The programs in Counseling Psychology/Psychological Counseling are designed to prepare counselors who facilitate normal and optimal development of individuals, groups, and organizations that is culturally relevant and psychologically appropriate across the lifespan.
(1) The Master of Education program in Psychological Counseling (COUM, COUS, COUD, and COUP) prepares candidates to work as counselors with those who need assistance with adjustment issues both in their personal and/or occupational lives. The role of a professional counselor is to help individuals from a variety of cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds utilize internal and environmental resources in order to live more optimally. Candidates are taught to use strategies of prevention, intervention, and remediation to assist others in developing effective coping skills and responses to their environment. (TC Catalog). There are two specialty tracks within the program
*Mental Health Counseling Track prepares candidates for the position of psychological counselor in social agencies, organizations, career counseling centers, rehabilitation agencies, mental health centers, hospitals, and other community and government agencies. The Program is dedicated to preparing counselors who facilitate normal and optimal development for individuals,groups, and organizations. Candidates are also trained in the assessment, evaluation, amelioration and treatment of socio-emotional disorders and dysfunctions (Student Handbook). Since Teachers College is a registered training program for the New YorkMental Health license, graduates are eligible for a limited license as a mental health counselor in New York.
*School Counseling Track prepares candidates to perform essential functions generally found in the counseling profession as well as services unique to school settings. Candidates are trained to work directly with pupils to help them make the most of their school years and make plans for the future. They are also trained to work with parents, guardians, teachers and school administrators in supporting candidates' success. (Student Handbook) This specialty allows candidates to develop appropriate skills to deliver services that are specific to school settings, in addition to learning essential functions generally found in the counseling profession. Graduates of this program are eligible for provisional certification as a School Counselor in New York State after completing the program, including a series of specialty-specific courses.
(2)The Ph.D. Program in Counseling Psychology reflects a scientist-practitioner training model whereby emphasis is placed on preparing professional psychologists who: (a) are competent in addressing problems associated with the adaptive functioning of human beings, (b) can successfully apply relevant research literature to client concerns, and (c) can contribute to the research knowledge base. (TC Catalog) The role of a counseling psychologist is to produce knowledge, to lead in relation to policy development and implementation, and to work in independent practice. The program prepares candidates to work in a variety of settings with emphasis on education (e.g., colleges and universities), mental health (e.g., outpatient clinics, hospitals, nursing homes, etc.) and related agencies.
The academic curriculum of the program provides candidates with numerous opportunities to develop professional and personal competencies associated with becoming professional counselors or counseling psychologists. Extensive coursework, practical experiences, and other learning opportunities allow candidates to identify their strengths and assets with regard to their personal and professional development and take risks to develop new competences in various professional roles. The academic curriculum also reflects the importance of candidates (a) developingprofessional identities as ethical counselors or counseling psychologists, (b) being socialized into the profession of counseling psychology, and (c) contributing to counseling psychology as specialty discipline as well as to the broader field of applied psychology. Issues of human diversity are largely integrated throughout the entire curriculum and candidates are exposed to numerous opportunities to develop competence in addressing issues pertaining to cultural and identity group membership with various populations. (TC Catalog)