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Christian Counseling Concentration

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Make a difference for others by working in the Christian counseling field in both Christian and secular settings. As part of our Master’s degree in Counseling, course topics include the Integration of Psychology and Christianity, Professional and Ethical Issues in Counseling, and more.

For this concentration and in order to earn a Christian counseling degree, you must be simultaneously, but separately, admitted to both the Ottawa University and the Phoenix Seminary programs. Both school programs require significant course work in Christian counseling. Upon successful completion of all requirements of each school, you will be awarded the Ottawa University Master of Arts in Professional Counseling and the Phoenix Seminary Graduate Diploma in Christian Counseling (GDCC). With a Christian counseling degree, you will understand the necessary fundamentals of human growth and development, professional and ethical issues in counseling, biblical counseling, a Christian view of sexuality, Christian marriage counseling, and more.

For curriculum and course descriptions please download a program overview.

Christian Counseling Concentration Courses

  • Counseling Skills
  • Biological Bases of Abnormal Behavior
  • Marriage and Family Counseling
  • Integration of Psychology and Christianity
  • Human Sexuality: A Christian View
  • Addictive Disorders
  • Counseling Issues and Strategies (Christian Counseling Workshop)
  • Counseling Pre-Practicum (100 hours)

Select two from the following courses:

  • Counseling Adults from Dysfunctional and Abusive Families
  • Trauma, Loss and Grief
  • Child and Adolescent Counseling

Master of Arts in Counseling Required Courses

Graduate Counseling Seminar in Clinical Foundations | 
Provides an overview addressing necessary foundations in the content areas of abnormal psychology,
developmental psychology, and theories of personality. Introduction to APA style and format.

Counseling Theories | 
Examination of theories of personality development and therapeutic processes. Consideration of techniques for counseling applications and professional consultation.

Social/Cultural Concerns in Counseling | 
Study of social, cultural and gender differences and issues related to counseling clients with various backgrounds, beliefs and concerns. Includes multicultural counseling techniques.

Human Growth and Development | 
Examination of psychological, social, intellectual, and physical influences on the development of personality and behavior patterns in children, adolescents and adults.

Group Counseling and Dynamics | 
Theories of group counseling. Includes techniques of observation, assessment and leadership in therapeutic groups.

Methods and Models of Research | 
Examination of models of research and application of scientific methods to investigate, analyze, and develop solutions relative to current issues in the field.

Professional and Ethical Issues in Counseling | 
Study of ethical, legal and professional concerns in the practice of counseling.

Psychological Testing | 
Examines use of standardized tests to study individuals, including test development, selection, administration and interpretation. Includes educational and mental health applications.

Life Planning and Career Development | 
Focus on theory, research, techniques and tools used in life planning, transitions and career development.

Advanced Psychodiagnostic and Treatment Planning | 
As a preparation for Clinical Internship, students will expand their knowledge of the multi-axial system, DSM-IV/DSM-IV-TR diagnostic categories, differential diagnosis, and treatment planning. Emphasis will also be placed on the clinical interview and other initial assessment techniques, as well as skills critical to selecting and evaluating treatment options.

Field Placement | 

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