New Doctoral Cohort Welcome in Department of Counseling

Posted on 10/7/2017 12:21:25 PM

First cohort of doctoral students in IUP's Counselor Education and Supervision PhD programThe Department of Counseling faculty welcomed its first cohort of doctoral students in Counselor Education and Supervision in fall 2017. This new program is designed to prepare students to enter positions of leadership in university and agency settings and is based on the most recent Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs standards. In addition, the program provides graduate-level teaching experience during the second year.

The creation of the doctoral program was in progress for more than two years under the leadership of Kim Desmond and Claire Dandeneau. In preparation, Stouffer Hall renovated an existing classroom with state-of-the-art technology to support the clinical training of doctoral students. 

“We’re delighted to be able to offer this doctoral program,” said Desmond, professor of Counseling and director of the doctoral program. “It is reflective of the growth of the department, and meets a need in the region.”

Based on the CACREP Standards, the PhD program focuses on coursework in five key areas: counseling, supervision, teaching, research/scholarship, and leadership and advocacy. Advanced clinical and internship experiences are also integrated into the program. The end of the program culminates in a dissertation research study that is designed to make a contribution to the counseling profession.

The Department of Counseling is committed to attracting a diverse group of students who bring a vast array of clinical experience and expertise to the program. They are especially interested in students with developed leadership skills who are looking at the doctoral degree as the next step in their career development. There are graduate assistantships available to support doctoral students as they earn their degree.

For further questions or inquiries about the doctoral program, please contact Kim Desmond at