Origin and Transformation (The Bachelor’s Program)
Responding to the changing times, as societal mental health risks are growing, many people seek calm and tranquility but to no avail. Demand for psychology professionals has become increasingly high. Therefore, with the support of faculty having psychology-related backgrounds, built on the foundation of the Teacher Education Center and the Graduate School of Education, a new department was established in 2003, with the name of Department of Educational Psychology and Counseling under the School of Social Sciences. Courses in educational psychology and counseling as well as business psychology were the two major concentrations.
After further consideration that counseling is more in line with the professional image and future trends, the DCIOP officially changed its name to Department of Educational and Counseling Psychology in 2005. After stable establishment of these two areas of curriculum, the Department further changed its name to Department of Counseling and Industrial/Organizational Psychology (DCIOP), becoming the first in the nation to include counseling and I/O psychology in a single department in 2008.
Throughout the name iterations, the DCIOP has always maintained certain courses within the field of Clinical Psychology over the years, and because of this, students are more comprehensively prepared compared to those who in counseling departments of other schools. In 2016, a new concentration in Clinical Psychology was formally added to the undergraduate curriculum, so that the three pillars of applied psychology - counseling, I/O, and clinical psychology, allow students to develop more extensive learning and gain greater opportunities and options in their career paths.
Origin and Transformation (The Master's & Executive Master's Programs)
In 2008, the DCIOP adopted Healthy Psychology in the Workplace as its main direction for teaching and research development. Hence, the original Master’s Program included both Counseling and I/O concentrations. In 2012, in line with the needs of professional cultivation of manpower, the Department expanded to include an Executive Master’s Program. Beginning in 2013, the Master’s Program in Counseling Psychology has aimed to educate counseling psychology professionals, while the Executive Master’s Program has aimed to educate I/O psychology professionals who are already on the job striving for healthy workplaces. A new Master's Program in Clinical Psychology began recruiting students for September 2019 enrollment.