Christian Counseling degree overview

Master of Arts in Counseling: Christian Counseling

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.
For detailed curriculum and more please visit the University Catalog entry for this program.

Christian Counseling Concentration Courses

  • CF 500 Counseling Skills
  • PYC 7862 Biological Bases of Abnormal Behavior
  • CF 508 Marriage and Family Counseling
  • CF 509 Integration of Psychology and Christianity
  • CF 510 Human Sexuality: A Christian View
  • CF 511 Addictive Disorders
  • CF 503 Counseling Issues and Strategies (Christian Counseling Workshop)
  • CF 530 Counseling Pre-Practicum (100 hours)
Select two from the following courses:
  • CF 512 Counseling Adults from Dysfunctional and Abusive Families
  • CF 513 Trauma, Loss and Grief
  • CF 514 Child and Adolescent Counseling

Master of Arts in Counseling Required Courses

Graduate Counseling Seminar in Clinical Foundations | PYF 7001
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 | PYC 7922
Examination of theories of personality development and therapeutic processes. Consideration of techniques for counseling applications and professional consultation.

Social/Cultural Concerns in Counseling | PYC 7422
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 | PYC 7832
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 | PYC 7932
Theories of group counseling. Includes techniques of observation, assessment and leadership in therapeutic groups.

Methods and Models of Research | PYF 7162
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 | PYF 8012
Study of ethical, legal and professional concerns in the practice of counseling.

Psychological Testing | PYC 7802
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 | PYC 7822
Focus on theory, research, techniques and tools used in life planning, transitions and career development.

Advanced Psychodiagnostic and Treatment Planning | PYC 8040
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 | PYF 8600, PYF 8610


For detailed curriculum and more please visit the Course Catalog entryfor this program.

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