Professional Counseling and Supervision

Doctor of Education

The Doctor of Education Program in Professional Counseling and Supervision is designed to emphasize the importance of the scholar-practitioner philosophy and a set of values that undergird the entire program.

All doctoral candidates are viewed as scholars and future leaders within their profession. This doctoral program is designed for working adults in light of changes confronting professional requirements that seek educators at all levels with increased academic qualifications. This concentration in Professional Counseling and Supervision is designed to prepare practitioners for either national certification as a professional counselor and state licensure as a clinical mental health counselor and/or national certification as an Approved Counselor Supervisor.

Learning Outcomes for Professional Counseling and Supervision
  • Social and Cultural Awareness – The candidate will be able to communicate in written and oral forms an understanding of social and cultural similarities and differences and their impact upon professional practice
  • Inquiry and Original Research – The candidate will be able to demonstrate the ability to engage in original inquiry into topics of professional and scholarly importance through the production of scholarly writings and an accepted dissertation
  • Critical Thinking and Reflection – The candidate will be able to synthesize and evaluate a variety of sources to explore ideas and issues to facilitate continued personal and professional development through self-reflection
  • Professional Counseling and Supervision: Knowledge of Counseling Theory and Practice –The candidate will be able to evaluate, verbally and in scholarly writings, seminal theories and methodologies of professional counseling and express a synthesized personal philosophy of best counseling practice.
  • Professional Counseling & Supervision: Ethical Codes & Best Practices –The candidate will be able to evaluate, verbally and in scholarly writings, the mandated ethical codes in professional counseling and express a synthesized personal philosophy of best practice in counseling and supervision in the counseling field.

In the classroom. In the workforce.

What You'll Learn

Successful candidates will learn the necessary skill set to prepare them for both clinical mental health counselor, and professional counselor roles.

Future Studies

The Professional Counseling and Supervision program is designed for counselors with existing licensure to reinforce, and broaden their skill set.

Career Opportunities

A degree in Professional Counseling and Supervision prepares candidates for state licensure as a Mental Health Counselor, or national certification as a Professional Counselor or Approved Counselor Supervisor.

Common Core Requirements: (42 credits)

  • PSY7210: Advanced Human Growth and Development
  • PSY7220: Advanced Social and Cultural Foundations
  • PSY7230: Promoting Individual and Institutional Resiliency
  • PSY7241: Clinical Supervision
  • PSY7440: Research and Program Evaluation
  • PSY7510: Survey of Research Methods in the Social Domain
  • PSY8417: Internship 1
  • PSY8420: Individualized Research Design
  • EDU9509: Dissertation Research I
  • EDU9519: Dissertation Research II
  • EDU9499: Professional Portfolio
  • EDU9529: Dissertation I
  • EDU9539: Dissertation II
  • EDU9549: Dissertation III
  • EDU9559: Dissertation IV*
  • EDU9569: Dissertation V*

 

Concentration Requirements: (15 credits)

  • PSY7465: Advanced Counseling Theory and Practice (Helping Relationships)
  • PSY7410: Advanced Group Work: Theory and Methodology
  • PSY7430: Advanced Theory and Practice of Career and Lifestyle Development
  • PSY7420: Advanced Appraisal (Tests and Measurements for Individuals and Groups)
  • PSY8001: Advanced Professional Orientation and Ethics

 

Electives (15 Credits)

  • EDU8864: Directed Study
  • PSY8635: Abnormal Psychology
  • PSY8645: Biological Bases of Behavior
  • PSY8650: Family Therapy
  • PSY8655: Human Sexuality for Counselors
  • PSY8418: Internship 2
  • PSY8419: Internship 3
  • PSY8660: Personality Theory and Development
  • PSY8665: Positive Psychology
  • PSY8670: Psychology of Learning
  • PSY8675: Psychopharmacology
  • PSY8680: Spirituality in Counseling
  • PSY8685: Substance Abuse & Addictive Disorders
  • PSY8690: Ethics in Supervision
  • PSY8695: Group Supervision
  • PSY8705: Challenges in Supervision
  • PSY8700: Honoring Clinicians Values in Supervision
  • PSY87100: Positive Approaches to Supervision

Course Descriptions

This course focuses on current theories of human development across the lifespan. Consideration of the influence of genetic and environmental factors will be included, as well as an advanced overview of the physical, cognitive, behavioral, and emotional elements of development. The change process and strategies for facilitating appropriate development will be addressed.

This course focuses on personal and professional awareness and sensitivity to issues of diversity and the impact of culture. Advanced studies will include models of cultural competency in all arenas of diversity, including race, ethnicity, gender, class, ability and more. The course will cover knowledge of pertinent concepts and issues, and acquisition of skills applicable to multicultural situations. The course is also designed to look at issues of oppression in our society and the impact of that oppression.

This course focuses on identifying factors that promote individual and institutional resiliency, especially in times of transition and change. Major theories and research on resiliency at both levels will be covered. Students will have the opportunity to build personal theories of best practice about how to build and nurture resiliency in themselves, their co-workers, and those they supervise.

This course is designed to provide students with theoretical and practical knowledge of clinical supervision models, methods and issues. The course will explore supervisory roles, evaluation methods, research, and socio-cultural issues in supervision.

This course includes advanced studies of a range of research methods and program evaluation. Topics include: basic descriptive and inferential statistical analyses, needs assessment, ethical and legal considerations in research and evaluation, research design and implementation, and the purpose, fundamentals and process of program evaluation. Both qualitative and quantitative methods are considered.

This course focuses on an introduction to the selection and construction of a research design and choice of appropriate research methods for the student’s inquiry to be undertaken. A variety of research methods will be reviewed. The design and collection of data, data analysis, and ethical issues related to research with human subjects will be explored.

This course focuses on developing an appropriate research design for each student’s dissertation proposal. It includes articulating the research questions, choosing the design and being able to articulate its appropriateness to the inquiry at hand, discussing the assets and limitations of the design, human subjects and other ethical concerns, and proposed methods of data collection and analysis.

Dissertation research 1 is the first of a two-block experience involving original doctoral research. In this course, the student will gather data to be reported in chapter four of the dissertation, using the research design developed in individualized research design.

Dissertation research 2 is the second of a two-block experience involving original doctoral research. In this course, the student will analyze his/her collected data, including re-engaging with the seminal scholarly literature presented in chapter 2. Data analysis will conform to the methods described in individual Research Design. In addition to analysis, the student will be able to discuss the scholarly and practitioner implications of his/her findings as well as directions for future research.

This course provides a culminating experience that allows each student to reflect on his or his scholarly and professional growth over the program of study. In organizing the portfolio according to program competencies and values, the student provides evidence of his/her meeting those outcomes, as well as concentration-specific and individual goals laid out in the Degree plan.

Dissertation 1 is the first in a three-course block of final required dissertation writing. It yields the first two chapters of the dissertation: Introduction and literature Review. Credit is awarded when the students submits the fully edited and approved version of these two chapters to his/her Dissertation Committee.

Based on licensing and certification requirements,this course will serve to meet requirements for licensure for counselors seeking state licensure and NBCC certification. All aspects of psychological practice – appraisal, therapeutic intervention, and consultation – are addressed in the internship experience. Both a site-based and a college supervisor closely monitor the activity of the learner throughout the internship process to ensure that all internship activities are appropriate to this field of psychology. The college and field (site-based) supervisors formally evaluate the progress of individual learners.

Course Dissertation 2 is the second of the three-course clock of final required dissertation writing. Dissertation research consists of conducting the approved research developed the individualized research design yields and the Research Methodology chapter of the dissertation (chapter three. Credit is awarded when the dstudent submits the fully edited and approved version ofthis chapter to his/her Dissertation Committee and receives their approva; for the completed data gathering.

Dissertation 3 is the final block of required dissertaion writing. It yiekds the last two chapters of the dissertaion (chapters four or five) and completes the document. Credit is awarded when the student successfully presents his/her research findings and recommendations and submits the fully edited and approved dissertation to his/her Dissertation Committee.

This course includes studies of major theories, approaches and procedures in counseling and psychotherapy, their historical-cultural developmental contexts, and their applications and practice. Students will be exposed to an overview of current and emerging approaches to psychological counseling, including psychodynamic, existentialhumanistic, transpersonal, cognitive-behavioral, and systems approaches. Emphasis is on both theory and practical applications of the various approaches.

This course includes advanced studies of theoretical approaches to and key concepts of group counseling and their practical applications. It focuses on the elements of group dynamics and process; group counseling methods; strategies and skills; historical and cultural contexts in which models were developed; leadership styles and practicalities of creating and leading groups.

This course includes studies of career development theory and research and the application of these in a counseling. Theoretical and operational foundations of career counseling, career decision-making, and career development, including assessment and intervention, as well as various career decision-making processes, are included. The relationship between career development and a range of life factors is considered. Practical skills for helping individuals consider career choice and lifestyle options are included.

This course focuses on the study of theory and practice of appraisal, including issues of reliability and validity; evaluation procedures and test administration, as well as clinical and practical aspects of individual and educational testing and clinical diagnosis; integration and interpretation of data from a variety of appraisal procedures; report writing; and the professional communication of appraisal results. It includes legal, ethical and social/cultural issues related to the appropriate use of major instruments for evaluating intelligence, aptitude, achievement, personality and neurological conditions; and computer-managed and computer-assisted methods.

This course includes the study of ethical issues in a variety of counseling settings and includes the moral and legal bases for ethical codes and guidelines for human service professionals. The counseling relationship and ethical and professional conduct, standards, and practices are considered. Issues related to client/counselor conflict and societal, legal and cultural values are included. The course will include a focus on methods and strategies for recognizing and resolving ethical dilemmas.

In these courses, a student pursues, in-depth, an individualized program of reading and/or research with supervision by first and second core faculty.

This course focuses on psychopathology and includes studies of the etiology and categorization of psychopathology; historical, sociopolitical, cultural, behavioral and epidemiological approaches to the systematic description of psychological disorders; use of the DSM-IV-TR in differential diagnosis; potential alternatives to the existing system; and the roles of assessment, treatment planning and intervention for psychological disorders.

This course includes studies of the gross anatomy of the nervous system and the basic relationships between the brain, chemical neurotransmitters and behavior; right and left hemisphere specialization; learning disorders and learning style differences; relationships between neurotransmitters and psychiatric disorders; biological bases of memory systems and retrieval processes including long-term, short-term, episodic and semantic memory.

This course focuses on the history, theory and practice of family therapy, with analysis and comparison of beliefs, therapeutic strategies, and techniques of the most prominent approaches. It includes the study of differences between individual and systems approaches to helping families and the use of the genogram in family therapy, as well as the role and functions of a family therapist.

This course includes studies of the diverse nature and constructs of human sexuality, sexual identity and sexual dysfunction. Perspectives of human sexuality including biological, behavioral, cultural, social, psychological, as well as clinical factors will be studied. The role of the professional counselor and counseling strategies are considered.

This course will provide students with an intensive analysis of cognitive functioning. Different paradigms of information processing, especially those that are developmentally related, will be reviewed with emphasis on cognitive development and assessment.

This course includes exploration of the theories, dynamics and processes of personality; the nature and causes of the personality proposed by major personality theorists; various modes of practice derived from psychoanalytic/psychodynamic, psychophysiological, behavioral, cognitive, humanistic, and existential theoretical paradigms; and the symptomologies of major psychiatric disorders.

This course includes an exploration of the theories, concepts and practice of positive psychology including applications in clinical, coaching, and other settings; promoting psychological health in ones life and practice; the study of positive emotion and life satisfaction; intervention/coaching strategies that address specific life challenges for counselors and their clients.

Based on licensing and certification requirements,this course will serve to meet requirements for licensure for counselors seeking state licensure and NBCC certification. All aspects of psychological practice – appraisal, therapeutic intervention, and consultation – are addressed in the internship experience. Both a site-based and a college supervisor closely monitor the activity of the learner throughout the internship process to ensure that all internship activities are appropriate to this field of psychology. The college and field (site-based) supervisors formally evaluate the progress of individual learners.

This course includes studies of the principles and theories of learning and behavior including functionalist, associative and cognitive approaches; and current research and practical applications of learning theories in clinical, educational and other applied settings.

This course includes a focus on psychopharmacology for the counselor. Attention to the ways in which drugs interact with the brain to affect cognitive processes and behavioral states is noted. Study of the specific classes of drugs and their applications to the treatment of psychological disorders including psychosis, anxiety, depression, and bipolar disorders is included.

This course focuses on the need of counselors to understand the wide range of religious and spiritual experiences of clients and how these impact mental health and well-being. Included is a study of clients’ sense of meaning and purpose in life, as well as their values and beliefs. Consideration is given to the utilization of the client’s belief system in furthering counseling goals. The course introduces, as well, transpersonal psychology theory and practice as a framework for professional counseling.

This course includes studies of historical and societal aspects of drug use and abuse. It covers core concepts of substance use, abuse and dependence and the etiology of drug abuse. The neurophysiology of addiction and effectiveness of treatment methods and preventive strategies for addictions are covered.

This course will focus on the ethics and professional orientation for the counseling supervisor, including a focus on dual relationships, legal issues, complex situations in supervision, and a moral and ethical base for the work of supervision.

All aspects of psychological practice – appraisal, therapeutic intervention, and consultation – are addressed in the internship experience. Both a site-based and a college supervisor closely monitor the activity of the learner throughout the internship process to ensure that all internship activities are appropriate to this field of psychology. The college and field (site-based) supervisors formally evaluate the progress of individual learners.

The course focuses on methods and theories of group supervision, with an emphasis on how the group process facilitates learning of supervisees, as well as building the field of inquiry and knowledge acquisition.

This course includes focus on a variety of challenging issues in supervision, including verbal and nonverbal resistance by supervisees, issues of transference, breaches of ethics, cultural difference and supervision anxiety. Included is the study of ways to counteract resistance, support supervisee openness and turn the process of challenging experiences into a positive growth experience for supervisees and supervisor.

This course focuses on being aware of and respecting the spiritual orientation, as well as personal and professional values of the clinician being supervised. Included are considerations of different value/spiritual traditions and an inquiry into the nature of how values affect the counseling relationship.

This course draws from the theories and themes of positive psychology as an approach to supervision. Considerations of supervisor feedback based in principles of thriving, positivity, and wholeness will be included.

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