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Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision

  • Washington, D.C.
  • Full-Time
  • 3 Years Full-Time

Licensed clinical counselors, as well as those holding Master in Counseling degrees who desire to be licensed as professional counselors, may advance their careers  through The Chicago School’s Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision program in Washington D.C., allowing them to obtain superior training within the national standards of the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & […]

Licensed clinical counselors, as well as those holding Master in Counseling degrees who desire to be licensed as professional counselors, may advance their careers  through The Chicago School’s Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision program in Washington D.C., allowing them to obtain superior training within the national standards of the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP)*.

*This program is not accredited by CACREP, but the program uses CACREP standards for its courses.

With a faculty of counselor educators who are connected to and active in the American Counseling Association, students are afforded the unique opportunity to invest in their education and leadership growth while in the program and beyond graduation.

Guided by practitioner-Leaders faculty, Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision students will benefit from practical professional leadership and clinical internship opportunities, including;

  • Co-teaching Master’s-level  courses with full time faculty
  • Supervision of Master’s clinical interns while working with full-time faculty
  • Research and scholarship pertaining to counseling and mental health, leadership and issues of diversity for various groups
  • Participate in program evaluation and program creation for various venues.

This Ph.D. program prepares the student for an academic career as a counselor educator, department administrator, or campus leader.  Graduates from the Washington D.C. program will, in addition, have the opportunity to work as master therapists in private practice or agencies, organizational leaders in the counseling profession, or consultants within the field.   

Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision: Washington D.C. Student Experience

Surrounded by much of the nation’s historical and cultural riches, students will have the opportunity to benefit from a location essential to much of the United States’ political, governmental, and multi-national affairs.

Expanding on the success of the Chicago, Los Angeles, and Orange County, Calif. campuses, the D.C. campus reflects The Chicago School’s commitment to diversity and effort to expand 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 ABAI conference) and summarize dissertation data for publication in a scholarly journal.

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c/o The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
350 N Orleans ST STE 1050
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 to register for an exam date.
    • Students who have taken the test within the last five years should contact them at, to have their scores forwarded directly to the school.

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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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