The mission of the doctoral program in counseling at George Washington University incorporates and builds on the Mission of the GW Graduate Programs in Counseling. Building on research, theory and practice of master's level counselors, the PhD program in counseling prepares researchers, educators and leaders within the scholar-practitioner model. The mission of GW's doctoral program represents a commitment to develop advanced knowledge, skills, and dedication especially in the areas of:
The PhD program in counseling leads to careers both inside and outside of academia. Our graduates are teaching in universities, practicing in a variety of settings from directing high school counseling departments to leading county mental health treatment programs. The Doctoral experience offers challenging course work, practical experience at mental health sites and the opportunity to train as supervisors at GSEHD's Community Counseling Services Center. Designed to be completed in four to five years, the program is unique in building your knowledge and capacity to conduct research, publish, provide clinical services and educate at the graduate level. Faculty bring world class expertise in trauma, human sexuality, child and adolescent development, grief and loss, substance abuse, multicultural counseling, as well as a deep knowledge of diagnosis, assessments, interventions and treatment approaches. The program balances rigorous research with clinical work to graduate scholar practitioners.
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Retention rate: 94%
Average time to complete the program: 5.6 years
2015-16 Cost: on-campus $1,530 per credit
Scholarships: Graduate assistantships, merit based scholarships, external funding
Employment settings: academia, research organizations, private practice, community agencies
Licensure eligibility: License for Professional Counselors (LPC) *requirements vary by state
Accreditation status: 2 years through 2017, review pending summer 2017 *Program has been accredited since 1984
Annual Fall Enrollment: 47 students (new and continuing)
Predicted job outlook (2014-2024) 19% expected increase *compared to 7% expected increase in total US jobs *Obtained from US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics *Based on Clinical Mental Health positions
A minimum of 69 credits, including 24 credits in core courses, 15 credits in research courses, 6 credits in human development courses, 9 credits in area of specialization, 15 credits in dissertation courses, and successful completion of the comprehensive examination.
CNSL 6173 Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
CNSL 8252 Advanced Leadership and Advocacy in Counseling
CNSL 8254 Advanced Multicultural Counseling
CNSL 8255 Advanced Supervision in Counseling
CNSL 8257 Doctoral Practicum in Counseling
CNSL 8258 Advanced Theories of Counseling
CNSL 8259 Doctoral Internship in Counseling and Counselor Supervision I
CNSL 8260 Doctoral Internship in Counseling and Counselor Supervision
One of the following (planned in consultation with advisor to fit dissertation proposal)
EDUC 8100 Experimental Courses
EDUC 8130 Survey Research Methods
EDUC 8131 Case Study Research Methods
EDUC 8140 Ethnographic Research Methods
EDUC 8142 Phenomenological Research Methods
EDUC 8144 Discourse Analysis
EDUC 8170 Educational Measurement
EDUC 8172 Multivariate Analysis
EDUC 8173 Structural Equation Modeling
Two of the following:
HDEV 6129 Cultural Effects on Human Development
HDEV 8100 Issues and Special Topics in Human Development
HDEV 8241 Emotional and Cognitive Dev
HDEV 8244 Adult and Aging Development
HDEV 8253 Work, Identity, and Adult Development
9 credits of electives selected in consultation with program advisor
Approved dissertation proposal required
Successful completion of comprehensive exam required
*Prerequisite statistics courses must be taken during the master's degree or must be completed prior to taking the following required advanced courses. For students who have not had an introductory statistics course, have not had one in a long time, or do not feel confident in their understanding and application of basic statistical techniques (i.e. through one way analysis of variance), EDUC 6116, Introduction to Educational Statistics, should be completed prior to enrolling in EDUC 8120, Group Comparison Designs and Analyses.
Our graduates are engaged across the nation in research, teaching and private practice. They serve on the Counseling faculties at:
Our graduates are engaged in clinical practice in hospitals, private enterprises and clinics nationwide. And, they are leading the field in research on mental health topics ranging from PTSD and veterans well being to depression mediators in survivors of sexual abuse.
Program Entry: Fall
*Additional application requirements may exist for international applicants
For more information on any of these requirements, please visit our Application Guidance page.
At the 2017 American Counseling Association Conference in San Francisco, doctoral students Quinn Smelser and Christian Chan, along with GW alumni Margaux Brown and Eraina Schrauss, presented a break-out session titled Ambiguous Loss in the Coming Out Process for LGBTQI+ Individuals. Ms.
GSEHD alumnus Rob Froehlich (Doctorate in Counseling) of the GW-CRCRE has been elected to serve as a member of the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC) Ethics Committee.
GSEHD doctoral candidate Christian Chan (Counseling) was recently elected as the Member-at-Large, Outreach and Advocacy for a 3-year term with the Association for Adult Development and Aging (AADA), a division of the American Counseling Association (ACA).
Christian Chan, GSEHD doctoral candidate (counseling), presented an educational session titled Repositioning the borders of acculturation: Evidence-based strategies for migration in systems-based modalities at the International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors 2017 World Conference in New Orleans, LA. At this same conference he presented a poster session titled Shattering barriers through ally development: Strategies of advocacy for queer youth of color and their families.
Christian Chan, GSEHD doctoral candidate (counseling), was accepted to the National Career Development Association's Leadership Academy, a hands-on, highly experiential leadership development opportunity designed specifically for promising national and state career development association leaders. Mr. Chan also received the Dr. Daya & Mrs. Usha K.