The Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling program offers instruction in the theory and practice of counseling within a biblical and theological context. The program is designed to prepare graduates to integrate biblical and theological understanding with historical and contemporary counseling theory and to meet academic and professional standards of relevant state and national accrediting agencies.

Program Goals

1. Commit to cultivate holy love of God and neighbor demonstrated by a knowledge of and practice in the Christian disciplines including works of service, with particular attention to a Wesleyan understanding of the means of grace.

2. Maintain appropriate professional boundaries, which refers to a quality of relating in which there is healthy self-disclosure and respect for others, as well as the abilities to participate in a group and pick up on interpersonal cues.

3. Demonstrate humble respect for persons of diverse opinions through the ability to dialogue effectively and respectfully with persons who are culturally different from self. This area also involves the abilities to understand diverse opinions and seek out alternative interpretations.

4. Practice theological/theoretical integration, which is demonstrated in a maturing biblically grounded theological understanding of God and persons, along with an informed theoretical perspective of the counseling role.

5. Demonstrate appropriate use of self, which refers to a growing self-awareness based in an understanding of personal strengths and limitations. This area also suggests an understanding of the impact of life experiences and personal development on the counseling role.

6. Demonstrate a mastery of adequate clinical skills, which involves the capacity to manage personal anxiety, establish and maintain

For more information, please visit Asbury Seminary’s Department of Counseling website. Or visit the Admissions section of our website for further information regarding the application process for counseling programs.

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Hrs Course ID Course Name
3 MS501 Missional Formation (must be taken in initial 21 hrs at ATS)
3 BT501 Biblical Narrative
3 CO526/TH501 Counseling and Christian Beliefs -or- Basic Christian Doctrine
3 CO601 Counseling Theories and Techniques (AUGUST Intensive)
3 CO610 Ethical and Legal Issues in Counseling [PRQ: CO600 or CO601] – JAN
3 CO624 Community Counseling [PRQ: CO600 or CO601]
3 CO655 The Counseling Relationship: Process and Skills [PRQ or Concurrently: CO600 or CO601]
3 CO715 Assessment Inventories in Counseling [PRQ: CO600 or CO601 & CO720]
3 CO720 Psychopathology: Theory and Assessments [PRQ or Concurrently: CO600 or CO601]
3 CO730 Advanced Issues in Cross-cultural Counseling [PRQ: CO600 or CO601]
3 CO622 Theories of Personality Development Across the Life Span [PRQ: CO600 or CO601 and CO720]
3 CO625 Recognizing and Treating Addictive Disorders [PRQ: CO600, CO601, PC510, or PC515]
3 CO660 Crisis Counseling: Theory and Application [PRQ or Concurrently: CO600 or CO601]
3 CO675 Group Counseling [PRQ: CO600 or CO601]
3 CO680 Career Counseling [PRQ: CO600 or CO601]
3 CO700 Counseling Practicum [PRQ: Gate 2]
3 CO705 Counseling Internship—One [PRQ: CO600 or 601, CO610, & CO655, CO700, & CO720]
3 CO706 Counseling Internship—Two (PRQ: CO705)
3 CO725 Research Seminar: Theory and Design
3 NT(IBS)510/511 NT(IBS)510 Matthew -or- NT(IBS)511 Mark
3 TH601 Theology of John Wesley

* Notes:
The MA in Mental Health Counseling has 48 hours of counseling course work. To meet the licensure requirements for Kentucky and Florida, students must take an additional 12 hours of counseling courses beyond the degree plan.

Students who pursue licensure in Florida must take CO622 Theories of Personality Development, CO625 Recognizing and Treating Addictive Disorders, and CO611 Dynamics of Human Sexuality.

CO705 and CO706 each require minimum of 300 hours. Students who pursue LPC licensure in Florida need 500 hours per practicum to meet Florida LPC requirements (1000 hours total).

More than the minimum of 63 credit hours required to complete this degree may be needed to fulfill the academic requirements of some states and for certification with the National Board of Certified Counselors. Students will need to check with the states of their choice.