If you’re a licensed mental health counselor or clinician, you might be wondering what the next step in your education or career could be. Perhaps you’ve researched doctoral programs in Counseling & Psychology but have discovered that many are clinical in nature.
Suppose you’ve been practicing for several years, and you aren’t primarily looking for additional clinical training. In that case, a non-clinical program—like our PhD in Counseling & Psychology: Transformative Leadership, Education, and Applied Research at Lesley University—could be the best way to reach your personal and professional goals.
Here are the top reasons our students, graduates, and faculty recommend getting your PhD and how you could benefit from Lesley’s program.
1. You want to advance into a leadership role in local, regional, national, or international settings.
By expanding your skills and expertise, you’ll be ready to work in leadership roles in the mental health field that require, or are more accessible with, doctoral-level training. A PhD can open opportunities in teaching and research at higher education institutions, consulting or training, and directing mental health programs in hospitals, schools, and other settings. The possibility of participating in an international counseling network as part of your PhD program can also deepen your understanding of mental health and counseling in global contexts. This will help make you a well-rounded leader who can understand different worldviews and perspectives.
2. You want to drive change in organizations and communities.
As an advanced practitioner, you understand the urgent issues that schools, organizations, and communities face. A PhD gives you the credibility, status, and knowledge you need to make substantive contributions that support social and emotional wellness, and to promote social justice in the counseling profession. As a leader, you’ll be in a better position to infuse creativity and decision-making into your role. You’ll be able to challenge mainstream models in mental health counseling, design programs to address critical needs, pursue innovative ways of offering care, and implement your ideas for transformation.