Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling - Residential


The emphasis of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) program at Grace College is to train graduate students to be competent professional counselors who help hurting people overcome obstacles that keep them from becoming the men and women that God created them to be. The Department of Graduate Counseling faculty is committed to equipping new counselors-in-training to be scripturally grounded, professionally skilled, and interpersonally competent.  A Christian worldview and biblical principles are interwoven throughout the CMHC curriculum and students are encouraged to consider a faith perspective when learning and applying clinical knowledge and skills.  Students completing the Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling are prepared and qualified to seek state licensure as a professional counselor or to pursue doctoral studies in counseling.  Graduates of the Grace CMHC program are employed in a variety of Christian and secular counseling settings including community mental health centers, residential programs, schools, colleges, churches, and  private practice.  

The Department of Graduate Counseling offers both online and on campus learning options to assist students in meeting their educational goals, work obligations, and family responsibilities.  The online option consists of courses delivered over the internet and requires students to attend residency on campus each year.  The on-campus option is the traditional classroom learning environment for those students who enjoy face-to-face interactions with their instructors and peers.  Both online and on-campus learning environments are CACREP-accredited and provide the same quality curriculum and training.

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Schedule of Study for  3-Year M.A. Clinical Mental Health Counseling (residential)


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Examples of courses in this major:

CPY5050, CPY 5050I Theological Foundations of Counseling

This course will examine a biblical theory of counseling based upon a biblical theory of personality.  Other topics include biblical presuppositions, theories of “integration,” the image/likeness of God, and prayer.  The implications of counseling will be discussed in each of these topics.  Three hours. 

CPY6350, CPY 6350I Group Counseling

This course will examine the history, theories and methods of group counseling as applied in a multicultural society and as viewed from a Christian perspective. Learners will be trained in applications of group psychotherapy through class and group discussions, group leadership experience, and group membership experience for the purpose of developing and growing group leadership proficiency.  Three hours. 

CPY5500, CPY 5500I Psychotherapy and Trauma

This course will examine the nature and practice of psychotherapy as it pertains to the topic of crises, disasters, and other trauma causing events. The nature of trauma, trauma resolution, and the standard of care in responding to trauma survivors will be explored. The course includes an emphasis on the study of Scripture to gain a biblical understanding of the process involved in grappling with suffering and how this applies to trauma survivors. Three hours.

CPY5250, CPY 5250I Psychopathology

This course provides an introduction to the concepts of psychopathology and to the major diagnostic categories of the current DSM and their etiologies. Learners will examine issues of psychopathology and normalcy through the lens of Scripture, providing an opportunity for students to develop diagnostic skills. Emphasis is placed on understanding how cultural, biological, social, psychological and spiritual factors are all necessary components when developing an ethical model of assessment and treatment planning. Three hours.

CPY6200, CPY 6200I Ethical/Legal Issues

This course is designed to develop a broad biblical knowledge base, critical thinking and ethical decision-making skills for mental health counseling practice. A focus on the development of student desire and diligence as practicing counselors and the development of a high degree of personal and professional ethics to enhance clinical work will be emphasized. Three hours.