Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Counseling


Program Description

Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Counseling – 90 credits

The Ph.D. Program in Clinical Counseling is dedicated to the preparation of counselors who facilitate the optimal development of individuals, groups, and organizations that is culturally relevant and psychologically appropriate across the lifespan. Our students are taught to use strategies of prevention, intervention, and remediation to assist others in developing effective coping skills and responses to their environments.


  • CC7434 Abortion Counseling
  • CC7517 Counseling for Families of Children with Disabilities & Disorders
  • CC7524 Federal and State Law in Counseling/Social Work Part II
  • CC7534 Counseling for Sexual Disorders
  • CC7565 Modern Psychotherapies
  • CC7569 Marriage Therapy
  • CC7580 Behavioral Research
  • CC7589 Counseling the Sexually Abused
  • CC7614 Counseling for Juvenile Delinquency
  • CC8574 Theological Dimensions of Christian Counseling
  • CC8615 Teen Suicide
  • CH7037 Assessment for Excellence
  • CH8043 Spiritual Intelligence
  • PS8307 Disorders: Stress, Phobias, Neurosis, Anxiety, Suicide, Alzheimer’s Disease
  • PS8310 Developmental Psychology
  • PS8446 Child and Adolescent Psychopathology
  • SW8208 Social Planning
  • IN7601 Scientific Investigation: Theory
  • IN7602 Scientific Investigation: Project
  • IN7606 Practicum
  • IN8603 Dissertation: Research
  • IN8604 Dissertation: Writing
  • IN8605 Dissertation: Defense
Electives (3) – 9 credits


The students will be able to:

  • Consult, advice, or deliberate with patients.
  • Help patients understand their problems, including problems at home, workplace or community.
  • Help identify the strengths and resources of the patient that they can use to manage their unique problems.
  • Help people solve problems in a variety of settings, quickly adapting scenarios that may arise when bringing people together.
  • Possess an innate ability to make people feel comfortable and create an intuitive environment to open up and solve problems.

Entrance Requirements

  • Enrollment Agreement filled and signed.
  • Diplomas of previous studies.
  • Official Transcripts of previous studies.
  • Copy of official identification.
  • Debit Authorization (if desired).
  • A passport-type photo.
  • Pastoral Ordination if it were the case.
  • Master degree in Clinical Counseling or in a related area of study.

Steps to Enroll

  1. Application: Complete the Enrollment Agreement sent by e-mail by the Student Services Department of FCU, sign and scan the document.
  2. Documents: Send the Enrollment Agreement to attached with all the documents necessary or send them by mail.
  3. Evaluation: After receiving the Enrollment Agreement and the copies of the requested documents, verification will be made by the corresponding departments. FCU will contact the students if additional documents are required. Transcripts must be official and sent directly from the university in a sealed envelope.
  4. Payment: If the student completes the Agreement and submits all required information, the next step is to pay the $260 Application and Enrollment fee, which is applicable to any program. (Application $40 & Registration & Processing Fee $110.00 – are not refundable + USD $110.00 Evaluation – refundable).
  5. Enrollment: Should the student’s Agreement require additional analysis by the Institution, the student will be informed immediately. After being approved, the student will be effectively enrolled and will receive a welcome letter, the Catalog, and the Student Handbook. After that, the online student will receive an e-mail with information on how to access the Student’s Portal and the template to be used their assignments. On-campus students will receive their class schedule. The Student ID Card will be sent by mail. Now the student is ready to begin their classes!

Mode of Study

Three-Course Delivery Methods: Face-to-Face/Synchronous.

Classes start immediately after enrollment, on an ongoing basis. For on-campus courses, invitations are sent out and students confirm their presence a minimum of (2) two weeks prior to the course date.

Last updated Feb 2020

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Founded on August 29th of 1985, FCU always had the mission of providing Higher Education in a practical and accessible way, to professionals and ministers, preparing them to accomplish their callings with Christian foundations. The University promotes global outreach distance learning education programs through video, independent study, and online classes with qualified faculty and use of state- of- the- art technological infrastructure. Read less