Master of Arts in Counseling (MAC) - Course Descriptions


Course Descriptions

Helping Relationships
Description: Based on the biblical model of love, the nature of persons, problems and means of change, and informed by clinical research, students in this course will explore and practice the elements, skills, and character qualities needed to build effective helping relationships. (3 Credit Hours)
Description: Based on a deep understanding of human suffering, students in this course will explore the multifaceted experience of those struggling with common psychological maladies. Effective interventions will be identified and practiced. Students will also critique a variety of taxonomies used to classify pathology. (3 Credit Hours)
Human Development and Change
Description: This course explores how humans grow, learn, and mature across the life span. Special attention will be given to identifying developmentally specific challenges and how to address them in counseling from a Christian perspective. Each student will engage in a personal exploration project. (3 Credit Hours)
Counseling and Physiology
Description: Building upon the foundation of biblical anthropology and professional counseling methods, this course will develop practical approaches to counseling issues having physiological manifestations, particularly those which impact intellect and mood. In addition, the course will include an introduction to psychopharmacology and will provide criteria for medical and/or psychiatric referral. (3 Credit Hours)
Models of Counseling
Description: Classical and current theories of counseling will be studied and evaluated in light of Scripture, psychological sophistication, and practical relevance. Classic psychoanalysis, current psycho-dynamic theories, behaviorism, and humanistic theory will receive major focus. (3 Credit Hours)
Marriage and Family Therapy
Description: This course will focus on the theories and practices of marriage and family counseling from a Christian perspective. Students will be encouraged to think through the major causes of marriage and family problems and how to skillfully address these issues in the counseling context. (3 Credit Hours)
Child and Adolescent Counseling
Description: This course will focus on the theory and primarily the practice of child, adolescent and family counseling. Assessment and expressive therapies and tools unique to these populations will be identified. Distinctive treatment strategies and practical tools such as play therapy will also be highlighted in the course. Finally, this course will also explore where these ideas fit within a Christian framework. (2 Credit Hours)
Ethics and Professional Orientation (EPO)
Description: This online course is designed to orient students into the Counseling profession and the importance of Ethics. Students will begin to develop or grow their professional identity and skills through reading assignments, power point presentations and viewing initial session videos. This course will also introduce students to Ethics, Ethical Codes and State Law. In addition, counseling associations, advocacy, Licensure and Certification requirements and credentialing will be addressed. Students will begin the process to pursue and obtain a Fieldwork placement by the start of Practicum. Students will also complete Part B of the Clinical Counseling Exam. (3 Credit Hours)
Advanced Counseling Skills
Description: Building on MAC510 Helping Skills, this course will apply basic and intermediate counseling skills to behavioral, interpersonal, and affective models of therapy. Students will practice skills weekly in triad settings and produce a video illustrating clinical interventions in a mock counseling setting. (3 Credit Hours)
Counseling and the Biblical Text I, II, III
Description: Counselors from the Christian tradition recognize the value and influence of the Scriptures in shaping worldview and clinical practice. These three courses provide a general orientation to the biblical texts and to the various skills and disciplines needed to read, interpret, apply, and communicate the text to their life and professional work. Students will also engage the questions of postmodernism and contemporary culture as they impact the task of biblical interpretation application. (9 Credit Hours)
Counseling and Theology: Cultural Issues
Description: This course addresses the question of what it means to think theologically about counseling in our contemporary setting. Christian counselors should reflect on how to fulfill their calling in the light of the teaching of the Bible, the history of Christian tradition, and the specific opportunities and challenges presented by contemporary culture. (3 Creidt Hours)
Psychological Assessment
Description: This course gives you theoretical and practical training in clinical assessment as a mental health professional. You will be introduced to the science and art of assessing and reporting client functioning (interviewing, testing, interpretation, and writing). The course will pay attention to proper ethical and cultural aspects of assessment. (2 Credit Hours)
Research Methods and Program Evaluation
Description: The goals of this course are to enable the student to: 1) develop a broad understanding of the nature and value of psychological research, 2) become a discerning consumer of psychological research products and 3) design and present a research project. (2 Credit Hours)
Social and Cultural Diversity
Description: This course builds on a prior coursework in professional ethics and identity formation by exploring more deeply the importance of multi- and cross-cultural counseling competencies. Students will explore historical and philosophical foundations of professional counseling, examine and critique underlying assumptions and develop population specific counseling interventions. The goal for all is to be prepared to work effectively and ethically in a complex and diverse social world. (2 Credit Hours)
Career and Lifestyle Development
Description: The principles of counseling for career and lifestyle development apply both in secular and in ministry environments. This advanced level course supports the Pennsylvania state requirement that those interested in pursuing licensure must have studies that provide an understanding of career development and related life factors. The course will address theories and their application in formal and informal settings. (2 Credit Hours)
Counseling and Theology: God and Human Beings
Description: This course examines the Christian story and Christian beliefs concerning the being and character of God, his works of creation and providence, the nature of human beings, the nature and implications of sin, and the identity and mission of Christ. In addition, the identity and mission of the Holy Spirit, the nature and application of salvation, the nature and mission of the church, and eschatology are studied. Attention is given to the implications of these theological themes to the life and work of the Christian counselor. (3 Credit Hours)
Group Counseling
Description: This course is a comprehensive study of the major theories and techniques used in group psychotherapy and in other small group settings. Special focus will be on the dynamics of group process including the formation, stages and challenges of groups. (2 Credit Hours)
Practicum and Professional Experience
Description: Based on prior coursework, students will continue to develop their professional identity and skills. The course expands on student’s knowledge of professional ethics and responsibilities. In addition, the course provides a supportive learning environment for students to assess strengths and weaknesses as a counselor. Small group sessions will provide instruction on how to get the most out of the practicum experience as well as group consultation on counseling cases and discussion of problems and issues relating to the life and work of the counselor. During this course you will be completing 100 hours of practicum and professional experience at an approved practicum site. In addition you will complete 3hours of DPW/DHS Approved Child Abuse Recognition and Reporting Requirements through clock. (3 Credit Hours)
Internship and Professional Seminar I, II
Description: The purpose of these courses is to orient students to the internship experience and to assist and encourage them in their clinical work. They will focus on how to get the most out of internship experiences, counselor identity, group consultation on counseling cases, discussion of problems, and theological and ethical issues related to particular counseling environments. During these courses students will be in the process of completing 600 hours of internship at an approved setting. (6 Credit Hours)
Description: Varying elective courses offered in rotation (in 1, 2 & 3 credit format) for advanced professional counseling training. Previous courses have included: anxiety, brain injury, borderline personality, depression, advanced child therapy, coaching, abuse in the church, destructive relationships, victimization, trafficking, suffering, chronic conditions, disability, trauma, forgiveness and addictions. (6 Credit Hours)

Continuing Education for Licensed Professional Counselors

Biblical Seminary offers pre-approved continuing education contact hours for professional counselors (based on PA Code 49.36 (a) (3)). Professional counselors are required to complete 30 contact hours of continuing education every 2 years, including at least 3 hours focused on the area of ethics.

Holders of the LPC are eligible to audit courses and receive a certificate verifying the contact hours and course titles completed.[1]

LPCs seeking CEs must register and pay in advance, provide Biblical Seminary with a current license number, attend all sessions (signing in and out) and complete a course survey to be eligible to receive their certificate.

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[1] Auditors do not need to complete out of class assignmentsand will not receive a grade for the course. Audited courses would not be eligible for transfer into any program at Biblical Seminary as auditors are not matriculated students.

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