At Saybrook, we believe that counseling faculty should be committed to preparing competent mental health professionals who inspire transformational change in individuals, families, and communities toward a just, humane, and sustainable world.

Students in the Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision program will enhance their knowledge of how to support the development of masters-level counseling practitioners. Graduates of Saybrook’s Online Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision program will learn and actively practice supporting counselors-in-training as they learn counseling skills, integrate their “self” as a therapist, develop their professional identity as counselors, sharpen their ethical decision making and understand how to serve diverse clients and the community.

Additionally, the program will examine the role of privilege, marginalization, and how aspects of power impact individual, familial, group, and community experiences.

Saybrook’s Online Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision program will give primary consideration to applicants with a master’s degree in counseling from a CACREP accredited institution and who are licensed professional counselors (LCPC, LPC) or license-eligible. Those not possessing a counseling degree from a CACREP accredited institution, or not currently eligible for licensure, will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

Saybrook University is accredited by the Senior Commission of Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), a regional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and by the State of California. More program information can be found in our academic catalog.

Sample Courses

Introduction to Counselor Education

This seminar-style course is designed to facilitate the student’s awareness and knowledge of current issues in the field of Counselor Education. Students will discuss and present current issues in the field, providing a format for debate and discussion. The course will increase the student’s awareness of the areas of social and educational change. This course will have a synchronous meeting component.

Leadership, Advocacy, and Ethics in Counselor Education

This leadership-focused course will focus on current issues in counseling to include the role of ethical and legal consideration in counselor education and supervision. The focus will be on theories, skills, and models of leadership as well as strategies for responding to the community, national, and international crises and disasters. Students will explore current topical and political issues in counseling and how those issues affect the daily work of counselors and the counseling profession. Students must demonstrate the ability to provide leadership or contribute to leadership efforts of professional organizations and/or counseling programs and the ability to advocate for the profession and its clientele.

Instructional Theory

The instructional theory course prepares students to teach in counselor education programs. Topics covered include learning theories, retention of material, motivation, classroom instructional strategies and techniques, and assessment of learning. This course will provide an overview of the history and development of counselor education with an examination of the theoretical orientation and practice skills necessary to function effectively as a counselor educator. Students will examine their personal philosophy of teaching and learning while demonstrating the ability to design, deliver, and evaluate methods appropriate to course objectives. This course will provide students with an opportunity to co-teach a course, under the supervision of the course faculty member.