What is Counselor Education and Supervision?
The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Counselor Education and Supervision program at GCU gives learners the theoretical and practical background knowledge to teach counseling students and supervise clinical counselors. Before earning the degree, learners must conduct psychological research to develop and test new ideas and theories. This research ensures that they will be expert practitioners who are fully capable of supporting counseling students and clinical counselors.
During the course of this PhD program, learners will grow in the areas of:
- Counselor supervision
- Leadership and advocacy
- Statistics and research
Learn to Research, Educate and Supervise
This PhD in counselor education program was created by the College of Doctoral Studies as a response to how many master’s level counselors were seeking further education. PhD graduates are needed to teach, mentor and supervise those master’s level students. Graduates of the Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education and Supervision supervise clinical counselors and provide instruction and leadership when necessary.
On the path to supporting other counselors, doctoral learners will improve their own practice and impact the health outcomes of the clients they work with. This learning happens as a result of coursework and research, residency, internship and practicum requirements. The combination of theoretical and hands-on work transitions counselor education PhD students into the next stages of their careers.
The College of Doctoral Studies has outlined the six domains that highlight the goals of the PhD in counselor education coursework.
- Counseling - Examine and integrate ethical and culturally relevant theories of counseling
- Supervision - Develop a legal, ethical and personally-relevant style of clinical supervision
- Teaching - Design, deliver and evaluate counselor education experiences
- Scholarship and Research - Conduct independent research
- Leadership and Advocacy - Lead and advocate based on prevailing social, cultural and political conditions and trends within counseling
- Special Topics - Evaluate the integration of evidence-based treatments relevant to family systems and group dynamics and processes
PhD in Counselor Education Careers
PhD in counselor education graduates have many opportunities to see growth and change in their careers. They may choose to stay in their current practice and apply the research and learning to improve the lives of their clients, or choose to advance in a new career, such as:
- Faculty member
- Advanced clinician
- Director of school guidance
- Director of counseling agencies
If you are grateful for the counseling education you received, it is possible to give back. Find out how by learning more about the Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education and Supervision degree program at GCU.