MA in Counseling
Midwestern offers a Master of Arts in Counseling degree program designed to help students meet the educational requirements for licensure in Missouri as a licensed professional counselor (at this time, state licensure now requires a minimum of 48 hours of counseling courses). The goal is to provide the student with the skills required to deliver appropriate professional mental health counseling services to individuals in either a ministry or private setting. Graduation does not guarantee licensure eligibility since other factors such as poor licensure test scores, criminal behavior, and other restrictions may disqualify the student’s eligibility for licensure. Students seeking a license are encouraged to read the licensure requirements available here.
The seminary reserves the right to require the student to obtain professional counseling for him or herself, if necessary, or to require the student to move to another degree program if that is deemed necessary. The student would be notified of these actions privately with due time to allow for the changes.
Students graduating from the Master of Arts in Counseling degree will be able to:
- Demonstrate an understanding of the biblical, theological, historical, and psychological foundations of Christian counseling.
- Demonstrate an understanding of how developmental issues and trauma experiences impact the counseling process.
- Demonstrate an understanding of how to select, train, supervise, and evaluate a lay care-giving ministry that support the work of the local church, association, and denomination.
- Identify the causes and treatments of the most common counseling problems encountered in a ministry or private setting and apply appropriate counseling principles and techniques to correct the problems.
- Demonstrate professional skills in the areas of diagnosis, treatment, preventative care, remedial care, referral, self-care, and support group ministry.
Christian Counseling Course Catalog
BS2210 Old Testament Survey I
BS2310 New Testament Survey I OR BS2311 New Testament Survey II
CO5502 Life Span Development
CO5501 Counseling Theories
CO5505 Professional Orientation & Ethics
CO5522 Marriage & Family Counseling
CO5524 Diag. & Treat. Child. & Adol. Disorders
CO5526 Diag. & Treat. Of Addiction Disorders
CO5528 Biological Basis of Behavior
CO5530 Theory & Methods of Grp Counseling
CO5532 The Helping Relationship
CO5534 Abnormal Psych: Theory, Diag. & Treat.
CO5535 Psychological Tests & Measurements
CO5537 Career Development & Counseling
CO5539 Multicultural Counseling
CO5542 Integration Christian Theol. & Counseling
CO5554 Supervised Counseling Practicum
CO5555 Supervised Counseling Internship
CO5557 Research Methods
GS1801 Integrative I, Leadership (1 hr)
GS1802 Integrative II, Assessment (1 hr)
GS1803 Integrative III, Capstone (1 hr)