Counseling psychology focuses on the normal adaptation of individuals to their environment and with helping others cope with crises, problems of daily living and mental challenges. Traditionally, counseling psychology has been concerned with the preventative aspects of mental health and an emphasis on client strengths. You can find out more about the counseling specialty area on the Society for Counseling Psychology web page. The counseling psychology program at UNT is committed to the idea that human problems are the result of complex interaction of environmental factors and developmental changes in the person. The program provides professional training within the broad context of the scientist-practitioner model. The Director of counseling psychology training at UNT is Chiachih DC Wang, Ph.D..
The Ph.D. with a major in counseling psychology prepares students for work as independent professionals in research, academic, or applied settings. The counseling psychology doctoral program is fully accredited by the American Psychological Association's Committee on Accreditation [750 First Street NE, Washington, D.C. 20002-4242, telephone (202) 336-5979]. The program was first accredited in 1978 under the directorship of Ray W. Johnson, Ph.D.
***2016 Admissions Timeline***
Students applying to the Counseling Psychology doctoral program to be admitted in Fall 2017 should adhere to the following dates:
- Applications (two online applications submitted to separate web-portals) are due on December 1, 2016.
- Applicants will be notified by December 31, 2016 whether they are invited to the campus interview day (Notifications to applicants who are invited to the campus interview on January 27th have been sent and confirmed in late December. For those who do not receive a notification, we appreciate your patience and interest in our program.).
- Campus interviews will be held on January 27, 2017.
- Offers of admission will be made by February 10, 2017.
- Final acceptance notifications from applicants are due on April 15, 2017.
This year, our program will hold campus interviews on only one day (January 27, 2017). The campus interview day is a whole-day event that provides the opportunity for program faculty, current students, and applicants to learn about each other. It plays a critical role in our admission decisions. If the Counseling Psychology Program at UNT is your top choice, please reserve the date and make every effort to attend the campus interviews should you be invited.