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Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision

  • Chicago, IL
  • Full-Time
  • 3 Years (Minimum)

The Chicago School’s Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision program provides the opportunity for post-master’s licensed counselors to advance their professional development. Guided by practitioner faculty who are leaders in the field of counseling, students will engage in qualitative and quantitative research as they build a strong foundation in the theoretical, research, and practical aspects […]

The Chicago School’s Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision program provides the opportunity for post-master’s licensed counselors to advance their professional development.

Guided by practitioner faculty who are leaders in the field of counseling, students will engage in qualitative and quantitative research as they build a strong foundation in the theoretical, research, and practical aspects of counseling.

Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision students will have practical and internship opportunities, including:

  • Apprentice educators
  • Advanced supervisors
  • Researchers
  • Program evaluators

Graduates of the Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision program will be prepared to become educators, supervisors, and senior administrators as well as take the following roles in educational and community settings:

  • Supervising beginning counselors
  • Teach as core faculty or as adjunct faculty in counseling programs
  • Developing graduate level teaching content
  • Conducting applied research within a range of counseling settings and populations

Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision: Chicago Student Experience

The Chicago Campus provides students an opportunity to immerse themselves into a culturally diverse city with nearly unlimited academic resources as well as excellent networking opportunities. Chicago is also home to some of the nation’s finest dining, entertainment, museums, and other activities.

At our flagship campus, The Chicago School has demonstrated a continued commitment to a diverse student population and expanding mental health services to multicultural and underserved communities.

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Issues in Counselor Education and Supervision

This seminar explores current issues for counselors, counselor educators, and counselor supervisors related to professional identity and responsibilities. Topics include, but are not limited to: consultation, crisis intervention, leadership, and advocacy. The counselor’s advocacy role is stressed, both in advocacy for clients and advocacy for the profession.

Advanced Psychopathology

This course provides an in-depth survey and understanding of the range of mental disorders. The overall objective of the course is to enable students to appropriately diagnose psychopathology for purposes of efficacious treatment and the facilitation of clear clinical dialogue and agreement with fellow professionals. The course emphasizes research as it pertains to empirically-based treatments for a variety of mental health disorders. Additionally, issues of culture and gender as it relates to mental health diagnoses are discussed. Diagnostic criteria are drawn primarily from the DSM-IV-TR with some contribution from other sources considered as appropriate.

Qualitative Research Methods

Prerequisite: CE 620. The field of qualitative research is reviewed for the applications to the discipline of psychology. Primarily focused on cultural research, this course examines the methods that can be credibly employed to examine cultural and cross cultural research in psychology. Topics include: qualitative design frameworks, establishing trustworthiness and credibility, threats to trustworthiness and mediation strategies, data collection, data analysis, and results reporting.

The Ph.D. Counselor Education and Supervision program requires 100 hours of practicum. Students are responsible for finding their own practicum sites, which must be approved by the Ph.D. Counselor Education and Supervision faculty and Department Chair. Students are allowed to earn income during the practicum process. The program entails 600 hours of internship as outlined below:

  • Mandatory 100 hours of teaching
  • Mandatory 100 hours of supervision
  • Additional internship hours will be developed in conjunction with program faculty, and may include:
    • Counseling
    • Consultation
    • Research
    • Professional leadership

Doctoral students write a doctoral dissertation in the final year of their program of study, concurrent with their internship experiences. The dissertation utilizes measurement, data collection, and research design methods to address a problem of the student’s choosing. The dissertation makes an original contribution to the field of counseling education or supervision, and is structured as a formal product using the American Psychological Association (APA) format. The literature review provides a complete statement of all issues relevant to the topic. Students may present dissertation data at conferences (e.g., the American Counseling Association and the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision conferences) and summarize dissertation data for publication in a scholarly journal.

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Chicago, IL 60654-1822

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology’s Ph.D. Counselor Education and Supervision program will consider students with a master’s degree in counseling or counseling psychology from an accredited institution who are LCPC license-eligible (Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor), LPC license eligible (Licensed Professional Counselor), or other state equivalent license-eligible for professional licensure. It is preferred that applicants have one to two years of counseling experience prior to admission. Students applying to the Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision program must submit the following:

  • Application
  • Application Fee: $50
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
    • Résumé/curriculum vitae, highlighting relevant work, volunteer, and research experiences. Applicants to not need to be licensed as a professional counselor to apply to the program.  If an applicant is licensed, please list the state in which you are licensed and the specific type of license
  • Essays- Please answer the following question in approximately 500 words.
    • Describe your professional goals as they relate to your professional counselor identity, the Counselor Education & Supervision program, as well as a self-assessment of the challenges and resources needed for successful completion.
  • Official College/University Transcripts
    • Students must submit official transcripts from all schools where degrees have been earned. The Chicago School requires that all schools be regionally accredited higher education institutions. Official transcripts may be sent directly from the institution or with your application for admission as long as they are official, sealed, and signed across the envelope flap when they arrive.
  • Optional:  Official GRE scores may be used to enhance your application
    • You must arrange for your official GRE scores to be sent to the school. Our school code is 1119.
    • Students who have yet to take the GRE examination should contact them at GRE.org to register for an exam date.
    • Students who have taken the test within the last five years should contact them at GRE.org, to have their scores forwarded directly to the school.

International Application Requirements

The Chicago School is dedicated to keeping our professional degree programs accessible to anyone regardless of financial status. In addition to the scholarships that may be available, our Financial Aid Department will help provide you with information to determine what financial arrangements are right for you.

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