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Mental Health Counseling, Ph.D.


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Have you been called to ease human suffering? Are you interested in being a catalyst for change in the lives of those around you?

Through research and practice, you can support individuals, couples, families, and groups with a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Counseling from Belmont University.

Keeping with Belmont’s understanding of its mission within the context of Christian higher education, this degree program will train master’s level mental health professionals to accomplish their goals—becoming doctoral level professors and/or practitioners ready to train tomorrow’s mental health professionals or highly-skilled clinicians who work with clients within a variety of settings across the mental health care continuum.

The program helps mental health professionals enhance their counseling and research skills to improve treatment efficacy while exploring connections between personal spiritual beliefs, biases and client diversity.

Drawing students from a variety faith backgrounds, Belmont’s diverse faculty and staff with varied life experiences and educational backgrounds represent an ecumenical approach to the Christian faith which focuses on hospitality and inclusion. Their diversity of thought will challenge you to think differently and prepare you for the variety of clients you will encounter in professional practice.

This degree is distinctive among contemporary doctoral counseling programs in that it embodies advanced spiritual and pastoral theological understandings of the care of human beings in addressing the depth and complexity of human suffering.

The doctoral program offers two specialty tracks--Advanced Clinical Practice and Counselor Education & Supervision.

The program is preparing to seek accreditation through the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).