Master of Arts
Mental Health Counseling

Purpose

The Mental Health Counseling concentration prepares students to fulfill their professional goals that involve an in-depth understanding of the person with a serious mental health difficulty and the development of a skillful intervention for the person that needs personal restoration. The student will be trained academically and practically to counsel the person in depth to restructure and change their personal life and rebuild their relationships.

 

Program Design

The MA program is designed for the adult learner who is employed full-time or in full-time ministry. Courses are offered with multiple scheduling options available.

Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • Evaluate theory and use formal measurements to accurately assess the client’s learning, personality, motivation, and character.
  • Develop clinical skill necessary for individual therapy for those with serious mental health conditions.
  • Integrate specific knowledge and skill necessary to counsel effectively those with various diagnoses, vocational need, and diverse cultural backgrounds.
  • Conduct critical thinking skills to evaluate theory and practice from a biblical perspective.
  • Synthesize information and knowledge by means of supervised counseling experiences.
  • Acquire sufficient knowledge of scientific research and literature to be prepared to investigate specific areas of need in mental health counseling.
  • Apply ethical principles to prospective clinical situations that reflect an open and collaborative approach to resolve ethical dilemmas.

Counseling Certification

Students may choose to pursue the Licensed Professional Counselor credential from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and/or Counseling Certification from the National Board for Certified Counselors. After earning the 48 credit masters degree students may take an additional 12 credits of graduate course work, pass the National Counselor Exam and meet the required supervised hours of clinical counseling experience in order to be eligible for licensure. More information is available from the student's program advisor.

Admission Requirements

  • A growing relationship with Jesus Christ
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
  • Transcript of undergraduate studies with GPA of 3.00 or higher
  • Major in Bible or completion of Biblical foundations courses
  • Autobiographical essay
  • Two reference forms
  • Completed application and fee
  • Interview with faculty