PROGRAMS  

Ph.D in CP
Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling Psychology

Doctor of Philosophy Program in Counseling Psychology

2. Name of Degree

Full Name : Doctor of Philosophy (Counseling Psychology)

Abbreviated Name : Ph.D.(Counseling Psychology)

3. Responsible Unit

The Graduate School of Psychology, Assumption University

4. Philosophy and Objectives

4.1 Philosophy

The Ph.D. Program in Counseling Psychology at Assumption University of Thailand endeavors to educate and train competent practitioners of counseling psychology who will deliver high-quality human services. This program seeks to prepare highly skilled, caring practitioners, capable of providing psychological services to all, and commit to continuing education, further research, and training. This is necessary in preparing practitioners within and beyond the fundamental framework of counseling that acknowledges and respects cultural diversity, as it affects the professional relationship between the client and counseling psychologist.

4.2 Objectives

Graduates of this program will be prepared to work as counseling psychologists in various settings, focusing on the application of the overall required principles of counseling psychology and its related principles. In order to ensure the understanding and application of these principles, our graduates will:

1. develop academic excellence in counseling psychology and be able to develop their knowledge through ongoing life-long learning and self-directed research in counseling psychology.

2. attain broad professional knowledge and skills in counseling psychology as well as ethics and cultural sensitivity in order to assist and support the needs of the people of Thailand and other countries.

3. develop and improve the field of counseling psychology in Thailand and its neighboring countries through field trips and exchange programs, thus advancing the profession of counseling psychology in Southeast Asia.

5. Schedule of Implementation

Admission Schedule 

Admission Schedule
Trimester 2/2016
(January - April 2017)

Trimester 3/2016
(May - August 2017)

Trimester 1/2017
(September - December 2017)

Application deadline
7 September - 4 December 2016
25 January - 1 April 2017
17 April - 31 June 2017
Entrance examination and Interview
7 December 2016
5 April 2017
3 August 2017
Entrance examination and Interview result
9 December 2016
8 April 2017
5 August 2017
Registration period
13 - 30 December 2016
18 - 29 April 2017
15 - 26 August 2017
Orientation day
9 January 2017
2 May 2017
28 August 2017
Instruction begins
9 January 2017
2 May 2017
28 August 2017
Trimester end
7 April 2017
31 July 2017
26 November 2017

Fees

Fee descriptions
3 years
(9 trimesters)
Enrollment fees:
THB
US$
Matriculation fee for Thai
9,000
300
Matriculation fee for non-Thai students
21,500
717
Student activities fee
6,000
200
Professional Development Experience (PDE)
9,000
300
Pre-Doctoral Internship
30,000
1,000
Registration fees / Trimester
 
 
Tuition fee ( THB 5,000 @ 75 cr edits)
375,000
12,500
University fee ( THB 19,400 @ 8 tr imesters)
155,200
5,173
Annual Internet & access control fees,( THB 2,400 / y ear)
7,200
240
Annual Health and lif e insurance,THB 5,000 / y ear for non-Thai students
15,000
500
Approximate total for Thai students
591,400
19,713
Approximate total for non-Thai students
618,900
20,630

Note :

  1. Tuition fee doesn’t cover the followings:
    - Admission fee
    - Tuition fee for non-credit courses
    - Text books
    - Health and life insurance (overseas students)
  2. The fees are subject to change at the university’s discretion without prior notice.
  3. Currency exchange rate: THB 30 = US$ 1

 

6. Admission Qualifications

1. Master's Degree in counseling psychology, psychology, or any related discipline (i.e. pre-medicine, social work, family studies, public health, etc.), or any other discipline from an accredited university or equivalent, with a GPA of not less than 3.25.

2. TOEFL score of at least 550 (paper-based), 213 (computer-based), or an IELTS score of at least 6.5. Submission of the original or certified copy of the TOEFL or IELTS scores is required and will be confirmed for authenticity. Exemptions from the TOEFL or IELTS requirements will be given to those applicants who have graduated from a university in an English-speaking country following a personal interview.

3. Three letters of recommendation from former teachers and/or employers at the time of application.

7. Selection Criteria

As part of the application process, applicants are required to:

  • Complete the faculty's application form
  • Submit two copies of transcripts
  • Submit two copies of resident registration: I.D. card (Thai) or Passport (Foreigner)
  • Submit six one-inch-size photographs
  • Take a written English entrance examination
  • Take a personal profile test
  • Attend a personal interview
  • Submit a curriculum vitae/resume
  • Submit GRE or Miller Analysis scores if available

Counseling Psychology Foundation:

Students with master degrees other than counseling psychology, but within psychological science or other related discipline, are required to take all of the foundation courses (and/or at least two counseling courses depending on their counseling background) before starting the core subjects. Final decision on the required entrance qualifications rests with the Ph.D. entrance selection committee. In addition, applicants with master degrees other than psychology are required to complete Counseling Psychology 6002 - 6006 in the Master of Science in Counseling Psychology Program and any two electives or foundation courses (totaling 21 credits) before they can enroll for the core subjects.

Exemption from the English entrance examination will be granted if the candidate has obtained the TOEFL or IELTS required score or has graduated from a university in an English-speaking country following a personal interview.

Much of the application process can be conducted via reliable long distance media (e.g., phone, fax, e-mail, registered post, etc.) in order to determine eligibility requirements, provided the appropriate verifying actions are ensured upon the candidate's arrival or prior to course commencement.

8. Educational Management System

8.1 Trimester System

Each academic year consists of three trimesters. The teaching and learning process of each trimester takes 12 weeks and a total of 36 hours per course.

1st Trimester: May - August: Application Period: February; Entrance Examination: End of March. Classes start in May.

2nd Trimester: September - December: Application Period: June; Entrance Examination: End of July. Classes start in September.

3rd Trimester: January - April: Application Period: October; Entrance Examination: End of November. Classes start in January.

8.2 Credit Values

- Theoretical Courses: 12 hours of lecture = 1 credit

- Dissertation: 56 hours of research = 1 credit

- Internship: 56 hours of internship = 1 credit

9. Duration of Study

This is a three-year trimester program; however, students have a maximum of six years to complete all the requirements for the degree from the first date of enrollment. Classes are normally held on weekdays from 6.30 p.m. to 9.30 p.m. Occasionally, field trips to counseling and psychology-related institutions might be required.

10. Registration

Students can register for a maximum of 19 credits per trimester. Registration is accomplished according to Assumption University's rules and regulations.

11. Evaluation and Graduation

11.1 Evaluation Criteria

11.1.1 Grading System:

Test and Evaluation are graded at 6 levels:

(A) Excellent 4.00

(A-)Very Good 3.75

(B+) Fairly Good 3.25

(B) Good 3.00

(B-) Weak 2.75

(C) Failed 2.00

Foundation/Non-credit courses are graded P (Pass) or F (Fail), with no numerical equivalent. Failure in any of the foundation courses may lead to dismissal from the program.

(I) Incomplete (used in case a student fails to complete his/her assignment within the time limit or is absent from the examination with approval from the university due to exceptional reasons).

(WP/IP) Work in progress

(W) Withdrawal with permission

(D) Dropped/Withdraw without permission

11.1.2 Evaluation

Evaluation of student's performance in each course is based on:

  • Minimum class attendance of 80%
  • Midterm Examination & Final Examination
  • Term Papers and/or Reaction Papers
  • Research Papers
  • Class Discussions
  • Assignments and Written Exercises

11.1.3 Minimum Grade Requirements

Grades below B- are considered "Fail" for all courses at the graduate level and the course must be repeated.

11.1.4 Other Criteria

Foundation courses are graded S (satisfactory or equivalent to a GPA of 3.0 or above) or U (unsatisfactory). An unsatisfactory grade in any of the foundation courses means the course must be repeated.

11.2 Graduation Requirements

Assumption University confers the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling Psychology upon a student who meets all the following requirements:

  • Completed a total number of 75 credits for the program
  • Obtained a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.00
  • Passed the written qualifying examination
  • Passed the dissertation oral defense and submitted dissertation copies
  • Passed the basic level of proficiency examination in another foreign language
  • Publication or acceptance of publication of the dissertation in a recognized journal or academic publication with peer review
  • Completed 336 hours of pre-doctoral internship
  • Ensured library and financial clearance with the university
  • Demonstrated and maintained good behavior and discipline

13. Venue and Teaching Resources

The program's medium of instruction consists of student-centered, interactive lectures in English, utilizing the most up-to-date advancements in educational technology (computer- assisted learning), various multi-media class equipment (customized PowerPoint presentations), and assessments necessary for effective intercultural communication, in order to prepare the students to meet international standards as well as appeal to foreign students enrolled.

14. Library

The University has up-to-date libraries containing over 500,000 texts and journals available on both campuses for the student's convenience as well as online research capabilities designed with an extensive updated database. The faculty also has an updated professional resource centre, linked closely with other universities, and data base resources via uplink through the campus libraries.

15. Budget

Estimated expenses per student (Thai Baht):

  • Application form: 500
  • Entrance examination fees (two exams): 1,000
  • Interview fee: 1,200
  • Matriculation fees: Thai student: 8,500 International student: 21,000
  • Tuition fee/credit (75 x 5,000): 375,000
  • University fee/trimester (8 x 19,400): 155,200
  • Written qualifying examination: 10,000
  • Dissertation proposal defense: 12,000
  • Dissertation oral defense: 25,000
  • Internet fee/trimester (9 x 800): 7,200
  • Newsletter fee (entire program): 400
  • Annual Health & Life Insurance Fee (non - Thai students Bhat .5,000/year) - 15,000
  • Activities fee (entire program): 6,000

Estimated program expenses: 578,200 Baht (Thai students) or 605,700 Baht (International students). These expenses do not include books, housing, food, or other personal expenditures. The fee scale is subject to change where applicable at the discretion of the University.

16. Curriculum

(1) Number of Credits

The total number of credits of the program is 75 credits.

(2) Curriculum Structure

Core Courses 18 Credits

Elective Courses 6 Credits

Dissertation 45 Credits

Internship 6 Credits

(3) Course Code

- First Two/Three Letters

DCP stands for Doctoral Level Counseling Psychology course

- Numbers

First Number 8 or 9 stands for Course Codes

Second Number 0 - 4 stands for Groups of Subjects

Third/Fourth Number 00 - 07 stands for Series of Courses

(4) Courses

Foundation Courses:

CP 5003 Academic English for Psychologists (Non-credit)

CP 6103 Theory and Practice in Counseling Psychology (Non-credit)

CP 6104 Psychological Tests and Measurement (Non-credit)

CP 6105 Developmental Psychology (Non-credit)

CP 6108 Basic Skills in Counseling Psychology (Non-credit)

CP 6110 Counseling Psychology Practicum (Non-credit)

Required Courses: 21 Credits

DCP 8101 Advanced Research Methodology for Counseling 3 (3-0-6)

DCP 8103 Advanced Theory, Practice, Issues and Trends in Counseling 3 (3-0-6)

DCP 8104 Psychopathology and Psychotherapy 3 (3-0-6)

DCP 8106 Seminar in Ethics in Counseling Profession 3 (3-0-6)

DCP 9101 Advanced Psychological Tests and Measurements I 3 (3-0-6)

DCP 9102 Advanced Psychological Tests and Measurements II 3 (3-0-6)

DCP 9103 Advanced Statistics for Counseling Psychology 3 (3-0-6)

Elective Courses: 9 Credits (Choose any 2)

DCP 8201 Family/Group Dynamics in Counseling 3 (3-0-6)

DCP 8202 Comparative Social Psychology 3 (3-0-6)

DCP 8203 Multicultural Aspects of Counseling 3 (3-0-6)

DCP 8204 Advanced Community Counseling 3 (3-0-6)

DCP 8205 Individual Research in Counseling 3 (3-0-6)

DCP 8206 Comparative Theories of Counseling 3 (3-0-6)

DCP 8207 Advanced Lifespan Development/ Aging 3 (3-0-6)

Dissertation: 45 Credits

DCP 9301 Advance Research Design in Counseling Psychology 15 (0-0-45)

DCP 9302 Advanced Research Instruments, Development and Construction (Qualitative & Quantitative) 15 (0-0-45)

DCP 9303 Final Dissertation: Analysis, Interpretation and Conclusion 15 (0-0-45)

Additional Graduation Requirements

DCP 9501 Professional Development Experience Non-credit (60 Hours)

DCP 9502 Pre-doctoral Internship Non-credit (1,000 Hours)

(5) Study Plan

First Year

First Trimester

DCP 8104 Psychopathology and Psychotherapy 3 (3-0-6)

DCP 8106 Seminar in Ethics in Counseling Profession3 (3-0-6)

Total 6 (6-0-12)

Second Trimester

DCP 8103 Advanced Theory, Practice, Issues, and Trends of Counseling 3 (3-0-6)

DCP 9103 Advanced Statistics for Counseling Psychology(3-0-6)

Total 6 (6-0-12)

Third Trimester

DCP 9101 Advanced Psychological Tests and Measurement I 3 (3-0-6)

DCP 8101 Advanced Research Methodology for Counseling 3 (3-0-6)

Total 6 (6-0-12)

Second Year

First Trimester

DCP 9102 Advanced Psychological Tests and Measurements II 3 (3-0-6)

DCP xxxx One Elective Course 3 (3-0-6)

DCP 9502 Pre-doctoral Internship Non-credit (1,000 Hours)

Total 6 (6-0-12)

Second Trimester

DCP xxxx Two Elective Courses 6 (6-0-12)

Total 6 (6-0-12)

Third Trimester

DCP 9301 Advanced Research Design in Counseling Psychology 15 (0-0-45)

Total 15 (0-0-45)

Third Year

First Trimester

DCP 9302 Advanced Research Instruments, Development and Construction (Quantitative and Qualitative methods) 15 (0-0-45)

Total 15 (0-0-45)

Second Trimester

DCP 9303 Final Dissertation: Analysis, Interpretation and Conclusion 15 (0-0-45)

Total 15 (0-0-45)

(6) Course Descriptions

1. Foundation Courses

CP 5003 Academic English for Psychologists Non-credit

Development of abilities in the areas of speaking, writing, reading, comprehension of scientific language, psychology vocabulary building, thesis writing skills, familiarization with APA guidelines, and presentation skills with a mixture of syntactic and grammatical exercises, structured conversations, essay writing, journal article analysis, and power point presentations.

CP 6103 Theory and Practice in Counseling Psychology Non-credit

Theories and techniques which include Psychoanalytic Therapy, Adlerian Therapy, Existential Therapy, Person-centered Therapy, Gestalt Therapy, Reality Therapy, Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Feminist Therapy, Family System Therapy and theories of personality.

CP 6104 Psychological Tests and Measurement Non-credit

Psychological testing and assessment techniques and materials in the areas of personality, intelligence, neuropsychology, psychopathology, and other areas relevant to counseling psychology, psychological report writing using test and other assessment data, cultural and ethical issues relating to psychological testing and assessment.

CP6105 Developmental Psychology Non-credit

Overview of human development through the life span as viewed from the biological, psychological, and social perspectives, examining both unique as universal developmental transformations occurring from conception to old age.

CP 6108 Basic Skills in Counseling Psychology Non-credit

Basic skills in all counseling approaches, as well as how to organize interviews, gather information, and set goals collaboratively and effectively. Students will learn an integrative model of counseling skills that can guide their practice.

CP 6110 Counseling Psychology Practicum Non-credit

Supervised experience of counseling off-site work setting of not less than 120 hours with a report. The resident supervisor must produce at least one evaluation of the student's performance. The supervised training experience includes the observation and practicing of counseling skills in core areas of counseling, such as interviewing, assessment, diagnosis, crisis management, and on-going counseling. A key aspect of this hands-on training is the development of a culturally sensitive and ethical therapeutic stance.

2. Required Courses

DCP 8101 Advanced Research Methodology for Counseling 3 (3-0-6)

Advanced and useful methods of scientific works such as complex factorial design, multivariate analysis of variance, structural equation model (SEM), and techniques of research reporting, testing of hypotheses, selection of research methods and evaluation, sampling, collecting and organizing of data, research reporting with advanced statistical analyses. Writing research proposal for funding from available and various funding bodies is also highly recommended at this stage.

DCP 8103 Advanced Theory, Practice, Issues and Trends in Counseling 3 (3-0-6)

Major concepts in group dynamics and theories of group process, and their application to various models of counseling from therapeutic models to personal growth workshops, focusing on ethical approaches with emphasis on diverse setting (i.e. schools, hospitals, etc.), professionals (counselor, psychologists, social workers, etc.), and students, application of group processes and access to different helping situations, and latest issues and trends in counseling, structured and unstructured experimental workshops and team projects which explore facilitating and co-facilitating techniques, appropriate interventions, feedback, authenticity, and leadership styles.

DCP 8104 Psychopathology and Psychotherapy 3 (3-0-6)

Psychopathology from a developmental, cultural, and family systems perspective, etiology and pathogenesis of clinical disorders with emphasis on distinguishing psychological disorders from physical conditions, pertinent issues regarding the practice of therapy, ethical guidelines relevant to psychotherapy, office procedures, legal issues, and other necessary practical information.

DCP 8106 Seminar in Ethics in Counseling Profession 3 (3-0-6)

Comparative and critical in-depth analysis of counseling theories including the interrelationship, philosophical foundations, ethical practices, and practical applications. Students are encouraged to begin developing personal theories relevant to counseling via case analyses and ethical discussions involved, gain actual "hands-on" experiences in counseling, analysis of counseling interviews, role playing, under close supervision in laboratory settings.

DCP 9101 Advanced Psychological Tests & Measurements I 3 (3-0-6)

Advanced methods of psychological testing, measurement and instrument development, application of factor analysis in test validation and hands-on experience to expose students to experiences using real test data in counseling situations and cases (i.e. aptitude, attitude, career, interest, personality tests and other psychological measures), demonstration of how to use these instruments, practice in administration, scoring, reporting and interpretation.

DCP 9102 Advanced Psychological Tests & Measurements II 3 (3-0-6)

Prerequisite: DCP 9101 Advanced Psychological Tests & Measurements I
Training and supervision provided to students in the use of tests and measures more specific to psychologists in clinical and counseling settings such as the MMPI, Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale, Bender Visual Motor Gestalt Test, Wide Range Achievement Test, Thematic Apperception Test, House-Tree- Person Projective Tests and the Beck Depression Inventory. Continued training of how to use these instruments, practice in administration, scoring, reporting and interpretation.

DCP 9103 Advanced Statistics for Counseling Psychology 3 (3-0-6)

Advance analysis of variance, multivariate statistical methods, focusing on advanced regression analysis, discriminant analysis and factor analysis, application of these methods using statistical computing packages.

3. Electives Courses

DCP 8201 Family/Group Dynamics in Counseling 3(3-0-6)

History, Theories and development of family and group dynamics in counseling, various approaches to family and small group processes, communication and various family and group structures, problem solving approaches for internal and external conflicts, cooperation in family and work settings to enhance personal development as applicable to counseling, and an experimental study with a poster presentation at the end of the course.

DCP 8202 Comparative Social Psychology 3 (3-0-6)

Human social behaviors, various theories and research in social psychology emphasizing group dynamics, attitudes and their formation, development, change, aggression, interpersonal attractions, individual behavior in groups, and analysis of problems in applied settings.

DCP 8203 Multicultural Aspects of Counseling 3 (3-0-6)

Effects of ethnicity on the counseling process with emphasis on the unique cultural traits of various minority groups, culturally appropriate interventions and awareness of multicultural dynamics in a large society, influences of cultural and ethnic differences of the counselor and client being counseled.

DCP 8204 Advanced Community Counseling 3 (3-0-6)

Philosophy, meanings, objectives, and importance of organization of various kinds of community counseling, current situations and emphasis on the relationship between work and modern day environment, employee assistance program (EAP), school counseling, E-counseling and telephone counseling.

DCP 8205 Individual Research in Counseling 3 (3-0-6)

Research in area of interest. The topic can be of students' own choosing in conjunction with an assigned course advisor. At the end of this course, an APA style report should be submitted explaining the research conducted and the outcomes. The format should be that could readily be published in academic journals. A proof of submission for publication in academic journals is expected.

DCP 8206 Comparative Theories of Counseling 3 (3-0-6)

Philosophy, characteristics, and concepts of being human and objectives of various theories, ethical approaches, and techniques of counseling such as: psychoanalysis, person-centered approach, trait and factor theory, rational-emotive theory and various behavioral approaches. An emphasis will also placed on the analysis, evaluation and techniques of different counseling approach such as: existentialism, gestalt therapy, reality therapy, and behavioral and eclectic approaches.

DCP 8207 Advanced Lifespan Development/ Aging 3 (3-0-6)

Development aspects of adult life, including biological, cognitive, emotional and social factors that affect relationships, careers and quality of life, evolving theories on child to adult development and human potential. Students will interview individuals in various age groups to gain a further understanding of developmental stages, life cycles, and conflicts with respect to ageing.

4. Dissertation

DCP 9301 Advanced Research Design in Counseling Psychology 15 (0-0-45)

Identification of research topics through the process of integrating research and practice by using complex analytical, critical, integrated, and holistic thinking and questioning. Utilization of quantitative and/or qualitative data analysis as methodologies is both allowed. Ethical issues pertaining to the research must be covered in all aspects satisfactorily. A research proposal must be scheduled and defended before a research committee at the end of this course. Students should obtain an acceptance status before proceeding to the next level.

DCP 9302 Advanced Research Instruments Development and Construction (Qualitative & Quantitative) 15 (0-0-45)

Prerequisite: DCP 9301 Advanced Research Design in Counseling Psychology

Utilization of skills in the integrating of sampling, design, ethics, measurement, validation, and various statistics methods with an emphasis on researching relationships via exploratory and confirmatory factor analyses. This will be a major research report prepared scientifically and in accordance with the conventional and accepted rules of dissertation preparation and writing. It should possess some or all of the following characteristics: 1) brings out a new principle, norm, law, or technique that is relevant to society; 2) accepts, rejects, verifies existing knowledge and discovers facts and ideas not previously known; and 3) deduces conclusions from existing evidence, creates values out of facts. Students must develop comprehensive research instruments in preparation for their dissertation. For those students who choose to employ qualitative research approach, multi-case studies should be carried out. A substantial increase in the work progress must be shown and approved by supervisors before moving on to the next and final stage.

DCP 9303 Final Dissertation: Analysis, Interpretation, and Conclusion 15 (0-0-45)

Prerequisite: DCP 9302 Advanced Research Instruments, Development and Construction (Qualitative & Quantitative)

Completion of the data collection, discussion, limitation of study and conclusion sections of the dissertation, in reference to the hypothesis. A dissertation defense must be scheduled and successfully accomplished at the end of the course. Students must obtain at least a "Pass" status for the final defense of the dissertation. Around the same time, publication of the dissertation must be sorted and publication acceptance is confirmed as part of graduation requirements.

5. Additional Graduate Requirements

DCP 9501 Professional Development Experience 60 Hours

Students must complete not less than 60 hours of Professional Development Experience (PDE) prior to approval for Counseling Psychology Practicum at off-site work setting. PDE hours may include supervised training experiences, participation in special departmental lectures, participation in departmental case conferences, case studies, or other activities pre-approved by assigned faculty.

DCP 9502 Pre-Doctoral Internship 1,000 Hours

A supervised 1,000-hour internship in Counseling Psychology within counseling centers, clinics, hospitals, schools, offices, and other agencies under the supervision of a licensed psychologist. Students will be able to practice counseling, interviewing, in-service training, orientation procedures, and data collection requiring 15 hours or more per week of face-to-face counseling experience with children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families in community agencies, schools, detention centers, hospitals, etc. Also requires participation in seminar discussions of theory and practice of supervision immediately following supervised practice, training workshops, personal psychological counseling, and lifestyle counseling and management skills.

17. Curriculum Quality Assurance

In full accordance, this faculty has developed this program to meet the requirements of the University's AuQS Center of Excellence, Quality Management, and Information and Planning System.


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