Consistent with the mission of the University of Louisville and the College of Education and Human Development, the faculty and staff of ECPY endeavor to cultivate exemplary scholars and professional practitioners in art therapy; college student personnel; clinical mental health counseling; counseling psychology; educational psychology, measurement, and evaluation; and school counseling. The purpose of the department is to advance the knowledge base in these fields and to serve the larger College, University, and community by drawing on our expertise in human development across the life span, mental health and well-being, and research methods. ECPY seeks to describe, understand, and explain the formal and informal processes of cognitive, social, and emotional learning throughout the lifespan and how variables of significance affect outcomes in these areas, as related to our fields of study.
ECPY faculty and students conduct research in a wide set of scholarly areas, ranging from measurable elementary school improvement in high-poverty contexts to issues affecting the power of colleges to sustain students to graduation and successful careers. Several ECPY faculty conduct ongoing investigations into methods for improving mental health services to historically under-served and otherwise at-risk populations.
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The Counseling Psychology doctoral program is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA). The Art Therapy M.Ed. program is accredited with the American Art Therapy Association (AATA). The College Student Personnel Services MEd program meets the standards of the Council for the Advancement of Standards (CAS) in Higher Education.
ECPY's award-winning faculty includes nationally and internationally recognized experts in school counseling, counseling psychology, and educational psychology. Faculty serve in editorial capacities or on the editorial boards of the following journals: Journal of Youth and Adolescence, Journal of School Psychology, Early Education and Development, Gifted Child Quarterly, Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, Editorial Advisory Board, Asia Pacific Journal of Counseling and Psychotherapy, Elementary School Journal, Research Synthesis Methods, Psychotherapy, Journal of Classroom Interaction, School Effectiveness and School Improvement, Education, Knowledge and Economy, and many others.
Whether you go on to careers as licensed counselors, school counselors, college student affairs professionals, art therapists, psychometricians, or educational researchers, our students graduate with competitive degrees that make them highly desirable to employers.
ECPY's talented graduates enjoy a great degree of success in acquiring professional licensures. Many have gone on to highly visible, successful careers in their chosen fields, including tenure-track faculty appointments, institutional leadership roles, psychologists, and licensed school or community-based counseling positions across the state and nation. For some students, practicum and internship placements in local colleges, universities, and clinical settings have led to full-time positions after graduation.
Inquiries about the accreditation status of our APA-accredited Counseling Psychology Doctoral Program can be obtained from the American Psychological Association's Commission on Accreditation (CoA).