Rosemead Graduate School of Psychology Catalog: 1974-1975


As a distinct discipline, Counseling Psychology is relatively new. Historically it has emerged from the related fields of psychological measurement, vocational guidance and personality development. As such it has significant overlap with disciplines such as clinical psychol­ ogy, educational psychology, counseling and guidance and personnel psychology. A general goal of the counseling psychologist is the facilitation of personal development of people of all ages. To narrow this somewhat, the counseling psychologist generally emphasizes work with adoles­ cents and adults. In comparison to educational and school psycholo­ gists, the counseling psychologist places a lesser emphasis on the educational environment, diagnosis of learning disabilities and special education programs. He places a greater emphasis on self-awareness, vocational planning and personal development. While the counseling psychologist deals with people at all points on an adjustment continuum, his "clients" typically do not exhibit as severe personality disturbances as those seen by clinical psycholo­ gists. In addition, the counseling psychologist places relatively greater stress on personality growth of "normal" individuals, utilization of personal and environmental assets and family and vocational fulfill­ ment. Graduates of a doctoral program in Counseling Psychology find employment in a wide range of settings. Many are employed in col­ lege counseling centers with faculty appointments in psychology or education. Others are in public schools, outpatient clinics, private practice, research facilities and hospitals. With recent emphasis on community mental health services, counseling psychologists are in­ creasingly involved in community education, interdisciplinary pro­ grams, consultant activities and a variety of related professional roles.


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