TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY
DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHOLOGY
COUNSELING PSYCHOLOGY PROGRAM
GRADUATE STUDENT HANDBOOK
TABLE OF CONTENTS
INTRODUCTION (COUNSELING PROGRAM)........................................................................4
ACADEMIC ADVISORS (COUNSELING PROGRAM)............................................................6
ANNUAL REVIEW OF STUDENTS ...........................................................................................7
REGISTRATION AND ENROLLMENT .....................................................................................7
DEPARTMENT CORE COURSES ............................................................................................10
COURSE REQUIREMENTS (COUNSELING PROGRAM) ....................................................12
FILING THE PROGRAM FOR THE DOCTORAL DEGREE ..................................................16
FILING OF STATEMENT OF INTENT TO GRADUATE……………………………………16
PREQUALIFYING EXAMINATION RESEARCH REQUIREMENTS...................................17
QUALIFYING EXAMINATION PROCEDURES (COUNSELING PROGRAM)...................17
COURSE TRANSFERS AND SUBSTITUTIONS .....................................................................20
DISSERTATION PROCEDURES AND GUIDELINES............................................................21
INTERNSHIPS (COUNSELING PROGRAM) ..........................................................................24
MASTER'S DEGREE FOR STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DOCTORAL PROGRAMS...........26
FILING THE DEGREE PLAN FOR THE MASTER’S DEGREE.............................................27
STUDENT PROFESSIONAL IDENTITY &
MEMBERSHIP IN PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS (COUNSELING PROGRAM).........28
OUTSIDE OF AREA COURSES................................................................................................29
TRANSFER ACROSS PROGRAMS ..........................................................................................29
STUDENT APPEALS, SUSPENSION, DISMISSAL, AND
REQUESTS FOR EXCEPTIONS................................................................................................29
LEAVES OF ABSENCE .............................................................................................................33
FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE AND PART-TIME EMPLOYMENT ..........................................33
GRADUATE STUDENT TEACHING AND RESEARCH AWARDS .....................................36
FACULTY (COUNSELING PROGRAM)..................................................................................37
This handbook has been prepared as a reference guide for graduate students in the Department of
Psychology and contains information pertaining to the particular division in which you are
enrolled. Students are obliged to follow the requirements of the Graduate School, the Department,
and the division of which they are a part. Every attempt has been made to assure that department-
wide requirements are consistently presented in each division's handbook.
Your handbook is our current statement and interpretation of graduate school and department
requirements, and you should consider that you are bound to follow it. From time to time,
however, requirements may be modified, and, if so, you will be informed of such changes either
through the campus mail or public postings. Any changes in department or division requirements
should be consistent with Graduate School policy. Also, your particular division (clinical,
counseling, or experimental) may have a stricter interpretation of a department requirement than
may another division. That is permitted, and you are obliged to follow that stricter requirement.
Such requirements will be set off by bold face type in your handbook.
Because this is a human endeavor, there may be an occasional error in the handbook. You will be
informed of those errors when they are discovered, but in no case will the department or any of its
programs be bound to follow an erroneous statement or policy, and students will be expected to
bring their program of studies in line with correct requirements as quickly as possible. Should any
question arise, students may contact the Director of Graduate Studies for clarification. Should any
exceptions, decisions, or clarifications about your particular requirements be made (either
departmental or divisional), make sure that you have a written, signed and dated memorandum on
the matter, with copies on file with the division, and placed in your department student file.
Finally, any student who, because of a disabling condition, requires special arrangements to meet
course requirements or to participate in any other activities required by the program should contact
the course instructor or the program director so that accommodations can be made. Such students
should present appropriate verification from the disabled student services division of the Dean of
Students Office (742-2192).
All counseling psychology students agree to accept responsibility both for being informed
and for following the procedures outlined herein, and acknowledge that they will be required
to qualify for the degree under these established policies. Only if there is an approved
exception on file with the division director will students be allowed to deviate from the
policies in this handbook.
Introduction (Counseling Program)
The Ph.D. program in Counseling Psychology in the Department of Psychology at Texas Tech
University offers training in the professional practice of psychology, more specifically counseling
psychology. The primary objective of the program is to prepare counseling psychologists for
professional positions. This doctoral program is firmly committed to the concept of balanced
professional training. Based on a scientist-practitioner model of training, the doctoral program
strives to provide students with skills in the following areas: basic psychology, counseling and
psychotherapy, psychological assessment, psychological research, and professional ethics.
The Counseling Psychology program is committed to fostering both knowledge of and
appreciation for diversity in ourselves and our professional activities. This commitment is
expressed by our inclusion of multicultural topics throughout the training program, including
counseling psychology core courses, practicum experiences and courses which focus primarily on
diversity. In addition, the counseling psychology program strongly encourages applications for
admission from member of diverse groups, including racial and ethnic minorities,
gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgendered people, people with physical disabilities, non-traditional ages,
all socioeconomic groups, and members of other traditionally under represented groups.
The program recognizes the importance of both personal and professional development as integral
aspects of training counseling psychology students. Additionally, the program is generalist in
nature -- i.e., while remaining anchored in the basic values of the discipline, enough breadth and
flexibility is available for students to tailor training experiences to match their interests as well as
the demands of a changing marketplace. Finally, the program seeks to establish a training
environment that is conducive to promoting a positive learning experience.
Students in this training program are urged to obtain applied experience in a variety of settings and
to seek out opportunities for teaching and research collaboration. Graduates of the program are
employed in many settings, e.g., university counseling centers, V.A. hospitals and outpatient
clinics, community mental health centers, psychiatric and medical hospitals, correctional facilities,
university or college academic departments, and private practice.
The basic philosophical tenets and core values of our training program are as follows:
I. We believe in the importance and value in training our students to be scientist-practitioners
in the fullest sense of the term.
II. We believe in fostering a full appreciation of diversity in our students and in ourselves.
III. We believe in fostering the professional and personal development of our students.
IV. We believe in maintaining a professional environment that is supportive, collaborative and
From these program philosophies, the following basic training goals and associated objectives are
A. Students will be trained to become effective scientists and practitioners, and will
understand how science and practice influence each other.
1. Students will learn scientific methods and statistics.
2. Students will learn counseling theories and methods.
3. Students will learn how science and practice interact to benefit each other.
B. Students will exit our program with an understanding of and appreciation for the myriad
differences between people.
1. Students will experience an environment that values diversity in all people.
2. Students will gain knowledge, experience, and skills related to diversity.
C. Students will develop a sense of themselves as counseling psychologists and further
their understanding of themselves as individuals.
1. Students will develop their own theoretical orientation.
2. Students will develop an understanding of the professional identity of counseling
3. Students will further their understanding of themselves as individuals, and gain an
awareness of how this affects their work as a counseling psychologist.
D. Students will experience a graduate training environment that is supportive of
themselves and their work, that fosters collaboration among students and between students
and faculty, and that teaches and models ethical behavior.
1. Students will experience a supportive atmosphere both with other students and with
2. Students will experience a collaborative learning environment both with other
students and with faculty.
3. Students will learn and follow the ethical principles and guidelines of the profession
in all areas of their scholarly, teaching, and applied activities.
This program handbook is a major resource which outlines the process by which doctoral students
can achieve these goals. Plus, frequent meetings with academic advisors enhance this process. As
outlined in this handbook, counseling psychology doctoral students are required to successfully
complete certain courses to fulfill department core requirements and certain courses to fulfill
counseling psychology division requirements. In addition, each student will successfully complete
a written qualifying examination, a preliminary examination research requirement (commonly
called a “second-year project”), and a dissertation. Students participate in practicum experiences
beginning in the fall of their second year in the program, and are required to complete a year-long
internship before graduation. For students beginning the program with no related graduate work, it
usually takes a minimum of five years of full-time work to complete these requirements.
Academic Advisors (Counseling Program)
Each new student in the counseling psychology program is assigned an academic advisor. The
academic advisor will advise the student on his or her curricular plans during the student's
graduate career and will serve as the student's initial research advisor. Initial academic advisor
assignments usually result in good working relationships that last throughout the doctoral program.
However, students can switch advisors at any time, given the agreement of the anticipated next
advisor, who must also be within the core counseling faculty. A student may change academic
advisors by consulting with the anticipated next academic advisor, the student’s current academic
advisor, and, if needed, the division director.
When the student is forming his/her dissertation committee, he or she may choose as dissertation
chair any full-time faculty member in the Department of Psychology who is also a member of the
graduate faculty of Texas Tech University. If the student's choice of chairperson is not in the
counseling division, the student will retain her/his academic advisor. If the dissertation chairperson
is in the counseling division then he or she also serves as the student's academic advisor. The
student's original academic advisor, as assigned during his or her first year, may or may not
become the student's dissertation chairperson; the choice of a dissertation chair is perhaps the most
important decision a student makes during graduate school and should not be limited by
administrative advisory arrangements set up early in the student's graduate career.
The dissertation chairperson and the student will select an advisory committee as prescribed in the
section on dissertations in this handbook.
It will be the responsibility of each student to keep his or her academic advisor posted on his or her
activity and ensure that the academic advisor is aware of his or her progress. It is also the
responsibility of each student to have registration materials approved and signed by faculty. A
copy of all significant records pertaining to each student's progress should be kept in the student's
file. The student's file is in the Psychology office. With proper notice, the student may inspect
his/her file at any time, although certain materials may not be inspected (e.g., letters of reference
which were solicited as confidential). The academic advisor or division director or his/her
designated agent will determine which materials in the student's file may not be inspected by the
Annual Review of Students
At least once each year, usually towards the end of the spring semester, each student's progress
towards completion of the degree is evaluated. These evaluations may differ among programs, but
each has the goal of providing the student with feedback about his/her progress in meeting
Graduate School, Department, and Program requirements. Note. For experimental students in their
fourth and later years and for clinical and counseling students in their fifth and later years in their
programs, a copy of this evaluation is forwarded to the Graduate School as part of their mandated
review of progress of advanced students.
The progress of all counseling students is monitored on a continuing basis while they are in
the training program. Additionally, a formal year-end evaluation is conducted at the end of
each spring semester. A memo which includes the Department Scholarship Application (see
Appendix A) is provided to all students which asks them to describe their program-relevant
activities for the past year in several specific areas, e.g., courses, research, work assignments.
A memo is also distributed to all department faculty seeking their comments on student
performance over the past year. Counseling faculty meet the day after classes end to review
the progress of all students matriculated in the program. After feedback from counseling
faculty, department faculty, and other relevant supervisors has been discussed, each
student’s academic advisor provides a written summary of feedback to the student. The
student signs the written evaluation, which indicates they have read it, and returns it to their
academic advisor, who files this signed evaluation in the student’s file in the Psychology
Office. Students experiencing serious difficulties will be counseled by the division director.
Registration and Enrollment
Students should know that the primary issue regarding enrollment and credit hours is the accrual
of doctoral credit hours subsidized by the state. The maximum number of doctoral credits is 99
for Experimental students and 129 for Clinical and Counseling students. These hours start to
accrue after the first 30 hours of graduate enrollment, but begin to accrue immediately if one
enters with a Master’s degree. Also, these hours accrue for any course in which one has been
enrolled through the 12th class day, so at times (e.g., because of dropping a class later in the
semester, or for having received a CR in a course) the actual accrued hours may not be reflected
on one’s transcript. The major consequence for a student exceeding 99 (or 129 for Clinical or
Counseling students) doctoral credit hours is that s/he will pay tuition at out-of-state rates
regardless of actual state of residency.
A. Minimum Enrollment Requirements
1. General requirement for minimum enrollment for all graduate students. Students are required to
be enrolled for a minimum of 9 hours during each long semester, and for a minimum total of 6
hours during the summer (these may be accrued during either SSI, SSII, or for both).
2. Dissertation credits. Upon the formation of an active dissertation committee, students ordinarily
enroll for 3 hours of Psy. 8000 with the committee chairperson during each long semester. Also,
students are required to enroll for a minimum of 2 hours (total) of Psy. 8000 with each non-chair
committee member during the course of the dissertation, typically 1 hour each in the semesters of
proposal and defense. Students must enroll for a minimum of 3 credits in Psy. 8000 each summer.
The distribution of these credits across summer sessions and committee members should be agreed
upon by the chairperson (and possibly other committee members).
Note: Students must adhere to the above two general requirements for minimum enrollment unless
they qualify for one of the following exceptions.
B. Exceptions to Minimum Enrollment Requirements
Caution: Required minimum enrollments as presented in this Section may be insufficient for
purposes of University employment, or for various financial assistance and student loan programs.
Students who are employed by the Department or the University (including the HSC) or who
receive a scholarship, must take at least 9 credit hours in a long semester. The Department will
attempt to help students with supporting statements when warranted, but each student needs to be
thoroughly aware of the requirements of his or her financial assistance programs.
a) The expression "all requirements" in this section means as follows: i) The student has
completed (including completing any incomplete grades) all required departmental and
divisional course work, as well as any other courses included in the student’s “Program for the
Doctoral Degree.” ii) The student has passed the qualifying exam and has been admitted to
doctoral candidacy. iii) The student has a signed dissertation proposal.
b) “Successful dissertation defense” means the dissertation committee has passed the candidate
on the oral defense. Further revisions of the dissertation document may (and typically are)
required by the committee before the dissertation document is finally accepted by the
committee. All revisions required by the committee at defense must be completed and
approved by the committee prior to submission of the document to the Graduate School.
c) “Final acceptance” of the dissertation means approval of the document with any required
revisions by both the committee and the Graduate School.
1. Clinical or counseling graduate students who have a signed dissertation proposal and have
completed all requirements except either the defense or final acceptance of the dissertation
and possibly except internship:
a) Long semesters prior to and including the semester of dissertation defense and during which
the student is not on internship: The minimum enrollment is 6 credits each long semester. See
b) Long semesters following successful dissertation defense but prior to final acceptance of the
dissertation by the committee and during which the student is not on internship: The student
must register for a minimum of 3 dissertation credits (Psy. 8000) each long semester.
c) Long semesters prior to final acceptance of the dissertation by the committee (including
semesters prior to and including the dissertation defense) and during which the student is on
internship: The student must register for a minimum of 3 dissertation credits (Psy. 8000) and
an additional 1 hour of internship credit during each long semester.
d) For long semesters following final acceptance of the dissertation by the committee but prior to
final acceptance of the dissertation document by the graduate school, the student must register
for a minimum of 1 dissertation credit (Psy. 8000) each long semester. If on internship, the
student must also register for an additional one hour of internship credit.
e) Summer sessions prior to final acceptance of the dissertation by the committee (including
semesters prior to and including the dissertation defense): A combined minimum of 3
dissertation credits (Psy. 8000) during the summer (either SSI, SSII, or combined) is required.
During summer sessions for which the student is on internship, the student must additionally
register for 1 hour of internship credit each summer session. Thus, if on internship, the
minimum enrollment is ordinarily a total of 5 credit hours during the summer. Students who
defend during the summer should make sure that the minimum 2 hours total credits with each
non-chair committee member (see A.2 above) is satisfied during or prior to the summer
f) Summer sessions following final acceptance of the dissertation by the committee but prior to
final acceptance of the dissertation document by the graduate school, the student must register
for a minimum of 1 dissertation credit (Psy. 8000) during either SSI or SSII. If on internship,
the student must also register for an additional one hour of internship credit each summer
Note: Each graduate program may impose enrollments above this minimum.
2. Clinical or Counseling graduate students on program-approved internships during semesters
following final acceptance of the dissertation: Such students will be required to enroll for 1 hour
of internship credit each long semester and each summer session.
3. If a Clinical or Counseling graduate student has completed all requirements except internship
(i.e., the dissertation, with any revisions, has been accepted by the committee and the graduate
school) and there is a hiatus between such completion and the start of the internship, the student
may enroll during that hiatus for the minimum of 1 hour per long semester and at least once each
summer as required by the Graduate School.
4. Students in the Experimental Psychology Programs who have a signed dissertation proposal and
have completed all requirements except either the defense or final acceptance of the dissertation:
g) Long semesters prior to and including the semester of dissertation defense: The minimum
enrollment is 6 credits each long semester. See A.2.
h) Long semesters following successful dissertation defense but prior to final acceptance of the
dissertation: The student must register for a minimum of 3 dissertation credits (Psy. 8000) each
i) Summer sessions prior to final acceptance of the dissertation document by the Graduate
School: A combined minimum of 3 dissertation credits (Psy. 8000) during the summer (either
SSI, SSII, or combined) is required. Students who defend during the summer should make sure
that the minimum 2 hours total credits with each non-chair committee member (see A.2 above)
is satisfied during or prior to summer sessions.
Note: The experimental graduate programs may impose enrollments above this minimum.
5. Enrollment through graduation: A graduate student in any of the three divisions who has
completed all requirements (including the internship if in Clinical or Counseling) including final
acceptance of the dissertation should enroll for a minimum of one hour (typically of Psy. 8000)
through the semester of graduation (this is a graduate school requirement).
6. Note: The Department Executive Committee has the authority (upon being presented with a
request signed by the student) to reduce the Department’s minimum enrollment. If the Executive
Committee does not approve such a request, the student may then consider the usual departmental
Written approval of the student’s academic advisor is necessary if a student drops a course after
the 12th class day of the semester and thereby falls below the required minimum enrollment. If
possible, additional credits (e.g., Psy 7000) should be added to maintain full enrollment and full-
time commitment to the program, and eligibility for fellowships and assistantships. If additional
enrollment is not possible and the student’s funding requires full-time enrollment, a memo
requesting an exception to Graduate School minimum enrollment requirements should be
submitted for signatures to the academic advisor, the division director, and the Director of
Graduate Studies who will forward it to the Graduate School. If one of these parties does not sign
the request, the student must employ the usual department petitioning procedures in order to gain
approval for the reduced enrollment.
Students are urged to follow the Preregistration procedures so the Department will be able to
assess the efficiency with which it offers particular courses. Even if a student has to defer formal
preregistration because of financial constraints, we expect such students to fill out the registration
forms and to deliver them to their program directors so that an assessment can be made. Because
graduate courses have requirements for minimum numbers of enrolled students, you are expected
to actually take courses for which you have preregistered, or those you have indicated you will
Department Core Courses
All doctoral students in Psychology are subject to the following requirements:
The graduate core statistics requirement for the Psychology Department is completion with a grade
of B or better three graduate level statistics courses taken within the Department of Psychology.
This will include Psy. 5380, Psy. 5347 and one advanced/specialized course. Students who have
approved transfer courses for one of the basic courses (Psy. 5380 or Psy. 5347) should take the
other plus one of the advanced/specialized courses within the department to satisfy the
departmental statistics core. Students who have concerns about their level of preparation should
carefully consider whether to take an intermediate or leveling statistics course (Psy. 4380) prior to
taking the three graduate level statistics courses to satisfy the core requirement.
Basic graduate statistics courses:
PSY 5380 Experimental Design
PSY 5347 Advanced Correlational Methods and Factor Analysis
PSY 5348 Multivariate Statistics
PSY 5360 Structural Equation Models
PSY 5367 Analysis of Single Subject and Time Ordered Designs
1. Students desiring to obtain transfer credit for graduate courses completed prior to entering one
of the graduate programs in the Department of Psychology should use the Transfer Credit Petition
2. Students who transfer in graduate courses for both Psy. 5347 and Psy. 5380 are required to take
only one of the advanced/specialized courses.
3. Students transferring in a graduate statistics course (for Psy. 5347 or 5380) taken prior to
entering one of the graduate programs in the Department of Psychology may, at their discretion,
opt to nevertheless complete three graduate statistics courses in the Department of Psychology and
use these three on their degree plan.
4. Psy. 5347 and Psy. 5380 must be completed within 24 months of the official enrollment in a
doctoral program in Psychology at TTU. If an intermediate or leveling statistics course is taken
first, this deadline may be extended to the end of the Fall semester of the third year. The
advanced/ specialized course(s) should be completed prior to graduation.
5. Summary of basic statistics sequences including typical timing of sequence:
Psy. 5380: Fall or Spring of first year.*
Psy. 5347: Spring of first year or Fall of second year.*
Advanced/specialized course: Prior to graduation.
*Some years this course may not be offered both semesters. Students should check on course
scheduling when making plans.
Students should complete one course from each of the following four categories with a grade of B
or better before graduation:
Cognitive Bases of Behavior:
PSY. 5352: Seminar in Learning Theory
PSY. 5356: Seminar in Cognition
PSY. 5354: Seminar in Perception
Developmental Bases of Behavior:
PSY. 5336: Child and Adolescent Development
PSY. 5303: Developmental Psychopathology
PSY. 5385: Life Span Development: Psychobiological and Cognitive Processes in
HDFS 5310: Theories of Human Development
HDFS 5317: Adolescent Development
Biological Bases of Behavior:
PSY. 5309: Clinical Neuropsychology
PSY. 5351: Psychophysiology
PSY. 5382: Psychopharmacology of Psychoactive Drugs
IE 5303: Work Physiology
Note to Clinical and Counseling students: IE 5303 may not satisfy APA requirements for
biological bases or state licensure requirements in this area. Consult with your advisor.
Social Bases of Behavior:
PSY. 5328: Seminar in Social Psychology
PSY. 5327: Seminar in Social Cognition
PSY. 5330: Attitudes and Attitude Change
PSY. 5340: Automaticity and Control in Social Behavior
Note. Students should make sure they meet the necessary prerequisites for each of the above
courses selected to meet the core requirement before registering for that course.
Courses which are taken in order to fulfill department or program requirements, except for PSY
5002, PSY 5004, and PSY 7000, cannot be taken as Pass/Fail or audited.
Course Requirements (Counseling Program)
A. Psychology Core
Please refer to previous sections for a description of the departmental core requirements.
B. Counseling Psychology Core (required--21 hours)
1. PSY 5316 -- Introduction To Counseling Psychology
2. PSY 5334 -- Advanced Counseling Psychology
3. PSY 5306 -- Seminar in Contemporary Professional Issues
4. PSY 5345 -- Research Seminar in Clinical and Counseling Psychology
5. PSY 5338 -- Seminar in Psychopathology
6. PSY 5396 -- Counseling and Psychotherapy with Special Populations or PSY 5398 Ethnic
Minority and Community Interventions or PSY 5337 – Counseling Women
7. PSY 5308 -- Mental Health And Employment (Vocational Psychology)
C. Assessment (required -- 6 hours)
1. PSY 5304 -- Practicum in Intelligence Testing
2. PSY 5315 -- Objective Personality Assessment
D. Counseling/Therapy/Electives (required -- 3 Hours)
1. PSY 5314 -- Projective Testing
2. PSY 5309 -- Neuropsychological Assessment
3. PSY 5313 -- Practicum in Integrated Assessment Approaches
4. PSY 5322 -- Family Counseling
5. PSY 5323 -- Group Counseling and Psychotherapy
6. PSY 5382 -- Psychopharmacology (when it can be offered)
7. PSY 5390 -- Dynamic Psychotherapy
8. PSY 5333 -- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
9. Courses in psychology or relevant department in pertinent topic area as formally
announced and offered (e.g., supervision practicum) (consultation with academic advisor
E. PSY 5350 -- History and Systems of Psychology
F. Research (required -- 6 hours of PSY 7000)
Individual study and research courses (PSY 5001, 7000) may be arranged with faculty
members. It is expected that students working on a research project will be enrolled in PSY
7000 with the professor directing and/or supervising the research.
G. Practica (required -- five enrollments of 3 hours each, plus one hour of pre-practicum; two
consecutive summer term enrollments may be counted as one practicum.)
PSY 5002 -- Advanced Practicum in Counseling and Clinical Psychology. One enrollment of
the five required practica must be at the Texas Tech University Counseling Center. At least
three enrollments must be in the Psychology Clinic. If a student who has completed the entire
practicum sequence so requests, one additional practicum may be designated as training in
practicum supervision. One enrollment of one credit in a pre-practicum (PSY 5002) in the
spring of the first year of graduate study is also required.
Although the faculty do not encourage enrolling in more than two practica each semester, it is
understood that students may on occasion wish to do this. Students wishing to complete
practicum at three (3) or more sites, or exceed 20 hours of practicum, must request written
permission from the faculty to do so. You should submit your request to the practicum
coordinator who will forward your request to the faculty. The faculty will vote on your
request and you will be notified in writing by the practicum coordinator of the outcome of the
Minimum enrollment requirement for summer practicum is two credit hours each session.
Keep precise records of all practicum hours -- therapy, individual supervision, and group
supervision. Also, keep track of the number and types of assessments which you have done,
the types of clients -- children, adults, couples, etc.; and the types of presenting problems --
developmental, interpersonal, acting out, etc. You will need very specific records to facilitate
the completion of internship applications. Program faculty developed forms to assist you with
keeping track of your practicum hours. These forms should be signed by your practicum
supervisor and placed in your permanent file (i.e., you should have a record of all practicum
hours from all practicum sites in your permanent file). Complete departmental files are
helpful to the faculty when they are asked to write letters of recommendation.
Regarding who must register for practicum credit:
Students must register for practicum credit if they are doing practicum in the Psychology
Clinic or the Counseling Center.
The following circumstances DO NOT require that students register for practicum with the
Counseling Program, provided the students do not describe themselves as “psychologists” or
their work as “psychological” in any way. Hours accumulated in any of these settings cannot
be counted as “practicum” hours on any documentation including internship and licensing
1. Students who have jobs anywhere that involve work under another license that the
student holds, e.g., LPC, LCDC (Sec. 501.004.a.3, 501.004.b of 1999 Texas Licensing
2. Students who are volunteering or working for a charitable not-for-profit organization,
e.g., Rape Crisis Center, CONTACT Lubbock (Sec. 501.004.5 of July, 1999, Texas
3. Students who are working as a “recognized member of the clergy” and acting within
their ministerial capabilities (Sec. 501.004.a.4 of July, 1999, Texas Licensing Act)
In any other circumstances where students are providing mental health services, including
Montford, Lubbock Regional MHMR, and the Health Sciences Center, they must be
registered for practicum credit with the Counseling Program, regardless of whether they are
getting paid or volunteering. The student’s provision of such services must fall under his or
her “supervised course of study,” and thus the student must register for practicum.
1. Students in these circumstances may use the word “psychological” to describe
themselves as long as they have a “title that clearly indicates the person’s training status,”
e.g., Psychologist in Training. (Sec. 501.004.a.2.A,B,C of July, 1999, Texas Licensing
2. Students in these circumstances must register for one (1) additional credit of practicum
each long semester and summer session for each external practicum placement in which
they are providing services in these circumstances, regardless of the students’ other
registrations for practicum. This will ensure that the student and the Counseling Program
can demonstrate compliance with the State Licensing requirements.
If you are delivering mental health services outside of the university and are required to
register for one credit of practicum each term for this service delivery, you are strongly
encouraged to purchase the Clinic liability insurance to cover your work at this external site,
if you have not already done so. If you are delivering mental health services outside of the
university and are not required to register for practicum credit, it is incumbent upon you to
find out if you have liability coverage through your work site. If you do not have this
coverage, you are strongly encouraged to register for one credit of practicum each term and
purchase the coverage through the clinic. You must be registered for credit of practicum each
term (over and above any other practicum registrations) for the Clinic policy to cover your
external work. Alternatively, you may purchase liability insurance through APA at a
relatively low cost.
External Practicum Applications
Both potential external practicum sites and potential external practicum students must receive
approval by the counseling psychology faculty before the student is allowed to begin work at
a particular site. Therefore, students are encouraged to initiate the application process early, to
allow ample time for both themselves and their prospective sites if these sites have not been
previously approved by the Counseling Psychology faculty, to move through the application
Although students are not required to reapply for an external practicum in subsequent
semesters, they must notify the Practicum Coordinator prior to each academic term (including
summers) as to their status in the external practicum during that term.
Applying for External Practicum Site Approval:
1. Sites request an application from the Practicum Coordinator. Completed applications
should include a practicum description and supervisors’ vitae.
2. Sites submit completed application materials to the Practicum Coordinator.
3. The Practicum Coordinator distributes the information to the Counseling Psychology
faculty, who then vote on approval/disapproval of the site.
4. The Practicum Coordinator notifies the site regarding the Counseling Psychology
Applying for External Practicum Placement Approval:
1. After a student has been offered a position that requires enrollment for external
practicum, that student must obtain an application for external practicum from the
Practicum Coordinator. This application must be completed by the proposed external
2. The completed application is returned to the Practicum Coordinator.
3. The Practicum Coordinator distributes the information to the Counseling Psychology
faculty, who then vote on approval/disapproval of the student’s application.
4. The Practicum Coordinator notifies the student regarding the Counseling Psychology
H. Dissertation (12 hours minimum)
PSY 8000 -- Doctoral Dissertation. In addition to the PSY 8000 enrollment with his or her
dissertation chairperson, a student will be expected to enroll for PSY 8000 credits with each
member of the doctoral advisory committee. It is expected that students will be enrolled in
PSY 8000 every semester until graduation after he/she has been admitted to candidacy for the
doctorate. Upon the formation of an active dissertation committee, students are required to
sign up for 3 hours with the committee chairperson each semester, and are required to sign up
for minimum of 2-hours (total) with each non-chair committee member during the course of
the dissertation, normally in the semesters of proposal and defense. Faculty in departments
other than Psychology may or may not require the student to enroll for PSY 8000 or
equivalent courses in their departments; each student must determine his/her committee's
preferences in this regard. When a student defends the dissertation and submits the final copy
to the Graduate School before completing internship, continued enrollment for dissertation
credits is not required so long as the student continues to enroll in internship credits until
Students may choose to take a minor. Within-department minors are commonly taken in the
areas of industrial/organizational, developmental, social, statistics, human factors, clinical,
neuropsychology, community, or health psychology, but any approved minor course sequence
may be presented to fulfill this requirement. See information later in Handbook.
J. Internship (4 hours)
Psy 5004 -- Internship. Students must take an internship for one calendar year; 1800 hours is
the minimum number of hours acceptable to satisfy this requirement. Students should sign up
for 1 credit hour of internship each semester including the two summer sessions they are in
the field (a total of 4 hours of enrollment in PSY 5004 is required).
Enrollment for PSY 5004 shall begin at least in the fall semester of the internship year
(students can enroll earlier, if so desired), and shall proceed through the subsequent spring
semester and the subsequent first and second summer sessions. This will ensure that the end
of PSY 5004 enrollment coincides with the end of the internship experience, which will
facilitate grading and subsequent matriculation.
K. Hours required
The number of hours required to complete the program may vary from person to
Psychology core 21 hours
Counseling core 21 hours
Assessment 6 hours
Counseling electives 3 hours
History and Systems 3 hours
Practica 16 hours
Research (PSY 7000) 6 hours or more
Internship 4 hours
Dissertation 12 hours or more
Total 92 hours or more
Filing the Program for the Doctoral Degree
An official form called "Program for the Doctoral Degree" must be filed with the Graduate School
during your first year of study to allow the University to document you as a doctoral student. The
form is available in room 119. This form may be revised from time-to-time, but the initial version
must contain any approved transfer courses. Consult with the Director of your division for details.
Filing of Statement of Intent to Graduate
The Graduate School requires students to initiate the submission of the official form called
“Statement of Intent to Graduate” to the Graduate School. Students need to do this early in the
semester of graduation (see Graduate School for specific deadlines each semester). Students need
to re-submit this form to the Graduate School in succeeding semesters if they do not graduate.
Prequalifying Examination Research Requirements
Prior to taking the qualifying examination, each student will be required to complete at least one
three-hour enrollment in PSY 7000 Research, and to complete an empirical study that is deemed
appropriate by a two-person faculty committee (including the student's faculty advisor). The two-
person faculty committee may consist of any two members of the psychology graduate faculty.
For this requirement to be met, upon completion of the project, the student must submit the
Prequalifying Examination Research (7000) Form, with the appropriate signatures, to his/her
program director, who files this form in the student’s departmental folder. Alternatively, this
written requirement may be met by a student submitting a formal Master's Thesis in psychology.
In implementing this requirement, the faculty recognize that research problems differ, and that the
report on file may differ from the final report. Students who have conducted independent research
elsewhere at the graduate level, or who have completed a Master's thesis in psychology may wish
to submit these for approval in order to meet the requirement. Those who obtain approval for
previous research will have this written requirement waived.
Each student also is required to make a brief, ungraded, oral presentation of the research used to
satisfy the above written requirement. The oral presentation should be made only after the full
results of the study are available and should include as much of these results, and their
interpretation, as is feasible given time constraints during the presentation. The student making
most timely progress will have completed his/her research in time to present during the Spring
semester of his/her second year. If not, the oral presentation must be completed no later than the
first long semester following the completion of the written portion of the prequalifying exam.
The schedule for the oral presentations will be developed early during the Fall and Spring
You are urged to read the general Graduate School policies with respect to qualifying
examinations. Additionally, doctoral students in Psychology will be permitted to take the
qualifying examination only when they have completed all core courses within a 24-month time
limit (5347 and 5380), and the written portions of the Prequalifying examination research
Students are admitted to candidacy by the Graduate School after both major (Psychology) and, if
any, minor qualifying examinations have been completed. Other requirements for admission to
candidacy are given in the Graduate Catalog. You should familiarize yourself with all of the
Graduate School requirements, especially those that limit the time to complete your degree. Those
policies may change from time-to-time, but in any event, the Psychology Department is
particularly concerned that you make expeditious progress towards the completion of all
Qualifying Examination Procedures (Counseling Program)
The written Ph.D. qualifying examination is administered in the spring semester of each year.
Students need to be aware of their colleagues' plans to take the examinations, and they need to
work with their elected student representatives so that information flow from students to the
director and from the director to the students is efficient, accurate, and complete.
Note: The second year research project must be read and signed off on by both readers by the last
working day of January in the semester in which the qualifying exam will be taking. The
qualifying exam occurs the Monday and Wednesday following spring break.
The written qualifying examinations will:
1. Adhere to and reflect the scientist-practitioner approach to counseling psychology in
emphasizing clear and cogent linkages among observation and inference, theory and
2. Attend consistently and equally to the core areas of counseling psychology, that is:
A) Counseling theory and practice
B) Vocational counseling and career development
C) Research issues
D) Professional issues
Students are encouraged to begin planning for qualifying exams early in their doctoral experience.
They should talk with other students about their preparation to facilitate the organization of
material, and the reading and studying of relevant literature throughout the doctoral program.
Preparation for qualifying examinations should be complemented by didactic classes and by
practicum and research experiences. However, such preparation should require independent work
over an extended period of time in order to acquire a thorough and integrated understanding of
counseling psychology including its psychological roots, theoretical bases, research findings and
Students will work with the exam proctor to set up and maintain anonymity throughout the
examination and evaluation process. Students will receive identifying numbers, which will be
placed on all written qual responses, etc.
Assignment of readings and development of the examination
The counseling psychology written qualifying exams will be developed and evaluated by the
counseling psychology faculty. The program faculty has met and decided on a comprehensive
body of readings in each of four areas. While these readings will be updated regularly, an effort
will be made to generate a relatively stable, recurrent set of central references. This will allow
students to begin their preparation for qualifying examinations early in their doctoral stay with
some confidence that most readings will apply at the time of taking the examination. The reading
list will be distributed to the students during the fall semester preceding the spring in which
examinations are to be taken. Note: The reading list references are suggested, not required. There
also will likely be other references that you find you want to read that do not appear on this list.
Different combinations of faculty will be involved in each of the four sections of the examination,
with a minimum of two assigned to each in a way that maximizes faculty strengths in each area.
The composition of each group will not become public knowledge. The small groups of faculty
will formulate two questions in each of the four content areas, with one question in each area to be
answered during the exam.
The counseling psychology faculty member who is currently serving as graduate admissions chair
for the program will also serve as proctor for the written qualifying examination. The proctor and
program director will be involved in providing information concerning the written quals process
before the exam. The proctor will be available on both qual exam days and any retake exam days
to consult with students about problems during the exam and to make sure standardized exam
procedures are followed. The proctor will also be available following the exam and possible
retakes for students to approach with concerns or questions. To prevent threats to student
anonymity during the grading process, the proctor will not grade any written qualifying exam or
retake answers for that year.
Administration of the examination
Students will have eight hours, distributed over two mornings of work, to write their examination
answers. Students desiring to do so may use a word processor, with prior arrangement and
appropriate monitoring, to write their answers. The present procedures to maintain anonymity (i.e.,
code numbers) and for typing of responses will continue. Examination questions will be available
for all interested students after the examination. Exam materials will be received from and
returned to the department's business manager.
Students will submit their four typewritten answers (one answer for each section) along with four
lists of the references cited in each answer. If a reference has been cited incorrectly in the text of
the answer, that should be noted in the reference list next to the correct reference, e.g., ("cited in
document as..."). These answers will be read and evaluated by a minimum of two content group
faculty for each of the four sections of the examination. Each faculty member will independently
evaluate the answers to a given section according to a "1" to "5" scale with 1 being poor and 5
An average grade of at least "3" for each section answer must be obtained in order for the student
to pass the entire examination. An average of at least "3" for a given section answer must be
obtained in order for the student to pass that section.
Regarding rater scoring, any discrepancy between raters’ scores equal to or greater than 1.5 points
will be discussed by the raters to determine the reason for the discrepancy. Based on this meeting,
raters may adjust their score or keep them the same. If there is a discrepancy of 1.5 or greater on a
students’ rewrite when taking the qualifying examination for the second time (this would be for
the fall sitting), and this discrepancy can’t be rectified by a discussion of the raters, a third rater
will review the answer and an average of the three scores will be utilized as the total score.
Student’s will be provided with each rater’s final score, as well as the total score.
An average of less than "3" and greater than or equal to "2" for a section answer will result in a
"conditional pass" for a section. Students receiving a conditional pass for a section will be required
to repeat that section by answering the same question, with the repeat evaluation to take place
within two weeks (or as soon thereafter as possible) following announcement of the results for the
initial examination. Rather than an extended period of additional preparation, the purpose of
repeating sections for conditionally passed examinations is to clarify student knowledge in a given
area. This repeated evaluation is called a "retake." If a retake does not earn an average grade of at
least "3" for the section/s attempted, that section will be considered as failed. See below for
On the first attempt, an average grade of less than"2" for a section answer will result in a "fail" for
that section. Students failing sections of the examination may retake these sections in the
following fall semester, with their preparation focusing on the original reading list and such
intervening material (e.g., journal issues) as is indicated. In the case of a failed section, the student
will be given new examination questions in their next attempt. If the second attempt is also failed,
the student will be considered to have failed the qualifying examination in full.
A. Failure of the qualifying examination is reported to the Graduate Dean as failure of one
attempt at qualifying examinations. Failure on the second attempt constitutes a second failure
of the qualifying examinations and results in the removal of the student from the doctoral
B. A student who fails the qualifying examination or a section of the qualifying examination
must retake only the section/s which she/he failed.
C. If a student fails a section of the exam, he/she must wait four months before retaking the
failed section (see graduate catalog). A student may petition to have this time reduced.
D. Following a student's successful completion of the qualifying examination, the program
director will write a letter to the Dean of the Graduate School, informing him/her of that fact,
including the date completed, and recommending the student as a doctoral candidate. If a
minor has been elected the recommendation to candidacy is contingent upon successful
completion of the minor, including the minor qualifying examination.
Course Transfers and Substitutions
It may be that some graduate students have graduate level work completed already in some of the
departmental core areas before enrolling in one of our programs, and they wish to present such
work in lieu of taking courses at TTU. In such cases the procedure is:
1. Consistent with Graduate School policy, transfer credit will not ordinarily be given for courses
completed more than seven years prior to admission to a TTU Psychology graduate program. A
student who nevertheless wants such a course considered, should include with the Course Transfer
Petition a memo justifying why the information in this course should still be considered up to date.
Approval by the Department and Graduate School is required in addition to the usual Course
Transfer petition procedure.
2. The student will submit one original and one copy of the “Transfer Credit Petition for
Department of Psychology Core Course” and the requested documentation (syllabus, papers, etc.)
to the Director of Graduate Studies. The Director of Graduate Studies will forward the transfer
petition for review by one or more faculty who teach the course for which the transfer is requested.
Upon receipt of the review(s) by the course appropriate faculty, the Director of Graduate Studies
will notify the student of the decision and place a copy of the petition in the student’s
Counseling Psychology Course Transfer Procedure and Transfer Forms
A student may transfer up to 30 hours of graduate work based on work done at another
institution. Course credit is not awarded for courses which are transferred. The student
must demonstrate the equivalency of the transferred courses with courses in this curriculum
on a course by course basis. Counseling psychology course transfers are in addition to
courses transferred by the department. A student may be permitted to transfer no more
than 15 hours by the counseling psychology faculty in addition to no more than 15 hours in
the department core. If a transfer petition is not approved by the counseling faculty, the
petitioner may request to satisfy the requirement by an appropriate examination as
determined by the counseling faculty. Counseling faculty may determine that certain
courses are not subject to transfer.
The Petition for Course Transfer form (see Appendix B) has been approved by the
counseling faculty for use in petitioning for transfer and waiver of courses in the counseling
Graduate students enrolled in one of our degree programs wishing to substitute a course to be
taken in another department or university for one of our department core courses must make a
petition to that effect to the Executive Committee (EC). The petition should be made using the
Substitution Credit Petition Form with appropriate attachments from both the student and relevant
faculty. Faculty endorsements include the course-appropriate faculty member, the student's
advisor, and Program Director. “Course-appropriate faculty member” is the full-time faculty
member(s) primarily responsible for teaching that course, or, if unavailable, other faculty who
teach that or a related course. (The student should consult with the Director of Graduate Studies if
unsure as to who the relevant faculty members are.) Course substitutions must be approved in
advance of the student enrolling in the proposed substitute course. In no case will course
substitutions be considered after a student has begun or completed the substitute course in
Dissertation Procedures and Guidelines
For Counseling Psychology students, the proposal meeting must be conducted by November
1 and the proposal must be signed off by the full dissertation committee by December 1 of
the fall semester preceding internship acceptance. If November 1 or December 1 falls on a
weekend, the Monday immediately following that weekend will be the deadline.
Doctoral students in Psychology are required to complete a dissertation in compliance with the
guidelines established by the Graduate School. Consult the Graduate Catalog for details.
In fulfilling its responsibility regarding those requirements, the Psychology faculty are particularly
concerned that matters of design and statistical treatment pertaining to a dissertation are
thoroughly understood and mastered by the student.
The structure of the dissertation committee will be as follows:
1. The dissertation committee must consist of at least four faculty members.
2. The Dissertation Chairperson should be selected by mutually agreement between the student
and the director.
3. At least three additional committee members should be selected by mutual agreement among
the student, the dissertation chairperson, and those asked.
4. If there is a doctoral minor, at least one committee member must represent the minor area.
All members of the dissertation committee must be members of the Graduate Faculty unless
special permission is obtained from the Graduate Dean. The dissertation chairperson must be a
full-time member of the Psychology graduate faculty. In the infrequent event of a student having
co-chairs, one of those must be a full-time member of the Psychology graduate faculty. For the
purpose of dissertation direction, Psychology faculty serving as deans or associate deans are
considered to be full time. The required minimum number of full-time Psychology Faculty on a
dissertation committee is three. A petition for an exemption may be made by the faculty advisor
(committee chair) to the Executive Committee describing why this is not optimal for a particular
student’s dissertation committee. The dissertation committee should include at least one faculty
member from the student’s division (Clinical, Counseling, or Experimental). The dissertation
committee is considered formally constituted when the dissertation proposal (including any
revisions required by the committee during the proposal meeting) is approved and the proposal has
been signed by the entire committee. The committee chairperson should furnish a copy of the
signed proposal sheet to the division director who will then notify the Graduate School if any
changes to the degree plan are required, including the dissertation title and committee
Barring exceptional circumstances (not just for scheduling convenience) the committee
membership will not be changed following the filing of an approved proposal. If such exceptional
circumstances occur and these circumstance are not covered by other procedures in this or other
relevant University manuals (e.g., alleged sexual harassment), the following procedure should be
used. First, the student should attempt to resolve the issue with the involved committee member. If
this is unsuccessful, the student, involved faculty member, and dissertation committee chair should
meet and attempt to resolve the issue(s). If the matter remains unresolved, the student may then
file an appeal with the Director of Graduate Studies outlining the exceptional circumstances and
the previous attempts at resolution. The Director of Graduate Studies will convene a committee of
at least three faculty members, ordinarily including at least one from the student’s division, to
investigate the matter. The decision of this committee will stand unless the student or involved
committee member appeals in writing through the Director of Graduate Studies to the Graduate
The selection of members of the dissertation committee is one of the most important decisions that
a doctoral student will have to make. Therefore, it is crucial that the choice of the dissertation
director be made first, and that the choice of all other potential members be discussed with the
director before other faculty are contacted.
TTU has prepared a book of instructions of doctoral dissertations and master's theses. It is
available at the bookstore and should be purchased before proposals are written.
1. The dissertation proposal should consist of a minimum of the Methods and Expanded Literature
Review sections. This should be a not-too-rough draft of the final version to be included in the
2. A complete copy of the proposal will be distributed to the entire committee, and a one page
abstract of the proposal distributed to all Psychology faculty at least two weeks prior to the
proposal date. The abstract should be headed by listing the names of the student and the committee
members, the title, the place, the date, and the time of the proposal meeting. At the proposal
meeting, to which all faculty and graduate students are invited, a full critical evaluation of the
proposed research will be conducted. Any changes required by the committee must be
incorporated into the proposal. Only when an approved proposal has been signed by the entire
committee, and a copy filed with the Department Chairperson (i.e., placed in the student's folder)
will the student be permitted to proceed. Any subsequent changes in the proposed research will
require approval of the committee and the filing of an approved amendment (initialed by the
committee) with the Department Chairperson (student's folder).
Anticipated Time Frame for Project
Students should anticipate that completion of the dissertation study will involve working closely
with the committee chairperson and perhaps other committee members actively involved in the
conduct of the study, analysis of results, and preparation of the written document. Also, students
should anticipate that completing the written dissertation involves preparation and revision of
multiple drafts. It is advisable for the student and chair to discuss and agree upon issues such as
the length of time needed by the chair to read and return drafts of sections or the entire document.
The final document should be approved by the committee chairperson prior to distribution to the
full committee. The student should distribute the final copy of the written dissertation to
committee members at least two weeks prior to the scheduled oral defense.
Required Format for the Written Dissertation
The Department has adopted a dissertation format (within the bounds of Graduate School
requirements) that will make it easier to develop journal versions of the dissertation research. All
dissertations will have the following form and section requirements:
1. INTRODUCTION: The introduction to the dissertation will be of such scope and length as
would normally be appropriate for the submission of that research to a professional journal. The
Department recognizes that the nature of the research and the journal targeted for submission may
affect the length of an introductory section. What would be appropriate in each case will be
decided by the student and the committee members.
2. METHOD AND RESULTS SECTIONS: Students should consider the appropriateness of
shortening the traditionally long Method and Results sections so as to make them more
appropriate for journal submission. The dissertation document should, however, contain all
pertinent information, and, as indicated below, there may be appendices for less than essential
details of methods and results.
3. EXPANDED LITERATURE REVIEW AND HISTORICAL FOUNDATIONS: Each
dissertation will have this as a REQUIRED appendix. This appendix will normally contain an
expanded, detailed literature review that might entail more of an historical review of the subject
matter, and a broader perspective of the research that was conducted.
4. OPTIONAL APPENDICES: ("Expanded Details of Method" and "Supplemental Findings and
Results"). Students should consider using these appendices when there are details of method and
supplemental, tangential, or marginal analyses or results that would not normally be appropriate
for a journal manuscript, but which are essential in demonstrating a scholarly treatment of the
5. TRADITIONAL APPENDICES: Appendices should be presented in the following order:
a. Expanded Literature (required)
b. Expanded Methods and Results (may be needed)
c. Supplemental Findings (may be needed)
d. Other appendices as needed. These may include the traditional appendices for copies of tests,
scales that were administered, task instructions, etc.
6. Each student should consult with the committee about what would be appropriate for the text
and appendices. The Department recognizes that there may be instances where a particular
dissertation may not be suited to this scheme, a historical or philosophical treatise for example. In
such instances, the student may submit a petition, endorsed by the dissertation committee
chairperson, to the Director of Graduate Studies for approval to change the format.
Defense of Dissertation
The final public, oral examination, usually over the general field of the dissertation, is required of
all candidates for the doctoral defense. It may be scheduled at any suitable time after the
dissertation (not necessarily the final version) has been approved by the candidate’s dissertation
chair or co-chairs. The defense should be announced by a flyer distributed to all faculty and posted
three weeks prior to the event. It should follow the same format as the proposal announcement, but
headed with "Announcement of Dissertation Defense." Barring exceptional circumstances, the
lead time will not be waived. Graduate students should attend several defenses during their time at
TTU to become familiar with its format and faculty expectations. You are urged to review the
Graduate Catalog for other details of the conduct of the examination.
There are several procedural details you should know. The Graduate Dean will appoint a graduate
faculty member from another department to act as the Dean's observer at the defense to assure that
procedures are followed. That individual should also receive a copy of the dissertation at least two
weeks in advance of the defense. The conduct of the defense usually proceeds with an introduction
of the candidate, after which the candidate delivers a summary (20-30 minute) review of the
research sufficient for all those present to appreciate the problem, and to understand the major
points of the method, the results and the implications of the research. Following that there will be
a period of questions from the committee, followed by questions from the general audience. After
that, the audience will be dismissed and the committee will be allowed to ask another round of
questions. When that part of the examination is completed the candidate will be asked to leave the
room while the committee considers the candidate's performance, and votes to determine the
outcome. The Dean's observer does not vote, but may voice comments during the deliberations.
The candidate is then recalled to hear the results of the deliberation.
Internships (Counseling Program)
I. Suggestions for Students in Securing an Internship
A. At least one year prior to beginning the internship, students are urged to do the following:
1. Consult with faculty
2. Consult the internship information file maintained by the Counseling Council
3. Consult the APPIC Directory (available online at http://directories.appic.org/ and
available in hardcopy in the Psychology department office)
4. Contact prospective agencies for information and application forms
5. Attend the meeting, usually held in June, with students who have recently completed the
internship application process.
B. Specific procedures and approximate timing: by mid September of the year prior to the
beginning of the internship year, choose the list of internship centers to which you will be
applying and the faculty members whom you will be asking to write letters of
recommendation. Ask faculty to assist you with determining how many applications to
submit. Do not apply anywhere that you would not be willing to go, but consider a broad
range of programs. During the last week in September at the latest, bring to your faculty
recommenders stamped and addressed envelopes (along with specific recommendation
forms if the agencies provide them). It is a much appreciated courtesy also to bring your
recommenders a current copy of your resume. Note: Procrastination means that your letters
of recommendation, qualifying exam, and final papers, exams, and grades all compete for
faculty time at the end of the semester. Both your letters and your faculty recommenders
deserve more consideration.
C. Certification for internship: Most internships ask that the program director certify the
student's eligibility for internship. In the typical case, the program director can certify
eligibility contingent upon the student's successful completion of the doctoral qualifying
examination and the dissertation proposal. Students who wish to be certified without a
contingency statement must have successfully completed qualifying examination and
dissertation proposal prior to the time of application; this is best accomplished by
completing examinations during the year prior to internship application and by remaining in
Lubbock for a dissertation year while applying for internship. A student must successfully
complete the qualifying examination before beginning the internship year. Also, a student
must conduct the dissertation proposal meeting by November 1 and the proposal must be
signed off by the full dissertation committee by December 1 of the fall semester preceding
internship acceptance. If November 1 or December 1 falls on a weekend, the Monday
immediately following that weekend will be the deadline.
D. All internships to which students apply must be APA-accredited or approved by the
program director prior to application.
II. Student-Agency Responsibility Following the Initiation of the Internship Experience
The agency will be asked to submit a formal evaluation of the trainee's work to the program
director at the mid-point and end-point of the training. Agencies are encouraged to keep lines
of communication with the program director and/or counseling faculty open at all times. The
division director will submit a grade of “P” (credit) for each internship enrollment. This will be
changed to a permanent grade upon completion of the internship.
III. Faculty Responsibility
A. Even though the internship experience is not provided by our faculty, the counseling faculty
should have an involvement in this important phase of our student's training.
B. All counseling faculty are urged to assist students in evaluating and securing potential
internships. Faculty are urged to make personal contacts, write letters, etc., On behalf of
students, without consulting the program director. Only in cases involving a potential
question would faculty be advised to discuss the matter as a group in order to develop a
consensus in regard to unusual student requests.
C. As long as grades are assigned to students at the conclusion of their internship, the
responsibility to assign grades will remain with the program director; however, the program
director is free to consult with the counseling faculty prior to assigning a grade.
D. In the event that it appears likely that a student might be unsuccessful in completing his or
her internship requirements (and, of course, failing remedial attempts), the program director
will consult with the faculty before giving a failing grade to the student.
Each year, a Counseling Psychology faculty member will serve as Internship Admissions
Coordinator to provide particular assistance to students involved in the internship application
process. Students are encouraged to work closely with this faculty member, as well as their
academic advisor and other program faculty, while they are involved in the application process.
While you are an intern, you are a student in our program; by definition, you have not yet
earned the doctorate. Therefore, you need to exercise care that your professional status and
credentials are not misrepresented. Use of the term "Doctor" either orally or in writing is not
Participation in your predoctoral internship constitutes full-time enrollment with the Graduate
School and the Financial Aid Office.
During the internship, you will need to register for two semesters and two summer sessions of
internship and dissertation (if your dissertation is still in progress). Registration can be
accomplished through the internet by accessing the Texas Tech University homepage.
Special arrangements can be made for students whose internship ends after August
commencement, who have met all other requirements for receiving the Ph.D. in August except
completion of the internship, and who wish to graduate in August. In such a situation, the
faculty member supervising the grading of PSY 5004 in Summer II (i.e., the division director or
the assigned faculty member if the division director is not teaching in Summer II) will assign a
grade of "I" (i.e., incomplete) for Summer II for such a student. This grade will be changed to
"P" once the student has satisfactorily completed the requirements of the internship, and this
completion of internship is communicated to the division director (or suitable
representative).The student will then receive their diploma with the previous August
commencement date posted. Also, students in such a situation can walk in the August
commencement ceremony, considering they make arrangements for this with the Graduate
Master's Degree for Students Enrolled in Doctoral Programs
The Department has established guidelines for doctoral students who wish to obtain the MA
degree while continuing their doctoral studies. The following MA degrees are determined by
current Coordinating Board decisions. Doctoral students in Experimental may obtain the MA in
Experimental Psychology, and doctoral students in Clinical and Counseling may obtain the MA in
The departmental requirements are as follows:
1. The student must be currently enrolled in a Ph.D. program in psychology.
2. Students may obtain a Master's degree after they have met any two of the four departmental
breadth requirements. That is, they must complete the requirements for two categories from
among "Cognitive Bases of Behavior," "Developmental Bases of Behavior," Biological Bases of
Behavior" and "Social Bases of Behavior." The requirements designated for each category (e.g., a
course may be used to satisfy a requirement only if the student has successfully completed an
undergraduate course) must be met as stated to be counted for the Master's degree.
3. At least one of the following courses from the statistics sequence (PSY 5380, 5347, or one of the
advanced/specialized statistics courses) must be completed with a grade of B or better.
4. The remaining hours (for a total of 36 for the non-thesis option, and 30 for a thesis option) will
be determined by the student's particular degree plan and/or requirements that may be imposed by
the student's graduate program. Ordinarily, the Graduate School will not accept more than two
individual studies courses (e.g., PSY 7000) as part of a Master's degree plan.
5. The written portion of the Prequalifying Examination Research Requirement must be completed.
6. In each instance, Graduate School policies are to be followed.
Filing the Degree Plan for Master’s Degree
This section pertains to students enrolled in one of the Doctoral programs who wish to obtain a
Master’s Degree along the way.
1) Upon completion of the Comprehensive Examination for the Master’s degree (the written
portion of the Prequalifying Examination Research Requirements) and all relevant coursework
required by the department and program, the student should do the following:
a) Complete the Degree Plan for the Master’s degree with the advisor or program director
and have it signed by the program director. (Note: This form is similar to the form used
for the Doctoral Degree Plan but with a different title.) The degree plan should indicate
the 36 credit hours to be used towards the Mater’s degree. See details under “Master’s
Degree for Students Enrolled in Doctoral Programs” section in this Handbook.
b) Provide the program director with a copy of the Prequalifying Exam Research (7000)
Form showing the required two signatures indicating that the 7000 Project has been
completed and approved.
c) Request (via a brief memo) that the program director notify the Graduate School of the
student’s intent to receive the Master’s degree.
The program director will forward to the Graduate School the Degree Plan as well as a letter
indicating that the Comprehensive Examination for the Master’s degree has been completed.
2) The above materials should be received by the program director no later than 1 week after the
start of the semester in which the student intends to receive the Master’s degree (or, for a summer
graduation, by the end of first week of classes of the first summer session).
3) Once the program director has notified the Graduate School that the student has completed all
requirements for the Master’s degree, the student should receive (via mail) from the Graduate
School a statement of intent to graduate. This form should be completed and returned to the
Graduate School ASAP. If the student has not received this form within one week after the above
materials were forwarded to the graduate school, he or she should call the graduate school to
request the status of this form. However, to avoid possible confusion regarding the student’s
primary status as a doctoral student, the student should avoid contacting the Graduate School about
the intent to graduate (i.e., receive the Master’s degree) prior to this.
Student Professional Identity and Membership
in Professional Associations (Counseling Program)
Students are expected to attend all classes, practicum supervision sessions, and meetings with
faculty. Class attendance is similar to job attendance and is not optional. In addition, students are
expected to dress appropriately and professionally. If you are not so attired, do not frequent the
clinic waiting room area on the first floor. Appropriate dress is even more important for students
who are TAs.
Counseling Psychology students are encouraged to become student affiliates with relevant
professional organizations. Particular stress is given to the American Psychological Association
and Division 17 (Counseling Psychology) as well as other organizations relevant to the student's
Affiliation with national organizations affords exposure to trends at the national level and
contemporary issues of major import to the profession. Affiliation with the local and area societies
gives the student the opportunity for acquaintance with the concerns and practices of both
academicians and practitioners. There is a Student Affiliate Group (SAG) of Division 17 of APA
which would be an excellent avenue into the profession for any student in counseling psychology.
The SAG can be quite helpful as the student gains an understanding of our profession and as
contacts are made for internship and professional employment. For counseling psychology interns,
there is a Division 17 New Professionals Network to help new graduates make the transition from
student to professional status. Finally, students are encouraged to follow the strong tradition at
Texas Tech of student participation in regional and national psychological conventions; if the
presentation of the student's own research is not possible in a given year, then attendance is still a
desirable activity which should prove useful to continuing professional development.
A minor area of specialization, if elected, must contain 15 hours outside the major, and must be
declared on the degree plan. If such a formal minor is declared, it must be represented (an
appropriate committee member) on the Dissertation Committee, and must be covered on the
qualifying examination. Consult the Graduate Catalog for further details.
Please note the following:
1. As implemented by the Department, a minor may be completed outside the area of
specialization but within the department, outside the department entirely, or by some approved
combination of departmental and extra-departmental courses.
2. There is no generic minor in clinical psychology, but graduate students with appropriate
preparation may select courses (such as neuropsychology and psychopathology) taught by clinical
faculty as electives and as courses to apply toward specific minors. Selection of such courses is
subject to these restrictions:
a. The procedure for "Outside Area Courses" (see below) must be followed.
b. Clinical practicum courses (PSY 5318 and those sections of PSY 5002 taught by clinical
faculty) are reserved for clinical students. Clinical and counseling graduate students have first
priority in other courses with a practicum component (PSY 5304, 5309, 5310, 5314, 5315). Many
clinical courses are taught as seminars, so faculty may limit the enrollment of students other than
clinical and counseling students. Please ask the permission of the faculty member before enrolling
in a course taught by a clinical faculty member.
3. Consult with the Director of the counseling program for minors in that program.
4. For students in other programs, a minor in experimental psychology or in one of the
subspecialities in experimental psychology consists of a coherent set of five courses taught by
experimental faculty and approved by a minor advisor from among the experimental faculty.
Outside of Area Courses
The Department has a policy to handle student requests to take certain outside area courses that the
student and his/her advisor deem to be educationally valuable given the student's career plans and
needs. This policy augments and does not replace current provisions for minors from non-area,
within-department students (typically, these minors do not specify the possibility of practica
offerings, or the didactic prerequisites for such practica).
For students who wish to customize their training via enrollment in courses in other divisions (e.g.,
experimental students wishing to take certain practica and related didactic courses), it is the
student's responsibility in collaboration with his/her research advisor/mentor to develop the case
(on paper) regarding the value of the desired course work. Such a case would then be presented to
the Director of Graduate Studies who would chair a dialogue among the relevant Program
Director, the instructor of the course, and the student's advisor to determine the reasonableness and
feasibility of the request. A written, filed agreement would be the product.
While a student may make such a request at any time, it is the Director of Graduate Studies
prerogative to deny a formal hearing if a clearly inadequate case is being presented, or if present
requests are not informed by the decisions from past deliberations in the same student's plan of
The student may appeal the result of the deliberation to the full faculty. However, it should be
noted that since the deliberators have represented the full faculty, that the full faculty, in its
deliberations, would impose a major burden of argument on the student and advisor before
granting the appeal.
Transfer Across Programs
Occasionally, students wish to attempt a transfer to another doctoral program within the
department. Such transfers are by no means automatic. Each student is accepted into a specific,
singular doctoral program. However, if a student can successfully meet the admission requirements
of another program, then the foundation for the transfer is in place, but at some point early in the
application process, the student should consult with the Director of the program being left and
secure a release statement should admission to the new program be offered.
Student Appeals, Suspension, Dismissal, and Requests for Exceptions
Almost any element of program policy allows for adjustment to individual circumstances by
means of petition, but exceptional circumstances are needed for success. Any appeal begins with
the individuals immediately involved; with the instructor of an individual course, with the Program
Director if a program policy is involved, with the Director of Graduate Studies if a general
department graduate studies matter is involved, with the Department Chairperson if a department
policy is involved, etc. Where satisfactory resolution has not been achieved at one level, the appeal
is taken to the next level of administrative authority. Thus, certain matters may proceed from
individual faculty to Program Director, to Director of Graduate Studies, to Department
Chairperson, to the Graduate Dean, etc. At any of these levels there is a specified and explicit
procedure. There are established procedures for matters dealing with access to personal records,
sex discrimination, sexual harassment, students with disabilities, and grade appeals. The Dean of
Students office has information on all of this. But note, the Graduate School has established
procedures for those wishing to appeal the results of a comprehensive examination, alleged
excessive requirements by an advisor or committee, and other matters relating strictly to graduate
Appeals for Exceptions to Program and Department Requirements
1. Program requirements. If the requirement at issue is a program matter, the student should
present a written request to the Program Director who may consult with the program faculty. If the
matter is not resolved, the student may ask that the request be presented to the program faculty. If
the student is still not satisfied, he/she should arrange through the Department Chairperson to take
the matter to the Dean of the Graduate School since the department faculty have decided not to
judge a program's decisions regarding its own requirements.
2. Departmental requirements. If the requirement at issue is a department-wide requirement, the
written request for exception should be presented to the Director of Graduate Studies who will
convene a committee of three disinterested department graduate faculty members to study the
request and receive the recommendation of the student's advisor and advisory (dissertation)
committee if one has been formed. The appointed committee will make its recommendation to the
department faculty who will vote on it. The Dean of the Graduate School, through the Department
Chairperson, is the next level of appeal.
To allow sufficient time for processing and evaluation, students' petitions concerning Department
policies, requirements or regulations must originate with the petition(s) being presented to the
Director of Graduate Studies at least two weeks before a regularly scheduled meeting of the full
faculty. Students should be aware that regular meetings do not take place in the summer.
3. Extension of candidacy. The Graduate School states that the maximum time allowed for
completing the doctoral degree is eight years from the first doctoral semester or four years from
admission to candidacy, whichever comes first. Any exceptions or extensions must be approved in
advance by the Graduate Dean. Prior to seeking approval from Graduate Dean, however, the
student must follow the Departmental procedures regarding an appeal for an extension of
Appeals for extension of candidacy should use the following procedure: The appeal should be sent
to the Director of Graduate Studies (DGS) at least two months prior to the expiration of doctoral
candidacy. The DGS will send a copy of the appeal to all Psychology faculty to solicit written
comments or feedback for consideration at the next regularly-scheduled Executive Committee
meeting. The student’s advisor and, if different, dissertation chair will be asked to be present at the
meeting to provide further input. The Executive Committee has the authority to recommend or not
recommend that the request for extension be granted. Students should be aware that regular
meetings of the Executive Committee do not take place in the summer.
4. Course transfers and substitutions. Appeals for waivers of particular courses based on previous
course work should follow the established procedures for "Course Transfers" and "Course
Substitutions" detailed elsewhere in this handbook.
5. Extension of time to complete certain departmental core statistics courses. In cases of
students’ requests for a deviation from Department time requirements for course
completion, the Director of Graduate Studies has the authority to grant a reasonable
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extension based upon the student's written request and supporting statements from the
student's advisor and Program Director. If the Director of Graduate Studies does not
approve the request, the student may still request a formal three-person faculty committee
to evaluate the request and present a recommendation for consideration by the full
Assignment to and Performance in Assistantship Roles
Complaints and grievances related to employment within the department should first be
discussed with the supervisor in charge of the position. If the issue is not resolved, the
student should present the matter in writing to the Department Chairperson. If the student
is still not satisfied, he/she may ask that the matter be presented to the Executive
Committee of the department for resolution. Beyond this level, the University's grievance
mechanism may be invoked. The Office of Affirmative Action and Personnel Relations
in room 163 of the Administration Building should be contacted in such cases.
Suspension, Probation, and Dismissal
1. For inadequate academic performance: The Graduate Catalog specifies the
circumstance under which students may be put on probation, suspended or dismissed for
academic reasons. In addition, the department or program faculty may recommend to
probate, suspend or dismiss from the program a student who does not fulfill the
Department's or academic program's academic requirements, or whose work over a
period of time shows a demonstrable lack of progress towards the degree. Usually such
action would be initiated by the faculty of one of the programs, and communicated in
writing to the student and other concerned parties. If the student appeals in writing to the
Director of Graduate Studies, the Director will convene a committee of three
disinterested department graduate faculty members to study the circumstances of the
decision. The decision of that committee will stand unless the student or those initiating
the action appeal in writing through the Director of Graduate Studies to the full faculty
who will vote on the matter.
2. For behavior unbefitting a scholar or researcher: Probation, suspension or dismissal
from a program also may result for violation of accepted norms of scholarly and/or
professional behavior. In this regard students are required to become familiar with the
TTU Code of Student Affairs, the APA Ethical Principles of Psychologists, and the TTU
IRB's General Assurance with HHS. Violations of the rules, regulations, and principles in
these documents are considered to be very serious matters. When a faculty member has
evidence of cheating, plagiarism, faking data, sexual harassment, mistreatment of
subjects, clients, or students, or any other similar or related violation. he/she will report
the matter fully in writing to the Director of Graduate Studies. The Director will convene
a committee of at least three faculty members, ordinarily including at least one from the
student’s division, to investigate the matter. The Director of Graduate Studies will also
provide a copy of the faculty member’s report to the student and instruct the student that
he/she may submit a written response to the report, if she/he desires, that will be
forwarded to the review committee. If this committee finds that the evidence of a
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violation is insufficient to bring to the attention of the full faculty, no report will be made
unless the complaining faculty member still wishes to pursue the matter. If the committee
(or the faculty member acting on his/her own) finds sufficient evidence of a violation, a
report on the matter and a recommendation regarding probation, suspension or dismissal
will be issued in writing to all faculty members and the student concerned. The student
may also file a statement which will be issued to the full faculty. Note that the report to
the full faculty and the action taken by the faculty with respect to the student's status in
the program or department are in addition to any sanctions imposed by the faculty
member (e.g., a grade of F in a course). If a student is not satisfied with the action of the
faculty, he/she may appeal the decision to the Dean of the Graduate School through the
According to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association
(1994), plagiarism involves presenting the work of another as if it were your own
work. Work can refer to the written words of another, or their ideas. It is very
important that you give appropriate credit to others when you use their work. If
you use the exact words of an author in constructing a sentence or paragraph, you
must use quotation marks around those words and give the page number in the
citation. If you paraphrase someone else’s work, you must also give them credit with
a citation. Paraphrasing involves rewriting someone else’s words to say what they
said. It is best to use your own words when paraphrasing, but you can rearrange the
order of words in an author’s sentence AND change some of the words and this
would be considered paraphrasing. A good rule of thumb to follow is that any time
you use more than 3 words in a row from an author, put those words in quotes.
All students are expected to know what constitutes plagiarism and to avoid
committing plagiarism in their written work. If plagiarism exists, it is a violation of
the APA Ethical Standards, regardless of whether the plagiarism was intentional or
not. Plagiarism is an extremely serious ethical and professional violation and may
result in sanctions such as probation, suspension, or dismissal from the program.
3. For being unsuited for practicing a specialty psychology: Certain types of probation,
suspension or dismissal proceedings may be initiated when a student's behavior is so
inappropriate as to warrant major concern for whether the student is emotionally,
interpersonally, or ethically unsuited for entry into the profession of psychology.
Program faculty must insure that those persons who might compromise the standards of
the profession, or who might pose a serious risk to clients, students, research subjects,
etc., are not allowed to enter the profession. Although such measures are unpleasant, such
decisions may be occasionally necessary. Such issues may transcend effective adjustment
by routine feedback provided via day-to-day supervision or instruction. Accordingly,
when such problems occur, the Program faculty convenes to specify its concern in
writing to the student, the Director of Graduate Studies, the Department Chairperson, and
members of the student's dissertation committee who may be from other programs.
Where possible, this statement specifies the particular behaviors in question, the desired
changes and means of addressing them, and a time for the reevaluation of the concern
(where deemed appropriate). If remedial action on the part of the student is not deemed
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feasible, the student will be informed of the reasons why he/she is regarded as unsuitable
for practicing a particular specialty. The written statement will accompany full verbal
feedback to the student, particularly by the individuals with direct observations. If the
student feels the matter has been misrepresented, he/she may reply to those concerns, and
present his/her perspectives on the matter. The matter may be arbitrated at the program
level, or the recommended measures may be invoked (e.g., suspension pending a
student's attempt to resolve the problem through therapy). If remediation is
recommended, at the end of the stated time or process the matter will be reviewed and, in
the absence of sufficient change in the desired direction, the program may recommend to
the Graduate School that the student be dismissed from the program. This level of
review, however, does retain the option for either the removal from probation or the
continuation of probation. The next level of appeal for this procedure is the Dean of the
Graduate School through the Department Chairperson. If the student is dismissed from
the program, he/she must identify another program (either within the Psychology
department or outside of it) that is willing to accept him/her as a transfer student. If so,
the student must then use the Graduate School procedures for transferring programs. If a
student is unable to transfer into another program, further action regarding his/her status
as a graduate student may be taken by the Graduate School.
Leaves of Absence
By accepting admission into one of our doctoral degree programs, the student
acknowledges and understands that the Department expects a full-time effort, and steady,
expeditious completion of all degree requirements. Only in the rarest of instances will a
leave of absence be considered by the program faculty. Note, a student's allowed time to
complete the degree continues to run during the leave.
In the event that a student decides to petition the program faculty for a leave of absence,
the reason for the petition (e.g., serious personal or family medical situation, severe
financial difficulties) should be included along with sufficient detail about the situation to
permit the program faculty to make an informed decision about the petition. If details are
highly personal or embarrassing, with the permission of the program director the student
may limit more in-depth discussion of the situation to his/her advisor and/or program
director. Such a discussion should include how much or what information is to be shared
with other program faculty. The advisor, program director, or program faculty may
request supporting documentation (e.g., letter from physician) to assist in the evaluation
process. Upon consideration of the petition for leave of absence, the program faculty
make a recommendation to the Graduate School.
Financial Assistance and Part-time Employment
Note: All material in this section is subject to changes as our administration
implements recent legislation and directives from the state of Texas. Check and
double-check before acting on any information about financial assistance.
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Office of Student Financial Aid (310 West Hall, 742-3681)
Students interested in applying for financial aid should secure a copy of the current
Student Financial Aid Handbook, and should obtain appropriate forms from the Office of
Financial Aid. Often such materials must be filed by April 15th of the year preceding the
period for which financial aid is being sought. Usually this includes completing TTU's
institutional application form, and an American College Testing Family Financial
Statement may be required from your parents or guardian to establish eligibility for the
broadest possible range of scholarship, grant and loan programs. Work study eligibility
also is established in a similar manner. Consequently, such prospects should be pursued
at the earliest possible time. The same office also maintains current listing of
employment opportunities (usually related to psychological services) to which you may
Department of Psychology
Ordinarily, and always contingent on the availability of scholarship funds, Psychology
Department graduate students will not be considered for scholarship awards beyond their
fifth year of graduate study in Psychology at TTU.
While occasional fellowship and scholarship opportunities arise on an intermittent basis,
there are several that are recurring. The Department has established an application
procedure for them, and you should be vigilant for relevant announcements. Most
scholarships are awarded each year in the spring by the Department Executive
Committee on a competitive basis.
Office of the Graduate School
The Graduate School offers competitions for a variety of financial awards (e.g.,
Dissertation Research Awards), and you should be vigilant for relevant announcements.
Extra-departmental Employment in Professionally Related Roles
A number of area agencies have been recurrent employers of our students. Among these
are the University Counseling Center, Juvenile Probation Office, VA Office, Department
of Industrial Engineering, Department of Management, the Medical School, and the
Lubbock State School. The individual student may, and often does, pursue such
possibilities solely on his/her initiative without assistance from the department faculty.
Many agencies would prefer not to deal with a large number of applicants from our
program and, instead, ask that some prior screening and recommendations be given by
the faculty. It is also helpful for you to indicate any relevant unfilled openings of which
you become aware, or of your own plans to terminate your current position. Early
information on a current or future opening is often the most crucial element in assuring
one of our students access to the more rewarding part-time positions available in the area.
In every case we ask that you make the best possible effort to promote an impression
favorable for subsequent placement of other students with that agency.
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In all instances where a student might be employed by an outside agency that has a
contractual agreement with the Psychology Department and/or Clinic, the availability of
these positions and the financial arrangements in effect are initiated, mediated, and
determined by the department faculty member supervising the position. All arrangements
must be approved by the Department Chairperson before a contract is drawn up. To avoid
problems that might otherwise arise, students must not "cut their own deals" with
contracted agencies or assume that a contract will be executed for positions in agencies
that do not have agreements with the Psychology Clinic. If you are interested in such a
position, contact the relevant Department supervisor for information and instructions.
All counseling graduate students who have a psychology related external work
placement and/or external practica placement must coordinate this placement with
the director of counseling training. A new interpretation of state licensure laws
requires that students enroll in a corresponding course for this activity if it takes
place in a non-exempt agency. Exempt agencies include any state agency such as the
Montford correctional facility, the Texas Tech Counseling Center, and agencies
within the TTU Health Sciences Center. Non-exempt agencies would include city
and county agencies, school systems, and any private practice. When working in
these non-exempt agencies and when not enrolled in practicum in the TTU
Counseling Center or Department of Psychology Clinic, students will need to enroll
for one credit of PSY 5002. Students will need to inform the instructor at the
beginning of each semester about their psychological work in the non-exempt
agency, including who will be supervising their work. Their supervisor must
provide feedback to the Director of the counseling program about the psychological
services they provide by the end of each semester. Not complying with these
procedures can be interpreted as a violation of board rules and state law and
exposes both students and supervisors to the possibility of serious sanction.
Licensing, certification, and ethical issues
Situations in which the faculty will directly intervene in your efforts toward part-time
employment are those in which the ethical and/or legal propriety of that involvement
must be questioned. Such problems can generally be avoided by the simple expedient of
being certain that any psychological services you are to perform in an outside job will be
supervised by a psychologist licensed by the State of Texas. In a few instances where
such was not available, arrangements have been made for the provision of such
supervision from an individual external to the agency. This has been done via members
of the clinical and counseling faculty, for example, in placements with the Juvenile
Probation Office. The employer may be a state agency exempt from licensing standards,
but it remains important that proper supervision by assured. Given that supervision has
been arranged, you also need to attend to the compliance of the appointment
arrangements with state laws. It is important that you be hired as an employee of the
agency, rather than as a consultant on a per-assignment or per-case basis. The latter has
been interpreted as a form of private practice, and is legally restricted to licensed
psychologists. You may, however, be employed by a licensed psychologist who, in turn,
contracts for such activities on a private basis with you as one of his/her employees. Such
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complications constitute yet another reason why it is important to coordinate your
employment with the faculty.
Graduate Student Employment
It is the Department's policy that a full-time graduate student should have no more than a
total of one-half time employment (defined as 20 hours per week). Further, employment
disclosure will be required from students working for or applying to work for the
Psychology Department. This will be given significant weight in deciding the distribution
of department financial assistance resources. Except with written permission in advance,
psychology graduate students may not exceed half-time university (includes TTU and
TTUHSC) employment (20 hours per week). Requests to exceed this limit will initially
be reviewed by the Director of Graduate Studies and two psychology graduate faculty,
ordinarily the student's advisor and program director. These individuals may approve
minor exceptions such as employment that slightly or temporarily exceeds the 20-hour
limit. Students may appeal a decision not-to-approve by the standard department
Graduate Student Teaching and Research Awards
Graduate Student Teaching Awards
Three awards will be given each year if appropriate recipients are identified. The awards
are to recognize superior instruction by graduate students. One of the awards will be
given to instructors of introductory psychology (Psy 1300). One of the awards will be
given to TA’s who have substantial direct instruction responsibilities, such as students
who are instructing laboratories or serving as TAs for graduate courses. One award will
be given to instructors of their own course. No student can receive the award twice in the
same category. Candidates for each award will be nominated. The Undergraduate
Programs Committee will evaluate evidence supporting the nomination including, but not
limited to, a) the nominating letter, b) course syllabus, c) an exam, and d) student
evaluations. The UPC will select semifinalists and those candidates will undergo a UPC
review of a lecture. If, in the rare case, a semifinalist is not teaching, a lecture
opportunity will be created. Performance on all previous instructional experiences
appropriate for the particular award will be considered. The goal is to fund each of these
awards at $100 and to give the awardees a plaque from the faculty.
Graduate Student Research Awards
Each year, the Department of Psychology honors up to three graduate students with an
award for excellence in research and related scholarly activity. Students who have
successfully proposed their dissertations are invited to apply. The awards consist of a
cash award of $100 plus a plaque awarded from the faculty. Students submit applications
to the director of their division, and awards are determined by the faculty of the division.
Criteria for the award include the following.
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Exceptional quality of 7000 project and dissertation study (or proposal);
Continuous and sustained involvement in additional research, including research with
their advisor or other faculty of TTU or TTUHSC;
Authorship or co-authorship on journal articles, book chapters, presentations at
professional conferences, or submitted grant proposals.
Note: This award is not meant to be the “best” dissertation or 7000 project, or the
highest GPA. Rather the award will be made to those students who have maintained
active, continuous, and exceptional involvement in research and scholarship over the
course of their graduate career and who demonstrate exceptional promise to make a
contribution to the science of psychology.
Student councils are organized within each of the three divisions of the graduate
program: Counseling, Clinical, Experimental. Acceptance into any graduate program in
one of these divisions makes one eligible to become a member of the Student Council of
that division. Each council conducts regular meetings to discuss academic and
professional topics relevant to students in a particular program. In addition, each council
serves as an important channel of communication between students and faculty on
department and divisional matters such as new faculty selection, curriculum, new student
selection and orientation, and teaching evaluation. Student involvement in the councils is
strongly encouraged since the views of the councils bear more weight in influencing
departmental policy that do the views of an individual student. Students should consult
with a representative or officer of the Student Council within their divisions for further
information concerning membership, dues, and voting privileges.
Faculty (Counseling Program)
Stephen W. Cook, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Director of the Psychology Clinic.
University of Missouri, Columbia, 1992. Coping and stress; psychology and
religion; psychosocial issues in cardiac care.
Sheila Garos, Ph.D., Associate Professor & Practicum Coordinator. Arizona State
University, 1998. Human sexual behavior; sexual disorders; substance abuse;
Erin E. Hardin, Ph.D., Assistant Professor & Faculty Director for Introductory
Psychology. The Ohio State University, 2002. Cultural differences in the self;
multicultural counseling; vocational psychology.
Susan S. Hendrick, Ph.D., Horn Professor. Kent State University, 1978. Close
relationships; respect, love and sex attitudes; gender issues; and family issues.
Robert D. Morgan, Ph.D., Associate Professor & Director of the Counseling Psychology
Program. Oklahoma State University, 1999. Forensic psychology’ group
psychotherapy; diagnostic decision making; and new professionals issues.
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Steven Richards, Ph.D., Professor & Director of Graduate Studies in Psychology. State
University of New York at Stony Brook, 1973. Depression; stress and coping
processes; and health psychology.
Christine Robitschek, Ph.D., Associate Professor. University Of Minnesota-Minneapolis,
1993. Personal growth initiative: theory and measurement; vocational
psychology, positive psychology.
Jane L. Winer, Ph.D., Professor and Dean of The College of Arts and Sciences. Ohio
State University, 1975. Vocational psychology.
University, Graduate School, Department and Program requirements evolve and change,
and are incorporated into periodic revisions of this handbook. It is possible that there will
be important changes that occur before a complete revision of this handbook. The
Department will make every reasonable effort to inform you of such changes, and you
must be attentive to relevant mailings and postings. It is also advisable for students to
save with their handbooks notices of new policies and requirements.
For questions regarding APA Accreditation, you may contact:
Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242
Graduate Student Annual Report Form 39
Graduate Student Annual Report Form 40
Departmental Scholarship Application
For Graduate Students in Psychology
The attached form is now being used as a standard reporting form for graduate students. If
you are applying for a departmental scholarship or an assistantship, please provide 7 copies
of this form to the Department Chair and one copy to your advisor. If you are not applying
for a scholarship or assistantship, please provide one copy to your advisor.
Graduate students in the Department of Psychology at TTU are invited to apply for department
scholarships. These scholarships are for the 2005-2006 academic year. The scholarships provide
a $1,000 stipend, which is credited toward University fees. Where relevant and within University
policies, the scholarships may also provide waivers of nonresident tuition for Fall 2005, Spring
2006, and Summer 2006. The Psychology Department Executive Committee makes award
decisions. This application is for DEPARTMENT-related scholarships. Students who are also
applying for PROGRAM-related scholarships (e.g., Robert Anderson [Co], Gulf Oil [Co], Locke
[Cl], Maxey [Cl], Winer [Co]) are asked to contact their program directors and then submit
PROGRAM scholarship applications to their directors. All award decisions for the 2005-2006
DEPARTMENT scholarships and PROGRAM scholarships will be made during Spring 2005. If
you are interested in obtaining a DEPARTMENT or PROGRAM scholarship for next year, you
need to apply whether or not you had a scholarship this year; all department and program
scholarships are awarded on a yearly basis. [In contrast, you don't need to re-apply for the
University's Chancellor's Fellowships which are awarded for three years.]
The criteria for awarding departmental scholarships will be (Program scholarships may differ in
Teaching: Students who have had teaching assignments should have performed well according to
student evaluations. They should be willing to help out when "emergency" situations arise in
terms of finding instructors for classes.
Research: The application should show that the student has achieved in research. Evidence
would be presentations and publications, completed projects, timely completion of the
second-year project and dissertation proposal.
Service: Students should show departmental citizenship by being involved in their Councils,
attending departmental functions, working for their supervisor effectively (if working with an
administrator was an assistantship assignment), being an effective clinic co-director (if that
was an assignment), and generally being willing to help out for the good of the department.
Progress toward degree: Students should have done well in courses, and they should be
progressing through the program in a way that will allow them to complete their degrees with
fewer than 100 doctoral hours (experimental) or 130 doctoral hours (clinical/counseling).
They should be in good standing in their programs.
Other support: Generally, students having other scholarships (e.g., Chancellor's Fellowships) will
not receive departmental scholarships. Other sources of support for professional activities
will be considered in the allocation of scholarships.
Normally students will not receive scholarships beyond the 5th year. Preference will be given to
students who are enrolled in a full load of courses (i.e., 9-12 hours).
Applicants for the Department Scholarships or assistantships must complete the attached items
and return 7 copies of this form to Dr. Maki's mailbox by 5 p.m. on March 7, 2005. All
graduate students should give one copy of the completed form to their advisors.
Uniform Graduate Student Annual Report Form- 2004
To be used for Scholarship Applications, Rankings for Assistantships, and Evaluation by
Name: ____________________________________ Date ___________________
Graduate Program: ______________ Research Advisor: ________________________
Year Entered: _________ Current Graduate GPA: __________
Are you applying for a departmental assistantship? Yes _____ No ______
[You also need to fill in the assistantship preference form and hand that in to the
Associate Chair. Priority is given to students who accept Work Study.]
Are you applying for a departmental scholarship? Yes _____ No ______
If you are applying for either a scholarship or assistantship, please answer the following:
List other sources of support for the 2005-2006 year and indicate the likelihood or
obtaining funding (e.g., definite, probable, don’t know).
Will you have a job outside the Psychology Department in 2004-2005?
Yes _____ No ______ Maybe ______
Student's Signature __________________________
Everyone fill out the attached pages and give one copy to your advisor. If you are applying for a
scholarship or assistantship, please put 7 copies in Dr. Maki’s mailbox by 5 p.m. on March 7.
Please fill in the attached form showing your accomplishments and progress through the graduate
1) List all courses taken and grades received during 2004 (Spring, Summer, Fall, 2004)
2) List all publications, posters, and presentations related to work done at Texas Tech (for all
years). Put these references in correct APA format.
3) List papers in preparation (in APA format).
4) Status of your 2nd-year Project:
Date Completed (accepted by advisor and reader; if not completed, give status, i.e., proposal
accepted by advisor, data collection, analyses, oral presentation, and status of manuscript) [
5) Status of Qualifying Exams (date passed, plans to take):
6) Status of your Dissertation
Date proposal accepted by committee (or expected proposal date):
Date data collection completed:
Date statistical analyses completed:
7) List other research projects you’ve been engaged in the last year, describing your role in each.
Put these in APA format if you know you will be an author on the paper.
8a) Describe your TA/RA work assignment and duties for Spring, Summer, and Fall 2004.
8b) If you taught, list all courses for which you assisted or assumed full responsibility in Spring,
Summer, or Fall 2004. Include title, supervisor, course ratings for Questions 1 and 11 from
the University form. Put this in a table.
Professional Activities in 2004
9) List all professional groups to which you belong, conferences and workshops attended, and
other professional activities (regional or national).
10) List all local academic activities which you attended or participated in, e.g., colloquia or
brown bags attended.
11) Briefly list any divisional, departmental, or university-wide service you have performed
during the past year (e.g., president of program council, participation in faculty search or
graduate student recruiting activities; participation in accreditation site visit).
12) List honors you have received (scholarships, fellowships, grants) and fellowships and grants
for which you have applied.
13) If you volunteered or had an assistantship or community position related to psychology,
which is not mentioned above (e.g., clinical work at Montford or HSC), list here with dates.
Indicate whether each placement was paid or not paid.
14) Provide other information that you think would be useful in evaluating your progress.
PETITION FOR COURSE TRANSFER
COUNSELING PSYCHOLOGY PROGRAM
DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHOLOGY
TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY
Petitioner's name: ____________________________________________
Date of petition: ____________________________________
Texas Tech course requested to be transferred and waived:
Title, department, and number of course considered equivalent to TTU Course:
Instructor's name: Date taken:________________
Institution: _______________________________________ Course grade: ________
1. Attach a copy of the course syllabus, including texts, required readings,
course requirements, course activities, examinations, and other pertinent
2. Attach a description of the course, including basic objectives, methods used
those objectives, and any other data which are not immediately apparent
from the syllabus.
3. Outline the points of correspondence between the course requested to be
substituted and the Texas Tech course requested to be waived. A copy of
the course syllabus most current for the Texas Tech course should be
obtained from appropriate faculty for this purpose. Keep in mind that we
are assessing equivalence and not duplication of course content.
4. The appropriate faculty member will recommend acceptance or rejection
of the petition to the program director, who will inform the student and
place a memo in the student's departmental file.