Walden University

Ph.D. in Counselor Ed. and Supervision - Forensic Mental Health

Walden University's Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision program with a specialization in Forensic Mental Health Counseling can provide students with expertise they may use to work in legal and criminal justice settings. Individuals in the program have the opportunity to learn advanced counseling and supervision methods appropriate for family courts, correctional facilities, juvenile justice venues, group homes, and other forensic environments. Read more about this program here.

Official Program Name:

Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision with a specialization in Forensic Mental Health Counseling

School Offering Program:

Walden University

Degree Level:

Ph.D.

Program Description:

Walden University's Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision program with a specialization in Forensic Mental Health Counseling is designed to provide training in advanced counseling and supervision methods in common use within family courts, correctional facilities, juvenile justice settings, group homes, and other forensic settings. This course of study is open to individuals who are licensed professional counselors or who have graduated from a Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs-accredited or CACREP-equivalent master's program. Classes address topics that include clinical supervision, crisis response, training methods, ethics, and program evaluation. Specialized coursework covers interview and observational strategies, mental health law, and forensic populations. Online courses are supplemented with peer collaboration, research projects, practicum opportunities, and internships. The program also includes a Professional Development Plan, program of study, and three residences totaling 20 days.

Accreditation:

Walden University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association, www.ncahlc.org.

Learning Format:

Online

Estimated Program Length:

Time to completion for this program varies by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. Personalized estimates of time to completion can be discussed with a Walden University enrollment advisor.

Total Credits Required:

98 quarter credit hours

Financial Aid Available:

Walden University offers a number of financial aid opportunities including scholarships, fellowships, and employer tuition reimbursement for those who qualify. Enrollment advisors can also assist with federal aid, private loans, veteran benefits, and other opportunities.

Courses for a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision with a Specialization in Forensic Mental Health Counseling:

Degree program curriculum and credits are subject to change. Contact Walden University for the most current information before enrolling in a program.

Core Courses

Course TitleCredits
Foundations of Graduate Study in Counselor Education and Supervision 1
Professional Orientation, Ethics, and Identity 5
Advanced Counseling Theories 5
Professional Consultation, Program Evaluation, and Leadership 5
Teaching in Counselor Education 5
Social Change, Leadership, and Advocacy for Counseling Professionals 5
Clinical Supervision 5
Professional Counselor as Scholar-Practitioner 5
Crisis Management 5
Writing a Quality Prospectus 5

Foundation Research Sequence

Course TitleCredits
Research Theory, Design, and Methods 4
Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis 4
Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis 4

Students choose one of the following three courses to complete the Foundation Research Sequence requirement:

Course TitleCredits
Advanced Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis 4
Advanced Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis 4
Advanced Mixed Methods Reasoning and Analysis 4

Specializations

Course TitleCredits
Interviewing and Observational Strategies 5
Treatment of Forensic Populations 5
Mental Health Law 5

Practicum

Course TitleCredits
Counseling Practicum 3

Internship

Course TitleCredits
Doctoral Internship A 3
Doctoral Internship B 3

Dissertation

Course TitleCredits
Dissertation 12

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Career Paths:

Walden University's Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision program with a specialization in Forensic Mental Health Counselingcan help individuals gain the expertise to supervise trainees and provide traditional mental health services. These skills may qualify them for positions within legal and criminal justice settings, including correctional facilities, juvenile justice venues, family courts, group homes, and other forensic environments.

Careers that program graduates may seek include:

  • Forensic mental health therapist
  • Mental health services director
  • Director of juvenile justice services
  • Family counseling services manager
  • Social worker
  • Rehabilitation counselor
  • Group home manager

Statement on Licensure

The Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision is not a licensure program and does not prepare an individual to become a licensed counseling professional.

Professional Accreditation

The Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision is not accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). However, the program was developed to be in line with national standards for counselor education. Since Walden's Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision is a new program, the university is not yet able to apply for CACREP accreditation. Students will be notified at such time if the program becomes accredited in the future.

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