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

The Counseling Psychology Program has made the necessary changes to be in compliance with Texas Senate Bill 17 regarding diversity, equity and inclusion. More information can be found here.

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Public Disclosure: Professional Licensure by State

The Texas Tech University Counseling Psychology Program is required to publicly disclose to prospective and currently enrolled students whether our program meets the education requirements for licensure or certification for all 50 states, District of Columbia, and specified U.S. territories. Our program is responsible for determining whether our academic program meets applicable state education requirements for professional licensure or certification. See the TTU Counseling Psychology Program's Professional Licensure by State Table.

Program Acceptance for Licensure by State

APA Accredited, Next Review: 2033

Contact Information for Accrediting Association:

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
750 First Street, N.E.
Washington, DC 20002-4242
Phone: 202-336-5979
Fax: 202-336-5978
Email: apaaccred@apa.org
Web: www.apa.org/ed/accreditation