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Clinical Mental Health Counseling (licensure)

Program Purpose and Description
The Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is designed to meet or exceed the national educational standards in the counseling field and prepares students to obtain state licensure and national certification as a professional counselor. Grace University follows standards for CACREP. The degree enables the graduate to work in a variety of settings where they can apply their training as a mental health professional to help people manage mental health issues and gain insight into biological, psychological, social, and spiritual needs.
Program Objectives
Students who complete this program should accomplish these objectives:

  • Pursue licensure as a professional counselor;
  • Demonstrate the necessary knowledge and clinical skills to function effectively as a professional counselor;
  • Apply evidence-based theories and research-informed methods to the process of helping people, while maintaining a Biblically-based and intentionally spiritual perspective;
  • Maintain continued growth in professional literature and the counseling community, gaining experience and training that informs and strengthens their personal practice and faith;
  • Continue their education at the doctoral level.

Total Credit Hours (62)
Bible/Theology Requirements

  • BS 503 Hermeneutics (2)
  • TS 502 Introduction to Theological Studies (2)
  • CS 604 Integration Issues in Counseling (2)
  • *4 credits are required in this area

Core Counseling Courses

  • CS 605 Helping Relationships (3)
  • CS 606 Professional Orientation and Ethics (3)
  • CS 608 Counseling Theories (3)
  • CS 645 Group Counseling (3)
  • CS 651 Assessment & Appraisal (3)
  • CS 658 Career Development (3)
  • CS 622 Research and Program Eval (3)
  • CS 626 Counseling, Prevention, & Intervention (3)
  • CS 641 Human Growth and Development (3)

Other Required Courses

  • CS 602 Intro to Professional Clinical Counseling (1)
  • CS 612 Addictions Counseling (3)
  • CS 618 Marriage and Family Therapy (3)
  • CS 644 Social & Cultural Diversity (3)
  • CS 609 Psychopathology and Diagnosis (3)

Clinical Training

  • CS 690 Practicum (3)
  • CS 691 Internship 1 (3)
  • CS 692 Internship 2 (3)

Elective Courses (9 credits required)
LADC Track

  • CS 681 Alcohol/Drug Assessments, Case Planning (3)
  • CS 682 Medical & Psychosocial Aspects of Alcohol/Drug Use, Abuse, and Addiction (3)
  • CS 683 Clinical Treatment Issues in Chemical Dependence (3)

Cross-Cultural Counseling

  • CS 674 Counseling International Workers (3)
  • CS 675 Cross Cultural Counseling (3)
  • CS 676 Cultural Field Experience (3-6)

Marriage and Family

  • CS 670 Counseling with Children & Adolescents (3)
  • CS 677 Advanced Marriage and Family (3)
  • CS 678 Systems Theory (3)

Open Electives

  • CS 661 Criminal Behavior & the Court System (1)
  • CS 663 Mindfulness and Relaxation Techniques (2)
  • CS 664 Suicide Prevention Education (1)
  • CS 665 Psychopharmacology (1)
  • CS 667 Eating Disorders (1)