Ohio University

Doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision

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

Doctoral study in Counselor Education and Supervision (CES) at Ohio University (PH6265) is designed to provide advanced preparation for counselors in the areas of counseling, supervision, teaching, research and scholarship, and leadership and advocacy. Graduates of the program serve as counselor education faculty in colleges and universities and counseling leaders in public and private educational, human services, and mental health settings. The first Ph.D. degree from the Ohio University Counselor Education program was granted in 1962 and the CES program was one of the first accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP) in 1986. The CES program is accredited through October 31, 2024.

The program has a history of leadership and advocacy in the counseling field. Our doctoral students and alumni have been recognized for their service and leadership at state, regional, and national levels. We are proud to celebrate current doctoral students: Daniel Amparbeng, a 2019-2020 Ohio Counseling Association Emerging LeaderShekyra DeCree and Gene Dockery, 2020-2021 North Central Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Emerging Leaders, and Maddie Stevens, a 2020-2021 Chi Sigma Iota Leadership Intern. CES alumni, Dr. Bridget Asempapa and Dr. Shih-Hua Chang, were also recently featured in the Patton College of Education Alumni Spotlight.

Students and faculty in the Ohio University Counselor Education program are guided by the American Counseling Association (ACA, 2014) Code of Ethics and are committed to the ethical practice of counseling. In classroom, field work, and extra-curricular activities, we acknowledge and value the diverse backgrounds and perspectives of our students, faculty, site supervisors, and clients. We believe that an emphasis on diversity, inclusion, and advocacy strengthens the learning experiences of all. Please review the Counselor Education program commitment to diversity and inclusion to learn more about our values. 

Program Overview and Information

CES doctoral students seek to improve their scholarly, instructional, clinical, and research skills to acquire advanced training in counselor education. The program is based on the philosophy that each student enters with unique strengths, abilities, and professional goals. Therefore, beyond the required courses, each student is expected to build a program of study based on prior academic preparation, previous work experience, and career goals. All doctoral students complete: (a) core coursework in counselor education and supervision, (b) coursework in quantitative and qualitative research, (c) a 100-hour counseling practicum, (d) a 600-hour internship, (e) a written comprehensive exam and oral defense, and (f) a doctoral dissertation. Please see the graduate catalog for a full description of program requirements. To learn more about CES, prospective and current students can contact the CES coordinator, Dr. Adrienne Erby (erby@ohio.edu).

Students admitted to the doctoral program possess a Master’s degree in Counseling or a closely related field. Doctoral students must have master’s coursework and demonstrated knowledge in the core counseling areas for entry-level counselors and meet requirements for the Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) specialty to be eligible for licensure as a Ohio Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). Doctoral students who have not met core counseling and/or CMHC requirements are required to complete requisite coursework in addition to their doctoral studies. 

Program Outcomes

Doctoral graduates typically become: (1) counselor education faculty members in academia; (2) counselors, administrators, consultants, and trainers in mental health settings; or (3) practitioners in private practice. Prospective students can learn more about counselor education and supervision by visiting the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES) website and ACES resources for graduate students. From December 2018 to August 2019, the CES program had a 95% completion rate of 5 graduates and a 100% job placement rate. Additional information on accreditation and evaluation for the Ohio University Counselor Education program is available on our website

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For more information, contact:

Mona Robinson, PhD, LPCC-S, LSW, CRC
Professor 
Counselor Education Program Coordinator
McCracken Hall 432D
740.593.4461
counseloreducation@ohio.edu


 

Admissions

Approximately 6-10 doctoral students are admitted to the Counselor Education program annually. Review of applications begins on January 15, 2021 for the Fall 2021 admission term. Prospective students can apply by selecting the following program code: PH6265. Required application materials include:

  • Transcripts showing a Master’s degree in Counseling or a closely-related field with a grade point average (GPA) of 3.4 on a 4.0 scale. Applicants that do not meet the GPA criteria may still apply, but should address past academic performance and aptitude for doctoral study in the Personal Statement. The review committee will consider additional information provided by the applicant and references on an individual basis.  
  • Résumé/CV highlighting professional experience of a nature and extent appropriate to doctoral study in Counselor Education. Include information on counseling, teaching, research, writing, and participation in professional organizations.
  • Three letters of recommendation written by current or former professors/supervisors, or others in the field who can address the applicant’s suitability for doctoral-level work in Counselor Education and Supervision.
  • Personal Statement of approximately 5-7 double-spaced typed pages addressing the following:
    • What are your career goals?
    • What qualities and skills do you possess that you believe enable you to become an effective counselor educator?
    • Describe your personal characteristics that will be assets and challenges to your study in counselor education?
    • Doctoral students typically work as supervisors and co-instructors. Describe how you will work with faculty and students in these roles.
    • How will you manage your personal and professional boundaries through a demanding doctoral program?
    • Describe your culturally relevant interpersonal experiences with individuals or groups who differ from you (e.g., race, gender, sexual orientation, age, spiritual beliefs, ability).
    • What distinguishes you from other candidates for the counselor education program?
    • Describe anything else you would like the program faculty to consider with your application.

Admissions Process:

  • Applications will be reviewed by faculty immediately following January 15th. 
  • Applicants who are short-listed by faculty will be invited for an interview. 
  • Following the interview, the faculty will submit admissions recommendations to the Graduate College. 
  • Official notices of admission are sent via email from the Graduate College. Applicants must respond in a timely manner and inform the Graduate College whether or not they accept the offer of admission. 
  • Students who accept an offer of admission and then change their minds about attending must inform the Program Coordinator and Graduate College immediately. 
  • Accepted students will receive communication from the program coordinator about their assigned faculty advisor, orientation, and course registration.

The Counselor Education program continues to accept applications beyond the January 15th priority deadline. Interested applicants for the doctoral program are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Prospective students interested in applying after the January 15th date must contact the Program Coordinator directly. Applications will only be considered if all positions have not been filled. Students are admitted for the Fall semester each year, and may begin taking elective coursework in the preceding Summer session. 

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Program Handbook and Forms

Counselor Education doctoral students are expected to review program handbooks, policies, and procedures and be familiar with the handbooks and forms provided by the Patton College of Education and Graduate College

We encourage current students to review the COVID-19 Counselor Education Information tab for information on practicum and internship as well as resources related to licensure and certification, telehealth, and wellness. For general COVID-19 information and updates, students should visit the following websites: Ohio University Be Safe BobcatsOHIO COVID-19 Dashboard, and Patton College of Education Response to COVID-19

COVID-19 Counselor Education Information

The Counselor Education program is committed to the success of our students. Counseling-related information and resources addressing COVID-19 will be updated on an ongoing basis to meet the needs of our students. For general COVID-19 information and updates, students should access the following websites: Ohio University Be Safe BobcatsOHIO COVID-19 Dashboard, and Patton College of Education Response to COVID-19

Practicum and Internship

  • Practicum students who are unable to finish their 100 hours during Spring 2020 or Summer 2020, will be assigned a grade of “PR” in progress. Students will not need to sign up for a second practicum. Instead students will earn and complete their practicum hours while enrolled in a subsequent internship class.  
  • Internship students who are unable to complete the 600 hours by the end of Spring 2020 or Summer 2020 semesters will be assigned a “PR” grade with the intent of completing these hours in a subsequent semester.  

CACREP COVID-19 Flexibility: CACREP Policy 1.h has been temporarily waived to allow students to count any practicum hours in excess of the 100 hour requirement toward their internship hour totals. Direct service practicum hours can be applied to direct service internship hours, and the same with indirect hours.  If a student cannot complete practicum requirements in this academic term, CACREP has adjusted requirements so that programs can allow students to enroll simultaneously in both practicum and internship for the next academic term. Should this occur, students must successfully complete practicum requirements before they can begin completing hours toward internship. To allow a full academic year to resolve these issues, this flexibility will remain in place through June 30, 2021.

Licensure and Certification

Resources from Professional Organizations

Telehealth Resources

Wellness Resources

Professional Engagement Resources
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Doctoral students in the Counselor Education program at Ohio University are encouraged and expected to become involved in counseling professional organizations during their program. Belonging to a professional organization encourages collaboration and advocacy, promotes professionalism and leadership and gives students the opportunity to work with colleagues and leaders in the profession throughout the state and nation. Students are encouraged to explore the following professional organizations that focus on counseling and counselor education:

Italy Study Abroad Program
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The Ohio University Office of Global Opportunities (OGO) continues to closely monitor the news about COVID-19, please review OGO Travel Alerts for updates and information. We will begin recruitment for the next program offering once available.

Italy: A Counseling and Higher Education View study abroad program (https://www.ohio.edu/goglobal/programs/italy-counseling-higher-ed) is offered through the Ohio University OGO. The program is a dynamic introduction to counseling in Italy, as well as a 12-day adventure in a European country with much to see and do. It is an opportunity to gain an international perspective while enjoying the camaraderie of colleagues and students in counseling and higher education. Participants explore counseling, education, and human services in a European country while enjoying trips to Italian cities as well as living in the historic 14th century villa, Casa Cares, in Tuscany, Italy. During the last part of the program, attendees stay at Casa Valdese Hotel in Rome where we visit Rome’s sites. We reflect on parallels and differences between American and Italian cultures in counseling and higher education.

Student participants earn 3 undergraduate or graduate credits. Non-credit participants earn 20 NBCC approved continuing education (CE) hours. Ohio University has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 4209. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Ohio University is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. 

For more information, contact:

Mona Robinson, PhD, LPCC-S, LSW, CRC
Professor, Program Director
robinsoh@ohio.edu

Adrienne Erby, PhD, LPC, NCC
Assistant Professor, Program Assistant
erby@ohio.edu