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Counseling Psychology


Formal Specialty Definition:

Counseling Psychology as a psychological specialty facilitates personal and interpersonal functioning across the lifespan with a focus on emotional, social, work related, educational, health-related, developmental and organizational concerns. As one of the general practice health service provider specialties, counseling psychology focuses on both typical or normal developmental issues and atypical, dysfunctional, or disordered development and cultural context as it applies to human experience from individual, family, group, systems, and organizational perspectives. Counseling Psychology focuses on helping people with physical, emotional, and mental disorders improve their well-being, prevent and alleviate distress and maladjustment, resolve crises, and increase their ability to live more highly functioning lives. In addition, practitioners in this professional specialty provide assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of psychopathology.


Overview of Organization and Goals:

Counseling Specialty Presentation 2022


Counseling Psychology Specialty Council

Levels of Specialty Training:


Education, Training, and Supervision in Counseling Psychology is available at the doctoral and postdoctoral level.


Specialty Board Certification:


Board Certification in Counseling Psychology is available through the American Board of Counseling Psychology, which is a Specialty Board of the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP).


Sources of Specialty Recognition:


  1. APA/CRSPPP recognition

  2. ABPP recognition


Counseling Psychology Specialty Council Membership:


  • Society of Counseling Psychology, American Psychological Association Division 17 (SCP)

  • Student Affiliates of Seventeen, Society of Counseling Psychology (SAS)

  • Council of Counseling Psychology Training Programs (CCPTP)

  • American Board of Professional Psychology, Counseling Psychology Board (ABPP-CP)

  • Association of Counseling Center Training Agencies (ACCTA)

  • Commission for Counseling and Psychological Services of the American College Personnel Association (CCAPS)

  • American College Health Association Mental Health Section (ACHA)

  • International Association of Applied Psychology Division 16: Counseling 


Specialty Related Web Links:



Education and Training Guidelines:




Julia C. Phillips, PhD


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