Train the next  
generation of counselors  
in advanced clinical skills.

Train the next
generation of counselors
in advanced clinical skills.

Doctorate (Ph.D.) in Counselor Education and Supervision

  • Prepare to become an expert clinician, scholar, professor, supervisor, trainer or consultant in counselor education and supervision.
  • Attain your Ph.D. in three years of full-time study.
  • Courses are designed to accommodate working professionals in evening, weekend, partially online and blended formats.
  • Receive advanced training in counseling, teaching, supervision and mentorship in scholarly publication and research.

Our Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Counselor Education and Supervision program is for those who hold master’s degrees in counseling or related fields with a desire to advanced expertise and excellence in teaching, research, leadership and advocacy, counseling, and supervision.

The program, recognized by the Higher Learning Commission, reflects our social justice mission and integrates throughout the curriculum themes of social justice, diversity, multiculturalism, oppression, freedom, and liberation.

Our program educates students in advanced counseling and psychotherapy integration and techniques, focusing on the factors of change, rather than on the many theories. We prepare students to publish articles in peer-reviewed journals, and early in their coursework, we encourage students to examine and engage their own interests and passions, crucial in the development of a research topic for their dissertation.

We develop empathetic and compassionate leaders to promote humanistic scholarship and practice. Adler has earned a national reputation for training culturally competent clinicians through the use of innovative practices in graduate education.


Our program is designed to prepare our doctoral graduates with the advanced skills, knowledge and experience for roles such as:

  • Leaders and administrators in the profession
  • Clinical supervisor
  • Expert clinician in area of practice
  • Clinical and Specialist Consultant
  • Professor of counselor education programs or other counseling disciplines
  • Skilled researcher and scholar in the advancement of the field of counseling

Our students are prepared for careers in a wide variety of diverse settings, including academia, community agencies, mental health counseling centers, research institutions, hospitals, and educational and mental health settings. We also train doctoral students how to establish their own successful, independent counseling and consulting practices.

Professional Development & Training

You’ll enjoy individualized attention from our faculty through advising, mentoring, and professional scholarship that includes collaboration on publishing projects. Our diverse teaching faculty is made up of scholars, practicing clinicians, consultants, and researchers with extensive scholarly and research experience in counselor education and supervision, as well as related fields. Recognized as leaders in their fields, they bring intensive real-world experience to the classroom.

Through strong faculty support and professional networks, along with the University’s partnerships with hundreds of community agencies, our doctoral students gain valuable experience in scholarship, clinical counseling and therapy, clinical supervision, leadership, advocacy, teaching, and consulting.

As part of successfully completing our program, you will complete an advanced clinical practicum and an internship that consists of 600 training hours in the areas of clinical supervision, clinical therapy, teaching, diversity, leadership, and advocacy. Upon completion of the program, graduates will have an array of experiences to equip them to be a well-rounded counselor educator.

Cohort Learning, Format & Support

Our program can be completed in three years of full-time study. It is designed to accommodate working professionals. Courses are conducted in classroom settings as well as blended (partially online) settings. These courses are mostly conducted on evenings and weekends.

When you enroll, you join a cohort or group of students who will take courses together throughout the duration of the program. Our cohort model de-emphasizes competition among students in favor of collaboration, support, communication, connection, and camaraderie among students.

Our program environment is characterized by Adlerian encouragement, empathy, genuine care, and good will, with the expressed purpose of supporting the personal and professional growth of each of our students based on their interests and professional focus.

Upon graduation, you will become a member of the University’s Alumni Association, which along with our Office of Alumni Affairs, provides extensive ongoing networking and professional development opportunities.