School of Psychology & Counseling

Program Objectives -
Doctoral Program in Counselor Education & Supervision

The Doctoral Program in Counselor Education & Supervision has been developed to challenge you with rigorous coursework and meaningful experiential activities in a learning environment that recognizes and values the Judeo-Christian perspective. We anticipate that graduates of our program will have the potential to assume leadership positions in the counseling field and be equipped to model the highest ideals and ethics of our profession. Program objectives have been set out not only to inform you, the potential Ph.D. student, of the goals of our program, but also to measure the progress and success we as an institution of higher learning are achieving in serving you as a student, and especially, in serving God's purpose for this university. 

The program objectives of the doctoral program include the following:

  1. Students will be able to explain, debate and employ the principles, concepts, skills and applications of advanced counseling, counselor education and counselor supervision. This will be accomplished through faculty mentoring, coursework, practica, internship, and independent and dissertation research in the following areas:
    1. the principles and practices of counseling;
    2. career development;
    3. group work;
    4. family system theory and practice;
    5. consultation;
    6. theories and practices of supervision;
    7. instructional theory and methods relevant to counselor education;
    8. social and cultural issues, including social change theory and advocacy action planning;
    9. design and implementation of quantitative research and methodology;
    10. design and implementation of qualitative research and methodology;
    11. models and methods of assessment and use of data;
    12. ethical and legal considerations in counselor education and supervision;
    13. the role of racial, ethnic, and cultural heritage, nationality, socioeconomic status, family structure, age, gender, sexual orientation, religious and spiritual beliefs, occupation, physical, and mental status, local, regional, national, international perspective, and equity issues in counselor education programs;
    14. the integration of historical Christian beliefs with best practices of mental health science;
    15. and Regent University's global initiatives.
  2. Students will be able to assume leadership roles in the field of counseling as college and university faculty, advanced practitioners, consultants, researchers and scholarly authors, and administrators. 
  3. Students will demonstrate an holistic counseling perspective and sound ethical and moral standards by integrating the Christian biblical worldview with current thought and best practices in the field of counseling. 
  4. Students will demonstrate a sense of multicultural awareness that will result in culturally appropriate practices in all areas of counseling, education and supervision and application of this awareness in diverse world-wide contexts. 
  5. Students will demonstrate a maturity in their professional and spiritual lives that will positively influence their practices as counseling professionals, and encourage their service to Christ and community. 

It is the commitment of the School of Psychology & Counseling faculty and staff to encourage, inform and contribute to the successful achievement of each of these objectives with students admitted to the doctoral program.  Advanced knowledge related to the above objectives equips graduates to occupy leadership roles in counselor education, supervision and advanced counseling practice. The objectives of the doctoral program are established upon CACREP (2001) core curriculum standards and specialty standards and based on principles of work, calling, ministry and human care giving drawn from the historic Christian faith.

The CACREP standards and values from the Christian tradition are reflected in (1) current knowledge and positions from lay and professional groups concerning the counseling and human development needs of multi-cultural, pluralistic, international societies; (2) the present and projected needs of a these societies for which specialized counseling and human development activities have been developed; (3) input from all persons involved in the conduct of the program, including program faculty, current and former students, and personnel in cooperating agencies; (4) program activities; and (5) course syllabi.

Program Mission

The mission of the doctoral program faculty and staff is to equip counseling professionals to be competent, compassionate servant leaders and change agents for God.

Program Vision

To provide a biblically based, worldwide platform to educate and train leaders in the discipline of counseling to be God's instruments of restoration, illumination and healing for individuals, families and communities.

Program Perspective & Accreditation

The precepts underlying the education and training of counseling professionals follow a developmental perspective. Counselors are trained to understand the individual in terms of where he or she is in the ongoing process of growth, development and passage through life stages, and explore with the individual any aspects of development in social, cognitive, emotional and behavioral spheres that might have been delayed or interrupted. The developmental model enables counselors to begin, without judging, with the individual's current state. Counselors also approach problem-solving from an holistic perspective, concerned about every aspect of the individual's functioning. Behaviors, feelings and thoughts are understood in terms of the individual's world in which they occur. Both in assessing the individual and in planning and implementing treatment interventions, counselors maintain a focus on the whole pattern, and the wellness of the individual's mind, body and spirit. Counselors seek to assist the person in identifying and strengthening personal assets and adaptive abilities; they strive to facilitate normal and optimum development. Typically, counseling professionals provide mental health treatment services in outpatient settings to less pathological populations who are experiencing life adjustment difficulties, although education and training in the doctoral program will prepare practitioners to work in psychiatric settings, as well.

As a program accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), the doctoral program accepts as a primary obligation extending the knowledge base of the counseling profession in a climate of scholarly inquiry, and it prepares students to generate new knowledge for the counseling profession through research and dissertations that are appropriate to the field of counselor education or supervision. The program has taken into account the societal changes of the 21st century and will prepare graduates to be leaders and advocates for change.

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