Professional Counseling (BS/MA and MA)
Marriage and Family and Mental Health Concentrations
Marriage and Family Counseling (BS/MA and MA)
The Marriage and Family Counseling major will provide training that will give entry-level qualifications for opportunities in marriage and family counseling and state licensure.
Mental Health Counseling (BS/MA and MA)
This degree program will provide training that will give entry-level qualifications for mental health counseling opportunities, state licensure and professional certification.
Analysis of Evidences
The professional programs in Clinical, Addictions, and Marriage and Family Counseling continue to be strong. The Counseling and Social Work Department has mechanisms in place to attract and accept “premier” students. In 2014, we significantly revised the admission procedures, curriculum, sequences, and student Candidacy evaluation. This change has already shown markedly higher retention rates and graduates are often termed by internship site supervisors as being at a premier professional level. Job placement rates for 2015 and 2016 were at 100% for students graduating with their BS in Professional Counseling (for those who sought employment in their field). Additionally, job placement rates for 2015 and 2016 were at 100% for students graduating with their MA in Professional Counseling (across the three concentrations. Again, this was for graduates who sought employment in their field). With regard to admissions into our majors, enrollment has increase by 10-15% each of the past 5 years. In our Marriage and Family Counseling Concentration, we are blessed to have Dr. Jim Johnson (mentee of Salvador Minuchin) share his wealth of wisdom and experience in the field. In looking at new areas of program study, we recently developed a concentration in Addictions Counseling given the growing need for expertly trained addictions specialists who hold a foundationally Christian view of persons. In addition to the professional counseling course requirements, this concentration comprises three specialized courses (Psychopharmacology; Addictions Counseling; Advanced Addictions Treatment Methods) alongside practicum and internship placement in the field of addictions.