University of North Dakota

Counseling Psychology

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The overarching goal of the PhD program in Counseling Psychology is to prepare entry level counseling psychologists who are well-trained and competent in both the practice and science of the profession. Within that overarching goal, the program has developed a set of specific training goals, each of which is related to several objectives and competencies, which we call the Comprehensive Multi-Dimensional Assessment of Doctoral Competencies (CMDA). The CMDA draws directly from the Counseling Psychology Core Competencies, adopted by the Society of Counseling Psychology and the Council of Counseling Psychology Training Programs (see and the Competencies and Benchmarks for Professional Psychology, adopted by the American Psychological Association (see and

Assessment is inclusive of all areas of functioning, including clinical, research, supervision, teaching, consultation, interprofessional health care, social justice, and optional specialization skills. In addition, all students must demonstrate multicultural competencies across domains.

The Counseling Psychology PhD program at UND also offers the option of specializing in rural behavioral health care, through collaboration with several rural training sites. Related to this, we offer specialized training in telepsychology through our departmental training clinic.

The program is accredited by the American Psychological Association. (For information regarding accreditation status, contact: American Psychological Association Commission on Accreditation, Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation, American Psychological Association, 750 First Street, N.E., Washington, DC 20002-4242; Phone: 202-336-5979.)

For more information on how to apply for the WRGP resident tuition rate for this program, please contact:

Rachel L. Navarro, PhD
Department of Counseling Psychology & Community Services
University of North Dakota
231 Centennial Drive Stop 8255
378 Education
Grand Forks, ND 58202-8255

Degrees Available