What Is a Christian Counseling Degree?
Offered by GCU’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences, this Christian counseling degree emphasis empowers future counseling professionals to implement a Christ-centered approach to their practice. Acquire foundational knowledge in psychological principles and best practices. Gain the clinical skills necessary to competently evaluate, diagnose and treat patients with mental, behavioral, social and emotional problems.
Students will learn to provide Christian mental health counseling with compassion, dignity and the spirit of Christ as you integrate the principles of the Christian worldview into your counseling practice. Grand Canyon University is pleased to offer the Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with an Emphasis in Christian Counseling. This online Christian counseling degree can be a pathway toward licensure as a clinical counselor.
As you pursue your MS in Clinical Mental Health Christian Counseling online degree, you will take courses that were selected to meet the academic requirements established by the National Board for Certified Counselors for the National Certified Counselor (NCC) credential, the Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor (CCMHC) credential and the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners.
What You'll Learn
Graduates of the master’s in Christian counseling degree emphasis are capable of communicating effectively to diverse audiences. GCU emphasizes the importance of treating others with compassion and dignity, embracing servant leadership and making ethical decisions. As a student, you will learn to integrate your counseling practices with Christian truths and healing spirituality. Empower your clients to practice self-care and spiritual growth within a safe and compassionate environment.
As students prepare to meet the spiritual needs of their clients, they are also encouraged to reflect on their own personal spiritual growth and Christian character formation. Students will study an intensive curriculum, which includes the following topics:
- Ethical considerations that apply to mental health counseling professionals.
- Crisis intervention and trauma counseling, spousal or partner abuse and child abuse assessment and reporting.
- The structure and dynamics of the family, including methods of marital and family intervention and counseling.
- A narrative approach to the theology of God, humanity and salvation.
- Major counseling theories and principles, including psychoanalytic, Adlerian, existential psychotherapy and cognitive behavioral therapy.
Additionally, students undergo two internship experiences and the Counseling Practicum to gain hands-on, practical experience in the field under supervision.
Pursue a Meaningful Career as a Christian Counselor
Graduates with a master’s in Christian counseling degree emphasis are prepared to pursue licensure and a career in faith-centered mental health counseling. Graduates may choose to pursue positions working with clients who struggle with substance abuse issues or trauma, or they may decide to focus their practice on marital and family issues.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for substance abuse, behavioral disorder and mental health counselors is expected to grow at a rate that is much faster than average. From 2019 through 2029, the projected job growth rate in this field is 25%.**
GCU’s online Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Christian Counseling is designed to meet the standards for licensure as a Licensed Associate Counselor (LAC) or a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) under regulations applicable to Arizona. Licensure and certification requirements can vary from state to state. Students should check the licensing requirements for the state in which they wish to practice.
*Retrieved from: Intelligent.com in February, 2020.
**Retrieved from: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/community-and-social-service/substance-abuse-behavioral-disorder-and-mental-health-counselors.htm in December, 2020.
* Please note that this list may contain programs and courses not presently offered, as availability may vary depending on class size, enrollment and other contributing factors. If you are interested in a program or course listed herein please first contact your University Counselor for the most current information regarding availability.
* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Programs or courses subject to change.