Doctoral Programs in Counseling and Counselor Education
The Warner School’s doctoral programs in counseling and counselor education provide students with the knowledge and skills to become effective leaders, advanced counseling practitioners, and researchers. Well-grounded in counseling theory, research, and practice, our programs allow graduates to assume positions as counselor educators, directors of counseling services, professional counselors, and researchers in higher education or other settings where they contribute to new knowledge in the fields of counseling and counselor education, and become leaders in promoting social justice, healthy human development, and quality relationships.
At Warner, we prepare counselors who will empower their clients and students to create more rewarding and meaningful lives and relationships; become more self-reflective, caring and compassionate persons; and contribute to the reform of systems in which their lives are embedded. This mission is based on a contextual and ecological perspective of professional counseling that acknowledges the importance of personal development, but also recognizes that individual lives are embedded in a variety of personal and extended relationships and social systems.
The preparation of advanced counseling professionals hinges on a holistic and interrelational view of the counseling process and promotes the development of critically reflective researchers and practitioners. Built on a scholar-practitioner/theory-to-practice model, our doctoral programs use this to focus on the preparation of doctoral-level professionals who are proficient in the training and supervision of master’s-level practitioners, as well as in research and practice in a specialized area of counseling.
Through our EdD and PhD programs, we prepare students for service by providing courses, research, and study focused on research-based knowledge and skills; a systems approach to change that integrates developmental, humanistic, contextual, cross-cultural and systemic orientations. Our doctoral programs in counseling require involve a minimum of 96 credits of graduate coursework, of which 30 to 36 credits may be transferred from the master’s program. One or more courses beyond 96 credits may be needed to fulfill all CACREP, NYS, and program requirements. Doctoral applicants should have a master’s degree in counseling or closely-related field and at least two years of post-graduate experience as a professional counselor. Experience with direct group and individual service to clients in an institutional or community agency setting is in an institutional or community agency setting is preferred.
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Our doctoral programs in counseling are among a handful of programs in New York State to receive accreditation from the National Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), the most rigorous accrediting body in the field of counseling education. These CACREP programs are based on national standards for the preparation of doctoral-level counseling professionals, with doctoral program requirements that consist of a minimum of four academic years of graduate-level preparation (eight semesters with a minimum of 96 credit hours). Schools with accredited programs agree to provide high-quality counselor training, continually evaluate their own performance, and revise curricula as necessary to respond to the changing needs of society and the counseling profession. Learn more about Warner's CACREP Accreditation