World’s first counseling psychology dual degree program
Graduate program formalized between University of Missouri–Columbia and National Taiwan Normal University at virtual signing ceremony Please see more photos of the signing ceremony
Introduction of Dual Degree Master’s Program
The Coalition for Cultural Competency (CCC), formerly known as the Center for Multicultural Research, Training and Consultation (CMRTC) and the Department of Educational, School and Counseling Psychology (ESCP), University of Missouri and the Department of Educational Psychology and Counseling (EPC), National Taiwan Normal University (NTNU) have a distinguished history of mutually beneficial professional collaboration. Both universities agreed to endorse cross-cultural collaboration and strongly encourage qualified EPC and ESCP students to receive training from both universities.
In 2007, the CCC and the Department of ESCP at MU, and the Department of EPC at NTNU signed a memorandum of agreement to establish the Master’s Dual Degree Program (DDMP). The program was developed to train future educational and counseling psychologists to live and work in an increasingly global society. To this end, the DDMP was designed to promote opportunities for international education as well cross-cultural competencies. The MU Dual Degree Master’s Program is the first Dual Degree Program of its kind at the graduate school level in the counseling psychology field across the world. The signing ceremony between MU and NTNU took place in fall 2007. During the signing ceremony, Dr. Brady Deaton, MU Chancellor, indicated that “Through this program, educational and counseling psychologists will learn about the critical role of culture in their discipline by completing graduate coursework and on-site experiences at both Universities.”
Students accepted and enrolled in a master’s degree program from either Department are eligible to apply for the Dual Degree Program. Graduates who have completed at least one year of the master’s degree at the home institution, and meet the graduation credit requirements of both Departments, will receive dual master’s degrees from both Universities. Since 2007, 19 qualified NTNU and three MU graduate students have enrolled in this program.
Currently, the Dual Degree Program is coordinated by two MU faculty, Dr. Sonia Dhaliwal (Assistant Professor and Coordinator) and Dr. Lisa Flores (Professor and Coordinator), as well as one NTNU faculty, Dr. Li-fei Wang (Professor). Please contact them for more information about the program.
Dual Degree Students
Name: Chia-Jui Pai (Emily)
Advisor: Dr. Sonia Dhaliwal
Research Interest: Counseling with elderly people
Clinical Interest: School counseling, CBT, interpersonal process in therapy
Name: Chin-Wei Chen (Wayne)
Advisor: Dr. Francisco Sanchez
Research Interest: Transgender people and resilience
Clinical Interest: Multicultural counseling
Name: Li-Hsin Shih (Larry)
Advisor: Dr. Christopher D. Slaten
Research Interest: Couple therapy, family systems therapy, gender and sexuality issues
Clinical Interest: Couple therapy, family systems therapy, gender and sexuality issues