Department of Counseling and Clinical Psychology
Latino Studies Emphasis
Teachers College, Columbia University offers both master and doctorate degrees in Counseling and Clinical Psychology. This department is comprised of a multicultural faculty, staff, and student body. There are extensive research opportunities including faculty focused research on multicultural counseling, Latino/a mental health, vocational issues of people of color, micro-aggressions, racial identity, and psychology of racism.
Latino bilingual students from the Department of Clinical and Counseling Psychology can gain training experience in community-based organizations serving the Latino community such as Rafael Tavares Mental Health Center at Columbia Presbyterian, Roberto Clemente Family Guidance Center in the Lower East Side, The Bilingual Treatment Program at Bellevue Hospital, Alianza Dominicana in Washington Heights, and The Latino Mental Health Clinic at Fordham-Tremont Community Mental Health Center in the Bronx.
Lastly, the Winter Round Table, the longest running professional education program devoted to cultural issues in psychology and education in the United States, finds it home in this department. Latino psychologists including Daniel Solórzano, and Aída Hurtado have presented on Latino/a issues in this annual conference. Moreover, student organizations such as the Coalition of Latino Scholars exist as a support and the fostering of Latino scholarship and community.
Bilingual Initiative at The Dean-Hope Center for Educational and Psychological Services
The Dean-Hope Center for Educational and Psychological Services (DHCEPS) serves primarily as a practicum training facility offering the opportunity to integrate theoretical coursework with practicum experience within a multidisciplinary setting for the Clinical, Counseling, School Psychology, Learning Disability and Reading programs. The training is provided under the professional oversight of highly qualified supervisors. Simultaneously, the DHCEPS offer psychological and educational services to individuals, couples, and families residing in the New York City area.
Recently, the DHCEPS began a initiative to provide Latino bilingual students in Clinical and Counseling Psychology the opportunity to receive training in working with bilingual clients under the supervision of Latino bilingual supervisors. This opportunity is seldom offered to Latino bilingual students interested in gaining knowledge and training to work with Latino bilingual clients. More often they learn this experience once they graduate and join the workforce. The bilingual initiative is supported by the APA Committee of Ethnic Minority Recruitment, Retention and Training (CEMRRAT).