Doctoral Studies

Specializations Counseling Psychology

Great Lakes Conference

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Donna Schultheiss Ph.D



Julia Phillips Ph.D

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Welcome! Thank you for your interest in our Counseling Psychology training in the College of Education and Human Services at Cleveland State University. We have designed this Website to help you gain an accurate and comprehensive view of our program. Our central mission is to educate counseling psychologists who are competent to work effectively with diverse urban populations – competent in assessment, intervention, research, and supervision tasks. Our program is designed to immerse students in the issues facing urban populations as well as to help students develop the competencies they need to function as professional psychologists. Counseling psychology became a designated specialization in the Urban Education Ph.D. program in 2006 and earned its APA accreditation in 2010, its graduates have been eligible for psychology licensing in Ohio since 1992. In the years between 1992 and 2006, it was identified as a counseling training sequence.

Counseling Psychology at CSU follows the scientist-practitioner model of training and it has these major goals:

  1. Training counseling psychologists who have the requisite knowledge base and therapeutic skills for entry into the practice of professional psychology..
  2. Training counseling psychologists who have the necessary knowledge and skills for competent practice and research within a multicultural diverse urban society.
  3. Training counseling psychologists who will contribute to and apply the scientific knowledge base of psychology using skills in qualitative and quantitative research methods.
 

NEW DEVELOPMENTS

Cleveland State has been chosen as the host institution for the Student Affiliates of Seventeen (SAS) for 2013-2016! And, we are delighted to announce that our students were nationally recognized by being selected over other APA accredited programs and will have a major role in the Society for Counseling Psychology for the next three years. Congratulations to this amazing group of students! Students entering the program during these years will also have a chance to be involved with SAS activities on the national level.



April 15th, 2014: The program is delighted to announce that the cohort beginning in Fall, 2014 will be comprised of 4 students who present with graduate degrees with across the nation and internationally and impressive clinical, research, and academic training!

July, 2014: The doctoral program has been re-accredited by the American Psychological Association for 7 years.

 

Student Admissions, Outcomes, and Other Data

Time To Completion:

Outcome

Year in which Degrees were conferred

2007-

2008

2008-

2009

2009-

2010

2010-

2011

2011-

2012

2012-

2013

2013-

2014

Total

Total number of students with doctoral degree conferred on transcript

2

0

0

0

6

2

4

14

Mean number of years to complete the program

6

0

0

0

5.8

5

6.7

6.5

Median number of years to complete the program

6

0

0

0

6

5

7

6

Time to Degree Ranges

N

%

N

%

N

%

N

%

N

%

Nv

%

N

%

N

%

Students in less than 5 years

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Students in 5 years

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

17

2

100

1

25

4

29

Students in 6 years

2

100

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

83

0

0

0

0

2

50

Students in 7 years

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Students in more than 7 years

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

The program can be completed in 5 years of full-time graduate study and requires a Masters degree in counseling, clinical psychology, or closely related field as a pre-requisite to admission. Most current students are taking between 6 years and 7 years to completion, including pre-doctoral internship. If a student elects to complete a 2 year half-time pre-doctoral internship the program, it will take a minimum of 6 years to complete. Transfer students are not admitted into the program.Any applicant with questions about pre-requisites may contact Dr .Donna Schultheiss at d.schultheiss @csuohio.edu or by phone at 216 687-5063.

If a prospective student is missing a few of the pre-requisites, but otherwise qualifies for the program, that student may complete the missing pre-requisite courses early in their doctoral program, thus not extending teh time required to complete teh degree. Students who are deficient in several pre-requisites are likely to extend their programs if they do not begin to enroll in the pre-requisites at the beginning of doctoral studies.

 

ATTRITION DATA

Variable

Year of First Enrollment

2006-

2007

2007-

2008

2008-

2009

2009-

2010

2010-

2011

2011-

2012

2012-

2013

N

%

N

%

N

%

N

%

N

%

N

%

N

%

Students for whom this is the year of first enrollment (i.e. new students)

*9

-

7

-

4

-

6

-

5

-

4

-

2

-

Students whose doctoral degrees were conferred on their transcripts

7

78

1

17

2

50

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Students still enrolled in program

2

22

5

66

2

50

5

83

4

80

3

75

2

100

Students no longer enrolled for any reason other than conferral of doctoral degree

0

0

1

17

0

0

1

17

1

20

1

25

0

0

*This number includes 4 students who transferred from the prior counseling doctoral program.

Program COSTS:

Description

2014-2015 1st-year Cohort Cost

Tuition for full-time students (in-state)

$20,724.60/year

Tuition for full-time students (out-of-state)

$28,017.60/year

Tuition per credit hour for part-time students (if applicable enter amount; if not applicable enter "NA")

N/A

University/institution fees or costs

$75/year

Additional estimated fees or costs to students (e.g. books, travel, etc.)

$1500/year



The program strives to provide graduate assistantships or tuition grants for all first and second year students who request funding. After that period of time, students may be eligible for additional assistantships if positions exist in our program. In the 2013-2014 academic year, all students beyond the second year who requested assistance received some funding. Assistantships are given for one year and students must reapply on an annual basis. The Co-Directors of Training organize student applications for assistantships, and make placement decisions in coordination with the Directors of the various student service areas. Students who are awarded a graduate assistantship must be enrolled as full-time doctoral students with at least 7-9 semester hours of credit each semester.



A variety of 10 hour tuition grants (tuition remission for 7 - 9 semester hours per semester) and 20 hour graduate assistantships (tuition remission for 8 semester hours plus stipend for each semester) have been made available to students including research, teaching and professional service (i.e., University Counseling Center, University Disability Services, and University Tutoring Center). For 2013-2014 the minimum stipend for 10 hour assistantships is $5,900.00 per academic year. A 20 hour assistanship has a minimun stipend of $11,800.00 per academic year. The specific times that students work are negotiated with the supervising faculty member so as not to conflict with any courses students may be taking. Typically, graduate research assistants are involved in research activities such as library searches, literature reviews, data collection, data entry and analysis, manuscript preparation, report writing, often resulting in opportunities to collaborate on presentations and publications. In addition, assistants may be asked to help with classes faculty are teaching by grading exams, keeping records, helping with library research for classes, and other tasks.

 

INTERNSHIP ACCEPTANCE RATES

Internship Placement Table 1

Outcome

Year Applied for Internship

2006-

2007*

2007-

2008*

2008-

2009*

2009-

2010*

2010-

2011

2011-

2012

2012-

2013

N

%

N

%

N

%

N

%

N

%

N

%

N

%

Students who sought or applied for internships*

2

-

1

-

0

-

1

-

6

-

8

-

7**

-

Students who obtained internships

2

100

1

100

0

0

1

100

3

50

6

75

4

57

Students who obtained APA/CPA-accredited internships

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

100

3

50

4

50

2

29

Students who obtained APPIC member internships that were not APA/CPA-accredited (if applicable)

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Students who obtained other membership organization internships (e.g. CAPIC) that were not APA/CPA-accredited

(if applicable)

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Students who obtained internships conforming to CDSPP guidelines that were not APA/CPA-accredited

(if applicable)

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Students who obtained other internships that were not APA/CPA-accredited (if applicable)

2

100

1

100

1

100

0

0

1

20

2

25

0

0



Internship Placement — Table 2

Outcome

Year Applied for Internship

2006-

2007

2007-

2008

2008-

2009

2009-

2010

2010-

2011

2011-

2012

2012-

2013

N

%

N

%

N

%

N

%

N

%

N

%

N

%

Students who obtained internships

2

100

1

100

0

-

1

100

4

67

6

75

4

57

Students who obtained paid internships

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

100

4

67

4

50

4

57

Students who obtained half-time internships* (if applicable)

0

0

1

100

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

25

0

0

 

LICENSING:

Outcome

2003-2004 to 2010-2011

Total number of students with doctoral degrees conferred on transcript in time period

2

Number of students with doctoral degrees conferred on transcripts who became licensed doctoral psychologists in time period

1

Licensure percentage

50%

 

ADMISSIONS:

Application Requirements:

Successful completion of a Masters degree in counseling, clinical psychology or closely related field.

Research experience

Experience in an applied setting

Strong academic records: minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.85 and 3.5 graduate GPA

Competitive GRE scores (see mean scores below)

Good communication skills

Strong letters of recommendation (including at least one from a graduate faculty member)

Admissions Decisions Influenced by:



Evidence of the applicant’s commitment and interest in urban multicultural issues

Match between the student’s interest and faculty expertise

Space limitations (6-8 students as a maximum in each cohort)

Application Deadline: January 15th (if that date falls on a weekend, the following Monday)

APPLICANT MATERIALS

Graduate application

Resume

Personal statement

The statement should not exceed 3 pages single spaced and should include:

The factors attracted you to counseling psychology and to Cleveland State’s program in particular

The experiences you have had in applied settings (e.g., hotline experience, residential treatment, case management, clinical counseling, field placements)

Description of your research experience (e.g. assisting with a faculty member’s research, presentations, publications a, Masters thesis)

Description of your goals for doctoral study and for your career

Description of your interests in research and practice, particularly as they relate to diverse urban populations

Official copies of all undergraduate and graduate transcripts.

Official GRE scores (Scores must be within the past 5 years. Only the general tests are required; the Psychology Subject Area Test is not required).

Three letters of recommendation, at least one of which must be from a faculty member from the applicants prior graduate program



APPLICANT DATA:

Admitted Students 2006 - 2011 Mean GRE Scores

Verbal 491
Quantitative 505
Mean Undergraduate GPA: 3.51
Mean Masters GPA: 3.82

Admitted Students 2010 – 2012 Mean GRE Scores

Verbal 482
Quantitative 446
Mean Undergraduate GPA: 3.31
Mean Masters GPA: 3.81

Admitted Students, 2012-2013 Mean GRE Scores

Verbal 143 (New scoring system)
Quantitative 145 (New scoring system)
Mean Undergraduate GPA: 3.72
Mean Masters GPA: 3.73

Mean GRE scores and Grades of Admitted Students 2013-2014

Verbal 156
Quantitative 151
Mean Undergraduate GPA: 3.45
Mean Masters GPA: 3.87
STRUCTURE OF THE PROGRAM:

Year 1:Full time course enrollment for each semester and summer session

Year 2:Full time course enrollment for each semester, practicum, and at least one summer session course

Year 3:Practicum, half time courses, and comprehensive examinations

Year 4:Dissertation research and optional 3rd year of practicum

Year 5: Predoctoral internship*



*Students who elect to do a 2-year half time internship will complete the program in at least 6 years

PRACTICUM :

Students begin a 4-semester sequence of enrollment in practicum at the beginning of their second year of enrollment in the program. The first practicum focuses on psychotherapy and the second on assessment. All practicum placements are community based. All practica must be supervised by licensed psychologists. The following represent the community sites in Northeast Ohio in which counseling psychology students have been placed in the last 3 years



Oberlin College Counseling Center

Cleveland State University Counseling Center

Guidestone, Cleveland Ohio

University of Akron Counseling Center

Baldwin Wallace College, Health and Counseling Services

Cleveland Clinic, Chronic Pain Rehabilitation Program

Neurology and Neuroscience Associates, Inc.

Portage Path Behavioral Health, Akron

Connections, Beachwood Bellefaire JCB, Shaker Heights

ACCREDITATION:

The University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and by the American Psychological Association. Contact information for the The Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association is as follows:



American Psychological Association

Office of Program Accreditation and Consultation

750 First Street NE

Washington, D.C. 20002-4242

Phone: (202) 336-5979 Fax: (202) 336-5978

Email: apaaccred@apa.org

Website:http://www.apa.org/ed/accreditation

 

CORE COUNSELING PSYCHOLOGY FACULTY

For 2013-2014 there are 5 core counseling psychology faculty members along with numerous other faculty who teach research, general psychology courses, Urban Education and Urban Studies courses, and counselor education faculty.. All faculty are available to assist students with their development as competent professionals. Faculty profiles are available at http://facultyprofile.csuohio.edu/csufacultyprofile/index.cfm?college=EDU



Justin C. Perry, Ph.D. Associate Professor

Donna E. Schultheiss, Ph.D. Professor and Co-Director of Training

Graham Stead, Professor, Director Urban Education Ph.D. Program

Julia C. Phillips, Ph.D. Associate Professor

Stephanie Judson, Ph.D. Visting Assistant Professor

Spotlight on Graduates:

Dr. Shondale DeLoach, Ph.D



Dr. Shondale DeLoach, Ph.D

Dr. DeLoach completed his doctoral degree in counseling psychology in August, 2012 immediately after completing his APA accredited pre-doctoral internship at the Counseling Center at Michigan State University.

He has accepted a position as a staff psychologist at a Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Prior to his entry into the doctoral program Dr. DeLoach earned a Masters degree in clinical psychology at Cleveland State and a Bachelors in psychology and religious studies so he qualifies as a triple Viking, earning all of his degrees at CSU.



His doctoral dissertation, completed under the direction of Dr. Donna Schultheiss, was entitled, “Same Race Regulatory Resource Depletion: Obstacles of Black High Achievers”.



He tested the hypothesis that there is a temporary depletion of mental resources after high achieving Black students interact with Black low achieving students, causing temporary executive function depletion. His doctoral practica were completed at the Case Western University Counseling Center and the Cleveland State University Counseling Center. He also spent several years prior to doctoral study working as a psychology technician at the Louis Stokes Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Cleveland. We are proud to count Shondale as one of our graduates.



The attached photo shows Shondale with his poster presentation at APA in San Diego in 2010.

 


Tira Stebbins, Ph.D.



Tira Stebbins, Ph.D.

Dr. Tira Stebbins finished her doctoral degree in counseling psychology in August, 2012 after completing an APA accredited internship at Heartland Behavioral Healthcare, part of the Ohio Psychology Internship consortium and successfully defending her dissertation, entitled, “Effects of an Equine Assisted Activities Program on Youth with Emotional Disturbance: A Pilot Study”.

Dr. Justin Perry served as her dissertation director. She is currently working as a psychologist at Bellefaire JCB.



Tira completed the program in 5 years after earning her Master’s degree in clinical psychology at East Carolina University and working as a therapist at Bellfaire JCB, in Cleveland.



Tira deserves accolades not only for finishing her degree in a timely fashion (despite giving birth to her first child in the middle of the program), but also for conducting the first empirical study of equine assisted therapy with children with special needs as her dissertation.

 


 

CAMPUS SERVICES FOR STUDENTS

Career Services; http://www.csuohio.edu/offices/career/

University Counseling and Testing Center; http://www.csuohio.edu/offices/counselingcenter/

Financial Aid; http://www.csuohio.edu/enrollmentservices/financialaid/

Center for International Services and Programs; http:// www.csuohio.edu/international/

Disability Services; http://www.csuohio.edu/offices/disability/

Tutoring Center;http:// www.csuohio.edu/academic/advising/tutoring/

Information Services and Technology; http://www.csuohio.edu/offices/ist/

Health and Wellness Services; http://www.csuohio.edu/offices/health/

Student Health Insurance; http://www.csuohio.edu/offices/health/HealthInsurance.html

Library Services; www.csuohio.edu/library/

Graduate Grant Writing Center; http://www.csuohio.edu/research/ggwc/

Student Housing; http://www.csuohio.edu/services/reslife/housing/

Recreation Center; http://www.csuohio.edu/services/recreationcenter/

Student Life; https://mycsu.csuohio.edu/studentlife/services/index.html

Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs; http://www.csuohio.edu/offices/odama/

U-Pass Program (allows students to ride free of charge on all Greater Cleveland RTA buses and rapid trains during a semester). http://www.csuohio.edu/services/u-pass/

Statistics/Computer Laboratory for doctoral students in CEHS; http://www.csuohio.edu/cehs/students/cet.html

Office of Research and Sponsored Programs; http://www.csuohio.edu/research/

Judicial Services; http://www.csuohio.edu/studentlife/jaffairs/

APA Accreditation

Ms Word IconAPA Accreditation Self Study



The program is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA).

Questions related to the programs accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation: Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation, American Psychological Association, 750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002



Phone: 202.336.5979/ Email: apaaccred@apa.org/ Web: www.apa.org/ed/accreditation



FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1.

Is there an admissions interview?



An admissions interview day takes place each February. Candidates who are not able to attend the admissions day in person may ask for an interview via videoconference.

2.

If a student is missing a few of the Masters course requirements, can they be taken during doctoral study?



The omission of a few of the Masters courses (or their equivalents) does not make any applicant ineligible for the program. Students are notified about which pre-requisites they need to make up either at the point of admission, or at the beginning of their doctoral program when they design their program of studies with their advisors. Students may take these courses concurrent with the Urban Education core courses. Several students have elected to enroll in their courses or their equivalents at CSU the summer prior to entry into the program.

3.

How important is prior research experience?



Research experience is important. It can be obtained through the completion of a Masters thesis, other collaboration with faculty or community-based psychologists on research projects. In some cases a student may demonstrate this experience based on an exceptional undergraduate thesis. Presentations of research findings at peer-reviewed conferences also should be noted in the application.

4.

How many students are admitted each year?



Approximately 3-8 Counseling Psychology doctoral students are admitted yearly.

5.

May I do an admissions interview via videoconference if I am not able to travel to Cleveland?



If traveling to the University presents a hardship, telephone/Skype interviews may be substituted and do not reduce the individuals likelihood of acceptance.

6.

How are advisors assigned and can a student request a change if his or her interests change?



Advisors are assigned by the Training Directors at the time of admission, based on research and practice interests of the student and faculty member. Students may request a change of advisor through the Administrative Coordinator of the Urban Education Program, Rita Grabowski. If a student’s research interests shift during the program, a change in advisor for the purposes of dissertation direction is easily made. In fact, the faculty strongly encourages students to work with the faculty member most suited to assist the student on the dissertation.

7.

What exactly does the placement of the program within the Urban Education Ph.D. program mean for the training of counseling psychologists?



The placement of the program offers students an interdisciplinary experience. Some of the courses they take in the first two years of doctoral study include students from other specializations in the Urban Education program, including disciplines such as adult development, educational policy, learning and development, nursing, and educational leadership. In addition, students enroll one course in the College of Urban Studies to help them understand how the urban context affects the psychosocial functioning of urban populations. In other words, this program is designed for counseling psychology students who seek to learn about other disciplines and interact with professionals and doctoral students in those disciplines while they are developing as competent counseling psychologists.

8.

Can a student work while completing the program?



This is a full time program that requires registration in four courses each semester for the first two years as well as summer courses. Consequently, the faculty discourages outside employment during the first few years of this highly demanding program. Students who have worked more than a few hours per week have found juggling work, classes, practicum, research team commitments, and assistantships exceptionally stressful. It is important to keep in mind that all students are expected to join research teams and engage in scholarly activity beyond their courses and practica.

9.

How many semesters of doctoral practicum are required?



Four semesters, beginning in the second year. At least one placement must be in a setting that serves a diverse urban population. The first year of placement focuses primarily on psychotherapy and the second on assessment. An option for a third year of practicum is available and some students elect to do an additional experience to better prepare themselves for predoctoral internship. Whether an extra practicum is a wise choice for any particular student is a matter students discuss with their advisors.

10.

What settings are available for practicum and internship placements?



Oberlin College Counseling Center

Cleveland State University Counseling Center

Guidestone, Ohio

University of Akron Counseling Center

Baldwin Wallace College, Health and Counseling Services

Cleveland Clinic, Chronic Pain Rehabilitation Program

Neurology and Neuroscience Associates, Inc.

Portage Path Behavioral Health, Akron

11.

Will a student be allowed to complete internship on a half-time basis over 2 years?



Yes. The program requires all students to go through the APPIC internship match process and give preference to APA accredited internships.

12.

Must I apply for predoctoral internship through the APPIC process and must I give preference to APA accredited internship placements?



Yes. Three students have elected to complete half-time predoctoral internships. It is important to note that few APA accredited half time internships are available and they are highly competitive.

13.

What research topics have been of interest to recent doctoral students?



The topics of the dissertations of our recent graduates are as follows:



Culturally sensitive in-home psychotherapy for urban low-income African American adolescents.



African American psychologists' attitudes toward psychotherapy.



Resiliency in youth who have been exposed to violence



The relationship between cognitive, spiritual, and wisdom development



Same-race regulatory resource depletion obstacles of Black high achievers



Psychologist self-disclosure with court-mandated and self-referred clients



Do psychologists demonstrate bias based on female client weight and ethnicity: An analogue study



In addition, doctoral students have collaborated with faculty on projects dealing with career and self development of urban youth, the interface of work and family life, work and family issues for immigrant families, LGBQ identity and workplace discrimination, the duty to protect with clients at risk for violence, ethics and technology in psychological practice, psychotherapy and spirituality, models for ethics education, and others.

14.

What kinds of jobs have graduates obtained?



We have 8 counseling psychology graduates, two from 2008 and six from 2012.Of the counseling psychology graduates from 2008, one directs an Intensive Outpatient Treatment Center for adolescents at a major Cleveland hospital, the other works as a therapist at a community mental health center.



One graduate is a staff psychologist at a VA hospital, another is completing a post-doctoral fellowship in a hospital, a third is post-doctoral trainee in a childrens service agency, and another is a faculty member in a graduate program in psychology. One is an adjunct faculty member in a counseling program and another is a therapist in a mental health agency. All 2012 graduates report that they are completing their post-doctoral hours for licensure and studying for the licensing examination

15.

Where should an applicant go to get additional questions answered?



Applicants may contact Dr. Donna Schultheiss at d.schultheiss@csuohio.edu or by phone at 216 687 4605. For information about the status of their application file, applicants should contact Rita Grabowski at r.grabowski@csuohio.edu or by phone at 216 687 4697.Graduate Admissions contact information can be found at http://www.csuohio.edu/engagecsugradschool/

16.

What are the licensing requirements for psychologists in Ohio?



Licensing requirements vary somewhat by state. Ohio is one of the few states that recently changed its regulations to waive the post-doctoral supervision requirement. Ohio allows new graduates who have completed sufficient pre-doctoral internship and practicum experiences to sit for the licensing examination. However, the clinical experiences that are required during training are extensive and any doctoral students or prospective doctoral students entertaining this option should carefully discuss this matter with an advisor and should consult the details of the regulations. (See http://www.psychology.ohio.gov/pdfs/HB503%20Summary%20of%20Rules.pdffor a summary of the new rules). It is also important to note that most states still require at least a year of post-doctoral supervision to qualify for licensing. Any prospective student seeking licensing in a particular jurisdiction after graduation should consult the board of psychology licensing requirements in that state.

17.

Will I need a criminal background check to qualify for licensing as a psychologist?



The answer is affirmative in Ohio and several other states. Again, a check of board websites is likely to provide that information. .

LINKS

Link to the Urban Education Ph.D. program Website:

http://www.csuohio.edu/cehs/departments/DOC/ep_doc.html

 

Links to Professional Associations

American Psychological Association (APA)

Based in Washington, DC, the American Psychological Association (APA) is a scientific and professional organization that represents psychology in the United States. With 150,000 members, APA is the largest association of psychologists worldwide.



American Counseling Association (ACA)

Founded in 1952, the American Counseling Association (ACA) is the world's largest association exclusively representing professional counselors in various practice settings.



American Psychological Association of Graduate Students (APAGS)

The American Psychological Association of Graduate Students (APAGS) is the voice of student concerns within the APA.



Counseling Psychology Division 17

Division 17 brings together psychologists, students, and international/professional affiliates who are dedicated to promoting education and training, scientific investigation, practice, and diversity and public interest in professional psychology.



Student Affiliates of Division 17

SAS is a national graduate student organization that is associated with APA Division 17 - The Society of Counseling Psychology. It is designated to address issues specifically related to counseling psychology students.