Within the Division of Education and Human Services, the Department of Pastoral Care and Counseling offers a Doctorate of Philosophy in Counselor Education and Supervision with Spiritual and Pastoral Integration. The Ph.D. is an advanced studies degree integrating spiritual perspectives with the practice of clinical counseling, mental health research and psychotherapy. It is designed to prepare students to work as counselor educators, supervisors, consultants, mental health advocates, researchers and advanced practitioners in academic and clinical settings. People of all faiths and spiritual practices are welcome. The program provides a year-round sequence of hybrid courses designed for busy professionals. Research support is provided to candidates by full-time faculty methodologists.
Applicants with a master’s degree in a counseling-related field from a regionally accredited, degree-granting institution may be eligible for entrance into the Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision program, subject to the approval of the Admissions Committee, and must provide the following:
• A completed Graduate Student Application, in print or online through www.neumann.edu
• Submit official transcripts from each college, university, or seminary attended.
• Submit vitae to show evidence of work experience in clinical counseling or a related field and demonstrated leadership.
• Provide scores from the most recent Miller’s Analogy Test or the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE).
• Three letters of recommendation: one academic, one character, and one clinical.
• Provide an integrative writing sample of up to 8 pages (topic and details available via the admissions office)
• Submit TOEFL Score Report (required only if English is not your native language).
• An interview with each applicant will be conducted by the Director of the Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision with Spiritual and Pastoral Integration and at least one other faculty member of the Admissions
Students in the Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision with Spiritual and Pastoral Integration program are required to carry student liability insurance throughout their clinical sequence (i.e., clinical case practicum and internship). Proof of insurance is kept on file in the department office.
Limitation on Transfer Credit
Transfer credits are rarely accepted and evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Courses older than seven years from any program, including this one, exceed the time limitation for possible credit.
The Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision with Spiritual and Pastoral Integration is a 12-month, weekend seminar format that is flexible and attractive to students who must maintain their employment and family obligations. Out of a typical 14-week semester, students are required to attend classes at Neumann University five-six weekends. In between in-person classes, students complete online instruction and other assignments. For example, students take one class on Friday night (5:00-9:00pm) and a second class on Saturday (9:00am-1:00pm) five times within a 14-week semester.
For the Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision with Spiritual and Pastoral Integration, continued progress requires that the student maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.30, earn no more than one C and no grades below that, as outlined in the Ph.D. Handbook and a satisfactory rating in all characteristics judged necessary for the profession. Students in practicum courses must demonstrate excellence in technical performance and professional attitude in the clinical setting.
Students gain several measurable skills and competencies by the completion of the program. Demonstration of student mastery is assessed as follows:
• Students are assessed by a clinical evaluation matrix for CESP 830 Counseling Supervision and Consultation;CESP 860 Doctoral Practicum; CESP 880 /CESP 881 Doctoral Clinical Internships I & II.
• Students are required to pass a Research Comprehension Examination upon completion of PC 840, Qualitative Analysis, CESP 850 Quantitative Analysis, and CESP 870 Doctoral Research Methods. Student assessment in this area occurs prior to dissertation candidacy status, and monitors student progression toward successful defense of dissertation.
• Students complete requirements of CESP 890 Capstone Seminar: Franciscan Integration in Counseling, Education, and Supervision. By applying evidence-based knowledge of preventive, therapeutic and rehabilitative interventions, students demonstrate an integration of the three major areas of emphasis in the program with the major Franciscan virtues and traditions. This course replaces the need for a separate theoretical comprehensive exam to advance to dissertation candidacy.
• Students are required to successfully conduct an IRB-approved research topic and defend their dissertation.
All degree requirements for the Ph.D. program must be completed in no less than four years and not more than eight years. Students who wish an exemption to this time frame must submit a written request to the Director of the program. Graduation from the program is contingent upon:
• Submitting a signed Application for Graduation to the Registrar on or before the date specified by the Academic Calendar;
• Completion of all program requirements with at least a cumulative 3.30 GPA, with no more than one grade of “C”, and
• Successful completion and defense of a dissertation.
Professional Membership and Liability Insurance
Doctorate of Philosophy in Counselor Education and Supervision with Spiritual and Pastoral Integration program are required to carry professional liability insurance throughout their clinical/supervision sequence (CESP 830 Counseling Supervision, and Consultation; CESP 860 Doctoral Practicum; and CESP 880 /CESP 881 Doctoral Internships I & II). Proof of insurance is kept on file in the department office.
Students are also encouraged to join professional counseling organizations (e.g., American Counseling Association, Chi Sigma Iota, Association of Counseling Education and Supervision, Association for Spiritual, Ethical, and Religious Values in Counseling, or the American Association of Pastoral Counselors) and participate in annual conferences, seminars and workshops for professional development and networking.
Doctorate of Philosophy in Counselor Education and Supervision with Spiritual and Pastoral Integration
The doctoral degree in Counselor Education and Supervision with Spiritual and Pastoral Integration at Neumann University will prepare you to address, from a multicultural perspective, client spirituality in clinical mental health counseling as well as to educate others in this area and advocate for critical methods and approaches.
Taught by a faculty of advanced researchers and clinicians, this program equips students to be leaders in the field of counseling. The ecumenical program - to which each student brings diversity and uniqueness - helps counselor educators and supervisors to be able to approach their clinical counseling and mental health research with spiritual fluency.
Candidates for the degree are prepared to link their clinical skills and research to assist clients with real-life problems and to develop significant contributions in the areas of counseling and spirituality. The program is centered on five core areas: counseling, supervision, teaching, research and scholarship, and leadership and advocacy. Upon completion of the program, graduates will have the vision, skills, and values to ethically integrate diverse religious, pastoral, and spiritual issues with clinical counseling.
Graduates of the Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education and Supervision program are prepared to:
• Assume positions of clinical leadership in mental health agencies;
• Conduct research and professional writing that advances the field of spirituality and mental health;
• Teach as a counselor educator at the collegiate level;
• Provide advanced clinical supervision for counselors-in-training and support staff;
• Work as an advanced practitioner to improve the quality of life of clients seeking mental health treatment; and
• Provide professional client advocacy and peer consultation within the mental health field.
Doctorate of Philosophy in Counselor Education and Supervision with Spiritual and Pastoral Integration Learning Outcomes
At the completion of the Ph.D. program students will have been evaluated on all learning outcomes evidenced in our assessment plan, located here: Click Here to Access Assessment Plan