The Department of Counseling at John Carroll embraces a robust practitioner training model that prepares our students to work as clinical professionals in the mental health field. For those students who wish to pursue doctoral studies, we do offer numerous opportunities for mentoring and scholarship. Our faculty enjoy working with students and students should not hesitate to inquire with faculty about providing research assistance.

The Department of Counseling is the first known counseling program to offer a Doctoral Preparation Seminar that is designed to prepare master’s students for Ph.D. programs. In this course, which is taught by Dr. Nathan Gehlert, students will:

  • Be mentored through a research project.
  • Have the opportunity to make a poster presentation of your scholarship.
  • Engage in mock interviews and learn about networking and informational interviews.
  • Learn about the differences between counselor education, clinical psychology, counselor psychology, and online vs. traditional degree programs.
  • Develop your Personal Statement, which is a key component of doctoral applications.
  • Prepare for getting letters of recommendation and know what to ask of the writers.
  • Get help with the basics of GRE prep.
  • Discuss extra-curricular and professional development activities that you can participate in to strengthen your doctoral application.
  • Engage in class with speakers from local universities that have doctoral programs.