MA in Counseling (MAC) – Description, Outcomes, Course Requirements

MA in Counseling (MAC)

The purpose of the 60-hour Master of Arts in Counseling program is to prepare counselors with training in Christian philosophical foundations, counseling theory, empirically supported treatments, and clinical skills to provide services in churches, agencies, and mental health centers. The Master of Arts in Counseling degree is pre-approved as a qualifying degree for licensure as a professional counselor by the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage & Family Therapist Board. Further, the Master of Arts in Counseling program is compliant with national training and graduates are eligible for credentialing as a National Certified Counselor. To enhance learning, MAC students engage in experiential, growth-oriented activities throughout their training, particularly in practicum, internship, and group counseling classes. Unless approval is granted from the MAC faculty, students are expected to complete 12 credits per year to stay active in the program.

Students graduating with a Master of Arts in Counseling will:

  • Demonstrate personal and spiritual growth, which includes a commitment to interpersonal awareness, self-reflection, and self-evaluation.

  • Demonstrate competency in the following areas: Counseling theory; Counseling techniques, skills, and practice; Human growth and development; Social and cultural foundations; Group dynamics, processing, and counseling; Lifestyle and career development; Research and evaluation; Professional, legal, and ethical issues;  Psychopathology, prevention, and treatment; Appraisal and evaluation of mental and emotional status; Diagnosis of mental and emotional disorders

  • Integrate theology and counseling, which includes theological reflection, addressing spiritual and religious themes in counseling when appropriate, and providing counseling within a Biblical context.

Prerequisites:

Introduction to Biblical Studies or equivalent (BSEG 500, 3 hrs)

Basic Theology or equivalent (DOCT 500, 3 hrs)

Required courses:

Spiritual Formation & Counseling (COUN 502, 3 hrs)

Counseling Theories & Methods (COUN 510, 3 hrs)

Ethical, Professional, & Contextual Dimensions in Counseling (COUN 512, 3 hrs)

Human & Family Development (COUN 515, 3 hrs)

Group Counseling (COUN 561, 3 hrs)

Career Counseling (COUN 570, 3 hrs)

Social & Cultural Foundations (COUN 575, 3 hrs)

Counseling Assessment (COUN 580, 3 hrs)

Counseling Techniques (COUN 582, 3 hrs)

Practicum I  (Prerqs: 510, 512, 580, 582) (COUN 592, 3 hrs)

Practicum II  (Prerq: 592) (COUN 593, 3 hrs)

Substance Abuse Counseling (COUN 595, 1 hr)

Psychopharmacology for Counselors (COUN 597, 1 hr)

Marriage & Family Counseling (COUN 599, 1 hr)

Research & Program Evaluation in Counseling (COUN 650, 3 hrs)

Evaluation of Mental & Emotional Status  (Prereq: 580), (COUN 680, 3 hrs)

Diagnosis of Mental & Emotional Disorders (COUN 690, 3hrs)

Treatment of Psychopathology  (Prerq: 690), (COUN 711, 3hrs)

Internship I  (Prerq: 690), (COUN 792, 3 hrs)

Internship II  (Prerq: 792), (COUN 793, 3 hrs)

Comprehensive Review & Examination (COUN 800, 0 hrs)

Electives in Counseling (6 hrs)