Counseling & Social Work Department

Providing a foundation of theory and methods from a biblical perspective

LBC | Capital’s Counseling & Social Work Department is designed to encourage students to understand, evaluate and practice counseling and social work theory and methods from a biblical perspective. Graduates are equipped to provide clinical care in various settings depending on their major. These include secular and Christian practices, crisis counseling centers, public and private schools, foster care and wraparound agencies, hotline services, rescue missions, psychiatric care units, para-church organizations, prisons and detention centers and much more.

Not sure whether to major in Counseling or Social Work?

Then you will want to check out this helpful article that compares the two majors. Read more…

Academic Programs

We offer students the option of pursing their bachelor counseling or social work degree through the traditional on-campus college experience, 100% online OR hybrid in-person options at Lancaster or Philadelphia through our Adult Education program. Students looking for masters programs will find in-class and online options through our graduate school track.

View our certification details here.

Bachelors + Masters

Our 4+1 programs enable students to earn a bachelor’s and master’s degree in 5 years total (offered through traditional undergraduate in Lancaster).

Memberships and Recognitions

Social Work Programs are accredited through CSWE

#1 Christian College for Counseling Degrees (2020)

Meet Our Faculty

Full-time Faculty

Ryan Kuehner, PhD
Professor, Chair, Counseling & Social Work Dept. and MA in Professional Counseling Program Director
Melissa Boas, MEd
Assistant Professor; Director for Professional School Counseling & BS Psychology Programs
Ling Dinse, DSW
Associate Professor
Tyler Gehman, LSW
Assistant Professor, BSW Program Director
Kurt Miller, DSW
Professor, Masters of Social Work Program Director
Sophia Ogunlana, EdD
Assistant Professor, Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program Director- Washington, D.C. Location
Praveen Rudra, MA
Assistant Professor, Clinical Counseling Manager, Multicultural Liaison
Jon Shacklett, MA
Assistant Professor
Lisa Witmer
Assistant Professor & Field Director of Master of Social Work Program
Mary Yager, MSW
Assistant Professor
Christina Helfrick
Assistant Professor in the Master in Social Work Program
Amy Sagen
Assistant Professor in the MSW Program

Professional Counseling

Professional School Counseling

Social Work

Human Services

Read Our Department Stories

LBC Student Wins Poster Contest at College-Hosted Christian Association for Psychological Studies Conference

Student Achievement Update! LBC | Capital student Connor Doyle ('22), a psychology major graduating this December, won the Christian Association for Psychological Studies (CAPS) Conference's student poster presentation contest. Congratulations, Connor! *** The Lancaster Bible College | Capital Seminary & Graduate School Counseling & Social Work Department hosted the 2022 East Regional Christian Association for Psychological…

LBC Celebrates Launch of 25 New Online Programs, Officially Welcomes Class of 2026

As a new academic year is underway, Lancaster Bible College | Capital Seminary & Graduate School is celebrating. The Class of 2026 was officially welcomed in late August, as freshmen and their families moved onto campus, participated in valuable sessions and were introduced to the LBC | Capital community. Made up of 248 undergraduate students…

LBC | Capital Faculty Members Gather to Prepare for New Year

Before the busyness of the new fall 2022 semester began, Lancaster Bible College | Capital Seminary & Graduate School faculty members gathered for a day of learning, brainstorming, group discussions, getting to know others outside their academic departments and, ultimately, gleaning valuable takeaways they can incorporate in the classroom. The morning opened with coffee and…