Doctoral programs

Graduated programs

Counseling Psychology


The Graduate Program in Counseling Psychology at the Universidad del Turabo is committed to academic excellence that will enable graduate students to best serve as practitioners in professional psychology.

The program will facilitate students to acquire the professional competencies in the areas of counseling and psychotherapy, assessment, consultation and supervision.

As health services providers, counseling psychologists focus on typical, as well as atypical or dysfunctional development as it applies to humans from individual, family, group, and systems. Through the integration of theory, research and practice they will learn different techniques to help people improve their well-being, alleviate distress and maladjustment, resolve crisis, and increase their ability to live more highly functioning lives.

Psy.D. - APA Self-Study for Initial Accreditation

The Universidad del Turabo is currently conducting a self-study for application of initial accreditation status by the American Psychologica Association (APA). Information about these guidelines and principles may be obtained at:


The mission of the Graduate Program in Counseling Psychology at the Universidad del Turabo is to provide quality education and training in applied professional psychology. Facilitate and promote the teaching of theoretical, methodological, scientific, practical and ethical based knowledge that will enable students to develop competencies for the effective practice in counseling psychology, thus, enhancing human well-being.

Philosophy and Training Model

The graduate program in Counseling Psychology at the Universidad del Turabo is wholly committed to the foundational values of the discipline of Counseling Psychology. In pursuing such values, we base our educational training philosophy on the Model Training Program in Counseling Psychology (Murdock, Alcorn, Heedacker, & Stoltenberg, 1998), and on the core themes of the counseling psychology discipline initially presented by Gelso & Fretz (2002). These themes were further elaborated and adopted by the Council of Counseling Psychology Training Programs (CCPTP) to uniquely identify the characteristics of counseling psychology programs. Additionally, our training program incorporates the National Council of Schools & Programs in Professional Psychology (NCSPP) (Peterson, Peterson, Abrams, & Stricker, 1997) competencies for professional psychologists. Furthermore, our program also adheres to the Counseling Psychology Model Training Values Statement Addressing Diversity which was endorsed by the American Counseling Center Training Agencies (ACCTA), the Council of Counseling Psychology Training Programs CCPTP, and the Society for Counseling Psychology (SCP) in August 2006.

The program adopted the model of training set up by the APA’s Vail Conference on psychology training. Such standards emphasize the direct delivery of professional and ethical services in psychology and the evaluation and improvement of services for Psy.D programs (APA, 1973; Fretz, 1974).

Although the Vail conference focuses on a scholar-practitioner model, the program at the Universidad del Turabo is practitioner base, and integrates the scientific methods and knowledge to enhance the clinical training in the direct delivery of psychological services. To demonstrate competencies in both, direct delivery of clinical services and the integration of scientific knowledge to the practice, students must demonstrated competence in the clinical areas of intervention (psychological assessment, counseling and psychotherapy) and competence in the evaluation of research as it relates to evidence-based practices of the profession. The program emphasizes on an integrative model of psychological training.

The training curriculum is geared on a sequential coursework, practicum, socialization with faculty and community of professionals that enable the students to learn and grow in the professional competencies under an atmosphere of respect and values. The curriculum is structured to sequentially increase the complexity of knowledge and skills needed to attain entry level counseling psychology competencies. In doing so, it is designed to prepare students for lifelong education which is required to be an effective and successful professional in counseling psychology.

Program Goals

Based on the philosophical perspectives of the program, the main goal of the program is to produce competent counseling psychology practitioners. This main goal is achieved by fulfilling the following specific goals: