The UW–Madison Department of Counseling Psychology is an internationally renowned, fully accredited graduate program for future counselors and counseling psychologists. Our academics integrate traditional counseling and psychological theory with the practice and substantive development of research skills.
Our students go on to achieve success in a variety of careers, including academic instruction, research, clinical practice, and consulting. Our academic programs emphasize the integration of multiculturalism and diversity into counseling psychology; students and faculty are encouraged to reflect on how their individual attitudes, beliefs, and cultural influences affect their work with clients or patients.
Our mission is to create a program of learning that honors: the dignity and respect for the teacher, the student, and the consumer of professional psychology; innovation in the application of psychology that is based on rigorous scientific method; practice of counseling psychology in an effort to enhance individuals’ lives and the communities in which they live; the formulation of empirical questions that utilize the basic constructs of psychology; the dissemination of new knowledge through writings and oral presentations done locally, nationally, and internationally; and the ethical principles of the profession and the legal principles related to the teaching and practice of counseling psychology.
Our award-winning Counseling Psychology Training Clinic provides low-cost and multilingual services to individuals in need while using state-of-the-art equipment to provide hands-on training opportunities for our students.
National Leader in Multicultural Training and Research
Our department is a national leader in multicultural training and research, having earned the Minority Achievement Award from the American Psychological Association.
Our doctoral program received full accreditation from the American Psychological Association in 1988, and helps to place students in APA-accredited internships each academic year.
Mission and Overview
Learn more about the Department of Counseling Psychology's overall mission, commitment to diversity and multiculturalism, history, and facilities.
Learn about upcoming deadlines, application procedures, requirements, and more for our Counseling Psychology master's and doctoral programs.
Policies & Resources
Access updated Counseling Psychology departmental policies, forms, procedures, and resources.
Faculty & Staff
Meet and contact Counseling Psychology departmental faculty, staff, leadership, and affiliated and emeritus faculty.
Outreach & Clinic
Our outreach mission is to prepare high quality scholars and practitioners to be effective leaders in an increasingly diverse world.
Academic Enhancement Seminars
Academic Enhancement Seminars (AES) are offered as a one-credit courses through the Department of Counseling Psychology for students who want to improve their study skills and improve their grades.
Graduate Degree Programs
The MS program emphasizes counseling in community and agency settings, including university and college counseling centers. The program centers service delivery, reflected by its practica/internship components. The curriculum stresses knowledge and development of skills in individual and group counseling, consultation, research, ethics, multiculturalism, social justice, and vocational psychology.VIEW PROGRAM
Certificates & Minors
Counseling Psychology, Doctoral Minor
The minor in counseling psychology follows a scientist-practitioner model of training, which emphasizes the integration of counseling and psychological theory and practice along with development of research skills in the domains encompassed by counseling psychology.VIEW PROGRAM
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