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Current Students

These resources contain important information for students enrolled in the program.

  • Student Handbook

    The information contained in this Handbook is designed to guide students through the educational and clinical training experience requirements necessary for completing the master’s degree in psychology with a specialization in counseling, and for obtaining eligibility for a license as a Mental Health Counselor as outlined in Florida Statute 491. The degree requirements for the Professional Counseling Psychology Master’s Program are designed to be consistent with the state licensure requirements, however, the Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling meets several times annually and may change the rules outlined in Chapter 491 at any meeting. It is recommended that all students obtain a copy of the Florida Statutes (Laws and Rules) governing the profession. Students should stay current with changes and new information by maintaining contact with the Florida Board.

    Incoming Fall 2018 PCP students should access the updated Fall 2018 Student Handbook

    Students admitted before Fall 2018 should access the Fall 2017 Student Handbook.

  • Coursework

    The core curriculum consists of 45 credit hours of coursework and is intended to prepare students for advanced study in psychology, with a focus on developing applied counseling and therapeutic skills for working in multicultural environments with populations that range across the life span from childhood to later adulthood.

  • Clinical Training

    Students are given the opportunity to work in both on-campus and community-based settings to gain 1,000 hands-on, supervised hours of clinical training. Students further develop an area of specialization in the field of counseling psychology, acquiring expertise with particular problems and populations through independent study and research with individual faculty members. Students are trained to use various methods in examining and implementing evidence-based treatments in counseling psychology and psychotherapy that have a significant impact on maladaptive and adaptive functioning. For more information about the program, please review the Professional Counseling Psychology Student Handbook.

  • Practicum and Internship

    All students begin their clinical experience during their first semester in the program. In order to begin your Practicum/Internship, you must meet the following prerequisites: Admission to the program, permission from the Instructor, and placement with a faculty-sponsored or University-approved site.

    Step 1: Applying for & Selecting a Site

    • Fill out the Application for Practicum/Internship (found in the Practicum & Internship Manual) and turn in to the Program Coordinator the semester before you plan to begin your practicum/internship.
    • Schedule a meeting with the Program Coordinator to discuss your area of interest and identify possible sites for placement.

    Step 2: Interview with Site

    Once the Program Coordinator has contacted the site(s) that you are interested in, you should arrange an interview with the Site Supervisor.

    Step 3: Notify Program Coordinator of Outcome

    Once the student has interviewed with the selected site's supervisor, the Program Coordinator should be notified of the outcome of the interview.

    Step 4: Obtain Student Liability Insurance

    Obtain student liability insurance and provide a copy to the Program Coordinator during the first week of the semester (can be obtained through APA, ACA or HPSO).

    Step 5: Register for Practicum

    You will be registered for practicum and internship classes.

    Forms and any additional instructions for practicum and internship are available in the Practicum & Internship Manual.

  • Graduation Procedures and Guidelines
    1. Eligibility. To be eligible for the Master's of Science in Psychology, Counseling Psychology Specialization, the student must meet the following:
      • Satisfactory completion of all required courses in the curriculum (60 credit hours)
      • Complete either a Master's Thesis or Qualifying Paper
      • You must be registered for a course with the university (this is a university policy and there are no exceptions!)
    2. Application for Graduation.
      • The student must apply online through the academics menu on MyFIU. Make sure you apply for the correct Academic Program (Arts, Sciences & Education Master’s) and Major/Academic Plan (Psychology). Application for graduation must be completed by the deadline during the beginning of the final semester of studies. Students who do not graduate during that semester must re-apply for Graduation for the semester in which they plan to graduate.
      • Complete the Graduation Checklist and the Alumni Data Form found in the Student Handbook.
      • Schedule a Certification for Graduation Meeting with the Program Coordinator, by the deadline during the semester you are planning to graduate. The following documents must be completed and brought with you to the meeting:
        • Copy of unofficial transcript
        • Completed Graduation Checklist
        • Completed Alumni Data Form
    3. Graduation Activities. Students who will graduate at the end of a major semester (Fall or Spring) are invited to participate in University and College graduation activities.

    For commencement information, including the commencement guide, please go to the FIU Commencement website.

  • Case Conceptualization

    The Professional Counseling Psychology Master's Program prepares students to "practice mental health counseling" in a variety of community, research and clinical settings, in both the private and public sector. Opportunities to specialize in a particular clinical problem or population are given to students through the clinical training experience and the completion of a Final Project.

    Advanced Case Conceptualization

    The Final Project is defined as an advanced case conceptualization that is completed as part of the clinical training experience.

    • CLP 6945 Clinical Practicum (3 credits)
    • CLP 6943 Advanced Clinical Practicum (3 credits)
    • CLP 6943 Advanced Clinical Practicum (3 credits)
    • CLP 6948 Clinical Internship (3 credits)
    • CLP 6949 Advanced Clinical Internship (3 credits)

    The Case Conceptualization Manual is a guide to completing the Case Conceptualization requirements. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact your committee chair or reader (or program coordinator).

  • Graduate Resources

    Visit the Graduate Resources page for information about student forms, organizations, funding and more. Note that this program's Admissions process from the information in "Prospective Students."

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