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
- 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 Substance Use 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)
- HT3200 Theology I
- HT3201 Theology II