Train the next  
generation of counselors  
in advanced clinical skills.

Train the next
generation of counselors
in advanced clinical skills.

Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education and Supervision

Department of Counseling and Integrated Programs (formerly known as the Department of Counselor Education and Counseling)

  • Prepare to become an expert clinician, professor, or professional consultant in a unique counselor education and supervision program guided by themes of freedom and liberation.
  • Attain your Ph.D. in three years of full-time study with evening, weekend, and online courses.
  • Learn advanced clinical techniques with an emphasis on creating therapeutic change.
  • Receive training and mentorship to cultivate your research passions and publish in peer-reviewed journals.

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 reflects our social justice mission and integrates themes of freedom, liberation, diversity, and multiculturalism throughout the curriculum. We emphasize therapeutic change rather than many theories, training students in sophisticated counseling techniques and psychotherapy integration. You will work with individuals to help them gain the freedom in making choices to conquer life’s challenges.

We prepare students to publish in peer-reviewed journals, and early in their coursework, encourage them to examine and engage research interests that will drive their doctoral dissertation. Upon graduation, many work as professional consultants, professors, and advanced clinicians.

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. Classes are available in traditional classroom, weekend, evening, and blended (partially online) settings.

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.


The following are the most recent program outcomes for DCES. On a regular basis, Adler surveys students, graduates, site supervisors, and employers to obtain useful information about the program.

  • There are 30 students currently enrolled in the program
  • We have had 5 graduates in the past academic year
  • The rate of completion at this time is 71% (5 out of 7) although this is the first cohort of students and they have until 2022 to graduate
  • Job placement rates for graduates is 80% within 5 months of graduation

Please click here for the 2017-18 Program Evaluation Report.
Please click here for the 2016-17 Program Evaluation Report.
Please click here for the 2015-16 Program Evaluation Report.