The purpose of the Mental Health Counseling concentration is to provide training that will give entry-level qualifications for mental health counseling opportunities, state licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor, and professional certification. The objectives for the program are:
- To equip the student with theoretical orientation that is necessary for assessment of the client’s learning, motivation, and character.
- To provide educational training to enhance the prospective counselor’s clinical skill necessary for individual therapy.
- To create within the student the ability to conduct critical thinking skills to evaluate theory and practice from a biblical perspective.
- To provide an emphasis on application of information and knowledge by means of supervised counseling experiences.
- To develop the student’s knowledge of the foundational elements in counseling theory and research to prepare students for further study.
The Mental Health Counseling concentration program consists of 48 credits. The curriculum is designed as follows:
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|Marriage & Family Counseling Concentration
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Pre-program Candidacy Requirements - Biblical and Theological Foundational Courses
Students must complete all the Biblical and Theological Foundation courses beore the practicum. Some exemptions are possible. Students without the 30 credits of Bible/Theology but who have taken 9 credits of Old Testament, New Testament, or Theology courses are exempt from taking the respective Biblical and Theological Foundation Courses. Likewise, a 3 credit course in Hermeneutics will exempt students from BTC 561. At the time of admission, an evaluation will be done of the students’ transcripts, and students will be informed of which courses they are exempt from taking.
The following four Biblical and Theological Foundation Courses are each 1 credit courses and are included with each semester’s roster of courses.
BTC 551 - The Biblical Narrative
BTC 561 - Biblical Interpretation
BTC 571 - Introduction to Christian Theology
BTC 581 - Christianity in the Contemporary World
Counseling Prerequisites Required before any Classes
Six undergraduate credits of counseling are required before any graduate work can commence.
Noncredit program requirements
- Orientation Seminar (0 credits)
- Therapist evaluation of MMPI-2 and 16PF-taken immediately after preliminary acceptance phase AND evaluated by counseling department faculty before registering for your 5th course (including transfer credits)
- Candidacy: must be granted before registering for your 5th course (including transfer credits), see Handbook for details (requires current child abuse clearance & criminal background check)