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GCU's transformative Christian Counseling programs create an opportunity to integrate Christian principles within a professional counseling practice. The Master of Science in Christian Counseling prepares graduates to serve clients who are searching for counseling services with Christian faith elements integrated.
The program offers a strong foundation in biblical knowledge and theological wisdom, which can be applied in a client-driven counseling setting. This includes an exploration of spiritual health, growth and character development for the counselor in life and practice. Learners develop a deep understanding of the gospel to discuss relevant issues from a Christian perspective.
The program meets the academic requirements established by the National Board for Certified Counselors. Learners are provided with comprehensive training to achieve national certification and licensure in Arizona as a counselor.
Graduates from other states may have the academic preparation to begin the process of seeking certification and licensure in their respective states. A master's degree in counseling is needed to become licensed as a counselor in 48 states, including Arizona. But, additional requirements may vary from state to state.
Graduates of this degree program will be prepared to treat individuals who suffer from social, psychological and emotional disabilities. Learners can focus their counseling careers on a variety of disorders such as behavior, mental health, substance abuse, and marriage and family.
|Course #||Course Title||Course Description||Credits|
|UNV-502||Introduction to Graduate Studies in the Health Sciences||This course is designed to prepare students for the graduate learning experience at Grand Canyon University. Students have opportunities to develop and strengthen the skills necessary to succeed as graduate students in the health sciences. Emphasis is placed on utilizing the tools for graduate success.||2|
|PCN-501||Introduction to Addictions and Substance Use Disorders||This course provides a broad understanding of the stages, processes, and effects of substance use disorders, social and psychological dynamics of substance use disorders, and the professional's role in prevention, intervention, and aftercare. This course also explores theories of substance use disorders, drug classification, assessment, and treatment. It also continues building foundational knowledge, utilization of professional resources, and exploration of standards to help students prepare for licensure/certification within the counseling profession.||3|
|PCN-505||Professional Counseling Orientation and Ethics||This course provides a broad understanding of counseling ethics, legal standards, and responsibilities, including professional identity, report writing, record keeping, and service reimbursement. Also covered are the history of and current trends in counseling. Important goals of this course are to help students develop a strong personal and professional ethic, as well as an appreciation of the value of professional collaboration and identity.||3|
|PCN-500||Counseling Theories||This course provides a comprehensive survey of the major counseling theories and principles. Coursework includes the following theories: psychoanalytic, Adlerian, existential psychotherapy, behavioral, cognitive behavioral, person-centered, reality therapy/choice theory, and rational emotive behavioral therapy (REBT).||3|
|PCN-520||Group Counseling Theory and Practice||This course provides a broad understanding of group development, group dynamics, group counseling theories, and ethical standards. The course also addresses group process components, appropriate selection criteria, developmental stage theories, group members‛ roles and behaviors, and group leadership styles and approaches. Prerequisites: PCN-501, PCN-505 and PCN-500.||3|
|PCN-509||Social and Cultural Diversity Issues in Counseling||This course provides a broad understanding of issues and trends in a multicultural and diverse society. Studies in this area include the following: attitudes and behaviors based on such factors as age, race, religious preference, physical disability, sexual orientation, ethnicity and culture, family patterns, gender, socioeconomic status and intellectual ability; individual, family, group, and community strategies for working with diverse populations; theories of multicultural counseling and identity development; and multicultural competencies. Students examine a variety of cultural populations in multiple regions of the United States, exploring issues and trends that are associated with each population. Cultural considerations for immigrants, refugees, and undocumented citizens are also addressed.||3|
|CCN-601||Biblical Foundations for Counselors: The Story of God||This course is a narrative approach to the theology of God, humanity, and salvation. Students learn to apply the story of the Bible to the life and practice of the Christian counselor.||3|
|CCN-650||Spiritual Formation: Becoming a Healthy Practitioner||This course provides an introduction to spiritual formation with attention to classical spiritual disciplines and stages of growth. This course includes an exploration into personal spiritual health and character development with implications for counseling practice. Prerequisite: CCN-601.||3|
|PCN-527||Psychopharmacology and Addictions||This course provides a broad understanding of psychopharmacology theories of drug use, addiction, and treatment. The student is introduced to the basic principles of pharmacology, anatomy, and physiology as applied to the major classes of psychoactive drugs of use/addiction. It also examines the effects of various drugs on human behavior. The course introduces drugs to support drug treatment. Emphasis is placed on basic principles of drug ingestion, distribution, elimination, dose response relationships, neurotransmitter chemicals, and synaptic activity.||3|
|PCN-530||Human Sexuality, Aging, and Long-Term Care||This course is divided into two distinct and separate sections. The first part of the course examines human sexuality and systems of sexual therapy. Psychological, biological, social, and moral perspectives on sexual development and functioning are also examined. The last part of the course provides an understanding of the nature of aging and the elderly. Theories and strategies for facilitating optimum care of the elderly are addressed. Elder abuse, dependent adult abuse, and neglect of the aging and elderly are explored. Sexuality, mental health, physical health, the role of substance use disorders, and family issues are also addressed.||3|
|PCN-515||Counseling Skills in the Helping Relationships||This course provides a broad understanding of counseling processes, including characteristics and behaviors that influence the helping processes. Included are age, gender, ethnic differences, verbal and nonverbal behaviors, personal characteristics, and orientations. The development of counseling techniques is emphasized, including establishing and maintaining the counseling relationship; diagnosing and identifying the problem; formulating a preventative, treatment, or rehabilitative plan; facilitating appropriate interventions; and successfully terminating the counseling relationship.||3|
|PCN-518||Human Growth and Development||This course provides an understanding of the nature and needs of individuals at all developmental levels. Theories of individual and family development, transitions across the life span, theories of learning, theories of personality development, and strategies for facilitating optimum development over the life span are addressed.||3|
|CCN-655||Biblical Concepts of Healthy Relationships: Forgiveness and Healthy Spirituality||This course explores relational health in connection with topics including self-assessment, forgiveness, reconciliation with God and others, and the pursuit of spiritual health. Personal practice and implementation in professional counseling are emphasized. Prerequisite: CCN-650.||3|
|PCN-521||Marriage and Family Therapy||This course provides a broad understanding of the structure and dynamics of the family, which may include assessment and methods of marital and family intervention and counseling.||3|
|PCN-545||Spousal and Child Abuse, Crisis, and Trauma Counseling||This eight-module course is divided into three distinct and separate sections. The first three modules examine crisis intervention and trauma counseling; Theories and strategies of trauma counseling and facilitating crisis interventions are also addressed. The second three modules examine spousal or partner abuse assessment, detection, and intervention strategies. The legal and ethical issues, the role of substance use disorders, and children in families where domestic violence and abuse occur are also addressed. The last two modules examine child abuse assessment and reporting. Legal and ethical issues and specific California child abuse assessment and reporting codes are also examined.||3|
|PCN-523||Tests and Appraisal in Counsel||This course provides an introduction to basic tests and appraisal in counseling. Individual and group approaches to testing, assessment, evaluation, behavioral observations, computer-managed and computer-assisted methods will be addressed. The following statistical concepts will also be addressed: scales of measurement, measures of central tendency, and indices of variability, shapes and types of distributions, correlations, reliability, and validity.||3|
|CCN-675||Integration of Scripture With Counseling Theory||In this course, students explore the integration of the Christian worldview into counseling theory and practice. Emphasis is placed on the nature and purpose of human beings from a biblical perspective as well as ethical issues pertinent to the Christian counselor, while critically evaluating contemporary secular theories and practices. Prerequisite: CCN-655.||3|
|PCN-525||Career Development and Counseling||This course provides a broad understanding of career development and related life factors including psychotherapy, career counseling techniques and processes, career development theories, decision-making models, issues of diversity, and interrelationships between work and family.||3|
|PCN-540||Research Methods||This course introduces research methods and basic statistical analysis, including the following: the importance of research, opportunities, and difficulties in conducting research. Research methods such as qualitative, quantitative, single-case designs, action research, and outcome-based research will be addressed.||3|
|PCN-610||Diagnostics, Assessment, and Treatment||This course provides a conceptual framework for the use of assessment and diagnostic tools for the development of appropriate treatment interventions for a variety of behavioral health disorders. Included is an introduction to the use of the diagnostic tools, including the DSM, and the integration of diagnostic and assessment information, in the development of treatment plans.||3|
|PCN-605||Psychopathology and Counseling||This course introduces the study of mental illnesses and the science of psychopathology. The goal is to provide counseling students a conceptual understanding of psychological and behavioral dysfunction that occurs in mental illnesses. The course includes a survey of major psychiatric disorders and their causes.||3|
|PCN-644||Evaluation of Mental and Emotional Status||Students in this course are introduced to a variety of testing instruments used to determine a client's emotional or mental status. Assessment procedures are explored within the context of diagnosis and treatment planning. This course focuses on the administration and interpretation of individual and group standardized tests of mental ability, personality, and measurement.||2|
|PCN-622||Pre-Practicum||This is a pre-practicum or supervised field work experience under the supervision of a faculty member, which includes 100 total hours of pre-practicum activities, of which a minimum of 40 hours are direct client contact hours. Prerequisites: Completion of all didactic coursework in the program; a GPA of 3.0 or better; and maintenance of student professional liability insurance in the amount of $1 million, $3 million.||2|
|PCN-662A||Practicum/ Internship I||Students use this supervised practicum/internship experience to develop their counseling skills and to perform all the activities that a regularly employed professional counselor would be expected to perform in a supervised setting. The practicum/internship is performed under the supervision of a faculty member and an on-site supervisor approved by the college or university. Documentation of completed contact hours is submitted directly to the college's office of field experience for verification and tracking. This course provides an opportunity to accumulate contact hours of required practicum experience, not all of which may be accomplished in this course. If students do not satisfy this requirement through this course, they must take additional practicum courses until the requirement is met. Practicum hours: Addiction Counseling students, 150 total hours; Professional Counseling students, 600 total hours. Prerequisites: PCN-622; a GPA of 3.0 or better; maintenance of student professional liability insurance in the amount of $1 million, $3 million; and college approval.||2|
|PCN-662B||Practicum/Internship II||This is a continuation of the counseling Practicum/Internship. Prerequisites: PCN-662A; a GPA of 3.0 or better; maintenance of student professional liability insurance in the amount of $1 million, $3 million; and college approval.||2|
|PCN-662C||Practicum/Internship III||This is a continuation of the counseling Practicum/Internship. Prerequisites: PCN-662B; a GPA of 3.0 or better; maintenance of student professional liability insurance in the amount of $1 million, $3 million; and college approval.||2|
|PCN-662D||Practicum/Internship IV||This is a continuation of the counseling Practicum/Internship. Prerequisites: PCN-662C; a GPA of 3.0 or better; maintenance of student professional liability insurance in the amount of $1 million, $3 million; and college approval.||2|
|Required Course Total Credit:||74|
This program is offered in the following formats or locations:
The dynamic capabilities of GCU’s online curriculum offer considerable flexibility and convenience for career oriented professionals who are pursuing their educational goals. Full time faculty members, equipped with strong academic backgrounds and practical experience in their fields, support you every step of the way. Our small class sizes provide an intimate environment that stimulates engaging and challenging discussions. Classes begin frequently.
The convenience of GCU’s evening programs cater to the demands of working professionals. Evening classes meet once per week and offer the interaction and discussion of a typical college classroom, filled with career minded individuals. Evening class sizes are kept small, providing a warm nurturing environment that supports an engaging experience. Classes begin frequently at various locations.
* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Program subject to change.