Counselor Education and Supervision (PhD)

Dr. Stephen Zanskas Ph.D., CRC, LPC (MI & WI)
Counseling, Educational Psychology and Research
College of Education, Patterson 119D
University of Memphis
Memphis, TN 38152

Counselor Education and Supervision (Ph.D.)

      The Ph.D. program in Counseling is designed to prepare advanced professional practitioners in counseling, counselor education and counselor supervision with particular program emphases on multicultural and urban settings. Entry into the program presumes a master's degree in counseling wherein one has acquired knowledge and skills in human development, helping relationships, group counseling, lifestyle and career development, assessment techniques, research and evaluation and clinical experiences in applied settings. The Ph.D. is designed for individuals seeking advanced preparation as educational leaders in the roles of counselor educator, counselor supervisor, professional counselor, and researcher. The Ph.D. is not appropriate for individuals seeking preparation or licensure as a psychologist.

      Program objectives are: (1) comprehension of concepts and theories underlying the profession of counseling; (2) ability to collect, analyze, and interpret individual and group data, and to generate and test hypotheses related to human behavior; (3) ability to effectively counsel in both individual and group settings: (4) ability to formulate, implement, and evaluate appropriate counseling programs and interventions; (5) ability to understand and demonstrate ethical behavior and the legal and ethical implications of that behavior; and (6) development of sensitivity and understanding of the needs of persons who are culturally different, including the ability to (a) examine attitudes and myths regarding the culturally different and (b) the sociopolitical forces impacting the culturally different client.


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Daniel Lustig, Professor

Ph.D. (1995) University of Wisconsin, Madison
Research Interests: Family Adjustment, Adjustment to Disability.

Douglas C. Strohmer, Professor

Ph.D. (1979) Michigan State University
Research Interests: clinical judgment and decision-making, medical decision-making and the Internet, personality assessment, counseling process, professional identity, men in counseling, and disability issues

Steve West, Professor and Chair, Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology and Research

Ph.D. (2000) Texas Tech University
Research Interests: Access to care, military and veteran health, moral injuries, and traumatic brain injuries.

Stephen Zanskas, Associate Professor, Coordinator of Rehabilitation Counseling Program

Ph.D. (2007), Michigan State University
Research Interests: research interests include the development of consultation skills in graduate rehabilitation counseling education programs, the psychosocial aspects of disability, professional issues and ethics

Program Deadlines

Fall Semester Application Deadline: March 1

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