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 theological foundation of counseling specifically as it pertains to Scriptural truths and principles. A biblical theory of personality will be presented which will lead to biblical concepts of counseling.  Three hours. 

CPY6350, CPY 6350I Group Counseling

This course will examine the dynamics, theories, ethics, leadership styles, types and purposes, methods and skills, development, and therapeutic factors of group counseling as applied in a multicultural society and as viewed from a Christian perspective. Students will be trained in applications of group counseling through group discussions and applied learning activities for the purpose of developing proficiency in group leadership skills.This course includes an experiential component intended to increase the student’s understanding of the dynamics of group membership.  Three hours. 

CPY5500, CPY 5500I Psychotherapy and Trauma

This course will examine the nature and practice of counseling as it pertains to trauma including interpersonal violence, sexual abuse, service related PTSD, vicarious trauma, and other trauma causing events. An emphasis will be given to theories, models, and techniques for trauma resolution, spirituality and other resiliency factors, and the standard of care in responding to trauma survivors will be explored. Students will participate in a variety of activities including webbased trauma related trainings. Three hours.

CPY5250, CPY 5250I Psychopathology

This course focuses on concepts of psychopathology as well as the major diagnostic categories of the current DSM, etiological factors, and differential diagnoses. Students are introduced to psychopharmacology as well as current therapeutic approaches, with an emphasis on ethical assessment and treatment planning. Students will examine issues of psychopathology and normalcy through the lens of Scripture while considering cultural, biological, social, psychological, and spiritual factors. Three hours.

CPY6200, CPY 6200I Ethical/Legal Issues

Students will acquire a broad knowledge base of the legal and ethical issues relevant to clinical mental health counseling practice. Instruction in critical thinking and ethical decision making is a major component of this course. Students will draw from scripture, codes of ethics, and state and federal law to develop a high degree of personal and professional ethics to enhance clinical work. Three hours.