Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
The Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree program is designed to provide students with theoretical and practical training and research skills along the lines of the scientist-practitioner model to prepare them to work in a variety of counseling and mental health settings and for acceptance into a doctoral program in psychology. Our Clinical Mental Health Counseling master’s degree also prepares students to become licensed professional counselors.
The Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at Evangel University is designed to prepare students to become licensed professional counselors and/or to enter a doctoral program in counseling psychology. Courses are offered in the evening during the fall, spring and summer semesters. The program has seven objectives:
- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of both counseling and human development theories and apply this information to demonstrate skills to diagnose and treat persons with psychological disorders
- Demonstrate knowledge, understanding and skills to administer, score and interpret relevant counselor-based assessment instruments
- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of theory and demonstrate skills necessary to design, conduct and analyze research and evaluate programs
- Display an appreciation for – and sensitivity to – the unique characteristics and heritage of people of diverse cultures and value systems
- Demonstrate knowledge, understanding and skills needed to develop rapport, interview, assess, intervene and treat both individuals and groups in counseling
- Demonstrate knowledge, understanding and practice of ethical, legal and professional responsibilities
- Demonstrate knowledge, understanding and practice of integration of Christian psychology (intradisciplinary, interdisciplinary and faith-practice) within a Christian worldview
|Program||Daytime Courses||Evening Courses||Online Courses||Starting Semester|
|Clinical Mental Health Counseling||No||Yes||No||Fall & Spring|
Program Plan (pdf)
|Want to see exactly what classes you will take? The Program Plan (sometimes called a degree sheet) includes all specific requirements - including University proficiencies, Frameworks courses and degree requirements.|
Each of Evangel's academic programs is made up of a set of core curriculum, program requirements and electives. The courses listed below are just a small sample of courses that might be taken as a part of this specific program.
The Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling requires 52 credit hours. Below is a sample of the classes you will take. For a full list of courses, see the Program Plan (pdf).
|Methods of Research and Statistics||Overview of basic research processes and the skills necessary to develop and conduct graduate research projects. Addresses issues related to the philosophy of science and the development role of scientific inquiry in research along with specific issues related to research design.|
|The Helping Relationship and Clinical Intervention||Acquaints the novice counselor with basic skills necessary for counseling. Discusses, demonstrates, and practices listening skills, reflection, confrontation, interpretation, diagnostic interviewing, and crisis intervention. Students participate actively in exercises and role play and engage in the process of self-understanding and self-assessment.|
|Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy||Examines the major contemporary theories of counseling and psychotherapy and the relationship of the theories studies to clinical practice. Addresses how the different theories view counseling as a potential means of change, growth, learning, and/or cure. Discusses the components of an adequate theory. Students then define their own theoretical orientations.|
|Integration of Christianity and Psychology||This course is one of a series of one-hour integration courses and is designed to facilitate the process of theoretically integrating Christian beliefs with the science of psychology. This interdisciplinary integration is explored through various models of integration. Students will engage in thoughtful discussion on difficult integrative topics and develop their own perspectives and convictions regarding integration.|
|Group Counseling||Explores group development, dynamics, and counseling theories. Addresses group leadership styles and group counseling methods and skills. Reviews several approaches to conducting group counseling.|
Evangel University's world-class faculty is made up of caring, Christian professionals who are distinguished in their fields and dedicated to the development of tomorrow's Christian leaders.
Originally from London, England, Dr. Geoffrey Sutton has been teaching psychology courses full-time at Evangel since 2002. Dr. Sutton, an Evangel graduate with a Ph.D. in School Psychology from the University of Missouri-Columbia, has published more than 70 articles and books. He is vice chairman of the International Board of the Christian Association for Psychological Studies and […] read more
- Licensed professional counselor
- Case manager
- Mental health agency director
- International counselor
- Inpatient counselor
- 9 pre-requisite credits in Psychology including statistics
- 9 undergraduate Bible/Theology credits or 6 graduate credits (co-requisite)
- APA writing sample
The following are general requirements for all students beginning a program at Evangel. Applicants who have met the following criteria will be considered for admission to the Graduate Studies program:
- Hold an earned baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university or be accepted into an Evangel University 5-year BS/MS degree program.
- Have a grade point average of 3.0 or better in the last 60 hours of undergraduate work or last two years as a full-time undergraduate or graduate student.
- Provide official results of required entrance examinations.
- Meet specific departmental requirements as stipulated in the individual program descriptions.
If you have any questions about admissions requirements for Evangel’s Graduate Studies program, don’t hesitate to call 417-865-2815 (ext. 7227) or email our Graduate Studies Admissions Counselor.