A master’s in Christian counseling is a highly specialized field that incorporates Christian beliefs, biblical doctrine, and faith-based values with traditional counseling methods. Christian counselors, not only give counseling to those of the same beliefs, they also believe in helping those outside their beliefs with common issues that include personal matters, careers, faith, and mental health issues. These counselors can offer variety of theory settings such as individual or group settings.
Students can expect their coursework to fall under two foundational areas: counseling theories and methodology, and strategies for serving clients in a faith-based therapy setting. Most programs will require their students to have internships and/or clinical residencies. This will allows students to build the experience they need to become successful counselors. If a student wants to go into the private sector, they will be required to be fully licensed in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
Degree holders can work as mental health counselors, marriage/family therapists, and substance abuse counselors to name a few.
Yes. Many online programs exist, and it is essential to find an accredited program that suits your specific scheduling needs.
Most online degrees are accepted by employers and universities. Many highly respected programs now offer online degrees.
Most students will graduate with their master’s in Christian counseling within 2 years. However, programs are structured differently at different schools, so it may take more or less time to complete the degree.
Competition is stiff among those who pursue a master’s in Christian counseling, but for those who want to help others out through their beliefs, this is the career to go after.
Careers in Christian counseling tends to fall into two categories: private and public sectors. Working in the public sector will require licensure like the private sector, but does not have to be in all states. For certain types of counselors, such as mental health counselors, marriage/family therapists, and substance abuse counselors are required to log between 2,000 to 4,000 postgraduate training hours to be licensed.
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