Doctoral Program in Counselor Education to Begin in Fall
Posted on Monday, March 24, 2014 [11:50 PM]
COLUMBIA, Ky. -- Lindsey Wilson College will
offer a doctoral program in counselor education and
supervision this fall. The 72-hour, weekend PhD program will
prepare leaders in the field of professional counseling.
"It's a program that's been about 10 years in the
making," said LWC Associate Professor of Counseling Jennifer Williamson. "We've worked with
consultants from some of the best programs in the country to create
a program that will give students an opportunity to change the face
of mental health in Kentucky."
The doctoral program was created to accommodate working
adults by offering courses one weekend per month on the LWC A.P.
White Campus in Columbia. In the interim period, students will stay
connected to classmates and professors through online learning
communities. The program will take about four years to
"This program emphasizes a unique combination of
scholarship, real-world application and technology," said LWC
Associate Professor of Counseling Jeff Parsons. "This program will challenge and
prepare students for employment as counselors, supervisors,
educators, researchers and leaders in the counseling
Williamson said the liberal arts college created its
first doctoral program in response to a growing need in Kentucky to
have more doctoral-level mental-health professionals.
"For the last few years, officials at mental-health
agencies have asked us when we were going to start a doctoral
program because there is such a need for doctoral-level
professionals in this state," she said. "This a huge need in the
LWC's counselor education and supervision program will
have five areas of focus: teaching; advanced counseling; research
and scholarship; leadership and advocacy; and consultation.
"This program will prepare students to be leaders in the
community," Williamson said. "One of the most exciting things about
the program is that students will be prepared to lead mental health
LWC Associate Professor of Counseling Daniel Williamson said the new doctoral
program will give students multiple opportunities to engage in
research, and he hopes many of them will focus on mental-health
issues faced in Appalachia.
"There is a large contingent of resources looking for
underprivileged and underrepresented communities, and this is our
way of contributing to that community," he said.
Jennifer Williamson said the program will apply for
accreditation with the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and
Related Educational Programs, the accrediting body recognized
by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. LWC's master's
program, which was started in 1993, is CACREP-accredited. It has
been cited as a model small-college graduate program.
CACREP policies allow new doctoral programs to apply for
accreditation within two years of graduating their first students.
Williamson said the CES program will begin the accreditation
application process in 2016, and it hopes to become the first
doctoral program in counselor education and supervision in Kentucky
with CACREP accreditation.
For more information about LWC's doctoral program in
counselor education and supervision, go to: www.lindsey.edu/ces.