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Can people have a "relationship" with the natural world?

Human behavior is at the root of the rapid pace of climate change. What leads people to perceive greater interdependence with the environment? How does their commitment to the environment predict pro-environmental behavior? read more...


What increases emergency visits in children with asthma?

How are family/culturally-based beliefs about asthma, caregiver quality of life, and emergency department use associated in pediatric asthma? read more...


Can we train students' brains to work more effectively?

Direct cognitive training in a school setting represents an important innovation for developing the underlying thinking skills needed for educational success. Can we make computers better "trainers"? read more...


Can you strengthen your character in six hours?

Religious and secular self-help experts have long helped people build character strengths. But can people achieve as much—or even more!—benefit by working through six-hour workbooks at home? read more...

Counseling Psychology

Program Mission Statement: Innovation is our Tradition

Our training model is a scientist-practitioner-leader model. Scientific psychology is the basis of our training in preparing scientists, leaders and professionals for functioning effectively within the community and the profession of counseling psychology. Our faculty and graduate students are characterized by excellence, innovation and forward thinking. The Counseling Psychology Program at VCU strives to be the leader among counseling psychology programs in the areas of community and counseling health psychology. In line with our motto, “Innovation is our tradition,” the program seeks to advance the field of counseling psychology through interdisciplinary approaches to science and service provision while upholding the core traditions of counseling psychology.

Our program emphasizes three strengths in particular:

APA Accreditation

Our program has been accredited by the American Psychological Association since 1984. Our last APA site visit was in the fall of 2011.  Our next APA site visit is scheduled for 2018.

Our program upholds the Counseling Psychology Model Training Values Statement Addressing Diversity put forth by the Council of Counseling Psychology Programs (CCPTP).

Commission on Accreditation
750 First Street NE, Washington, DC 20002
Phone: 202-336-5979

Contact Information

Director of Clinical Training
Dr. Everett Worthington

Counseling Psychology program assistant
Gillian Leibach
E-mail: (email is the preferred method of contact)

Virginia Commonwealth University
Department of Psychology
Counseling Psychology Program
806 West Franklin Street
PO Box 842018
Richmond, Virginia 23284-2018