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MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (Online)

Colorado Christian University's Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (Online) program is designed to prepare students to become professional counselors with a focus on Christian values. Learn more about Colorado Christian's M.A. program.

Official Program Name:

Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (Online)

School Offering Program:

Colorado Christian University

Program Level:

Master's

Program Prerequisites:

Students interested in the Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (Online) program at Colorado Christian University should have strong critical-thinking skills and a respect for cultural differences. They must also be able to pass a background check from every country they have lived in within the past seven years and submit a candidacy writing sample. Prospective students are asked to provide transcripts with a bachelor's degree from an accredited university and a minimum 2.5 GPA, but a degree specifically in psychology or counseling is not required. All applicants to Colorado Christian University must have a high school diploma; some programs may have additional admission requirements.

Program Description:

The Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (Online) program at Colorado Christian University gives students the opportunity to work towards becoming licensed counseling professionals while using biblical principles to study the whole person. Students can learn basic counseling skills, examine different types of mental health services, and find out how pharmacology relates to treatment in a clinical practice. The curriculum explores topics such as theological foundations for counseling, human growth and development, and intervention strategies for crises and trauma. Students could also learn how to develop and analyze research used in counseling. Former student and graduate of Colorado Christian's M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (Online) program, Martin Kaufmann, has an established career in orthotics and prosthetics and is the founder of OrthoPets. In addition to his animal prosthetics business, Martin now has a family psychotherapy clinic and a life-coaching business. He describes the value of his degree from Colorado Christian University: ''My counseling master's degree equipped me with the knowledge and skills necessary to accomplish my new career and passion.''

Learning Format:

Online

Program Length:

60 credits.

Financial Aid:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact Colorado Christian University's financial aid office for more information.

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Required Courses for the Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (Online):

Colorado Christian University's of Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling (Online) program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), and the courses prepare students for professional licensure in Colorado. Requirements for licensure are different for each state; students should check requirements for the state where they wish to seek licensing before enrolling. Students must attend three counseling residencies and complete 100 hours in their counseling practicum and 600 hours in a clinically supervised internship. Learners must receive a passing score on the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Exam (CPCE) and have a cumulative 3.0 GPA to be considered for graduation. Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Colorado Christian University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Residency (4 credits)

  • Counseling Residency I
  • Counseling Residency II
  • Counseling Residency III

Bible and Theology Core (4 credits)

  • Theological Foundations for Counseling
  • Spiritual Formation for Counseling

Counseling Curriculum Core (39 credits)

  • Counseling Skills I
  • Counseling Skills II
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Counseling Services and Methods
  • Theories of Personality and Counseling
  • Psychopathology
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Appraisal
  • Crisis and Trauma
  • Marriage and Family
  • Theories of Groups and Group Counseling
  • Lifestyle and Career
  • Social and Cultural Foundations
  • Research and Evaluation
  • Professional Orientation

Practicum / Internship Core (9 credits)

  • Counseling Practicum
  • Students will complete six total internship credits in a minimum of two semesters:
    • Counseling Internship I
    • Counseling Internship II
  • Students will take this course if required internship credits are still not met:
    • Counseling Internship III

Electives (4 credits)

  • Students will choose from the following:
    • Empathy Training
    • Human Sexuality
    • Neuroscience and Clinical Counseling
    • Addictive Behaviors
    • Anxiety and Mood Disorders
    • Eating Disorders
    • Child an Adolescent Diagnosis and Treatment
    • Teaching Assistant

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Students with a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (Online) from Colorado Christian University could choose to further their studies with a doctoral degree in counseling or psychology. They might consider a degree specializing in out-patient therapy, teaching psychology, or operations and administration. Doctoral opportunities include but are not limited to:

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling with a specialization in Counselor Education and Supervision
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology
  • Doctor of Psychology

Career Paths:

Graduates with an M.A. in counseling have many professional settings in which they can put their knowledge of assessment and intervention strategies to use. Colorado Christian University's Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (Online) program could help prepare students to become licensed professional counselors working in schools, non-profit organizations, or health practitioners' offices. Graduates may be interested in the following career paths:

  • School counselor
  • Clinical counselor
  • Program director