Counseling Psychology Doctoral Program Celebrates 60th Anniversary
On January 15th, the University of Texas at Austin’s Counseling Psychology Doctoral Program celebrated their 60th anniversary with a program-wide reception.
First included as an accredited doctoral program in the June 1953 issue of American Psychologist, the program is currently training over 50 future psychologists. With six decades of excellence, it is the third-longest continuously accredited program in the US, behind Teacher’s College Columbia University and the University of Minnesota.
Program Director, Dr. Christopher McCarthy summarized the significance of the event by saying, “We are so proud of our long tradition of training talented psychologists and look forward to the next 60 years!”
He later added, “There’s an incredible sense of community here as well as extremely productive faculty who have national and international reputations for important scholarship.”
Noting the advantages of being part of such a longstanding doctoral program current student Desiré Taylor said, “As you advance in the program, you interact with people who have been in the community for many, many years. And that’s a real benefit.”
In addition to enjoying the cake, conversation and special banner created to commemorate the occasion, attendees also were part of a group photo that marked the historic occasion.
Dr. Aaron Rochlen, a Counseling Psychology Professor who organized the event added, “Events like this help students and faculty alike slow down and take a moment to recognize our achievements and our history.”
Since its inception, the Counseling Psychology program has been a part of the College of Education’s Department of Educational Psychology, which was ranked among the top 10 in the nation in U.S. News & World Report’s 2013 edition of “America’s Best Graduate Schools.”