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ISSN : 2233-6710(Print)
ISSN : 2384-2121(Online)
Journal of Asia Pacific Counseling Vol.13 No.2 pp.87-100

What Information Should Counselor Education Program Websites Include for Prospective Doctoral Students?

Cynthia Mulit1, Hongryun Woo2, Claire Martin3, Yuima Mizutani4
1Beyond the Binary Counseling and Consulting Services
2University of Louisville
3Webster University
4University of Missouri - St. Louis
Corresponding Author
Cynthia Mulit, Beyond the Binary Counseling and Consulting Services, Califon, New Jersey, USA.


The Covid-19 pandemic has placed major strains on the mental health of individuals and families throughout the world (Castaño Díaz et al., 2022). Becoming a counselor with a master’s degree has become one of the most sought-after jobs in the U.S. after the COVID-19 pandemic (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2023). According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, careers in mental health fields such as substance abuse, behavioral health, and mental health, will increase by 21% between 2021 and 2031, which is three times faster than average for all other careers (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2023). In turn, the rapid growth of interest in mental health fields has led many individuals to pursue an even higher degree through a doctoral program in counseling education (CE). However, very often, many CE program websites are not user-friendly and are in fact confusing for prospective students to follow, to ensure a successful doctoral application process. In contrast, a user-friendly and informative counseling program website provides prospective students with comprehensive information about the counseling field, the university’s counseling department, and counseling degrees offered, including admission standards and requirements for degree completion. User-friendly and informative program websites also help prospective and current students evaluate what they truly desire in the program and successfully navigate the application process. The authors illustrate the importance of well-organized CE program websites with two hypothetical cases of prospective students searching for information. Additionally, the authors provide recommendations regarding the content and organization needed for user-friendly and comprehensive counselor education program websites.