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Beginning this fall, Waynesburg University will offer a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision through its reputable Graduate and Professional Studies Program.

Employment of mental health counselors and substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors is projected to grow 29 percent and 31 percent, respectively, from 2012 to 2022 – much faster than the average for all occupations, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2014).

Growth is expected because more people have addiction and mental health counseling services covered by their insurance policies.

“Waynesburg University’s Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision Program was developed based on a national need for counselor educators,” said Dr. Scott Tracy, director of graduate programs in counseling and assistant professor of counseling at the University. “Government agencies and insurance companies have come to grips with the magnitude of mental health in America. There’s a push to have more counselors, and as a result, we need more counselor educators.”

The Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision Program will be available September 1 and can be completed in three years.

With an over-arching goal of preparing leaders for the field of counseling, the Program was designed to develop students in the Christian tradition of Waynesburg University and prepare them for leadership roles in the counseling field.

“As a University dedicated to Christian service, the founding goals of the institution closely mimic that of the counseling profession,” Tracy said. “Our Christian identity makes this program distinctive, and we will be able to say the same about future graduates.”

The program is intended to prepare individuals for employment as counselor educators in colleges and universities and as leaders in clinical mental health counseling, addictions counseling or school counseling.

“The Waynesburg University Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision Program provides doctoral students with the information and skills required to carry out scholarly research, lead organizations and create new knowledge,” said Dave Mariner, the University’s director of program development.

In addition to core doctoral classes in research, students will also have experiences in college teaching and counselor supervision.  Some advanced courses in counseling practice are also offered. The program consists of a minimum of 54 semester credits beyond the master's degree, a clinical practicum, a specialty practicum, an internship, a candidacy examination and a dissertation.

With strategic curriculum developed by the fulltime counseling faculty at the University, the Ph.D. is designed to attract experienced professionals who hold master’s degrees and who want to become leaders in the counseling field.

“Specifically, we’re targeting for leadership positions in community mental health counseling, addictions counseling and school counseling,” Tracy said.

Tracy worked with fulltime counseling faculty on the curriculum for the Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision Program. The team also received guidance from Mariner.

Waynesburg University master's degree programs in clinical mental health counseling and addiction counseling are accredited by the American Counseling Association's Council on Accreditation for Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). The School Counseling and Ph.D. Counselor Education specializations are in the application phase of the accreditation process.

For more information, contact Tracy at 724-743-2259 or stracy@waynesburg.edu.

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Ashley Wise, Senior Writer/Editor
724.852.7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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