Degree: Bachelor of Science, Master of Arts in Professional Counseling
Majors: Biblical Studies, Professional Counseling with Addictions Concentration
Major Mission: The Addictions Counseling concentration will provide training that will give entry level qualifications for opportunities in professional mental health and addictions counseling and state licensure. For this concentration, graduates will be prepared to sit for the Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor Exam (AADCE). Passing this exam will count for both the Professional Counselor License AND the AADC license, thus providing graduates with wide-ranging professional options.
Major Outcomes - Students will:
- Evaluate theory and use formal measurements to accurately assess the client’s context, learning, development, personality, motivation, and character.
- Develop clinical skill necessary to conduct individual therapy for those with serious mental health conditions (including various addictions).
- 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 professional mental health counseling.
- Apply ethical principles to prospective clinical situations that reflect an open and collaborative approach to resolve ethical dilemmas.
- Prepare students for clinical addictions practice and successful completion of Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor Exam (AADCE).
- Develop a deeper understanding of how both substance and process addictions impact families and learn professional therapeutic service delivery with this population.
- Develop skills toward navigating a process of reconciliation for spouses and families.
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Curricular Structure: The Addictions Counseling concentration program consists of 48 credits. The curriculum is designed as follows:
Electives may be taken at other times: fall semester, winter term, spring semester, or summer.
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.
Counseling Prerequisites Required before any Classes
Six undergraduate credits of counseling are required before any graduate work can commence.
Noncredit program requirements
- ORI 500 - 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)
- PA criminal background check and child abuse clearance submitted before registering for your 5th course
- 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)
Professional Core (12 Credits)
The 12 credits of the Professional Core must be taken in order to be granted candidacy.
2nd Tier Professional Courses (15 Credits)
The 15 credits of the 2nd Tier Professional courses can only be taken after being granted Candidacy.
Concentration (15 Credits)
Concentration courses can be taken only after being granted Candidacy and completing the 2nd Tier Professional Courses. Constitutes three concentration courses, practicum, and internship.
Elective Options (6 Credits)
Electives can be taken only after completing 2nd Tier Professional Courses and being granted candidacy.
Additional Courses for Licensure (12 Credits)
Note-Licensure also requires one extra elective. (See list of Elective Options above.)
Licensure Courses can be taken only after completing 2nd Tier Professional Courses and being granted candidacy.