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Mentoring and other valued components of counselor educator doctoral training: a Delphi study

Dilani Perera-Diltz (Counseling, Special Education and Diversity, University of Houston – Clear Lake, Houston, Texas, USA)
Jill Duba Sauerheber (Counseling and Student Affairs, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, Kentucky, USA)

International Journal of Mentoring and Coaching in Education

ISSN: 2046-6854

Article publication date: 5 June 2017




Counselor educators graduating from accredited doctoral programs complete training in counseling, supervision, teaching, research, scholarship, leadership, and advocacy. The purpose of this paper is to investigate the valued components of doctoral degree training in counselor education among new graduates.


Recent graduates in full-time counselor education positions were surveyed using the Delphi method to determine which aspects of their doctoral training best prepared them for their current positions.


The participants valued or desired training in teaching, research, supervision, and potential mentorship.

Research limitations/implications

A serendipitous finding of the research was that mentorship, which was not a deliberate training feature, was highly valued by new counselor educators. Further research on which mentorship styles are best suited for counselor educator training is necessary. Continued training in teaching, research, and supervision is also necessary.

Practical implications

Some form of mentoring is desirable in counselor educator training programs to facilitate transition from year to year of doctoral study, as well as to assist transition from the role of student to faculty.


A desire to be mentored by faculty, specifically for students in counselor education doctoral programs, is revealed.



Perera-Diltz, D. and Duba Sauerheber, J. (2017), "Mentoring and other valued components of counselor educator doctoral training: a Delphi study", International Journal of Mentoring and Coaching in Education, Vol. 6 No. 2, pp. 116-127.



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