By Jenny Gregory
CLEVELAND — The Truett McConnell University (TMU) Leonhard Schiemer School of Psychology and Biblical Counseling announces the new Master of Arts in Professional Counseling (M.A. in Professional Counseling) degree program. The advanced degree, recently approved by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), will be offered beginning in August.
“One of the great needs of our day lies in mending the minds and hearts of this generation through biblical counseling. How thrilled I am to announce that Truett McConnell University will be on the cutting edge of blessing this generation through biblically trained counselors who seek to help the mind, heart, and soul while recognizing the needs of the individual through the lens of the Creator who formed them in His image,” said TMU President Emir Caner.
The degree, which is TMU’s fifth in its master’s program, will offer a variety of courses required by the state of Georgia for licensure. The courses provide students with knowledge about psychological theory, counseling techniques and assessment through a biblical worldview.
“I am extremely excited about our new M.A. in Professional Counseling,” said Brad Reynolds, vice president of Academic Services and Dean of Faculty. “Our world, our families, our churches, and our lives are filled with painful moments, events, and even people. This sin-stained world is certainly cursed, and secular counseling might, at times, provide a Band-Aid, but it could never cure the curse.
Courses will be offered twice weekly
Courses will be offered on the TMU campus two days each week, providing a flexible schedule for students who plan to work while completing the program.
Holly Haynes, dean of the School and associate professor of Behavioral Sciences, shared, “I am excited about the opportunity to educate the next generation of biblically-based counselors. The counseling field reaches so many people, often at their time of greatest need.”
In addition to the Christian worldview, the approved program will permit students eligibility for licensure as counselors with the state of Georgia upon completion. “This means that our graduates will be able to obtain gainful employment as counselors in a variety of programs. They can also eventually begin their own counseling practice,” Haynes added.
Rick Fowler, who will be joining the TMU faculty as professor of psychology, noted that the goal for the program “is to train students to be fully equipped academically, relationally, and spiritually in order to minister God’s truth in an effective and grace-filled manner for lasting results.”
State of Georgia requires practicum and internship
The state of Georgia requires that all counseling students in the program complete a practicum and an internship. “We are fortunate that students in TMU’s graduate programs are required to complete a cross-cultural ministry practicum,” added Haynes. “Students will also complete an intense internship in their field during their second year of the program. This internship serves to hone students’ counseling skills and it provides practical experience with various populations.”
In addition to a baccalaureate degree prerequisite, students looking to apply are strongly recommended to complete a research methods course that includes statistics prior to applying to the program.
Current and prospective TMU students interested in pursuing the advanced degree may contact Natalie Ford at firstname.lastname@example.org or Graduate Admissions at email@example.com or (706) 865-2134, ext. 2131. A complete list of degrees may be found by visiting truett.edu.
Truett McConnell University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award baccalaureate and master’s degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097 or call (404) 679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Truett McConnell University.
Jenny Gregory is the Content Manager for Truett McConnell University.