Doctoral students view their APA counseling psychology programs

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A survey studied counseling psychology programs and examined the characteristics of 1st- and 2nd-yr doctoral students. Results were based on questionnaires received from 203 students representing 20 programs. There were significant differences between several programs on the variables of sex, age, work experience, and academic level. Ss perceived their programs primarily as eclectic in theoretical and experiential orientation. There were differences between programs in the emphasis given research, practical applications, and personal growth. Ss expressed preferences for greater input in curricula, more contact with faculty, and more cooperation among their peers. They gave positive overall ratings for their doctoral programs. (8 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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