Houston Graduate School of Theology

DPC Degree Program


The Doctor of Professional Counseling (DPC) degree is an advanced professional degree designed to meet the educational, spiritual, and professional needs of therapists who have completed a master’s degree in counseling and who have also acquired LPC (Licensed Professional Counselor) and/or LMFT (Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist) credentials from the state where they practice.

The 3.5-year program provides opportunities for students to specialize in one of the following:

  • Addictive and Compulsive Behavior – Jacob Porter, EdD, ThM, NCC

    Students will learn to exhibit clinical skills and techniques in the assessment and treatment of addictive and compulsive behaviors for individuals, couples, and families as well as demonstrate critical knowledge of current research within the field of addiction treatment.

  • Relational Dynamics – Jerry Terrill, DSM, LPC-S, LMFT-S

    Students will learn to exhibit advanced knowledge and skills regarding the change and growth processes in couples and families. The couples and family internship will provide opportunities to grow deeper in theoretical knowledge and therapeutic techniques and to provide therapeutic techniques and skills to couples and families through advanced supervision and consultation

  • Trauma, Grief, and Loss – Ria Baker, PhD, LPC-S

    Students will learn to exhibit advanced knowledge and skills for the treatment of trauma and grief and loss and demonstrate critical knowledge of current research within the field of trauma, grief and loss treatment through engagement and application to case studies.

  • Life Cycle – Michael Ditsky, PhD

    Students will learn to exhibit skills, practices, and training in one of the five areas of the Life Cycle: (1) Infancy to puberty; (2) Adolescence; (3) Young adulthood; (4) Adulthood; and (5) The older adult and gerontology and to provide therapeutic services to individuals within the chosen area.

  • Sex and Sexuality – Amy Fuller, PhD, LPC-S, LMFT-S

    Students will learn to articulate a comprehensive understanding of sexuality from a developmental, theological, and cultural framework as well as to demonstrate integrated knowledge of how sex impacts relationship dynamics, particularly with couples experiencing sexual difficulty, and a broad understanding of special topics related to human sexuality and implications for treatment.

To see the complete 46-hour degree contents, click here. (This is the schedule for students starting in May, 2019.)

Admission requirements include the MAC or its equivalent. (46 credit hours)   

Dr. Jacob Porter
Director of the Doctor of Professional Counseling Program
Assistant Professor of Counseling
4300-C West Bellfort
Houston, Texas 77035
713-942-9505 x215

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