MA in MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING

54–60 credit hours / 2 years


Why study the MA in Mental Health Counseling at TGS?

With two different concentrations in Mental Health Counseling and Guidance and Counseling, the program exposes students to all aspects of counseling, which can be applied in a wide range of fields. Students are challenged to critically reflect upon their personal growth and refine their counseling skills in order to provide the most ethical and professional care for clients.

The MAMHC is offered through Trinity Graduate School at the Florida Regional Center. Courses in the Master of Arts in Leadership (MA/L) are also offered at the Florida Regional Center and may supplement your degree program.

ABOUT THIS DEGREE

Students graduating from the MAMHC program will be able to:

  • Integrate a biblical worldview in counseling theory and practice
  • Apply their faith in areas of service to underserved client populations
  • Adhere to cultural competency standards when working with the needs of diverse clients
  • Display through content knowledge the core competency areas in the field of counseling psychology
  • Assess, deliver, and document appropriate interventions that are consistent with current standards of care in the counseling profession
  • Critically reflect upon their personal growth and refine their counseling skills in order to provide ethical and professional care for clients

 

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

All students take common core and required counseling courses, as well as the required classes for their preferred area of concentration.

COMMON CORE COURSES: 6 HOURS
Course Title Credits
ID 5001 Foundations of Integrative Thought 3 hours
ID 5002 Foundations of Cultural Engagement 3 hours
REQUIRED COUNSELING COURSES: 27 HOURS
Course Title Credits
MH 5210 Counseling Skills Training 3 hours
MH 5310 Counseling Theories 3 hours
MH 6110 Career Counseling 3 hours
MH 6130 Group Counseling 3 hours
MH 6520 Human Growth and Development 3 hours
MH 6710 Psychology and Theology 3 hours
MH 6720 Ethics and Issues in Counseling 3 hours
MH 7210 Psychological Testing 3 hours
MH 7900 Psychological Research Methods 3 hours
CAPSTONE (NON-LICENSURE): 3 HOURS

MAMHC students not pursuing licensure may opt to complete the degree by choosing among two capstone options (project or thesis) or the International Counseling Experience with the program director’s approval. Students completing the capstone options will need 60 credit hours for graduation.

Capstone Options for Students Not Pursuing Licensure
Course Title Credits
MH 7480 Mental Health Counseling Capstone Integrative Paper 3 hours
MH 7478 Counseling Psychology Capstone Project 3 hours
MH 7485 Counseling Psychology Thesis 3 hours
MH 7910 Advanced Research Methods
(Required with Thesis)
3 hours
MH 7969 International Counseling Experience 3 hours

 

Concentrations

Students pursuing a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling will choose to specialize in one of two offered concentrations:

MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING

A track intended to train students to become licensed professionals in the state of Florida, the Mental Health Counseling Concentration takes 27 hours to complete and requires a field-based internship.

Required Courses (21 hours)
Course Title Credits
MH 5120 Substance Abuse Counseling 3 hours
MH 6015 Community Counseling 3 hours
MH 6610 Human Sexuality 3 hours
MH 6650 Multicultural Issues in Counseling 3 hours
MH 7450 Psychopathology 3 hours
MH 7961 Internship in Counseling I* 3 hours
MH 7962 Internship in Counseling II* 3 hours
Concentration Electives (3–6 hours)
Select one or two courses:
Course Title Credits
MH 5140 Principles of Guidance and Counseling 3 hours
MH 6625 Theoretical Foundations of Marriage
and Family Therapy
3 hours
MH 8000 Current Studies in Counseling
and Psychology
3 hours
MH 6530 Child and Adolescent Counseling 3 hours
MH 7140 Crisis Counseling 3 hours
MH 7950 Counseling Practicum* 3–6 hours
MH 7963 Advanced Counseling Practicum* 3–6 hours
*As of January 2001, State of Florida licensing requirements for internship are 1,000 contact hours. Students unable to meet this requirement in two semesters of internship can enroll in further onsite work using CP 7950 Counseling Practicum or CP 7963 Advanced Counseling Practicum as one of the Mental Health Counseling concentration electives.
Capstone (Required for students pursuing licensure)
Course Title Credits
MH 7961 Internship in Counseling I 3 hours
MH 7962 Internship in Counseling II 3 hours
GUIDANCE AND COUNSELING

A track intended to prepare students to function as guidance counselors in school systems in the state of Florida, the Guidance and Counseling Concentration takes a total of 21 hours to complete and requires a field-based practicum.

Required Courses (18 hours)
Course Title Credits
MH 5140 Principles of Guidance and Counseling 3 hours
MH 5145 School Consultation Procedures 3 hours
MH 6140 Counseling Exceptional
and At-Risk Children
3 hours
MH 6530 Child and Adolescent Counseling 3 hours
MH 6911 Guidance and Counseling Practicum I 3 hours
MH 6912 Guidance and Counseling Practicum II 3 hours
Concentration Electives (3 hours)
Select one:
Course Title Credits
MH 5120 Substance Abuse Counseling 3 hours
MH 6015 Community Counseling 3 hours
MH 6610 Theoretical Foundations of Marriage
and Family Therapy
3 hours
MH 6625 Human Sexuality 3 hours
MH 7840 Multicultural Issues in Counseling 3 hours
Capstone (required for students pursuing certification)
Course Title Credits
MH 6911 Guidance and Counseling Practicum I 3 hours
MH 6912 Guidance and Counseling Practicum II 3 hours

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