Texas Tech University

Philosophy and Goals

The Counseling Psychology program adheres to a “scientist-practitioner” model of training originally derived from the philosophical tenets outlined at the 1949 Boulder Conference on Graduate Training in Clinical Psychology (Baker & Benjamin, 2000) and most recently articulated at the National Conference on Scientist-Practitioner Education and Training for the Professional Practice of Psychology (Gainesville, 1990; Belar & Perry, 1992). This model represents a long-standing integrative approach that combines science and practice. That is, students are trained to value ways in which practice and research inform one another as scholars, teachers and practitioners. As a result, our students are taught how to think scientifically about human behavior, deliver empirically-supported and theoretically sound psychological services to clients and contribute to the field through research, scholarship and teaching.

We have a generalist training model with an emphasis on health service psychology that is designed to lead students through a graduated sequence of learning tasks. Our courses and practicum opportunities are grounded in basic psychological science and offer the breadth of training that prepares students to work as health service counseling psychologists in a variety of settings such as university counseling centers, medical centers, prisons, higher education and private practice. Moreover, our curriculum is grounded in the foundational and functional competencies developed by the Assessment of Competency Benchmarks Work Group (Fouad et al., 2007):

The basic philosophical tenets and core values of our training program are as follows:

  1. We believe in the importance and value in training our students to be scientist-practitioners in the fullest sense of the term.
  2. We believe in fostering a full appreciation of diversity in our students and in ourselves.
  3. We believe in fostering the professional and personal development of our students.
  4. We believe in maintaining a professional environment that is supportive, collaborative and ethical.

Aim of the program: Our program has one aim: To prepare students to be effective scientist- practitioners in the field of health service psychology.

From these program philosophies and aim of the program the following associated competencies are derived:

  • Research
  • Ethical and legal standards
  • Individual and cultural diversity
  • Professional values, attitudes, and behaviors
  • Communications and interpersonal skills
  • Assessment
  • Intervention
  • Knowledge of supervision models and practice
  • Consultation and interprofessional/interdisciplinary skills


  • Baker, D. B., & Benjamin, L. T., Jr. (2000). The affirmation of the scientist practitioner: A look back at Boulder. American Psychologist, 55, 241-247.
  • Belar, C. D., & Perry, N.W. (1992). National conference on scientist-practitioner education and training for the professional practice of psychology. American Psychologist, 47, 71-75.
  • Fouad, N., Baker, J. M., Behnke, S. H., Campbell, L. F., Collins, F. L., Constatine, M.G., Crossman, R. E.,... Zeiss, A. (2007, June). Assessment of competency benchmarks work group: A developmental model for the defining and measuring competence in professional psychology. Retrieved from ccptp.org/assets/2011-Conference-Resources/benchmark_competencies_document_-_feb_2007.pdf

Student Admission, Outcome, and Other Data

Accreditation Association Information:

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation

American Psychological Association

750 First Street, N.E.

Washington, DC 20002-4242

Phone: 202-336-5979

Fax: 202-336-5978

Email: apaaccred@apa.org

Psychological Sciences

  • Address

    Texas Tech University, Department of Psychological Sciences, Box 42051 Lubbock, TX 79409-2051