Program Description (2 year program—48 units)
The Master of Christian Counseling is designed to build the counseling knowledge and skills needed for those who desire to bring healing and hope to hurting people as counselors in churches or faith-based organizations. This program will prepare students for pastoral counseling, hospital chaplaincy, crisis pregnancy centers, family case management, or other counseling positions which do not require professional licensure. It is a brief program, intended to build upon previous study and to expedite the student’s entry into the workforce, or prepare the student for even further study on the doctoral level.
Program Requirements Summary: 48 units (2 years)
|Degree||Bible & Theology||Concentration Requirement in Counseling||
|Master of Christian Counseling||12||36||48|
|Core required courses: 24|
|Free Electives in Major: 12|
Residence requirement: 20 units to be taken at Francis
Program Learning Outcomes
- To prepare graduate students for biblical and psychological counseling competency dealing with the emotional, social, and spiritual needs within the Christian community.
• To educate students to articulate a philosophy of counseling ministry based upon the integration of biblical, empirical, historical and social science research
• To help student learn the most widely practiced counseling methods and principles
• To increase their attentiveness to their personal spiritual formation and to demonstrate an understanding of biblical and theological foundations for counseling.
Applicants must meet the following minimum requirements to be considered for admission to the Master of Christian Counseling program:
Applicants for admission must hold a Bachelor of Arts or equivalent degree from university or college with at least a cumulative grade point average of 2.75 (4.00 scale). The following documents must be submitted to the office of admission by the appropriate deadline:
- A completed application form for admission
- Application fee
- Official Transcripts
- Recommendation Form
Program Graduation Requirements
As stated above, a minimum of 12 units must be completed in the area of Bible and Theology. The remaining 36 units of instruction are to be taken in the concentration of Christian Counseling. Of these 24 units are core required courses taken in the prescribed course of study. The remaining 12 units are to be taken among electives within the concentration of Christian Counseling. For courses offered, see the catalog section on course offerings. Courses offered may vary from one semester to another.
Bible & Theology: 12 units
|NT400||New Testament Introduction (4 units)||
|OT400||History of the Old Testament (4 units)|
|ST402||Introduction to Theology (4 units)|
Concentration Requirements: 36 units
Core Required Courses
|PSY401||Counseling Theory and Practice (4 units)||24|
|CC400||Christian Counseling (4 units)|
|CC422||Adolescent Christian Counseling (4 units)|
|CC440||Marriage and Family Counseling Christian Perspective (4 units)|
|CC551||Crisis Counseling (4 units)|
|CC581||Pastoral Counseling (4 units)|
Electives in Concentration
PSY401 Counseling Theory and Practice (4 units)
This course serves as the introduction to counseling theory from a Christian perspective. It is concerned with significant concepts including Senses and Perception, Emotions, Motivation, Abnormal Psychology, Psychotherapy and well known Counseling Theories.
CC400 Christian Counseling (4 units)
This course will be a survey with a Biblical basis for counseling, integration of psychology and theology, counseling needs, methods of counseling, and theories of personality.
CC422 Adolescent Christian Counseling (4 units)
This course examines the physical, cognitive, emotional, social, and spiritual developmental processes of the adolescent. Family and peer relationships are explored as well as school influences. Attention will be given to self-concept and self-esteem, identity diffusion, psychosexual development, and adjustment problems.
CC440 Marriage and Family Counseling Christian Perspective (4 units)
The course for the dynamics of marriage and family relationships focusing on the counselor's role in premarital, marital, and family counseling through lectures, discussion, case studies, and demonstrations.
CC551 Crisis Counseling (4 units)
This is a course that deals with the theory and practice of crisis intervention, with emphasis in the Christian implications of crisis counseling, the training of crisis counselors, and the dynamics of specific crisis situations.
CC581 Pastoral Counseling (4 units)
This is a course to the principles, techniques and theories of counseling with emphasis on counselor characteristics, helping skills, the various types of pastoral counseling, the most common counseling problems, and the uniqueness of Christian counseling.