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Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology

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The Department of Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology (CECP) offers master’s and doctoral studies. There are two doctoral programs, Counseling Psychology and Counselor Education, and Master’s Degrees offered in Counseling Psychology and in Counselor Education. The Department and the Doctoral Program in Counseling Psychology has on average an active enrollment of 60 doctoral students. The Counseling Psychology Doctoral Program recognizes the importance of addressing the needs of an increasingly diverse society. To that end, the program strives to increase the educational opportunities of racial minorities and diverse student populations. The program is committed to recruiting and supporting diverse faculty and students. The Counseling Psychology program has a retention rate of over 90% among minority students. All efforts are made within the program to aid students in completing their degrees. Among the 52 doctoral student graduates of the last 7 years from the program 14 (27%) were racial ethnic minorities. The 2013-2014 doctoral class has five ethnic students out of eight. The counseling psychology doctoral program received the 2008 American Psychological Association Richard M. Suinn Minority Achievement Award. This poster will highlight the strategies utilized to maintain a racially diverse doctoral program.


This poster was presented at the WMU Leadership Colloquium on October 31, 2013, at Western Michigan University. Lonnie E. Duncan was part of the 2012-13 Academic Leadership Academy cohort.