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TWU counseling psychology doctoral program accreditation renewed for 7 years


DENTON — The American Psychological Association praised the faculty and diversity of Texas Woman’s University’s counseling doctoral program as it renewed the program’s accreditation for seven years — the maximum accreditation period awarded by the association.

The accreditation runs through the year 2012.

The APA’s Committee on Accreditation commended the program in each of its areas of review, including student-faculty relations, program self-assessment and the program’s philosophy, objectives and curriculum plan. Dr. Roberta Nutt, director of TWU’s doctoral program in counseling psychology, said, “I conduct site visits for (the APA), and that was one of the most positive reports I’ve ever seen.” Dr. Nutt, a TWU professor of psychology, also serves as president of the Society of Counseling Psychology, Division 17 of the APA.

The report cited the program’s core faculty as “a clear strength of the program, shown by their hard work, competency and effectiveness as role models and mentors.” Dr. Nutt said the faculty — comprised of Drs. Sally Stabb, Linda Rubin, Nathan Smith and Debra Mollen — are “accomplished, enthusiastic, they know their field, they work well together and are student-centered.”

The report also praised the program’s close, collaborative relationship with TWU’s Counseling Center, which sponsors an APA-accredited internship. The center provides instructional classes, and program personnel supervise the center’s interns.

“We strengthen each other,” Dr. Nutt said.

The report also noted the diversity of the student body and in both the curriculum and the clientele served in practicum placements. “Issues of diversity are taught across the curriculum, and it appears that the program’s training in diversity is a major strength,” the report stated.

Dr. Nutt said the APA accreditation reflects well on the students, TWU, the department, program and faculty.

“We work hard, and it’s nice to receive such a positive report,” she said.


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