M.A. in Mental Health Counseling
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.
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