year Three: Classroom instruction, Doctoral Practicum, Dissertation Proposal, and Clinical Qualifying Exam.
Year Four: Classroom instruction, Dissertation Defense, Pre-Internship or Advanced Practicum.
Year Five: Internship.

Admission Criteria

A Baccalaureate degree of Arts or Science (or an equivalent degree) from an accredited college or university is required to qualify for admission to the program. It is preferred that you have a major in psychology. However, if your degree is not, you must have completed the following prerequisites:

  • General Psychology; Theories of Personality or Theories of Psychotherapy; Developmental Theory or Life Span Development, Abnormal Psychology or Psychopathology; Statistics or Research Methods (in Behavioral Sciences)
  • A 3.0 grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale.
  • GRE general test.
  • Completion of application.
  • Individual and group interview.

Applicants who meet or exceed the above criteria must also exhibit qualities consistent with the ethos of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. The cohort model places great responsibility on faculty and students to work together to create a positive, supportive, collaborative learning environment. Students must be committed to personal responsibility, time management, professional ethics, interpersonal integrity, and social justice to be successful in the program. The admissions committee seeks to ascertain each student’s degree of readiness for this type of learning milieu. Ultimately, it is the responsibility and authority of the admissions review board to determine an applicant’s degree of compatibility with the ethos of this program.

Required Courses

A complete list of courses for the Psy.D. Counseling Psychology program can be found in the Graduate Academic Catalog.


Application Procedures

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  1. Please submit the completed online application form and the $50 application fee.
  2. Short Essay Response Questions.
    Please provide a typed response to each of the following essay questions. Each response should be approximately 300 words and in double-spaced format:
    1. Please describe what you have been doing in the past few years in the area of psychology or a related field.
    2. If you were to obtain a Psy.D. in Counseling Psychology, how do you see yourself using it in the future? Describe what your anticipated scope of practice would be five years after completing the degree.
    3. As you look to the future, how do you envision yourself creating a healing environment for an increasingly globalized community? For example, you may intend to use your skills overseas or you may desire to serve the refugee community in a local context.
  3. References.
    Please provide Character Reference Forms from three persons qualified to judge your professional expertise, character, and capacity for graduate-level study in each of the following areas:
    • Personally
    • Professionally
    • Academically
  4. Resume.
    Please provide a detailed description of your past work experience.
  5. Degree and Transcripts.
    1. A Baccalaureate degree of Arts or Science (or an equivalent degree) from an accredited college or university is required to qualify for admission to the program. It is preferred that you have a major in psychology. However, if your degree is not, you must have completed the following prerequisites: General Psychology; Theories of Personality or Theories of Psychotherapy; Developmental Theory or Life Span Development, Abnormal Psychology or Psychopathology; Statistics or Research Methods (in Behavioral Sciences)
    2. Send official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended directly to Northwest University, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Colleges may charge a transcript request fee.
  6. GRE.
    The general test is required. You must submit a GRE score in order to be considered for admittance.

Interview

When all of the above materials are received, your application will be reviewed and qualified applicants will participate in an individual and group interview. The group interview is held in mid-February. Following the application deadline and interview process, qualified applications will be considered for admission and the results will be mailed to the applicants shortly thereafter.


Find Out More

You can request more information, or speak with our Director of Psy.D. Student Services for the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences:

Robert Campbell

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425.889.5226