Mission & Program Objectives
The students and faculty of the doctoral program in Counselor Education and Supervision are a diverse community of learners who contribute to the betterment of society through active engagement in teaching, scholarship and service to our community, the counseling profession, and the global community. Collectively our goals are to prepare counselor educators and supervisors who excel in the education and supervision of culturally competent professional counselors in a variety of settings. We are committed to the enhancement and well-being of all individuals, couples, and families through meaningful advocacy, leadership, instruction, and scholarship.
The Department of Counselor Education and Supervision prepares an individual for employment as a counselor educator and supervisor for colleges and universities offering training in school counseling, community counseling, marriage and family counseling/therapy, gerontological counseling, and counseling with children and adolescents. Graduates are also qualified for licensure as professional counselors, and may be employed in such sites as community agencies, schools, counseling centers, employee assistance programs, and private practice.
The PhD program is built upon the standards of the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). As such, the doctoral program requires skill development in accordance with the CACREP standards at both the master degree and doctoral degree levels. The PhD program adheres to the following objectives:
Teaching counselor education courses at the university level.
Supervising counselors providing services to individuals, families, and groups.
Counseling children, adolescents, and adults both individually and in groups to maximize personal, social, and environmental experiences.
Consulting with and assisting various schools, community agencies, and referral source in the development of counseling interventions.
Analyzing, integrating and applying a conceptual framework for working with developmental, learning and personality difficulties of individuals, families, and groups.
Initiating research relative to the profession of counselor education and supervision.
The history of graduate education in psychology at UNC dates back to the early 1900's. In 1908, a Psychological Clinic was founded. This clinic provided physical and mental examinations of school children. In 1913, the first master's degree in Psychology at UNC was offered. Historically, there has been a strong commitment to national accreditations in our program. The Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) began accrediting programs in 1981 and our programs in Clinical Counseling, School Counseling, and the doctoral degree in Counselor Education were accredited in 1982. In 1994, CACREP began accrediting Couples and Family programs and our program was the 2nd Couples and Family program in the U.S. to be accredited by CACREP.
The Counselor Education and Supervision PhD program prepares individuals for employment as counselor educators and supervisors for colleges and universities offering training in school counseling, clinical counseling, couples and family counseling/therapy, counseling with children and adolescents, and gerontology.
Graduates are also qualified for licensure as professional counselors and may be employed in such sites as community agencies, schools, counseling centers, employee assistance programs, and private practice.
The program curriculum and faculty are focused on preparing student to meet the 21st century demands of culturally diverse society. Students are expected to contribute to their education through active involvement with the program, its faculty, and the profession. The course of study includes a common core of relevant and timely courses and experiences meant to engage and challenge learners in their personal and professional development. Students will take part in leadership, mentoring and service activities that extend the curriculum beyond the classroom and training clinic into community and profession.