ERIC Number: ED240416
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Aug-25
Reference Count: 0
Gathering and Using External Feedback: Graduate Perspectives.
For a counseling psychology training program to be effective, it must keep up with current trends and developments in the field. To evaluate the Counseling Psychology Training Program (CPTP) at the University of Texas at Austin, 74 doctoral level graduates of the program within the decade of 1973-1982 (51 males, 23 females) completed a questionnaire designed to gather information on demographics, current professional activities, and program evaluation, i.e., graduates' ratings of the CPTP. An analysis of the results showed that the CPTP strengths were the overall quality of the faculty and of the training both in psychotherapy and research, helpful atmosphere, and program flexibility. Weaknesses were the limited focus of the training, limited and late scheduled practica, and a few uninterested faculty. All graduates reported strong support of professional organizations and no difficulty in attaining licensure. All but one respondent were employed in a counseling or clinical psychology setting. Specific recommendations to the program were threefold. First, the program goals and orientation should be reevaluated since a lack of clarity and some dissatisfaction among graduates about the direction and purpose of training was found. Second, students should be provided with more information concerning career options. Finally, the program should consider the issue of counseling psychology identity. A liaison committee between the faculty, students, and graduates was developed to assist in the implementation of the recommendations. (BL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Texas Univ., Austin.
Identifiers: Counseling Psychology; Professional Activities; University of Texas Austin
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (91st, Anaheim, CA, August 26-30, 1983).