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Counseling Psychology Concentration

Program Philosophy: Counseling Psychology Concentration

The counseling psychology concentration at Tennessee State University is grounded in a scientist-professional model of training. The program is designed to develop competent, ethical practitioners and facilitators of learning with a multicultural perspective capable of integrating science and practice in a variety of setting and modalities. The integration of research and practice is a central theme of scientist-professional model of training.   Problems in professional practice stimulate the need for systematic inquiry through research, the results of which then lead to modification of both theory and practice of professional psychology. The program curriculum has been designed to provide students with a solid foundation in the study of psychology, a broad range of competencies in research methodology, and the knowledge and skills required for professional interventions in individual, group, and family therapy. The faculty expose an eclectic choice of theoretical orientations which represent, Psychodynamic, CBT, Systems, Interpersonal, and Integrative theories.

Faculty Research Interest

Faculty and students in the department are actively involved in professional development and research either individually or as a part of research groups. A brief list of the Core Counseling Psychology Faculty research interests include: diversity issues, group processes, male-female relationships, gender issues, couples and families, intimacy, trauma, diversity and mental health/behavioral medicine, eating disorders, racism, African American issues, resiliency, values, and leadership training, psychodynamic theory, supervision/training, vocational identity development, personality; minority career development, identity development, Ecological Counseling, Integrative Therapy, holistic health, and Experiential Therapy.

About Tennessee State University

Tennessee State University (TSU) is a comprehensive, urban, coeducational land-grant university founded in 1912. The 450-acre main campus, with more than 65 buildings, is located in a residential setting close to downtown Nashville. In addition to the main campus, The Avon Williams Campus is located directly in downtown, near the center of the business and government district.   Located in the state capital and second-largest city in Tennessee, Nashville is a thriving center of government, business, industry, culture and education. Nashville, considered the hub of the nations country music industry, is also home to numerous parks complete with hiking trails and other recreational areas. Professional sports attractions include the Tennessee Titans Football team and the Nashville Predators NHL Hockey Team.

Success of Our Students

In 2009, 100% of all students applying for internship match were placed in settings such as university counseling centers and VA medical centers. For the last seven years the internship match rate has been 96%. Graduates of the program are employed in a wide range of settings including university faculty, university counseling centers, community mental health centers, federal prisons, and private practices. Since initial accreditation in 2000, 94% of our graduates have become licensed psychologists.


The doctoral concentration in Counseling Psychology is accredited by the American Psychological Association [Commission on Accreditation, 750 First Street, NE, Washington, DC, 20002-4242, 202-336-5979] and is a designated Doctoral Program in Psychology of the American Association of State Psychology Boards (AASPB) and the Council for the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology.  The most recent visit for the Counseling Psychology concentration occurred in Fall of 2011, resulting in the program’s re-accreditation for 7 years.  The next site visit is scheduled for the 2018 site visit cycle.  Tennessee State University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools [1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, 404-679-4500] to award the Associate, Bachelor, Masters, Specialist in Education, and Doctoral degrees.

Military Specialization (Effective Fall 2017 - We are no longer offering this specialization. The final cohort of students who can graduate with a Military Specialization will be students who were admitted to the program in Fall 2016)  

The Counseling Psychology Concentration has developed a new program specialization in Military Psychology. Counseling Psychology at TSU has experienced a growth in the number of military reservists and Direct Accession program applicants entering and completing the program. In addition, the Army, Navy and Air Force is contracting with civilian psychologists to make therapy more available to active-duty service members and their families. These actions have resulted in numerous requests for more in depth training for working with this population. Students interested in the specialization are required to complete 3 courses (9 credit hours) that will serve as their 9 hours of elective courses. The Courses include:

  • PSYC 7170 Social Psychology: Research in Gender Roles
  • PSYC 7559 Assessment, Theory & Interventions with Military Service Members and Families
  • PSYC 7760 Trauma & Crisis Interventions

Other specializations may be developed in the future. Students are not required to identify a specialization and may choose any approved electives.

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