MA in Professional Counseling

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The Master of Arts (MA) in Professional Counseling is a degree program for professionals.  Experiences provide the foundation in psychology theory, scientific research, and clinical practice.  In this context, students learn the different approaches and clinical techniques required for today’s practitioners offering therapeutic services to individuals and groups.  Also, a major goal of this program is to help prepare stu­dents for licensure in Professional Counseling in their resident state.  Students who graduate from the MA in Professional Counseling Degree program will be prepared to do therapy in a church setting, private practice, governmental agency, and community agency.  This program also prepares students for advanced studies in related fields.

Students may also consider taking additional courses for a dual licensure in Professional Counseling and Marriage and Family Therapy.  Students interested in a dual licensure should consult with the Dean of the School of Human Services.

Upon completion of the Master of Arts in Professional Counseling program, the graduate will be able to:

  1. Develop knowledge and skills in therapy which can be applied in church settings or other professional settings;
  2. Prepare for licensure as a Professional Counselor;
  3. Practice counseling through comprehensive Clinical Training;
  4. Conduct himself or herself according to the Code of Ethics of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT);
  5.  Synthesize and utilize the major theories recognized by Professional Counselors
  6. Demonstrate sensitivity to cultural diversity needs of clients; and
  7. Possess academic credentials necessary to advance to the Ph.D. program in Professional Counseling if they so choose.

These outcomes are assessed in the following course.  A student may demonstrate achievement of these outcomes by receiving a passing grade in the course and on the Program Exit Exam administered in the following capstone course: 

PT 7372 – PC Clinical Training II

TIME NORMALLY REQUIRED TO COMPLETE THE PROGRAM

The Master of Arts in Professional Counseling may be completed in seven semesters.  A student may take the courses on a part-time or full-time basis.

CLINICALS AND PRACTICUMS

Students, not Amridge University, are responsible for locating and making arrangements for their practicum and clinical experiences and courses.  As such, students are strongly encouraged to begin making the required arrangements several semesters before the semester of the respective student’s first practicum or clinical experiences courses.

SPECIAL NOTE RELATED TO PRACTICUM, INTERN, AND CLINICAL COURSES FOR THE STATE OF MARYLAND RESIDENTS 

 Due to Amridge University’s decision regarding licensing issues with the State of Maryland, Amridge University students may not participate in practicum, clinical, or internship experiences within the boundaries of that state.  Maryland residents are, of course, fully able to participate in all other study and course areas within the State of Maryland.

LICENSURE EXAMINATION TEST BANK

When registered for courses in this program all students are enrolled in the Licensure Examination Text Bank designed to help students prepare for the respective licensure examination in their home state.

  

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MASTER OF ARTS IN PROFESSIONAL COUNSELING

Before being graduated with the Master of Arts in Professional Counseling, a student must satisfy the following requirements:

1.    A total of 60 graduate semester hours of the required course work;

2.    At least 33 of the graduate semester hours must be from Amridge University;

3.    Complete all required coursework including the specified practicum and clinical courses.  This requirement includes the accumulation and documentation of at least 600 hours of face-to-face clinical experience.  Of these 600 hours, a minimum of 500 must be client contact, and a minimum of 100 must be concurrent supervision of that client contact with an approved supervisor, for a minimum ratio of 1 hour of supervision for each 5 hours of client contact;

4.    Students in the Master of Arts in the Professional Counseling program are required to earn at least a grade of B- (3.0) in each course.  A course with a grade below a B- must be repeated;

5.    Pass the program capstone course and the Program Exit Exam that is given as part of the capstone course; and

6.    Complete an Amridge University Degree Completion Application. The properly completed and signed application must be submitted no later than the first day of classes of the semester prior to the semester the student plans to graduate.  Following this schedule permits the University to conduct a full audit of the respective student’s records to make sure that all courses, programs, and respective graduation requirements have been met.  Students having any questions regarding the Degree Completion Application should contact the Registrar’s Office.