School of Psychology & Counseling

Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor
Education & Supervision (Ph.D.)

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Heather Paessler-Chesterton, Ph.D. in Counselor Education & Supervision
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Regent's Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education & Supervision is designed for currently licensed counselors who are strongly motivated to attain a high level of competency in the field of counseling. Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) accredited, the program has a prescribed progression of coursework, and an internship and a dissertation are required. An essential component of the program is its focus on integrating counseling knowledge, skills and strategies with Biblical foundations and faith practices. Students will enjoy a sense of community during three one-week, on-campus residencies as well as through instructional design that has been developed to maximize teambuilding and cooperative identity.

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Ph.D. in Counseling Education & Supervision Highlights

Curriculum: View course sequence and descriptions.
Length: 66 credit hours. May be completed in as little as three years. Students may begin the program in the fall semester.
Format: Offered entirely online with three one-week residencies.
Results: Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education & Supervision.
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Features: Dual emphases in training educators to teach counseling at the university level, and developing the advanced clinical and supervision skills that enhance the practice of the professional counselor.

Career Opportunities

Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision graduates will be able to serve as leaders in a variety of professional roles that include faculty, clinical practitioners, counselor supervisors, administrators in mental health agencies and schools, researchers, and consultants. A 48-credit-hour Master's Degree in Counseling or significantly related field such as psychology or social work is a prerequisite.

Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision graduates will be able to:

  • Explain, debate and employ the principles, concepts, skills and applications of advanced counseling, counselor education and counselor supervision. This will be accomplished through faculty mentoring, coursework, practica, internship, and independent and dissertation research in the following areas:
    1. the principles and practices of counseling;
    2. career development;
    3. group work;
    4. family system theory and practice;
    5. consultation;
    6. theories and practices of supervision;
    7. instructional theory and methods relevant to counselor education;
    8. social and cultural issues, including social change theory and advocacy action planning;
    9. design and implementation of quantitative research and methodology;
    10. design and implementation of qualitative research and methodology;
    11. models and methods of assessment and use of data;
    12. ethical and legal considerations in counselor education and supervision;
    13. the role of racial, ethnic, and cultural heritage, nationality, socioeconomic status, family structure, age, gender, sexual orientation, religious and spiritual beliefs, occupation, physical, and mental status, local, regional, national, international perspective, and equity issues in counselor education programs;
    14. the integration of historical Christian beliefs with best practices of mental health science;
    15. and Regent University's global initiatives.
  • Assume leadership roles in the field of counseling as college and university faculty, advanced practitioners, consultants, researchers and scholarly authors, and administrators. 
  • Demonstrate an holistic counseling perspective and sound ethical and moral standards by integrating the Christian Biblical worldview with current thought and best practices in the field of counseling. 
  • Demonstrate a sense of multicultural awareness that will result in culturally appropriate practices in all areas of counseling, education and supervision and application of this awareness in diverse world-wide contexts. 
  • Demonstrate a maturity in their professional and spiritual lives that will positively influence their practices as counseling professionals, and encourage their service to Christ and community. 
Admissions Contact:

Lindsey Weck
Admissions Counselor
lindwec@regent.edu
757.352.4498, 800.681.5906

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