MA in Counseling

MA in Counseling

Be shaped by Scripture and equipped to serve the hurting.

Through training in counseling theories and skills informed by a Christian worldview, Criswell will prepare you to serve individuals, couples, and families in a variety of settings. Small classes with experienced licensed counselors as your professors will provide you a collaborative, hands-on environment for learning how to help those in need.

If you wish to pursue a career as a Licensed Professional Counselor,  you can choose the Professional Licensure track which meets the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors requirements for graduates to sit for the National Counselor Examination and the Texas Jurisprudence Exam.

If you wish to apply your counseling skills in a Christian-based ministry where licensure is not a necessary component, you can choose the Counseling Ministries track which provides you with training to further develop your ability to meet the psychological and sociological needs of people.

PROGRAM COURSE INFORMATION – PROFESSIONAL LICENSURE TRACK

Tier 1 (30 hours)

CSL 501    Professional Orientation and Ethics

CSL 505     Counseling Theories

CSL 510     Social, Cultural, and Family Issues

CSL 515     Counseling Methods and Techniques

CSL 520     Human Growth and Development

CSL 530     Lifestyle and Career Development

CSL 535     Marriage and Family Counseling

CSL 602    Counseling Skills and Techniques

CSL 611    Abnormal Human Behavior

CSL 615    Group Counseling

 

MAC Committee Evaluation & Oral Exam

Students must pass this evaluation and oral exam before proceeding to Tier 2 courses.

 

Tier 2 (30 hours)

CSL 601     Appraisal and Assessment Techniques

CSL 605     Research

CSL 610    Topics in Counseling

CSL 616    Ethical and Legal Issues in Counseling

CSL 621    Psychopathology

CSL 625    Crisis Counseling

CSL 635     Addictions Counseling

CSL 701     Counseling Practicum I

CSL 702     Counseling Practicum II

CSL 703     Counseling Practicum III

 

 

CSL 615      Group

CSL 630     Practicum I

CSL 640    Practicum II

CSL 650    Professional Orientation

CSL 541     Ethics in Counseling

BIB 105       Hermeneutics

CRIS 300     Baptist Faith and Witness

PSY 101      Introduction to Psychology

PSY 410     Integration of Theology and Psychology

PROGRAM COURSE INFORMATION – COUNSELING MINISTRIES TRACK

Tier 1 (30 hours)

CSL 501    Professional Orientation and Ethics

CSL 505     Counseling Theories

CSL 510     Social, Cultural, and Family Issues

CSL 515     Counseling Methods and Techniques

CSL 520     Human Growth and Development

CSL 530     Lifestyle and Career Development

CSL 535     Marriage and Family Counseling

CSL 602    Counseling Skills and Techniques

CSL 611    Abnormal Human Behavior

CSL 615    Group Counseling

 

Open Electives (6 hours)

BIB 105       Hermeneutics

CRIS 300     Baptist Faith and Witness

PSY 101      Introduction to Psychology

PSY 410     Integration of Theology and Psychology

I appreciate the dedication my professors had in supporting me and challenging me. If it wasn’t for them, I would have taken the safe route and stayed at my private practice and not pushed my limits. They have been a major influence in my life the past three years and I can honestly say that I am better because of it!

MEAGHAN MCNAMARA / 2020 / COUNSELING
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CAREERS

Graduates with a MA in Counseling (Professional Licensure track) are prepared to step into the following roles:

  • Mental health counselor
  • School counselor
  • Marriage counselor
  • Career counselor
  • Substance abuse counselor
  • Social worker
  • Pursue further studies to become a psychologist

Graduates with a MA in Counseling (Counseling Ministries track) are prepared to step into the following roles:

  • Pastoral counselor
  • Academic counselor
  • Church counselor
  • Life coach
  • Career counselor
  • Case manager

PROGRAM STUDIES

Dr. Steve Hunter, Professor of Psychology and Counseling, Hope for the Heart Chair of Biblical Counseling, and Program Director of B.A. in Psychology and M.A. in Counseling

Steve Hunter

Professor of Psychology & Counseling; Hope for the Heart Chair of Biblical Counseling; Program Director of B.A. in Psychology and M.A. in Counseling


MA in Counseling

 Why attend Criswell College? For professors like Dr. Hunter, who helps prepare students in the M.A. Counseling program to answer the call for providing professional, ethical, legal, and biblical counseling services.

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