Lehigh University's Counseling Psychology Program seeks to train students as effective scientist-practitioners who demonstrate and strive for self-awareness, knowledge, and skills undergirded by an attentiveness and responsiveness to multiculturalism and social justice.
Our Master's programs prepare students to function in professional roles that include three key ecological targets of intervention settings: The community, the school, and the family. Our faculty seek to produce counselors who can conceptualize and intervene in preventative, developmental, and therapeutic ways to assist a broad cultural cross-section of individuals to improve their understanding, adjustment, and daily functioning across the lifespan. The Master degrees in Counseling Human Services and School Counseling prepares students to provide direct services to individuals and groups, conduct workshops, classes, consultation, and prevention programs to assist in developing coping skills for living in a complex society. A successful graduate may be employed in a variety of settings such as mental health agencies, social service agencies, college counseling centers, elementary, middle and secondary schools. The Master degree in International Counseling prepares students for the unique roles and activities of counselors in international schools and agencies. Students complete a combination of on site, on line, and summer institute courses that lead to both a certificate and/or a Master degree.
The Ph.D. program, which is APA accredited, trains students to become effective counseling psychologists who demonstrate the clinical awareness, knowledge, and skills necessary to deliver mental health services to multicultural client populations in various settings. The program's faculty openly embrace and encourage student development with respect to issues such as race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability, spirituality, age, religion, and socioeconomic status, and provide educational opportunities for students to further their professional development with respect to these issues. It is our goal to produce students who can readily counsel individuals or groups from diverse backgrounds within the context of the client's culture. The counselor training to which students are exposed adheres to a scientist-practitioner model, which presumes skillful and professional practice that is undergirded by sound principles, and models of psychological science.
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Students and faculty present their research findings at national and international conferences such as the American Psychological Association, the Society for Psychotherapy Research, the Asian American Psychological Association, the Multicultural Summit, the Winter Roundtable at Teacher's College, and the Diversity Challenge, and others.
Many of our students have published with faculty members in journals such as: Journal of Counseling Psychology, Journal of Marital & Family Therapy, Psychotherapy Research, American Journal of Public Health, The Counseling Psychologist, Cultural and Ethnic Minority Psychology, Journal of Career Assessment and the Journal of Homosexuality.
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