The Doctor of Philosophy with a major in Counselor Education and Practice
CACREP Accredited-(Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs)
Counselor Education and Practice Faculty :Catharina Chang, Ph.D., Program Coordinator , Gary Arthur, Ed.D. , Brian Dew, Ph.D., Diane Levy, Ph.D., Jonathan Orr, Ph.D., Andrea Dixon, Ph.D., Dennis Gilbride, Ph.D. and Franco Dispenza, Ph.D.
The Doctor of Philosophy with a major in Counselor Education and Practice is a broad, multidisciplinary degree program that allows for specialization in the areas of college counseling, counselor education, marriage and family counseling, mental health counseling, play therapy, school counseling, student personnel work, and rehabilitation counseling. Faculty members of the Department of Counseling and Psychological Services (CPS) are committed to providing doctoral candidates with a broad base of intellectual and interpersonal experiences in human growth and development, psychological assessment, group processes, behavioral change strategies, and other areas of special interest.
The faculty in the program possess strong theoretical orientations and research interests in Adlerian Psychology (Individual Psychology), family and systemic models, health psychology, humanistic/ person centered approaches, and multicultural counseling strategies. The department houses the only university-based counselor education program in North America that offers a concentrated focus in the use of Individual Psychology approaches with children, couples, families and school-based programs.
The Counselor Education and Practice program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). Doctoral training extends beyond course content hours and field experiences. Doctoral students learn to examine critically the state of the art, to generate research inquiries, and to advance the profession of counseling through oral and written contributions. The doctoral level counselor represents a “scientist-practitioner” model and should be both consumer and producer of research.
A. Core Area (21)
The Core Area consists of 18 semester hours of research coursework and 3 semester hours of Social Foundation of Education and Psychology of Learning coursework.
Research Core (18 hours)
Social Foundations of Education and Psychology of Learning course (3) [for specific courses: http://education.gsu.edu/main/phd_requirement.htm]
B. Major Area (44)
CPS 8370 Advanced Career Counseling (3)
CPS 8450 Advanced Group Counseling (3)
CPS 8530 Professional Issues and Decisions (3)
CPS 8650 Advanced Counseling Theory (3)
CPS 8660 Applied Practice II: Professional and Rehabilitation Counseling (3)
CPS 9480 Supervision of Counseling Services (3)
CPS 9660 Applied Practice III (3)
CPS 9661 Supervision Internship (3)
CPS 9680 Doctoral Internship (9)
CPS 9920 Research and Publication (2)
CPS 9963 Leadership in Counselor Education: Professional and Social Advocacy (6)
EPY 9000 Facilitating College Teaching (3)
C. Cognate Area and Elective (12)
The cognate area provides the students an opportunity to enrich their preparation as a counselor with further study in a related area of expertise. The students select one of the following cognate areas: behavior therapy, child clinical/family, general clinical, health psychological, or psychotherapy, or the student may design an individual cognate area. The students’ DoctoralAdvisory Committee may require courses in the cognate area be from outside the department, outside the College of Education, or both.
D. Dissertation (15)
CPS 9990 Dissertation (15)
Program total: minimum of 92 semester hours