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In 2008, Michele Eave’s busy life included the roles of wife, mother, counselor, clinical director and adjunct professor of counseling. When looking for a doctoral program, she chose the Ph.D with a Major in Counseling at Oregon State University because it allowed her to balance these demands. She also chose Oregon State University because it has the only CACREP accredited doctoral program in counseling on the west coast, and its graduates are highly sought after in the field. She tells counselors who are considering a Ph.D to look at OSU first.
In a recent interview, Michele said that this doctoral program, housed in the College of Education and offered through Ecampus, is, “very much for the working professional.” Not only was she impressed by the flexibility of the hybrid model but by the caliber of the faculty and transferable content of its courses. “The theoretical and practical nature of the program’s amazing classes gave me the skills and confidence to work with master level students and counseling clients above and beyond that which I received during my master’s program.”
During her time at OSU, Michele was hired as an assistant professor at Corban University. Since receiving her Ph.D in Counseling in 2011, she has become a well-respected assistant professor of counseling at George Fox University’s Graduate Department of Counseling. Her continued collaborative clinical work provides her clients with the resources to “gain clarity in their lives and to uncover their personal, authentic self, while minimizing behaviors and thoughts that impede a healthy and productive lifestyle.”
In the end, Michele values the knowledge gained and the lasting relationships developed in her cohort during her three years in OSU’s counseling doctoral program.