The Master of Arts in Counseling is a 66-hour degree designed for persons seeking graduate-level instruction in counseling and a curriculum that provides opportunities to integrate counseling theories and techniques with pastoral approaches and perspectives. The core curriculum (5 courses) provides a biblical, theological, historical,contextual and ethical foundation for pastoral ministry. All other courses (required and elective) are directly related to counseling.
Prior to being awarded the degree, a candidate must fully discharge all financial obligations to the seminary and all requirements should be completed within six years from the date of entry into the program.
Notes on Licensure
The Master of Arts in Counseling curriculum provides the academic foundation, including the 300-hour practicum requirement, specified by the State of Texas for the credential of Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). While conforming to the State of Texas requirements, courses in the MAC program at the seminary are taught from a Christian faith perspective such that professional and pastoral competence is emphasized.
Requirements for the LPC license in Texas include (1) completion of a graduate degree of at least 48 hours as specified by the Department of State Health Services, (2) a passing score on the State of Texas licensing examinations, and (3) a post-graduate supervised internship of 3000 hours. As with other counseling programs, the MAC program at Seminary of the Southwest does not administer the licensing examination or provide for placement in an internship.
Students and prospective students are urged to obtain current requirements for licensure online from the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors or by telephone at (512)834-6658.
Pursued upon graduation, successful completion of licensure is the responsibility of the student and not of the seminary. Students from states other than Texas are responsible for determining the requirements of those examining boards.
MAC Program Goals
Through core courses in Biblical studies, history, theology, and ethics and through in-depth study of theories of human development, personality assessment and counseling theory and practice students will achieve formation and integration in these three areas:
- form and commit to personal spiritual practices capable of sustaining the vocation of a counselor
- prepare to exercise the vocation of counseling with the highest standards of professional ethics and expertise
- develop an informed and sympathetic approach to religious-particularly Christian-expression, narrative, and aspiration as it is presented within the clinical setting
- develop the skills for a discerning theological reading of a client’s narrative, one able to inform the process of healing, whether or not that reading is made explicit in the counseling context
- achieve competence in assessment, case formulation, and strategies of intervention within the context of a respectful therapeutic relationship, accompanied by a critical self-awareness on the part of the therapist
- secure the theoretical and practical understanding necessary for professional counseling, including the academic foundation for passing the State of Texas qualifying examination for the credential of Licensed Professional Counselor.
Course requirements for the MAC degree (66 hours)
Core curriculum (15 credits)
B5330 Intepretation of the Bible for Ministry
H5310 Historical Studies for Ministry
P5391 Contemporary Context for Ministry
T5340 Ethics for Ministry
T5350 Theological Studies for Ministry
Required Courses (39 credits)
Students are encouraged to take required courses at the earliest opportunity, however courses do not need to be taken in a prescribed order. *Courses must be taken before enrollment in the counseling practicum (C5312/C5313)
C5301 Normal Human Development*
C5302 Abnormal Human Behavior*
C5303 Counseling Theories*
C5304 Appraisal and Assessment Techniques*
C5305 Theories and Methods for Individual Counseling*
C5306 Theories and Methods for Group Counseling
C5307 Theories and Methods for Marriage and Family Counseling
C5308 Counseling in a Multi-cultural Society: Identity and Difference
C5309 Professional Ethics
C5310 Career Counseling and Development
C5311 Research Methods for Counseling Professionals
C5312 Counseling Practicum A
C5313 Counseling Practicum B
Elective courses (12 credits)
Related professional organizations:
American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy
American Counseling Association
Texas Department of State Health Services