M.A. Christian Counseling

Master of Arts in Christian Counseling

The Master of Arts in Christian Counseling program (CCL) is designed to prepare students for professional licensure in qualifying them for the specialized ministries of clinical mental health counseling, and marriage, couple, and family counseling, in the contexts of clinical settings, the local church, or church-related agencies.  The program enables students to thoughtfully integrate and ethically implement the most effective models and theories of counseling with a coherent Biblical/theological perspective and sensitivity to the Holy Spirit’s activity.  Since helping hurting people is an essential element of the Gospel, this program equips students to respond therapeutically to the opportunities of global diversity in facilitating healing and wholeness in every area of life.

The program is designed to meet the licensure requirements for Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC) and for Licensed Marital and Family Therapists (LMFT). While licensure requirements vary across states, certain core courses tend to be standard. Students are encouraged to contact individual state licensing offices to determine if any additional coursework is needed.

Program Objectives
The M.A. Christian Counseling aims to:

  • Engage students in theological reflection on the challenges and complexities of the counseling process in an attempt to invite them to examine their assumptions and cohesively integrate their beliefs into an overall philosophy of counseling.
  • Train students in the art and science of assignment and diagnosis that includes both clinical (DSM-V) and theoretical components.
  • Expose students to social and cultural diversity with an emphasis on the ethical principles conducive for respectful dialogue with those who are different.
  • Introduce students to various counseling theories and Empirically Supported Treatments (EST). (LPC)
  • Immerse students in systems theory and introduce them to various approaches to marriage and family therapy, especially EST. (MFT)
  • Instruct students in basic research skills and methodologies that enable them to critique counseling research findings and to appraise EST.
  • Enable students to understand the unfolding of human development and impact of crisis events and addictive behaviors on that process.
  • Emphasize the ethical principles undergirding professional conduct and the process of ethical decision-making.
  • Provide guided internship opportunities for the application of theory and practice in a professional setting.
  • Promote a biblical/theological understanding of persons, change, and the ministry of the Holy Spirit.
  • Assist students in discerning and articulating their ministry/professional calling.

MCC Fact Sheet - For those seeking to meet the licensure requirements for Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC).

Degree Concentration
Master of Arts Christian Counseling/Marital and Family Therapy

MCC/MFT Fact Sheet - For those seeking to meet the licensure requirements for Licensed Marital & Family Therapists (LMFT).