Sue Bratton, Professor; Ph.D., University of North Texas. Play therapy; filial therapy; Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in children; supervised practice involving families in children's counseling.
Cynthia Chandler, Professor; Ed.D., Texas Tech University. Animal-assisted therapy; biofeedback therapy; women's emotional health; counseling supervision.
Delini Fernando, Associate Professor; Ph.D., University of New Orleans. Group work; counselor supervision; multicultural counseling; disaster counseling; clinical application of existential theory.
Martin Gieda, Assistant Professor; Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University. Supervised practice; agency counseling.
Amanda Giordano, Assistant Professor; Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Substance abuse counseling; counseling supervision; spirituality issues in counseling; Adlerian social interest.
Janice Holden, Professor and Department Chair; Ed.D., Northern Illinois University. Transpersonal/spiritual issues in counseling; couple counseling; sexuality and sexual dysfunction therapy; cognitive therapy; screening counseling program applicants.
Leslie Jones, Clinical Assistant Professor; Ph.D., University of North Texas. Play therapy; expressive arts; supervised practice.
Carolyn Kern, Associate Professor; Ph.D., Oklahoma State University. Supervision; college students; adolescents; suicide intervention and prevention; cognitive complexity.
Natalya Lindo, Assistant Professor; Ph.D., Georgia State University. Career development and life planning; counselor supervision; filial therapy; play therapy; teacher-child relationship building.
Casey Barrio Minton, Associate Professor; Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Campus suicide prevention programming; crisis intervention preparation in CACREPaccredited counseling programs; best practices in counselor education and supervision.
Jonathan Ohrt, Assistant Professor; Ph.D., University of Central Florida. Secondary school counseling; group counseling; academic and career counseling needs of at-risk groups; counselor development and education; wellness.
Elizabeth Prosek, Assistant Professor; Ph.D., Old Dominion University. Clinical mental health counseling; counselor education and supervision; diagnosis and assessment; underserved populations.
Dee Ray, Professor; Ph.D., University of North Texas. School counseling; play therapy; counselor supervision.
Lisa Schulz, Clinical Assistant Professor; Ph.D., Oregon State University. Developmental processes in counseling; dual identity development of adolescents; counselor education and supervision.
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The Counseling program at the University of North Texas has earned a national reputation for developing highly competent professionals through education, research and service. The program has frequently been ranked among the top counselor preparation programs in the nation and the best in Texas.
Our Doctor of Philosophy degree in Counseling stimulates student inquiry, develops advanced knowledge and enhances skills necessary for counseling practice, supervision, teaching, scholarship and leadership. A Ph.D. prepares you to work in schools, colleges, universities and the public sector as a(n):
The doctoral track is theoretical and experiential and meets state licensing specifications for professional counselors. The academic core emphasizes counseling and counseling-related areas while providing you the flexibility to develop an expertise in a specialized area. A research core and either a minor or electives are included in the course of study.
All students engage in a six-semester, on-campus clinical sequence under direct supervision. They also complete a portfolio designed to develop skills essential to the doctoral-level counselor and counselor educator.
Many faculty members are recognized experts in their field. They have earned recognitions from the American Counseling Association, Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, Texas Counseling Association, and Chi Sigma Iota international honor society. Their research interests include:
More targeted research has been conducted on suicide prevention, mental health services for lowincome clients, counseling and play therapy in schools, near-death experiences, and spiritual transformation.
Our doctoral counseling program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (1001 North Fairfax St., Suite 510; Alexandria, Va. 22314; telephone 703-535- 5990, www.cacrep.org). This accreditation means we meet or exceed strict academic standards for excellence. We’ve also received the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision’s Outstanding Program Award and its Publication in Counselor Education and Supervision Award multiple times.
The College of Education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (2010 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Suite 500; Washington, D.C. 20036; telephone 202-466-7496). The college is also one of the top producers of teachers, administrators, counselors and other school professionals in Texas.
You will need to meet the admission requirements for the Toulouse Graduate School (available at catalog.unt.edu) as well as the following program requirements:
After the written and oral doctoral admission examinations, faculty members conduct a holistic review of all applicants. You will receive a letter regarding your admission within one month of the orientation and interview. If you are granted provisional admission, you should contact the counseling program for academic advising before registration.
In addition to the following requirements, the doctoral degree also requires 9 semester hours of a research tool not included in the degree plan.
The doctoral degree also requires 9 hours of a research tool not included on the degree plan.
Our department funds many assistantships and scholarships to help you pursue a graduate degree. Students interested in an assistantship should submit an application with the doctoral program application. Visit www.coe.unt.edu/che for more information on scholarships. Information about other financial assistance programs is at gradschool.unt.edu or financialaid.unt.edu.
Counseling and Human Development Center
The center offers individual counseling as well as couple, family and group counseling. Low-cost counseling services are provided by counselors-intraining under the supervision of faculty members using the latest in audiovisual technology.
Child and Family Resource Clinic
The clinic provides diagnostic and remedial services to children, adolescents, adults and families experiencing difficulties at home or school. Graduate students acquire valuable field experience by providing the clinic’s lowcost services under the supervision of faculty members.
Center for Play Therapy
The center encourages the development and emotional growth of children through the process of play therapy, a dynamic interpersonal relationship between a child and a trained therapist. The center provides training, research, publications, counseling services and scholarships, and it acts as a clearinghouse for literature in the field.
Center for Animal-Assisted Therapy
The center trains professionals and volunteers to
work with their pets to facilitate the mental health,
well-being and development of adults, adolescents and
children through positive human-animal interactions.
Workshops and courses are offered throughout the year.
Each year, our program offers conferences where nationally known speakers present current perspectives on counseling issues. Licensed professional counselors, nationally certified counselors and licensed chemical dependency counselors may earn continuing education credit by attending these conferences.