Amridge University Academic Catalog  

2013-2014 Academic Year (Effective 2.28.2014)

 

Table of Contents

Section 13:  School of Human Services 3

MESSAGE FROM THE DEAN OF THE SCHOOL OF HUMAN SERVICES. 4

PURPOSE OF THE SCHOOL OF HUMAN SERVICES. 5

EDUCATIONAL GOALS OF THE SCHOOL OF HUMAN SERVICES. 5

DESCRIPTIONS OF THE SCHOOL OF HUMAN SERVICES PROGRAMS OF STUDY. 5

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS. 16

CAPSTONE EXAMINATION. 16

ADMISSION AND DEGREE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MASTER OF SCIENCE IN HUMAN SERVICES. 16

ADMISSION AND DEGREE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MASTER OF SCIENCE IN PASTORAL COUNSELING  19

ADMISSION AND DEGREE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MASTER OF ARTS IN MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPY  24

ADMISSION AND DEGREE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MASTER OF ARTS IN PROFESSIONAL COUNSELING  33

ADMISSION AND DEGREE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MASTER OF DIVINITY IN MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPY  42

ADMISSION AND DEGREE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MASTER OF DIVINITY IN PROFESSIONAL COUNSELING  53

ADMISSION AND DEGREE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MASTER OF DIVINITY IN PASTORAL COUNSELING  64

ADMISSION AND DEGREE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE DOCTOR OF MINISTRY IN FAMILY THERAPY I 71

ADMISSION AND DEGREE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE DOCTOR OF MINISTRY IN FAMILY THERAPY II 84

ADMISSION AND DEGREE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY DEGREE IN MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPY. 92

ADMISSION AND DEGREE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY DEGREE IN PROFESSIONAL COUNSELING  102

LICENSURE RELATED TO THE DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY IN MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPY AND THE PROFESSIONAL COUNSELING PROGRAMS. 112

 

 

 

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Section 13:  School of Human Services

This section includes important information on the programs, courses, and degrees offered through the Amridge University School of Human Services.  Exceptions may be noted in the respective sections for specific programs and services specified elsewhere in this publication, noted in later editions of this publication, and/or published addenda (paper- and web-based).  Also, as each degree may have its own unique admission, graduation, and related requirements, these requirements are listed with each degree.  Even though the individual listing of these degree requirements may appear to be, and in some cases may be, repetitious of other degrees, the University has chosen to list all of the admissions, graduation, and other requirements under each degree for accuracy purposes [Version 2.2012-2013, Effective 2.24.2013].


MESSAGE FROM THE DEAN OF THE SCHOOL OF HUMAN SERVICES

It is a delight to represent Amridge University and the School of Human Services in extending to you a warm and sincere welcome.  Those of you seeking a Human Services degree are, by nature, caring, compassionate individuals whose academic goals are motivated by your desire to be competent people helpers. It is a pleasure to be associated with you and to travel with you on your educational journey.

Graduate degrees from the School of Human Services provide you with not only academic understanding of subject matter, but also theoretical grounding, clinical competence, and research experience. Masters’ degrees are offered in Pastoral Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy, and Professional Counseling.  Doctoral degrees are available in Family Therapy, Marriage and Family, and Professional Counseling.

Amridge University is committed to providing the best academic opportunities possible to aid you in reaching your educational and professional goals.   Every course offered has foundational outcome-learning objectives designed to provide opportunities for students to demonstrate academic achievement and professional competence.  Because we embrace your goals, your graduation from Amridge will be a shared celebration!

Additionally, and I believe most importantly, at Amridge University you can experience educational excellence in a Christian environment. Our goal will be to provide the opportunities and resources for you to grow academically, emotionally, and spiritually.

I look forward to meeting you and personally welcoming you into the Amridge University family.

Sincerely,

Jerry L. Martin, PhD, LPC

Dean of the School of Human Services


PURPOSE OF THE SCHOOL OF HUMAN SERVICES

In keeping with the Christian heritage of Amridge University, the purpose of the School of Human Services is to prepare students for careers and professions that are dedicated to providing support and services for the well-being of individuals, family, the church, and society in the spirit of Christian services.  This purpose will be accomplished by providing students with an interdisciplinary learning and serving experience with core courses and focused knowledge and skills in a major which may include, but will not be limited to family therapy and human communications. 

Additionally, the University provides a program of continuing education, through the Amridge University School of Continuing Education, for those who are not pursuing degrees.

EDUCATIONAL GOALS OF THE SCHOOL OF HUMAN SERVICES

1.    Each student will acquire a basic core of knowledge of psychology, family therapy, counseling, related disciplines, and practical methods as a foundation for a productive professional life.

2.    Each student will develop intellectual capacities for critical thinking and problem solving, for analyzing and utilizing information, and for reasoning ethically and morally in decision making.

3.    Each student will develop skills for scientific research, human relations, leadership, and oral and written communication appropriate to that student’s profession.

4.    Through gaining essential knowledge, developing proper attitudes, and acquiring important skills, each student will be prepared for more advanced studies, for employment in a chosen profession, and/or for life-long learning.

5.    Through developing proper attitudes and values and through acquiring skills in communication and human relations, each student will be prepared to function responsibly and effectively in the familial, social, and civic arenas of life.

DESCRIPTIONS OF THE SCHOOL OF HUMAN SERVICES PROGRAMS OF STUDY

The Amridge University School of Human Services offers programs of study at the master’s and doctoral levels.  The specific programs of study include the following:

Master of Science: Human Servies

The Master of Science in Human Services is a non-licensure program designed to introduce students to the dynamics of human development and interaction. Students will develop an in-depth understanding of the primary models, theories, and techniques used in individual, group, and family counseling. This program does not qualify for, and will not enable one to obtain, licensure in any discipline or field from any governmental or regulatory agency. However, students graduating with a MS in Human Services will be prepared to work as private life coaches, in a church setting, governmental agency, or community agency. (Those interested in licensure in Marriage and Family Therapy or Professional Counseling should consult with the Dean of the School of Human Services.)

 

A comprehensive understanding of individual and family theories will be established through the core courses of the degree program, and students may utilize elective coursework to concentrate on a specific area of interest, e.g., family studies or ministry.

Upon completion of the Master of Science in Human Services program, the graduate will be able to:

1.    Demonstrate knowledge and skills in counseling individuals and groups, which can be applied in private settings, church settings, and/or other human service settings.

2.    Present evidence of possession of knowledge and skills appropriate for employment in the human services field.

3.    Demonstrate effective communication and leadership skills.

4.    Conduct himself or herself according to expected moral and ethical standards.

5.    Demonstrate sensitivity to the cultural diversity needs of clients.

6.    Evaluate and interpret research data and reports.

These outcomes are assessed in the successful completion of course work and personal educational goals.  A student may demonstrate achievement of these outcomes by receiving a passing grade in the following capstone course:

            FT7381 Human Services Occupational Competency

Master of Science: Pastoral Counseling

The Master of Science (MS) in Pastoral Counseling is a professional-level degree program.  Experiences provide the foundation for 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, an optional goal of this program is to help prepare students to be a Member of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors (AAPC).  Students graduating from the Master of Science in Pastoral Counseling degree program will be prepared to do counseling through their ministry.  This program also prepares students to move to advanced studies in related fields.  Students planning to pursue further graduate study beyond the Master of Science in Pastoral Counseling should maintain a 3.0 GPA.

Upon completion of the Master of Science in Pastoral Counseling program, the graduate will be able to:

1.    Demonstrate foundations of psychological theory used in Pastoral Counseling;

2.    Demonstrate clinical techniques required for practitioners in Pastoral Counseling;

3.    Seek admissions to advanced programs in counseling;

4.    Seek membership to the American Association of Pastoral Counselors; and

5.    Implement the practice of counseling in the Christian community.

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

FT 7372 – MFT Clinical Training II

Master of Arts: Marriage and Family Therapy

The Master of Arts (MA) in Marriage and Family Therapy is a professional-level degree program.  Experiences provide the foundation for 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, couples, and families.  Also, a major goal of this program is to help prepare students for licensure in Marriage and Family Therapy in their resident state.  Students graduating from the MA in Marriage and Family Therapy 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 Marriage and Family Therapy and Professional Counseling.  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 Marriage and Family Therapy 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 in Marriage and Family Therapy;

3.    Practice Marriage and Family Therapy 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.    Demonstrate sensitivity to cultural diversity needs of clients; and

6.    Possess academic credentials necessary to advance to the Ph.D. program in Family Therapy if they so choose.

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

FT 7372 – MFT Clinical Training II

Master of Arts: Professional Counseling

The Master of Arts (MA) in Professional Counseling is a degree program for persons who wish to become professional counselors.  Experiences provide the foundation in counseling 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 Program Exit Examination.  A student may demonstrate achievement of these outcomes by receiving a passing grade in the course and on the Program Exit Examination administered in the following capstone course:

PT 7372 – PC Clinical Training II

Master of Divinity: Marriage and Family Therapy

The Master of Divinity (MDiv) in Marriage and Family Therapy is a professional-level degree program for individuals planning to enter or continue careers in full-time ministry.  A major element of this program provides students with extensive studies in the biblical text and thorough preparation in theology and various areas of practical ministry.  Another major element provides students with a foundation for marriage and family therapy theory, scientific research, and clinical practice.  Finally, this program also helps prepare students for licensure in Marriage and Family Therapy in their resident state.  Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (MFTs) will be able to do therapy with families, couples, and individuals in their ministry.

Upon completion of the Master of Divinity in Marriage and Family Therapy 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.    Demonstrate an advanced level application of Marriage and Family Therapy.

3.    Prepare to work within the Christian community setting as a Family Minister.

4.    Take additional courses necessary to qualify for licensure in Marriage and Family; and

5.    Seek advancement to the Doctor of Ministry in Family Therapy or the PhD in Family Therapy if so chooses.

These outcomes are assessed through a comprehensive examination.  A student may demonstrate achievement of these outcomes by receiving a passing grade (i.e., ”Qualifying” or “Qualifying with Distinction”) for the comprehensive examination given for this degree. 

Master of Divinity: Professional Counseling

The Master of Divinity (MDiv) in Professional Counseling is a professional-level degree program for individuals planning to enter or continue careers in full-time ministry.  A major element of this program provides students with extensive studies in the biblical text and thorough preparation in theology and various areas of practical ministry.  Another major element provides students with a foundation for counseling 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.  Licensed Professional Counselors (LPCs) will be able to provide counseling to individuals and groups through their ministry.

Upon completion of the Master of Divinity 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 through a comprehensive examination.  A student may demonstrate achievement of these outcomes by receiving a passing grade (i.e., ”Qualifying” or “Qualifying with Distinction”) for the comprehensive examination given for this degree. 

Master of Divinity: Pastoral Counseling

The Master of Divinity (MDiv) in Pastoral Counseling is a professional-level degree program for individuals planning to enter or continue careers in full-time ministry.  A major element of this program provides students with extensive studies in the biblical text and thorough prepara­tion in theology and various areas of practical ministry.  Another major element provides students with a foundation for 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.

Upon completion of the Master of Divinity in Pastoral Counseling program, the graduate will be able to:

1.    Demonstrate an advanced level application of Pastoral Counseling.

2.    Prepare to work within the Christian community setting as a Pastoral Counselor.

3.    Prepare for membership in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors (AAPC); and

4.    Seek advancement to the Doctor of Ministry in Family Therapy if so chooses.

These outcomes are assessed through a comprehensive examination.  A student may demonstrate achievement of these outcomes by receiving a passing grade (i.e., ”Qualifying” or “Qualifying with Distinction”) for the comprehensive examination given for this degree. 

Master of Divinity:  Ministerial Leadership

The Master of Divinity (MDiv) in Ministerial Leadership is a professional-level degree program for individuals planning to enter or continue careers in full-time ministry.  A major element of this program provides students with extensive studies in the biblical text and thorough preparation in theology and various areas of practical ministry.  Through completion of this program, graduates will be able to conduct their ministry at the highest level of professional competence and communicate in a manner that is intellectually articulate. Also, graduates will be committed to, and effective in, evangelism.  Finally, graduates of the MDiv in Ministerial Leadership will be able to conduct themselves and relate to others in a way that is spiritually mature and morally sensitive.

Advanced Bible Placement of 15 Hours – Students who have a major in religious studies on the undergraduate level may receive 15 semester hours Advanced Bible Placement – reducing required degree total from 90 to 75 semester hours. Note: Hebrew and/or Greek languages are recommended in the MDiv program, but not required.

Upon completion of the Master of Divinity in Ministerial Leadership program, the graduate will be able to:

1.    Prepare to enter or continue a career in full-time ministry at the highest level;

2.    Learn extensive principles from the text of the Bible and practical ways to lead Christian ministry;

3.    Implement principles of evangelism, edification, and benevolence.

4.    Communicate in an effective manner; and

5.    Practice spiritual maturity and moral sensitivity to people in need. 

These outcomes are assessed through a comprehensive examination.  A student may demonstrate achievement of these outcomes by receiving a passing grade (i.e., ”Qualifying” or “Qualifying with Distinction”) for the comprehensive examination given for this degree. 

Doctor of Ministry in Family Therapy I

The Doctor of Ministry (DMin) in Family Therapy I is an advanced professional degree for community organizations and church-related vocations.  This program infuses both academic rigor and practice to prepare students for family therapy and counseling ministry.

The purposes of this program include: (1) Developing advanced knowledge and professional skills in Family Therapy;  (2) Understanding and interpreting ministry in relation to the context of Family Therapy; (3) Acquainting the student with literature, materials, and methodologies which develop leadership, teaching, and counseling skills to be used in helping relationships; (4) Guiding the student in personal reflection and growth; and (5) Providing courses necessary to be a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) or Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). The Doctor of Ministry in Family Therapy I is designed for students who do not have a Master of Divinity in a related field. 

Students who are deficient in content courses, as identified through the Academic Plan, may be required to take leveling courses in addition to the required course work for this program.

Upon completion of the Doctor of Ministry in Family Therapy I 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.    Develop advanced knowledge and professional skills in Family Therapy;

3.    Interpret ministry in relation to the context of Family Therapy;

4.    Analyze literature, materials, and methodologies which develop leadership, teaching, and counseling skills used in helping relationships;

5.    Nurture personal reflection and growth;

6.    Meet academic requirements to be a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) or to be a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC);

7.    Prepare to become a member of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors (AAPC).

These outcomes are assessed in the following course.  A student may demonstrate achievement of these outcomes by receiving a passing grade in the Research Dissertation Module IV.

 

Doctor of Ministry in Family Therapy II

The Doctor of Ministry (DMin) in Family Therapy II is an advanced professional degree for community organizations and church-related vocations.  This degree has three concentrations designed to prepare participants to counsel with couples, families, and individuals.  Being a capstone program, it infuses academics and practice to prepare students for family therapy and counseling ministry.

The Doctor of Ministry in Family Therapy II is designed for students who have a Master of Divinity in a related field. 

Students who are deficient in content courses, as identified through the Academic Plan, may be required to take leveling courses in addition to the required course work for this program.

Upon completion of the Doctor of Ministry in Family Therapy II program, the graduate will be able to:

1.    Develop advanced knowledge and skills in therapy which can be applied in church settings or other professional settings;

2.    Develop advanced knowledge and professional skills in Family Therapy;

3.    Interpret ministry in relation to the context of Family Therapy;

4.    Analyze literature, materials, and methodologies which develop leadership, teaching, and counseling skills used in helping relationships;

5.    Nurture personal reflection and growth;

6.    Meet academic requirements to be a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) or to be a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC);

7.    Prepare to become a member of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors (AAPC).

These outcomes are assessed in the following course.  A student may demonstrate achievement of these outcomes by receiving a passing grade in Research Dissertation Module IV.

 Doctor of Philosophy  in Marriage and Family Therapy

Offered through the Amridge University School of Human Services, the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree program in Marriage and Family Therapy is a 60-semester hour rigorous research oriented program beyond the Master's degree.  The number of hours required for the completion of this doctorate will depend on the number of graduate hours the student has already taken before entering the program. 

This PhD program is not designed to prepare individuals for professional licensure.  It is assumed that the applicant has already completed the course work required for professional licensure.  If the applicant wishes to obtain professional licensure, additional courses may be required. 

The distinctive components in this program will be the emphasis on traditional and non-traditional extended learning delivery system.  Broadly put, upon completion of the program, the student will have an advanced degree with both therapeutic expertise and scholarship.  

Students will complete intensive studies in theories of therapy, human development, problems with abuse and addiction, cultural diversity, and research.  Courses offered in this program will be taught partly from traditional class settings and will be partly delivered online over the Internet.

Upon completion of the program the graduate will be able to:

1.    Conduct original research, including both quantitative and qualitative methodologies,

2.    Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of the current status of research in marriage and family therapy;

3.    Recognize, and accurately classify, syndromes of mental disorders and establish appropriate treatment plans.

4.    Demonstrate the ability to function as a scholar/practitioner as evidenced by critical analysis of the student’s own practice setting, and

5.    Apply family therapy practice and research in teaching or clinical practice

These outcomes are assessed through a comprehensive examination.  A fee is charged for this exam.  A student may demonstrate achievement of these outcomes by receiving a passing grade (i.e., ”Qualifying” or “Qualifying with Distinction”) for the comprehensive examination given for this degree. 

Doctor of Philosophy in Professional Counseling

Offered through the Amridge University School of Human Services, the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree program in Professional Counseling is a 60-semester hour rigorous research oriented program beyond the Master's degree.  The number of hours required for the completion of this doctorate will depend on the number of graduate hours the student has already taken before entering the program. 

This PhD program is not designed to prepare individuals for professional licensure.  It is assumed that the applicant has already completed the course work required for professional licensure.  If the applicant wishes to obtain professional licensure, additional courses may be required. 

The distinctive components in this program will be the emphasis on traditional and non-traditional extended learning delivery system.  Broadly put, upon completion of this program, the student will have an advanced degree with both therapeutic expertise and scholarship.  

Students will complete intensive studies in theories of counseling, human development, problems with abuse and addiction, cultural diversity, and research.  Courses offered in this program will be taught partly from traditional class settings and will be partly delivered online over the Internet.

Upon completion of the program the graduate will be able to:

1.    Conduct original research, including both quantitative and qualitative methodologies,

2.    Demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of the current status of research in psychology and counseling,

3.    Recognize, and accurately classify, syndromes of mental disorders and establish appropriate treatment plans.

4.    Demonstrate the ability to function as a scholar/practitioner as evidenced by critical analysis of the student’s own practice  setting, and

5.    Apply counseling skills and research in teaching or clinical practice. 

These outcomes are assessed through a comprehensive examination.  A fee is charged for this exam.  A student may demonstrate achievement of these outcomes by receiving a passing grade (i.e., ”Qualifying” or “Qualifying with Distinction”) for the comprehensive examination given for this degree.   

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

See Section 5 – Admissions

CAPSTONE EXAMINATION

Each student must pass a Comprehensive Examination to receive a graduate degree.  In some programs the Comprehensive Examination is external to an individual course.  In other programs the Comprehensive Examination is administered within a capstone course.

 

ADMISSION AND DEGREE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MASTER OF SCIENCE IN HUMAN SERVICES

Special Note: The MS in Human Services is not available to students in the state of Tennessee at this time.

 

The Master of Science in Human Services is a non-licensure program designed to introduce students to the dynamics of human development and interaction. Students will develop an in-depth understanding of the primary models, theories, and techniques used in individual, group, and family counseling. This program does not qualify for, and will not enable one to obtain, licensure in any discipline or field from any governmental or regulatory agency. However, students graduating with a MS in Human Services will be prepared to work as private life coaches, in a church setting, governmental agency, or community agency. (Those interested in licensure in Marriage and Family Therapy or Professional Counseling should consult with the Dean of the School of Human Services.)

 

A comprehensive understanding of individual and family theories will be established through the core courses of the degree program, and students may utilize elective coursework to concentrate on a specific area of interest, e.g., family studies or ministry.

Upon completion of the Master of Science in Human Services program, the graduate will be able to:

7.    Demonstrate knowledge and skills in counseling individuals and groups, which can be applied in private settings, church settings, and/or other human service settings.

8.    Present evidence of possession of knowledge and skills appropriate for employment in the human services field.

9.    Demonstrate effective communication and leadership skills.

10.  Conduct himself or herself according to expected moral and ethical standards.

11.  Demonstrate sensitivity to the cultural diversity needs of clients.

12.  Evaluate and interpret research data and reports.

These outcomes are assessed in the successful completion of course work and personal educational goals.  A student may demonstrate achievement of these outcomes by receiving a passing grade in the following capstone course:

            FT7381 Human Services Occupational Competency

The Course Requirements of 30 semester credit hours for the degree program Master of Science in Human Services includes program specific courses (15 semester hours), elective courses (12 semester hours), and a capstone course (3 semester hours).

 

Required Courses for the Master of Science in Human Services

Sem. Hrs.

  

FT 7302

Professional Ethics and the Law

3

 

 

FT 7320

Human Development

3

 

 

FT 7336

Basic Counseling Techniques/Helping Relationships

3

 

 

LD 6360

Negotiation and Conflict Resolution

3

 

 

RS 6339

Research and Evaluation

3

 

 Total Required Course Hours

15

 

 

 

 

 

 Elective Courses

 

  

 

The student must choose four courses from the following:

12

 

  

FT 7300

Ethics and Professional Identity

 

 

 

FT 7301

Introduction to Pastoral Counseling

 

 

 

FT 7304

Premarital/Remarital Counseling

 

 

 

FT 7306

Community and Social Systems

 

 

 

FT 7310

Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy

 

 

 

FT 7311

Theories of Marriage and Family Therapy

 

 

 

FT 7317

Ministerial Counseling with Children and Adolescents

 

 

 

FT 7322

Theories of Personality Development

 

 

 

FT 7323

Marriage and Family Development

 

 

 

FT 7326

Social and Multicultural Diversity

 

 

 

FT 7330

Interpersonal and Family Dynamics

 

 

 

FT 7331

Marital and Family Systems

 

 

 

FT 7333

Systemic Treatment of Substance Related Disorders

 

 

 

FT 7334

Psychology of Grief, Death, and Dying

 

 

 

FT 7337

Group Counseling

 

 

 

FT 7340

Assessment of Individuals and Families

 

 

 

FT 7355

Psychopathology and Psychopharmacology

 

 

 

PS 6306

Christian Marriage and Family Life

 

 

 

PS 6308

Crisis Counseling

 

 

 

PS 6309

Introduction to Christian Counseling

 

 

 

PT 7350

Lifestyle and Career Development

 

 

 Total Elective Course Hours

12

 

 

 

 

 

Capstone Course

 

 

FT 7381

Human Services Occupational Competency

3

 

Capstone Course Hours

3

 

 

 

 

 

Total Hours for Masters Degree

30

 

Graduation Requirements for the Master of Science in Human Services

Before being graduated with the Master of Science in Human Services, a student must satisfy the following requirements:

1.    A total of 30 graduate semester hours of the required course work;

2.    At least 18 of the graduate semester hours must be from Amridge University.  Also, any possible transfer of graduate credits taken from another accredited institution must be agreed upon by the end of the first enrolled semester at Amridge University;

3.    Complete all required coursework.

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

5.    Have a cumulative GPA of 2.0; Students who expect to pursue further graduate study beyond this degree should maintain a 3.0 GPA; and

6.    Complete an Amridge University Degree Completion Application available from Amridge University’s web site.  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.

 

ADMISSION AND DEGREE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MASTER OF SCIENCE IN PASTORAL COUNSELING

The Master of Science (MS) in Pastoral Counseling is a professional-level degree program. Experiences provide the foundation for pastoral counseling 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, an optional goal of this program is to help prepare students to be a Member of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors (AAPC). Students graduating from the Master of Science in Pastoral Counseling Degree program will be prepared to do counseling through their ministry. This program also prepares students to move to advanced studies in related fields. Students planning to pursue further graduate study beyond the Master of Science in Pastoral Counseling should maintain a 3.0 GPA.

Upon completion of the Master of Science in Pastoral Counseling Program, the graduate will be able to:

1.    Demonstrate foundations of psychological theory used in Pastoral Counseling;

2.    Demonstrate clinical techniques required for practitioners in Pastoral Counseling;

3.    Seek admissions to advanced programs in counseling;

4.    Seek membership to the American Association of Pastoral Counselors; and

5.    Implement the practice of counseling in the Christian community.

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: 

FT 7372 – MFT Clinical Training II

Applications for admission to the Master of Science in Pastoral Counseling program will not be considered complete until the following items are completed and submitted:

1.    Application with fee.

2.    Official transcript showing an earned 4 year Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree from a regionally or selected nationally accredited institution.

If the applicant has not completed the last course(s) at another school for which he or she is registered at the time of filing his or her application with Amridge University, a partial transcript should be sent for evaluation.  The final transcript showing courses completed and any degree earned is required before the end of the first semester after initial matriculation.  No academic credit will be recorded on a student’s permanent record until all necessary credentials are received.

Time Normally Required to Complete the Program

The Master of Science in Pastoral Counseling may be completed in five semesters.  A student may take his or her courses on a part-time or full-time basis.

Required Courses for the Master of Science in Pastoral Counseling

The Course Requirements of 48 semester credit hours for the degree program Master of Science in Pastoral Counseling consists of program specific courses (48 semester hours).

 

Required Courses for the Master of Science in Pastoral Counseling

Sem. Hrs.

  

FT 7300

Ethics and Professional Identity

3

 

 

FT 7301

Introduction to Pastoral Counseling

3

 

 

FT 7310

Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy

3

 

 

FT 7317

Ministerial Counseling with Children and Adolescents

3

 

 

FT 7321

Human Sexual Development

3

 

 

FT 7323

Marriage and Family Development

3

 

 

FT 7326

Social and Multicultural Diversity

3

 

 

FT 7327

Psychology of Religion

3

 

 

FT 7330

Interpersonal and Family Dynamics

3

 

 

FT 7331

Marital and Family Systems

3

 

 

FT 7335

Advanced Therapy

3

 

 

FT 7336

Basic Counseling Techniques/Helping Relationships

3

 

 

FT 7370

MFT Practicum

3

 

 

FT 7371

MFT Clinical Training I

3

 

 

FT 7372

MFT Clinical Training II (Capstone Course)

3

 

 

RS 6339

Research and Evaluation

3

 

Total Hours for Masters Degree

48

 

Optional elective hours, if needed, in Pastoral Counseling. Choose from these elective courses:

  

FT 7302

Professional Ethics and the Law

3

 

 

FT 7306

Community and Social Systems

3

 

 

FT 7311

Theories of Marriage and Family Therapy

3

 

 

FT 7322

Theories of Personality Development

3

 

 

FT 7332

Counseling for Abusive Relationships

3

 

 

FT 7334

Psychology of Grief, Death and Dying

3

 

 

FT 7355

Psychopathology and Psychopharmacology

3

 

 

FT 7373

MFT Clinical Training III (if needed)

3

 

 

PT 7350

Lifestyle and Career Development

3

 

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 semester 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.

Special Note Related to Practicum and Clinical CoursesAll Practicum and Clinical Training courses require face-to-face on-site clinical practice with the client(s).  The experience must be performed under face-to-face supervision of an approved licensed supervisor.  This experience should be conducted in the state in which the student will seek licensure.  The student must apply to the Director of the Amridge University Counseling and MFT Clinical Programs, at least one semester prior to beginning a Practicum or a Clinical course.  Students should contact the director via email to receive the Practicum and Clinical Course Form

Email address is:  CLINICALS@amridgeuniversity.edu

Graduation Requirements for the Master of Science in Pastoral Counseling

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

1.    A total of 48 graduate semester hours of the required course work;

2.    At least 27 of the graduate semester hours must be from Amridge University.  Also, any possible transfer of graduate credits taken from another accredited institution must be agreed upon by the end of the first enrolled semester at Amridge University;

3.    Complete all required coursework including the specified practicum and clinical courses, including, three hundred and seventy-five (375) hours of supervised Pastoral Counseling and one hundred and twenty-five (125) hours of supervision, one-third of which must be with an AAPC Approved Supervisor;

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

5.    Have a cumulative GPA of 2.0;

6.    Students who expect to pursue further graduate study beyond this degree should maintain a 3.0 GPA; and

7.    Complete an Amridge University Degree Completion Application available from Amridge University’s web site.  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.

Becoming a Member of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors Requirements (optional – see program advisor for more information on the AAPC)

Many graduates of the Master of Science in Pastoral Counseling may be interested in becoming a Member for the American Association of Pastoral Counselors (AAPC).  In order to be a Member Associate of the AAPC, the candidate must:

1.    Hold a Master of Divinity or a Master of Science in Pastoral Counseling;

2.    Complete three hundred and seventy-five (375) hours of supervised Pastoral Counseling;

3.    Complete one hundred and twenty-five (125) hours of supervision, one-third of such must be with an AAPC Approved Supervisor; and

4.    Submit a plan for becoming a Fellow and/or Diplomat level member of AAPC within seven years.

Additional information on the AAPC may be found on the Internet at the following address:  http://www.aapc.org/.

Individuals interested in learning more on becoming a Member with AAPC as related to the Amridge University Master of Science in Pastoral Counseling program should contact the Director of the Amridge University Counseling and MFT Clinical Programs, as soon as possible if they have any questions related to the licensure process in Alabama. 

By email:  clinicals@amridgeuniversity.edu

By U.S. Postal Service Mail:
Director of the Counseling and MFT
Clinical Programs
Amridge University
1200 Taylor Road
Montgomery, AL 36117-3520

 

Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) as Related to the Master of Science in Pastoral Counseling

The Amridge University Master of Science in Pastoral Counseling program was not designed with the intent that graduates would become Licensed Professional Counselors (LPCs) or Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFTs) in a state or states.  If a student in the Master of Science in Pastoral Counseling program has a strong interest in becoming a LPC, then he or she has two options: (1) Take the additional courses above and beyond those required for the Master of Science in Pastoral Counseling but required by the licensing board of the state or states the student intends to be licensed or (2) Enroll in the Amridge University Master of Divinity in Professional Counseling or Master of Divinity in Family Therapy program.

Students enrolled in the Master of Science in Pastoral Counseling and interested in learning more about becoming a LPC or LMFT should contact the Director of the Amridge University Counseling and MFT Clinical Programs, as soon as possible if they have any questions related to the licensure process in Alabama. 

By email:  CLINICALS@amridgeuniversity.edu

 

By U.S. Postal Service Mail:   
Director of the Counseling and MFT
Clinical Programs
Amridge University
1200 Taylor Road
Montgomery, AL 36117-3520

 

ADMISSION AND DEGREE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MASTER OF ARTS IN MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPY

The Master of Arts (MA) in Marriage and Family Therapy is a professional-level degree program.  Experiences provide the foundation for marriage and family therapy 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, couples, and families.  Also, a major goal of this program is to help prepare students for licensure in Marriage and Family Therapy in their resident state.  Students graduating from the MA in Marriage and Family Therapy 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 Marriage and Family Therapy and Professional Counseling.  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 Marriage and Family Therapy 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 in Marriage and Family Therapy;

3.    Practice Marriage and Family Therapy 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.    Demonstrate sensitivity to cultural diversity needs of clients; and

6.    Possess academic credentials necessary to advance to the Ph.D. program in Family Therapy 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: 

 

FT 7372 – MFT Clinical Training II

Applications for admission to the Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy program will not be considered complete until the following items are completed and submitted:

1.    Application with fee.

2.    Official transcript showing an earned 4 year Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree from a regionally or selected nationally accredited institution.

If the applicant has not completed the last course(s) at another school for which he or she is registered at the time of filing his or her application with Amridge University, a partial transcript should be sent for evaluation.  The final transcript showing courses completed and any degree earned is required before the end of the first semester after initial matriculation.  No academic credit will be recorded on a student’s permanent record until all necessary credentials are received.

Time Normally Required to Complete the Program

The Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy may be completed in seven semesters.  A student may take 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.

The Course Requirements of 60 semester credit hours for the degree program Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy consists of program specific courses (60 semester hours).

 

Required Courses for the Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy

Sem. Hrs.

  

FT 7300

Ethics and Professional Identity

3

 

 

FT 7306

Community and Social Systems

3

 

 

FT 7310

Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy

3

 

 

FT 7311

Theories of Marriage and Family Therapy

3

 

 

FT 7320

Human Development

3

 

 

FT 7321

Human Sexual Development

3

 

 

FT 7322

Theories of Personality Development

3

 

 

FT 7323

Marriage and Family Development

3

 

 

FT 7326

Social and Multicultural Diversity

3

 

 

FT 7330

Interpersonal and Family Dynamics

3

 

 

FT 7331

Marital and Family Systems

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FT 7332

Counseling for Abusive Relationships

3

 

 

 

-OR-

 

 

 

FT 7333

Systemic Treatment of Substance Related Disorders

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FT 7335

Advanced Therapy

3

 

 

FT 7336

Basic Counseling Techniques/Helping Relationships

3

 

 

FT 7340

Assessment of Individuals and Families

3

 

 

FT 7355

Psychopathology and Psychopharmacology

3

 

 

FT 7370

MFT Practicum

3

 

 

FT 7371

MFT Clinical Training I

3

 

 

FT 7372

MFT Clinical Training II (Capstone Course)

3

 

 

RS 6339

Research and Evaluation

3

 

Total Hours for Masters Degree

60

 

A student needing extra courses for Licensure or Certification may select from the following:

  

FT 7302

Professional Ethics and the Law

3

 

 

FT 7334

Psychology of Grief, Death and Dying

3

 

 

PT 7350

Lifestyle and Career Development

3

 

 

FT 7373

MFT Clinical Training III (if needed)

3

 

 

Special Note Related to Practicum and Clinical CoursesAll Practicum and Clinical Training courses require face-to-face on-site clinical practice with the client(s).  The experience must be performed under face-to-face supervision of an approved licensed supervisor.  This experience should be conducted in the state in which the student will seek licensure.  The student must apply to the Director of the Amridge University Counseling and MFT Clinical Programs, at least one semester prior to beginning a Practicum or a Clinical course.  Students should contact the director via email to receive the Practicum and Clinical Course Form

Email address is:  clinicals@amridgeuniversity.edu

Also, during clinical training, each student will accumulate a minimum of 500 hours of client contact, supervised by an additional 100 hours with an approved supervisor.  Normally, clinical training requires one full year (3 semesters) to complete.  Students who do not satisfy the minimum requirements in three semesters may take one additional semester of clinical training.

Graduation Requirements for the Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy

Before being graduated with the Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy, 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.  Also, any possible transfer of graduate credits taken from another accredited institution must be agreed upon by the end of the first enrolled semester at 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 Marriage and Family Therapy 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 available from Amridge University’s web site.  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.

 

Licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist Outside of the State of Alabama as Related to the Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy

To become a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in most states, a candidate must present credentials to the appropriate state board of examiners who will schedule an examination.  Amridge University makes no guarantees that a student will attain licensure in a given state.  Additionally, it is the student’s responsibility, not the University’s, to ensure that he or she meets the licensure requirements for the state or states that he or she intends to be licensed.  As such, students are encouraged to contact the appropriate state LMFT board in their home state or the states they plan to be licensed as soon as possible to obtain all of the respective licensure information. 

Many LMFT boards, as does Amridge University, follow the academic courses prescribed by the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT).  As such, the information provided in the following subsection provides a specification of the AAMFT categories and related Amridge University courses.

 

Amridge University Marriage and Family Therapy Courses

by AAMFT Category

AAMFT requires the number of courses indicated in the parentheses for each category for clinical membership.  Check with your state license board, but in general the requirements should be very similar.  Courses shown in Italics are optional.  Courses shown in regular font are part of Amridge University’s core 60 semester hour curriculum. 

1.    Marriage and Family Studies (3 courses)

FT 7323 – Marriage and Family Development

FT 7326 – Social and Multicultural Diversity

FT 7331 – Marital and Family Systems

2.    Marriage and Family Therapy (3 courses – Amridge University requires 5)

FT 7310 – Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy

FT 7311 – Theories of Marriage and Family Therapy

FT 7332 – Counseling for Abusive Relationships

FT 7335 – Advanced Therapy

FT 7336 – Basic Counseling Techniques/Helping Relationships

3.    Human Development (3 courses – Amridge University requires 5)

FT 7320 – Human Development

FT 7321 – Human Sexual Development

FT 7322 – Theories of Personality Development

FT 7340 – Assessment of Individuals and Families

FT 7355 – Psychopharmacology and Psychopathology

4.    Ethics (1 course)

FT 7300 – Ethics and Professional Identity

FT 7302 – Professional Ethics and the Law

5.    Research (1 course)

RS 6339 – Research and Evaluation

6.    Practicum (500 hours of client contact, 100 hours of supervision)

FT 7370 – MFT Practicum

FT 7371 – MFT Clinical Training I

FT 7372 – MFT Clinical Training II

FT 7373 – MFT Clinical Training III – required only if necessary to meet the contact hour requirements.

7.    Optional Courses Not Fitting Any License Category

FT 7306 – Community and Social Systems

FT 7330 – Interpersonal and Family Dynamics

FT 7334 – Psychology of Grief, Death and Dying

PT 7350 – Lifestyle and Career Development

 

Below is a link to the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT).  Go to this link to obtain the contact name, address, and telephone number for the state licensure boards.  Even though some of these state boards include web site addresses, students are encouraged to make person-to-person contact with the respective board to obtain the latest information on licensure information – do not assume that all of the information posted on these web sites is up-to-date or complete.

The web link for the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy listing of state licensure boards is as follows:

http://www.aamft.org/resources/Online_Directories/boardcontacts.htm

Additionally, students are encouraged to contact the Director of Amridge University Counseling and MFT Programs, as soon as possible if they have any questions related to the licensure process. 

By email:  clinicals@amridgeuniversity.edu

By U.S. Postal Service Mail:   
Director of the Counseling and MFT
Clinical Programs
Amridge University
1200 Taylor Road
Montgomery, AL 36117-3520

Licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist in the State of Alabama as Related to the Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy

In order to be licensed by the State of Alabama as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, the candidate must:

1.    Submit a completed application on the forms prescribed by the Board;

2.    Provide documented evidence that the applicant is of good moral character and has not or is not engaged in any practice or conduct that would make the applicant ineligible to receive a license pursuant to the Marriage and Family Therapy Licensure Act;

3.    Completion of the education and internships requirements for an MFT Associate.  In the case of Amridge University students, completion of the requirements and receive an Amridge University Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy;

4.    Pass the marriage and family therapy examination approved by the Board;

5.    Completion of a minimum of two (2) years post-degree full-time (30 or more clock hours per week) MFT work experience or the equivalent part-time MFT work experience under the supervision of a Board Approved Supervisor;

6.    Completion of two-hundred (200) hours of post degree supervision, at least one hundred (100) of which must be individual.  Graduates of COAMFTE accredited programs may count up to one hundred (100) supervision hours earned during the program toward this requirement, when based on a ratio of one (1) supervision hour to every five (5) client contact hours;

7.    Completion of a minimum of one thousand (1,000) post-degree direct client hours completed concurrently with the required supervision; two hundred fifty (250) of these direct contact hours must be with couples or families physically present in the therapy room; and

8.    Examination Application Requirements:  The following are necessary requirements in order to take the Board approved marriage and family therapy examination:

a.    Submission of a completed application on the forms prescribed by the Board;

b.    Be an MFT Associate or has met all requirements for becoming an MFT Associate.[i]

The contact address of the Alabama Board of Examiners in Marriage and Family Therapy is as follows:

                              Alabama Board of Examiners

                               in Marriage and Family Therapy (LMFT)

                              7550 Halcyon Summit Drive, Suite 125

                              Montgomery, AL  36117

             Telephone number:  334.251.7233

Important note:  It is the student’s responsibility, not the University’s, to make certain that he or she meets all of the respective requirements to become a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in Alabama.  As such, students interested in being licensed as a LMFT in Alabama should contact the Alabama Board of Examiners in Marriage and Family Therapy as soon as possible to obtain all the pertinent information and examination dates.  Additionally, students are encouraged to contact the Director of Amridge University Counseling and MFT Programs, as soon as possible if they have any questions related to the licensure process in Alabama. 

By email:  clinicals@amridgeuniversity.edu

By U.S. Postal Service Mail:   
Director of the Counseling and MFT
Clinical Programs
Amridge University
1200 Taylor Road
Montgomery, AL 36117-3520

Dual Licensure

There is a growing trend among professionals in counseling and therapy fields to become dual-certified or licensed.  Dual licensed means being a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in one or more states.  Being eligible for dual licensure would mean that additional courses would have to be taken.  Dual licensure does not mean dual degree which is not available at Amridge University for this degree-level.  Students interested in dual licensure should contact the Director of the Amridge University Counseling and Marriage and Family Therapy Programs, for additional information.

 

ADMISSION AND DEGREE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MASTER OF ARTS IN PROFESSIONAL COUNSELING

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

Applications for admission to the Master of Arts in Professional Counseling program will not be considered complete until the following items are completed and submitted:

1.    Application with fee.

2.    Official transcript showing an earned 4 year Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree from a regionally or selected nationally accredited institution.

If the applicant has not completed the last course(s) at another school for which he or she is registered at the time of filing his or her application with Amridge University, a partial transcript should be sent for evaluation.  The final transcript showing courses completed and any degree earned is required before the end of the first semester after initial matriculation.  No academic credit will be recorded on a student’s permanent record until all necessary credentials are received.

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.

REQUIRED COURSES FOR THE MASTER OF ARTS IN PROFESSIONAL COUNSELING

The Course Requirements of 60 semester credit hours for the degree program Master of Arts in Professional Counseling consists of program specific courses (60 semester hours).

 

Required Courses for the Master of Arts in Professional Counseling

Sem. Hrs.

  

FT 7306

Community and Social Systems

3

 

 

FT 7310

Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy

3

 

 

FT 7320

Human Development

3

 

 

FT 7321

Human Sexual Development

3

 

 

FT 7322

Theories of Personality Development

3

 

 

FT 7323

Marriage and Family Development

3

 

 

FT 7326

Social and Multicultural Diversity

3

 

 

FT 7331

Marital and Family Systems

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FT 7332

Counseling for Abusive Relationships

3

 

 

 

-OR-

 

 

 

FT 7333

Systemic Treatment of Substance Related Disorders

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FT 7335

Advanced Therapy

3

 

 

FT 7336

Basic Counseling Techniques/Helping Relationships

3

 

 

FT 7337

Group Counseling

3

 

 

FT 7340

Assessment of Individuals and Families

3

 

 

FT 7355

Psychopathology and Psychopharmacology

3

 

 

PT 7300

PC Ethics and Professional Identity

3

 

 

PT 7350

Lifestyle and Career Development

3

 

 

PT 7370

PC Practicum

3

 

 

PT 7371

PC Clinical Training I

3

 

 

PT 7372

PC Clinical Training II (Capstone Course)

3

 

 

RS 6339

Research and Evaluation

3

 

Total Hours for Masters Degree

60

 

A student needing extra courses for Licensure or Certification may select from the following:

  

FT 7302

Professional Ethics and the Law

3

 

 

FT 7334

Psychology of Grief, Death and Dying

3

 

 

PT 7373

PC Clinical Training III (if needed)

3

 

 

SPECIAL NOTE RELATED TO PRACTICUM AND CLINICAL COURSES

All Practicum and Clinical Training courses require face-to-face on-site clinical practice with the client(s).  The experience must be performed under face-to-face supervision of an approved licensed supervisor.  This experience should be conducted in the state in which the student will seek licensure.  The student must apply to the Director of the Amridge University Counseling and MFT Clinical Programs, at least one semester prior to beginning a Practicum or a Clinical course.  Students should contact the director via email to receive the Practicum and Clinical Course Form

Email address is:  clinicals@amridgeuniversity.edu

Also, LPC students will need to complete 100 clock hours during their practicum portion of clinical training, and 600 clock hours during their internship (Clinical Training I and Clinical Training II) portions of their training.  These requirements are normally easily met while fulfilling the base Amridge University requirement of 500 client contact hours, and must be appropriately documented on the student's training logs.

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.  Also, any possible transfer of graduate credits taken from another regionally accredited institution must be agreed upon by the end of the first enrolled semester at 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 available from Amridge University’s web site.  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.

LICENSURE AS A PROFESSIONAL COUNSELOR OUTSIDE OF THE STATE OF ALABAMA AS RELATED TO THE MASTER OF ARTS IN PROFESSIONAL COUNSELING

To become a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in most states, a candidate must present credentials to the appropriate state board of examiners who will schedule an examination.  Amridge University makes no guarantees that a student will attain licensure in a given state.  Additionally, it is the student’s responsibility, not the University’s, to ensure that he or she meets the licensure requirements for the state or states within which he or she intends to be licensed.  As such, students are encouraged to contact the appropriate state LPC board in their home state or the states they plan to be licensed as soon as possible to obtain all of the respective licensure information. 

Many LPC boards, as does Amridge University, follow the academic courses prescribed by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) in Section II of the CACREP 2001 Standards.  As such, the information provided in the following subsection provides a specification of the CACREP categories and related Amridge University courses.

 

AMRIDGE UNIVERSITY PROFESSIONAL COUNSELING COURSES BY CACREP CATEGORY

These categories correspond to Section II of the CACREP 2001 Standards.  Check with the respective state license board to ensure the state’s standards are the same as the CACREP 2001 Standards.  Courses shown in Italics are optional.  Courses shown in regular font are part of Amridge University’s core 60 semester hour curriculum.

1.    Professional Identity

FT 7300 – Ethics and Professional Identity

2.    Social and Cultural Diversity

FT 7306 – Community and Social Systems

FT 7326 – Social and Multicultural Diversity

3.    Human Growth and Development

FT 7320 – Human Development

FT 7321 – Human Sexual Development

FT 7322 – Theories of Personality Development

FT 7355 – Psychopathology and Psychopharmacology

4.    Career Development

PT 7350 – Lifestyle and Career Development

5.    Helping Relationships

FT 7310 – Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy

FT 7336 – Basic Counseling Techniques/Helping Relationships

FT 7332 – Counseling for Abusive Relationships

FT 7335 – Advanced Therapy

6.    Group Work

FT 7337 - Group Counseling

FT 7331 – Marital and Family Systems

7.    Assessment

FT 7340 – Assessment of Families and Individuals

8.    Research and Program Evaluation

RS 6339 – Research and Evaluation

See Section III of the CACREP 2001 Standards for the clinical program standards:

Practicum (100 clock hours; of these, at least 40 must be client contact)

PT 7370 – PC Practicum

Internship (600 clock hours; the balance of the 500 client contact hours and the balance of the 100 hours of supervision necessary for graduation must come during these courses)

PT 7371 – PC Clinical Training I

PT 7372 – PC Clinical Training II

PT 7373 – PC Clinical Training III – required only if necessary to meet the contact hour requirements.

Additional Courses which may be taken which do not fit any CACREP category:

FT 7302 – Professional Ethics and the Law

FT 7323 – Marriage and Family Development

FT 7334 – Psychology of Grief, Death, and Dying

Below is a link to the National Board for Certified Counselors and Affiliates (NBCCA).  Go to this link to obtain the contact name, address, and telephone number for the state licensure boards.  Even though some of these state boards include web site addresses, students are encouraged to make person-to-person contact with the respective board to obtain the latest information on licensure information – do not assume that all of the information posted on these web sites is up-to-date or complete.

The web link for the National Board for Certified Counselors and Affiliates listing of state licensure boards is as follows:

http://www.nbcc.org.

Additionally, students are encouraged to contact the Director of Amridge University Counseling and MFT Programs, as soon as possible if they have any questions related to the licensure process. 

By email:  clinicals@amridgeuniversity.edu

 

By U.S. Postal Service Mail:   
Director of the Counseling and MFT
Clinical Programs
Amridge University
1200 Taylor Road
Montgomery, AL 36117-3520

 

LICENSURE AS A PROFESSIONAL COUNSELOR IN THE STATE OF ALABAMA AS RELATED TO THE MASTER OF ARTS IN PROFESSIONAL COUNSELING

In order to be licensed by the State of Alabama as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), the candidate must:

1.    Complete a master’s degree in counseling from a Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) or the substantial equivalent institution;

2.    Pass a requisite standardized examination such as the National Counselor Examination; and

3.    Complete 3 years (i.e., 3,000 hours) of supervised, full-time experience in professional counseling in accordance with pertinent state regulations and in accordance with the following:

a.    Three thousand (3,000) hours minimum of professional counseling of which:

                                          i.    Two thousand, two hundred and fifty (2,250) hours will be face-to-face counseling with individuals, couples, families, or groups.

                                         ii.    Seven hundred and fifty (750) hours will be related to counseling services in the clinical supervisory setting.

b.    One hundred and fifty (150) hours of one-to-one, face-to-face, personal individual supervision by an Approved Supervisor.

Important NoteUpon completion of the degree and passing the standardized test, the candidate for the Licensure will receive the designation of Certified Counselor Associate (CCA) until all of the full-time supervised experience is completed.

 

ACADEMIC REQUIREMENT BY THE ALABAMA BOARD OF EXAMINERS IN COUNSELING

Coupled with the preceding information, the following courses must be taken and passed with at least a grade of B- (3.0) in each course in order to qualify to sit for the licensure examination in Alabama:

 

ACADEMIC GRID OF REQUIRED COURSES

(Note:  This Academic Grid has been updated and is pending final approval by the Alabama Board of Examiners in Counseling)

 

COURSE CATEGORY

AMRIDGE UNIVERSITY COURSE NUMBER AND NAME

Counseling Theory

FT 7310 – Theories of Counseling
                 and Psychotherapy

Human Growth and
Development

FT 7320 – Human Development

Social Multicultural

FT 7326 – Social and Multicultural Diversity

Helping Relationship

FT 7336 – Basic Counseling Techniques/Helping
                  Relationships

Group Counseling

FT 7337 Group Counseling

Lifestyle/Career
Development

 

PT 7350 – Lifestyle and Career Development

Testing Appraisal

FT 7340 – Assessment of Individual and Families

Research and Evaluation

RS 6339 – Research and Evaluation

Professional Orientation

FT 7300 – Ethics and Professional Identity

Practicum

PT 7370 – PC Practicum

Internship

PT 7371 – PC Clinical Training I

 

PT 7372 – PC Clinical Training II

 

 

 

The contact address of the Alabama Board of Examiners in Counseling is as follows:

            Alabama Board of Examiners in Counseling

            950 22nd Street North,

Suite 765

Birmingham, AL 35203

Telephone number:  334.251.7233

 

Important note:  It is the student’s responsibility, not the University’s, to make certain that he or she meets all of the respective requirements to become a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Alabama.  As such, students interested in being licensed as a LPC in Alabama should contact the Alabama Board of Examiners as soon as possible to obtain all the pertinent information and examination dates.  Additionally, students are encouraged to contact the Director of Amridge University Counseling and MFT Clinical Programs, as soon as possible if they have any questions related to the licensure process in Alabama. 

By email:  clinicals@amridgeuniversity.edu

By U.S. Postal Service Mail:  
Director of the Counseling and MFT
Clinical Programs
Amridge University
1200 Taylor Road
Montgomery, AL 36117-3520

 

DUAL LICENSURE

There is a growing trend among professionals in counseling and therapy fields to become dual-certified or licensed.  Dual licensed means being a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in one or more states.  Being eligible for dual licensure would mean that additional courses would have to be taken.  Dual licensure does not mean dual degree which is not available at Amridge University for this degree-level.  Students interested in dual licensure should contact the Director of the Amridge University Counseling and Marriage and Family Therapy Programs, for additional information.

ADMISSION AND DEGREE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MASTER OF DIVINITY IN MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPY

The Master of Divinity (MDiv) in Marriage and Family Therapy is a professional-level degree program for individuals planning to enter or con­tinue careers in full-time ministry.  A major element of this program provides students with extensive studies in the biblical text and thor­ough preparation in theology and various areas of practical ministry.  Another major element provides students with a foundation for marriage and family therapy theory, scientific research, and clinical practice.  Finally, this program also helps prepare students for licensure in Marriage and Family Therapy (LMFT) in their resident state.  LMFTs will be able to do therapy with families, couples, and individuals in their ministry.

Students may also consider taking additional courses for a dual licensure in Professional Counseling. Students interested in a dual licensure in Professional Counseling should consult with the Dean of the School of Human Services. This program meets the course meets the course prerequisite for admission into our doctoral degree programs in the therapy and counseling area.

Upon completion of the Master of Divinity in Marriage and Family Therapy 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.    Demonstrate an advanced level application of Marriage and Family Therapy.

3.    Prepare to work within the Christian community setting as a Family Minister.

4.    Take additional courses necessary to qualify for licensure in Marriage and Family; and

5.    Seek advancement to the Doctor of Ministry in Family Therapy or the PhD in Family Therapy if so chooses.

These outcomes are assessed through a comprehensive examination.  A student may demonstrate achievement of these outcomes by receiving a passing grade (i.e., ”Qualifying” or “Qualifying with Distinction”) for the comprehensive examination given for this degree. 

 Applications for admission to the Master of Divinity in Marriage and Family Therapy program will not be considered complete until the following items are completed and submitted:

1.    Application with fee.

2.    Official transcript showing an earned 4 year Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree from a regionally or selected nationally accredited institution.

If the applicant has not completed the last course(s) at another school for which he or she is registered at the time of filing his or her application with Amridge University, a partial transcript should be sent for evaluation.  The final transcript showing courses completed and any degree earned is required before the end of the first semester after initial matriculation.  No academic credit will be recorded on a student’s permanent record until all necessary credentials are received.

TIME NORMALLY REQUIRED TO COMPLETE THE PROGRAM

The Master of Divinity in Marriage and Family Therapy may be completed in about three years.  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.

REQUIRED COURSES FOR THE MASTER OF DIVINITY IN MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPY

The Course Requirements of 96 semester credit hours for the degree program Master of Divinity in Marriage and Family Therapy consists of Non-Marriage and Family Therapy courses (15 semester hours), Marriage and Family Therapy courses (60 semester hours), elective Non-Marriage and Family Therapy courses (18 semester hours), and a Comprehensive Examination (3 semester hours).

 

Required Non-Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) Courses for the Master of Divinity in Marriage and Family Therapy

Sem. Hrs.

  

FD 6312

Hermeneutics

3

 

 

LD 6362

Spiritual Leadership

3

 

 

NT 6301

Critical Introduction to the New Testament

3

 

 

OT 6301

Critical Introduction to the Old Testament

3

 

 

PS 6302

Homiletics

3

 

Total Required Non-MFT Hours for Masters Degree

15

 

 

 

 

 

Required Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) Courses for the Master of Divinity in Marriage and Family Therapy

 

  

FT 7300

Ethics and Professional Identity

3

 

 

FT 7306

Community and Social Systems

3

 

 

FT 7310

Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy

3

 

 

FT 7311

Theories of Marriage and Family Therapy

3

 

 

FT 7320

Human Development

3

 

 

FT 7321

Human Sexual Development

3

 

 

FT 7322

Theories of Personality Development

3

 

 

FT 7323

Marriage and Family Development

3

 

 

FT 7326

Social and Multicultural Diversity

3

 

 

FT 7330

Interpersonal and Family Dynamics

3

 

 

FT 7331

Marital and Family Systems

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FT 7332

Counseling for Abusive Relationships

3

 

 

 

-OR-

 

 

 

FT 7333

Systemic Treatment of Substance Related Disorders

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FT 7335

Advanced Therapy

3

 

 

FT 7336

Basic Counseling Techniques/Helping Relationships

3

 

 

FT 7340

Assessment of Individuals and Families

3

 

 

FT 7355

Psychopathology and Psychopharmacology

3

 

 

FT 7370

MFT Practicum

3

 

 

FT 7371

MFT Clinical Training I

3

 

 

FT 7372

MFT Clinical Training II

3

 

 

RS 6339

Research and Evaluation

3

 

Total Required MFT Hours for Masters Degree

60

 

 

 

 

 

Elective Non-Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) Courses for the Master of Divinity in Marriage and Family Therapy

 

  

Textual Courses

12

 

 

Foundation Studies

3

 

 

Theological Studies

3

 

Total Elective Non-MFT Hours for Masters Degree

18

 

 

 

 

 

Comprehensive Examination for the Master of Divinity in Marriage and Family Therapy

 

  

FD 7323

Synthesis of Theological Curriculum II
(Comprehensive Examination)

3

 

Total Comprehensive Examination Hours for Masters Degree

3

 

 

 

 

 

Total Hours for Masters Degree

96

 

SPECIAL NOTE RELATED TO PRACTICUM AND CLINICAL COURSES

All Practicum and Clinical Training courses require face-to-face on-site clinical practice with the client(s).  The experience must be performed under face-to-face supervision of an approved licensed supervisor.  This experience should be conducted in the state in which the student will seek licensure.The student must apply the Director of the Amridge University Counseling and MFT Clinical Programs, at least one semester prior to beginning a Practicum or a Clinical course.  Students should contact the director via email to receive the Practicum and Clinical Course Form

Email address is:  clinicals@amridgeuniversity.edu

Also, during clinical training, each student will accumulate a minimum of 500 hours of client contact, supervised by an additional 100 hours with an approved supervisor.  Normally, clinical training requires one full year (3 semesters) to complete.  Students who do not satisfy the minimum requirements in three semesters may take one additional semester of clinical training.

COMPREHENSIVE EXAMINATION REQUIREMENT

All Master of Divinity students anticipating graduation must pass the Comprehensive Examination.  In order to take the exam one must register for the course "Synthesis of Theological Curriculum II."  (FD 7323). 

Please see the Semester Class Schedule for the test dates.  All Master of Divinity students are required to take the Comprehensive Examination on the Amridge University Campus in Montgomery, Alabama.  Also, all Master of Divinity students must pass the Comprehensive Examination before graduating.  The specific content of the Comprehensive Examination is determined for each student in consultation with the faculty through the "professor in charge" that year. 

QUALIFICATIONS FOR THE COMPREHENSIVE EXAMINATION

In order for students to qualify for the Comprehensive Examination they must be within nine credit hours of completing all course work in the Master of Divinity program.  Additionally, students must then register for the course “Synthesis of Theological Curriculum II.”  Students who do not register for the course will not be allowed to take the examination.  Students who register are required to take the examination on the appointed day.  Students are encouraged to take the Comprehensive Examination during their next to last semester.

COMPREHENSIVE EXAMINATION TESTING PROCEDURE

The Comprehensive Examination measures the range of knowledge acquired by Master of Divinity students by synthesizing the knowledge gained from the various courses taken and expressing these concepts in written format.  Examination dates are scheduled according to the school calendar and offered on that day on the Amridge University campus in Montgomery, Alabama.  Specific instructions for the comprehensive examination are as follows: (1) The time allowed for taking the examination is seven hours, which includes one hour for lunch.  Students are encouraged to bring lunch since they are not allowed to leave the facilities during testing hours.  (2) Students may bring to the examination unmarked (personal notes) bible(s) in any language, lexicons for the biblical language, and concordances of biblical texts.  Students who are anticipating translation of either a Hebrew or Greek text should bring the appropriate Hebrew or Greek text.  (3) Amridge University computers may be allowed in writing the examination.  (4) Amridge University provides the paper on which the student's answers are to be written.

GRADING OF THE COMPREHENSIVE EXAM

The Comprehensive Examination is graded in accordance with the following:

1.    Grading is on a "qualifying" (Q) "not qualifying" (NQ) basis.  At least two professors out of three must grade an examination as "qualifying" (Q).  Examinations may receive a "qualifying with distinction" (QD), if the readers determine that the examination warrants special recognition.

2.    The Vice President of Academic Affairs assigns three professors to read the different Comprehensive Examinations on a blind basis.  This blind reading ensures that no professor knows the identity of the author of the examination being read nor the identity of the other professors who read the examination.

3.    When two readers assign the examination a "qualifying" (Q) or "not qualifying" (NQ) grade, the grading process has been completed.

4.    Should a student not qualify, that student may be allowed to sit for a retake examination at a date assigned by the Vice President of Academic Affairs in consultation with the faculty.  Students who do not qualify in this retake examination must petition for a second retake.  Such students, if their petition is accepted, may be required to take an oral examination in accordance with number five below. 

5.    In certain precisely defined circumstances (such as failure of a retake examination) a student may be required to take an oral examination in lieu of the written format, if such an examination is necessary to ensure fairness to the student.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MASTER OF DIVINITY IN MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPY

Before being graduated with the Master of Divinity in Marriage and Family Therapy, a student must satisfy the following requirements:

1.    A total of 96 graduate semester hours of which at least 51 semester hours must be taken at Amridge University.  Also, any possible transfer of graduate credits taken from another accredited institution must be agreed upon by the end of the first enrolled semester at Amridge University;

2.    Complete all required coursework including the specified practicum and clinical training 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.  The coursework must include a minimum of 36 semester credit hours in bible or divinity courses;

3.    Students in the Master of Divinity in the Marriage and Family Therapy program are required to earn at least a grade of B- (3.0) in each course.  A course with a grade below B- must be repeated;

4.    Pass the respective Comprehensive Examination as specified within this publication.  The Comprehensive Examination serves as the Program Exit Examination; and

5.    Complete an Amridge University Degree Completion Application available from Amridge University’s web site.  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.

 

LICENSURE AS A MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPIST OUTSIDE OF THE STATE OF ALABAMA AS A RELATED TO THE MASTER OF DIVINITY IN MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPY

To become a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in most states, a candidate must present credentials to the appropriate state board of examiners who will schedule an examination.  Amridge University makes no guarantees that a student will attain licensure in a given state.  Additionally, it is the student’s responsibility, not the University’s, to ensure that he or she meets the licensure requirements for the state or states within which he or she intends to be licensed.  As such, students are encouraged to contact the appropriate state LMFT board in their home state or the states they plan to be licensed as soon as possible to obtain all of the respective licensure information. 

Many LMFT boards, as does Amridge University, follow the academic courses prescribed by the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT).  As such, the information provided in the following subsection provides a specification of the AAMFT categories and related Amridge University courses.

 

AMRIDGE UNIVERSITY MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPY COURSES BY AAMFT CATEGORY

AAMFT requires the number of courses indicated in the parentheses for each category for clinical membership.  Check with your state license board, but in general the requirements should be very similar.  Courses shown in Italics are optional.  Courses shown in regular font are part of Amridge University’s core 60 semester hour curriculum. 

 

1.    Marriage and Family Studies (3 courses)

FT 7323 – Marriage and Family Development

FT 7326 – Social and Multicultural Diversity

FT 7331 – Marital and Family Systems

 

2.    Marriage and Family Therapy (3 courses – Amridge University requires 5)

FT 7310 – Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy

FT 7311 – Theories of Marriage and Family Therapy

FT 7336 – Basic Counseling Techniques/Helping Relationships

FT 7332 – Counseling for Abusive Relationships

FT 7335 – Advanced Therapy

3.    Human Development (3 courses – Amridge University requires 5)

FT 7320 – Human Development

FT 7321 – Human Sexual Development

FT 7322 – Theories of Personality Development

FT 7340 – Assessment of Individuals and Families

FT 7355 – Psychopharmacology and Psychopathology

4.    Ethics (1 course)

FT 7300 – Ethics and Professional Identity

FT 7302 – Professional Ethics and the Law

5.    Research (1 course)

RS 6339 – Research and Evaluation

6.    Practicum (500 hours of client contact, 100 hours of supervision)

FT 7370 – MFT Practicum

FT 7371 – MFT Clinical Training I

FT 7372 – MFT Clinical Training II

FT 76373 – MFT Clinical Training III – required only if necessary to meet the contact hour requirements.

7.    Optional Courses Not Fitting Any License Category

FT 7306 – Community and Social Systems

FT 7330 – Interpersonal and Family Dynamics

FT 7334 – Psychology of Grief, Death and Dying

PT 7350 – Lifestyle and Career Development

 

Below is a link to the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT).  Go to this link to obtain the contact name, address, and telephone number for the state licensure boards.  Even though some of these state boards include web site addresses, students are encouraged to make person-to-person contact with the respective board to obtain the latest information on licensure information – do not assume that all of the information posted on these web sites is up-to-date or complete.

The web link for the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy listing of state licensure boards is as follows:

http://www.aamft.org/resources/Online_Directories/boardcontacts.htm

Additionally, students are encouraged to contact the Director of Amridge University Counseling and MFT Clinical Programs, as soon as possible if they have any questions related to the licensure process. 

By email:  clinicals@amridgeuniversity.edu

By U.S. Postal Service Mail:  
Director of the Counseling and MFT
Clinical Programs
Amridge University
1200 Taylor Road
Montgomery, AL 36117-3520

 

LICENSURE AS A MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPIST IN THE STATE OF ALABAMA AS RELATED TO THE AMSTER OF DIVINITY IN MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPY

In order to be licensed by the State of Alabama as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, the candidate must:

1.    Submit a completed application on the forms prescribed by the Board;

2.    Provide documented evidence that the applicant is of good moral character and has not or is not engaged in any practice or conduct that would make the applicant ineligible to receive a license pursuant to the Marriage and Family Therapy Licensure Act;

3.    Have completed the education and internships requirements for an MFT Associate.  In the case of Amridge University students, completion of the requirements and receive an Amridge University Master of Divinity in Marriage and Family Therapy;

4.    Pass the marriage and family therapy examination approved by the Board;

5.    Have completed a minimum of two (2) years post-degree full-time (30 or more clock hours per week) MFT work experience or the equivalent part-time MFT work experience under the supervision of a Board Approved Supervisor;

6.    Have completed two hundred (200) hours of post degree supervision, at least one hundred (100) of which must be individual.  Graduates of COAMFTE accredited programs may count up to one hundred (100) supervision hours earned during the program toward this requirement, when based on a ratio of one (1) supervision hour to every five (5) client contact hours;

7.    Have completed a minimum of one thousand (1,000) post-degree direct client hours completed concurrently with the required supervision; two hundred fifty (250) of these direct contact hours must be with couples or families physically present in the therapy room; and

8.    Examination Application Requirements:  The following are necessary requirements in order to take the Board approved marriage and family therapy examination:

a.    Submission of a completed application on the forms prescribed by the Board;

b.    Be an MFT Associate or has met all requirements for becoming an MFT Associate.[ii]

The contact address of the Alabama Board of Examiners in Marriage and Family Therapy is as follows:

                              Alabama Board of Examiners

                               in Marriage and Family Therapy (LMFT)

                               7550 Halcyon Summit Drive, Suite 125

                              Montgomery, AL  36117

             Telephone number:  334.251.7233

 

Important note:  It is the student’s responsibility, not the University’s, to make certain that he or she meets all of the respective requirements to become a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Alabama (LMFT).  As such, students interested in being licensed as a LMFT in Alabama should contact the Alabama Board of Examiners in Marriage and Family Therapy as soon as possible to obtain all the pertinent information and examination dates.  Additionally, students are encouraged to contact the Director of Amridge University Counseling and MFT Clinical Programs, as soon as possible if they have any questions related to the licensure process in Alabama. 

By email:  clinicals@amridgeuniversity.edu

By U.S. Postal Service Mail:  
Director of the Counseling and MFT
Clinical Programs
Amridge University
1200 Taylor Road
Montgomery, AL 36117-3520

DUAL LICENSURE

There is a growing trend among professionals in counseling and therapy fields to become dual-certified or licensed.  Dual licensed means being a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in one or more states.  Being eligible for dual licensure would mean that additional courses would have to be taken.  Dual licensure does not mean dual degree which is not available at Amridge University for this degree-level.  Students interested in dual licensure should contact the Director of the Amridge University Counseling and Marriage and Family Therapy Programs, for additional information.

ADMISSION AND DEGREE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MASTER OF DIVINITY IN PROFESSIONAL COUNSELING

The Master of Divinity (MDiv) in Professional Counseling is a professional-level degree program for individuals planning to enter or continue careers in full-time ministry.  A major element of this program provides students with extensive studies in the biblical text and thorough preparation in theology and various areas of practical ministry.  Another major element provides students with a foundation for 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.  Licensed Professional Counselors (LPCs) will be able to provide counseling to individuals and groups through their ministry.

Upon completion of the Master of Divinity 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 through a comprehensive examination.  A student may demonstrate achievement of these outcomes by receiving a passing grade (i.e., ”Qualifying” or “Qualifying with Distinction”) for the comprehensive examination given for this degree. 

Applications for admission to the Master of Divinity in Professional Counseling program will not be considered complete until the following items are completed and submitted:

1.    Application with fee.

2.    Official transcript showing an earned 4 year Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree from a regionally or selected nationally accredited institution.

If the applicant has not completed the last course(s) at another school for which he or she is registered at the time of filing his or her application with Amridge University, a partial transcript should be sent for evaluation.  The final transcript showing courses completed and any degree earned is required before the end of the first semester after initial matriculation.  No academic credit will be recorded on a student’s permanent record until all necessary credentials are received.

TIME NORMALLY REQUIRED TO COMPLETE THE PROGRAM

The Master of Divinity in Professional Counseling may be completed in about three years.  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.

Required Courses for the Master of Divinity in Professional Counseling

The Course Requirements of 96 semester credit hours for the degree program Master of Divinity in Professional Counseling consists of Non-Counseling courses (15 semester hours), Professional Counseling courses (60 semester hours), elective Non-Counseling courses (18 semester hours), and a Comprehensive Examination (3 semester hours).

 

Required Non-Counseling Courses for the Master of Divinity in Professional Counseling

Sem. Hrs.

  

FD 6312

Hermeneutics

3

 

 

LD 6362

Spiritual Leadership

3

 

 

NT 6301

Critical Introduction to the New Testament

3

 

 

OT 6301

Critical Introduction to the Old Testament

3

 

 

PS 6302

Homiletics

3

 

Total Required Non-Counseling Hours for Masters Degree

15

 

 

 

 

 

Required Professional Counseling (PC) Courses for the Master of Divinity in Professional Counseling

 

  

FT 7306

Community and Social Systems

3

 

 

FT 7310

Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy

3

 

 

FT 7320

Human Development

3

 

 

FT 7321

Human Sexual Development

3

 

 

FT 7322

Theories of Personality Development

3

 

 

FT 7323

Marriage and Family Development

3

 

 

FT 7326

Social and Multicultural Diversity

3

 

 

FT 7331

Marital and Family Systems

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FT 7332

Counseling for Abusive Relationships

3

 

 

 

-OR-

 

 

 

FT 7333

Systemic Treatment of Substance Related Disorders

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FT 7335

Advanced Therapy

3

 

 

FT 7336

Basic Counseling Techniques/Helping Relationships

3

 

 

FT 7337

Group Counseling

3

 

 

FT 7340

Assessment of Individuals and Families

3

 

 

FT 7355

Psychopathology and Psychopharmacology

3

 

 

PT 7300

PC Ethics and Professional Identity

3

 

 

PT 7350

Lifestyle and Career Development

3

 

 

PT 7370

PC Practicum

3

 

 

PT 7371

PC Clinical Training I

3

 

 

PT 7372

PC Clinical Training II

3

 

 

RS 6339

Research and Evaluation

3

 

Total Required PC Hours for Masters Degree

60

 

 

 

 

 

Elective Non-Counseling Courses for the Master of Divinity in Professional Counseling

 

  

Textual Courses

12

 

 

Foundation Studies

3

 

 

Theological Studies

3

 

Total Elective Non-Counseling Hours for Masters Degree

18

 

 

 

 

 

Comprehensive Examination for the Master of Divinity in Professional Counseling

 

  

FD 7323

Synthesis of Theological Curriculum II
(Comprehensive Examination)

3

 

Total Comprehensive Examination Hours for Masters Degree

3

 

 

 

 

 

Total Hours for Masters Degree

96

 

Special Note Related to Practicum and Clinical Courses

All Practicum and Clinical Training courses require face-to-face on-site clinical practice with the client(s).  The experience must be performed under face-to-face supervision of an approved licensed supervisor.  This experience should be conducted in the state in which the student will seek licensure.  The student must apply to the Director of the Amridge University Counseling and MFT Clinical Programs, at least one semester prior to beginning a Practicum or a Clinical course.  Students should contact the director via email to receive the Practicum and Clinical Course Form

Email address is:  clinicals@amridgeuniversity.edu.

Also, LPC students will need to complete 100 clock hours during their practicum portion of clinical training, and 600 clock hours during their internship (Clinical Training I and Clinical Training II) portions of their training.  These requirements are normally easily met while fulfilling the base Amridge University requirement of 500 client contact hours, and must be appropriately documented on the student's training logs.

Comprehensive Examination Requirement

All Master of Divinity students anticipating graduation must pass the Comprehensive Examination.  In order to take the exam one must register for the course "Synthesis of Theological Curriculum II."  (FD 7323). 

Please see the Semester Class Schedule for the test dates.  All Master of Divinity students are required to take the Comprehensive Examination on the Amridge University Campus in Montgomery, Alabama.  Also, all Master of Divinity students must pass the Comprehensive Examination before graduating.  The specific content of the Comprehensive Examination is determined for each student in consultation with the faculty through the "professor in charge" that year. 

Qualifications for the Comprehensive Examination

In order for students to qualify for the Comprehensive Examination they must be within nine credit hours of completing all course work in the Master of Divinity program.  Additionally, students must then register for the course “Synthesis of Theological Curriculum II.”  Students who do not register for the course will not be allowed to take the examination.  Students who register are required to take the examination on the appointed day.  Students are encouraged to take the Comprehensive Examination during their next to last semester.

Comprehensive Examination Testing Procedure

The Comprehensive Examination measures the range of knowledge acquired by Master of Divinity students by synthesizing the knowledge gained from the various courses taken and expressing these concepts in written format.  Examination dates are scheduled according to the school calendar and offered on that day on the Amridge University campus in Montgomery, Alabama.  Specific instructions for the comprehensive examination are as follows: (1) The time allowed for taking the examination is seven hours, which includes one hour for lunch.  Students are encouraged to bring lunch since they are not allowed to leave the facilities during testing hours.  (2) Students may bring to the examination unmarked (personal notes) bible(s) in any language, lexicons for the biblical language, and concordances of biblical texts.  Students who are anticipating translation of either a Hebrew or Greek text should bring the appropriate Hebrew or Greek text.  (3) Amridge University computers may be allowed in writing the examination.  (4) Amridge University provides the paper on which the student's answers are to be written.

Grading of the Comprehensive Exam

The Comprehensive Examination is graded in accordance with the following:

1.    Grading is on a "qualifying" (Q) “not qualifying" (NQ) basis.  At least two professors out of three must grade an examination as "qualifying" (Q).  Examinations may receive a "qualifying with distinction" (QD), if the readers determine that the examination warrants special recognition.

2.    The Vice President of Academic Affairs assigns three professors to read the different Comprehensive Examinations on a blind basis.  This blind reading ensures that no professor knows the identity of the author of the examination being read nor the identity of the other professors who read the examination.

3.    When two readers assign the examination a "qualifying" (Q) or "not qualifying" (NQ) grade, the grading process has been completed.

4.    Should a student not qualify, that student may be allowed to sit for a retake examination at a date assigned by the Vice President of Academic Affairs in consultation with the faculty.  Students who do not qualify in this retake examination must petition for a second retake.  Such students, if their petition is accepted, may be required to take an oral examination in accordance with number five below. 

5.    In certain precisely defined circumstances (such as failure of a retake examination) a student may be required to take an oral examination in lieu of the written format, if such an examination is necessary to ensure fairness to the student.

Graduation Requirements for the Master of Divinity in Professional Counseling

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

1.    A total of 96 graduate semester hours of which at least 51 semester hours must be taken at Amridge University.  Also, any possible transfer of graduate credits taken from another accredited institution must be agreed upon by the end of the first enrolled semester at Amridge University.

2.    Complete all required coursework including the specified practicum and clinical training 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.  The coursework must include a minimum of 36 semester credit hours in bible or divinity courses.

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

4.    Pass the respective Comprehensive Examination as specified within this publication.  The Comprehensive Examination serves as the Program Exit Examination.

5.    Complete an Amridge University Degree Completion Application available from Amridge University’s web site.  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.

 

Licensure as a Professional Counselor Outside of the State of Alabama as Related to the Master of Divinity in Professional Counseling

To become a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in most states, a candidate must present credentials to the appropriate state board of examiners who will schedule an examination.  Amridge University makes no guarantees that a student will attain licensure in a given state.  Additionally, it is the student’s responsibility, not the University’s, to ensure that he or she meets the licensure requirements for the state or states that he or she intends to be licensed.  As such, students are encouraged to contact the appropriate state LPC board in their home state or the states they plan to be licensed as soon as possible to obtain all of the respective licensure information. 

Many LPC boards, as does Amridge University, follow the academic courses prescribed by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) in Section II of the CACREP 2001 Standards.  As such, the information provided in the following subsection provides a specification of the CACREP categories and related Amridge University courses.

 

Amridge University Professional Counseling Courses

by CACREP Category

These categories correspond to Section II of the CACREP 2001 Standards.  Check with the respective state license board to ensure the state’s standards are the same as the CACREP 2001 Standards.  Courses shown in Italics are optional.  Courses shown in regular font are part of Amridge University’s core 60 semester hour curriculum.

1.    Professional Identity

FT 7300 – Ethics and Professional Identity

2.    Social and Cultural Diversity

FT 7306 – Community and Social Systems

FT 7326 – Social and Multicultural Diversity

3.    Human Growth and Development

FT 7320 – Human Development

FT 7321 – Human Sexual Development

FT 7322 – Theories of Personality Development

FT 7355 – Psychopathology and Psychopharmacology

4.    Career Development

PT 7350 – Lifestyle and Career Development

5.    Helping Relationships

FT 7310 – Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy

FT 7336 – Basic Counseling Techniques/Helping Relationships

FT 7332 – Counseling for Abusive Relationships

FT 7335 – Advanced Therapy

6.    Group Work

FT 7337 Group Counseling

FT 7331 – Marital and Family Systems

7.    Assessment

FT 7340 – Assessment of Individuals and Families

8.    Research and Program Evaluation

RS 6339 – Research and Evaluation

See Section III of the CACREP 2001 Standards for the clinical program standards:

 

Practicum (100 clock hours; of these, at least 40 must be client contact)

            PT 7370 – PC Practicum

Internship (600 clock hours; the balance of the 500 client contact hours and the balance of the 100 hours of supervision necessary for graduation must come during these courses)

PT 7371 – PC Clinical Training I

PT 7372 – PC Clinical Training II

PT 7373 – PC Clinical Training III – required only if necessary to meet the contact hour requirements.

Additional Courses which may be taken which do not fit any CACREP category:

FT 7302 – Professional Ethics and the Law

FT 7323 – Marriage and Family Development

FT 7334 – Psychology of Grief, Death, and Dying

 

Below is a link to the National Board for Certified Counselors and Affiliates (NBCCA).  Go to this link to obtain the contact name, address, and telephone number for the state licensure boards.  Even though some of these state boards include web site addresses, students are encouraged to make person-to-person contact with the respective board to obtain the latest information on licensure information – do not assume that all of the information posted on these web sites is up-to-date or complete.

The web link for the National Board for Certified Counselors and Affiliates listing of state licensure boards is as follows:

http://www.nbcc.org.

Additionally, students are encouraged to contact the Director of Amridge University Counseling and MFT Clinical Programs, as soon as possible if they have any questions related to the licensure process. 

By email:  clinicals@amridgeuniversity.edu

 

By U.S. Postal Service Mail:  
Director of the Counseling and MFT
Clinical Programs
Amridge University
1200 Taylor Road
Montgomery, AL 36117-3520

 

Licensure as a Professional Counselor in the State of Alabama as Related to the Master of Divinity in Professional Counseling

In order to be licensed by the State of Alabama as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), the candidate must:

1.    Complete a master’s degree in counseling from a Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) or the substantial equivalent institution;

2.    Pass a requisite standardized examination such as the National Counselor Examination; and

3.    Complete 3 years (i.e., 3,000 hours) of supervised, full-time experience in professional counseling in accordance with pertinent state regulations and in accordance with the following:

4.    Three thousand (3,000) hours minimum of professional counseling of which:

5.    Two thousand, two hundred and fifty (2,250) hours will be face-to-face counseling with individuals, couples, families, or groups.

6.    Seven hundred and fifty (750) hours will be related to counseling services in the clinical supervisory setting.

7.    One hundred and fifty (150) hours of one-to-one, face-to-face, personal individual supervision by an Approved Supervisor.

Important NoteUpon completion of the degree and passing the standardized test, the candidate for the Licensure will receive the designation of Certified Counselor Associate (CCA) until all of the full-time supervised experience is completed.

 

Academic Requirement by the Alabama Board of Examiners in Counseling

Coupled with the preceding information, the following courses must be taken and passed with at least a grade of B- (3.0) in each course in order to qualify to sit for the licensure examination in Alabama:

 

ACADEMIC GRID OF REQUIRED COURSES

(Note:  This Academic Grid has been updated and is pending final approval by the Alabama Board of Examiners in Counseling.)

 

COURSE CATEGORY

AMRIDGE UNIVERSITY COURSE NUMBER AND NAME

Counseling Theory

FT 7310 – Theories of Counseling
                 and Psychotherapy

Human Growth and
Development

FT 7320 – Human Development

Social Multicultural

FT 7326 – Social and Multicultural Diversity

Helping Relationship

FT 7336 – Basic Counseling Techniques/Helping
                       Relationships

Group Counseling

FT 7337 Group Counseling

Lifestyle/Career
Development

 

PT 7350 – Lifestyle and Career Development

Testing Appraisal

FT 7340 – Assessment of Individual and Families

Research and Evaluation

RS 6339 – Research and Evaluation

Professional Orientation

FT 7300 – Ethics and Professional Identity

Practicum

PT 7370 – PC Practicum

Internship

PT 7371 – PC Clinical Training I

 

PT 7372 – PC Clinical Training II

 

 

The contact address of the Alabama Board of Examiners in Counseling is as follows:

                                     Alabama Board of Examiners in Counseling

                                     950 22nd Street North,

                                    Suite 765

                                    Birmingham, AL 35203

 

                                    Telephone number:  334.251.7233

 

Important note:  It is the student’s responsibility, not the University’s, to make certain that he or she meets all of the respective requirements to become a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Alabama.  As such, students interested in being licensed as a LPC in Alabama should contact the Alabama Board of Examiners as soon as possible to obtain all the pertinent information and examination dates.  Additionally, students are encouraged to contact the Director of Amridge University Counseling and MFT Clinical Programs, as soon as possible if they have any questions related to the licensure process in Alabama. 

By email:  clinicals@amridgeuniversity.edu

By U.S. Postal Service Mail:
                                                Director of the Counseling and MFT
                                                Clinical Programs
                                                Amridge University
                                                1200 Taylor Road
                                                Montgomery, AL 36117-3520

Dual Licensure

There is a growing trend among professionals in counseling and therapy fields to become dual-certified or licensed.  Dual licensed means being a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in one or more states.  Being eligible for dual licensure would mean that additional courses would have to be taken.  Dual licensure does not mean dual degree which is not available at Amridge University for this degree-level.  Students interested in dual licensure should contact the Director of the Amridge University Counseling and Marriage and Family Therapy Programs, for additional information.

ADMISSION AND DEGREE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MASTER OF DIVINITY IN PASTORAL COUNSELING

The Master of Divinity (MDiv) in Pastoral Counseling is a professional-level degree program for individuals planning to enter or continue careers in full-time ministry.  A major element of this program provides students with extensive studies in the biblical text and thorough prepara­tion in theology and various areas of practical ministry.  Another major element provides students with a foundation for 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.

Upon completion of the Master of Divinity in Pastoral Counseling Program, the graduate will be able to:

1.    Demonstrate an advanced level application of Pastoral Counseling.

2.    Prepare to work within the Christian community setting as a Pastoral Counselor.

3.    Prepare for membership in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors (AAPC); and

4.    Seek advancement to the Doctor of Ministry in Family Therapy if so chooses.

These outcomes are assessed through a comprehensive examination.  A student may demonstrate achievement of these outcomes by receiving a passing grade (i.e., ”Qualifying” or “Qualifying with Distinction”) for the comprehensive examination given for this degree. 

Applications for admission to the Master of Divinity in Pastoral Counseling program will not be considered complete until the following items are completed and submitted:

1.    Application with fee.

2.    Official transcript showing an earned 4 year Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree from a regionally or selected nationally accredited institution.

If the applicant has not completed the last course(s) at another school for which he or she is registered at the time of filing his or her application with Amridge University, a partial transcript should be sent for evaluation.  The final transcript showing courses completed and any degree earned is required before the end of the first semester after initial matriculation.  No academic credit will be recorded on a student’s permanent record until all necessary credentials are received.

Time Normally Required to Complete the Program

The Master of Divinity in Pastoral Counseling may be completed in about three years.  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.

Required Courses for the Master of Divinity in Pastoral Counseling

The Course Requirements of 90 semester credit hours for the degree program Master of Divinity in Pastoral Counseling consists of Non-Counseling courses (15 semester hours), Pastoral Counseling courses (48 semester hours), elective Non-Counseling courses (24 semester hours), and a Comprehensive Examination (3 semester hours).

 

Required Non-Counseling Courses for the Master of Divinity in Pastoral Counseling

Sem. Hrs.

  

FD 6312

Hermeneutics

3

 

 

LD 6362

Spiritual Leadership

3

 

 

NT 6301

Critical Introduction to the New Testament

3

 

 

OT 6301

Critical Introduction to the Old Testament

3

 

 

PS 6302

Homiletics

3

 

Total Required Non-Counseling Hours for Masters Degree

15

 

 

 

 

 

Required Pastoral Counseling (PC) Courses for the Master of Divinity in Pastoral Counseling

 

  

FT 7300

Ethics and Professional Identity

3

 

 

FT 7301

Introduction to Pastoral Counseling

3

 

 

FT 7310

Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy

3

 

 

FT 7321

Human Sexual Development

3

 

 

FT 7323

Marriage and Family Development

3

 

 

FT 7326

Social and Multicultural Diversity

3

 

 

FT 7327

Psychology of Religion

3

 

 

FT 7330

Interpersonal and Family Dynamics

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FT 7331

Marital and Family Systems

3

 

 

 

-OR-

 

 

 

FT 7304

Premarital/Marital Counseling

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FT 7335

Advanced Therapy

3

 

 

FT 7336

Basic Counseling Techniques/Helping Relationships

3

 

 

FT 7340

Assessment of Individuals and Families

3

 

 

FT 7370

MFT Practicum

3

 

 

FT 7371

MFT Clinical Training I

3

 

 

FT 7372

MFT Clinical Training II

3

 

 

RS 6339

Research and Evaluation

3

 

Total Required PC Hours for Masters Degree

48

 

 

 

 

 

Elective Non-Counseling Courses for the Master of Divinity in Pastoral Counseling

 

  

Textual Courses

12

 

 

Foundation Studies

3

 

 

Theological Studies

9

 

Total Elective Non-Counseling Hours for Masters Degree

24

 

 

 

 

 

Comprehensive Examination for the Master of Divinity in Pastoral Counseling

 

  

FD 7323

Synthesis of Theological Curriculum II
(Comprehensive Examination)

3

 

Total Comprehensive Examination Hours for Masters Degree

3

 

 

 

 

 

Total Hours for Masters Degree

90

 

Special Note Related to Practicum and Clinical Courses

All Practicum and Clinical Training courses require face-to-face on-site clinical practice with the client(s).  The experience must be performed under face-to-face supervision of an approved licensed supervisor.  This experience should be conducted in the state in which the student will seek licensure.  The student must apply to the Director of the Amridge University Counseling and MFT Clinical Programs, at least one semester prior to beginning a Practicum or a Clinical course.  Students should contact the director via email to receive the Practicum and Clinical Course Form

Email address is:  clinicals@amridgeuniversity.edu.

Also, during clinical training, each student will accumulate a minimum of 500 hours of client contact, supervised by an additional 100 hours with an approved supervisor.  Normally, clinical training requires one full year (3 semesters) to complete.  Students who do not satisfy the minimum requirements in three semesters may take one additional semester of clinical training.

Comprehensive Examination Requirement

All Master of Divinity students anticipating graduation must pass the Comprehensive Examination.  In order to take the exam one must register for the course "Synthesis of Theological Curriculum II."  (FD 7323). 

Please see the Semester Class Schedule for the test dates.  All Master of Divinity students are required to take the Comprehensive Examination on the Amridge University Campus in Montgomery, Alabama.  Also, all Master of Divinity students must pass the Comprehensive Examination before graduating.  The specific content of the Comprehensive Examination is determined for each student in consultation with the faculty through the "professor in charge" that year. 

Qualifications for the Comprehensive Examination

In order for students to qualify for the Comprehensive Examination they must be within nine credit hours of completing all course work in the Master of Divinity program.  Additionally, students must then register for the course “Synthesis of Theological Curriculum II.”  Students who do not register for the course will not be allowed to take the examination.  Students who register are required to take the examination on the appointed day.  Students are encouraged to take the Comprehensive Examination during their next to last semester.

Comprehensive Examination Testing Procedure

The Comprehensive Examination measures the range of knowledge acquired by Master of Divinity students by synthesizing the knowledge gained from the various courses taken and expressing these concepts in written format.  Examination dates are scheduled according to the school calendar and offered on that day on the Amridge University campus in Montgomery, Alabama.  Specific instructions for the comprehensive examination are as follows: (1) The time allowed for taking the examination is seven hours, which includes one hour for lunch.  Students are encouraged to bring lunch since they are not allowed to leave the facilities during testing hours.  (2) Students may bring to the examination unmarked (personal notes) bible(s) in any language, lexicons for the biblical language, and concordances of biblical texts.  Students who are anticipating translation of either a Hebrew or Greek text should bring the appropriate Hebrew or Greek text.  (3) Amridge University computers may be allowed in writing the examination.  (4) Amridge University provides the paper on which the student's answers are to be written.

Grading of the Comprehensive Exam

The Comprehensive Examination is graded in accordance with the following:

1.    Grading is on a "qualifying" (Q) “not qualifying" (NQ) basis.  At least two professors out of three must grade an examination as "qualifying" (Q).  Examinations may receive a "qualifying with distinction" (QD), if the readers determine that the examination warrants special recognition.

2.    The Vice President of Academic Affairs assigns three professors to read the different Comprehensive Examinations on a blind basis.  This blind reading ensures that no professor knows the identity of the author of the examination being read nor the identity of the other professors who read the examination.

3.    When two readers assign the examination a "qualifying" (Q) or "not qualifying" (NQ) grade, the grading process has been completed.

4.    Should a student not qualify, that student may be allowed to sit for a retake examination at a date assigned by the Vice President of Academic Affairs in consultation with the faculty.  Students who do not qualify in this retake examination must petition for a second retake.  Such students, if their petition is accepted, may be required to take an oral examination in accordance with number five below. 

5.    In certain precisely defined circumstances (such as failure of a retake examination) a student may be required to take an oral examination in lieu of the written format, if such an examination is necessary to ensure fairness to the student.

Graduation Requirements for the Master of Divinity in Pastoral Counseling

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

1.    A total of 90 graduate semester hours of which at least 48 semester hours must be taken at Amridge University.  Also, any possible transfer of graduate credits taken from another accredited institution must be agreed upon by the end of the first enrolled semester at Amridge University;

2.    Complete all required coursework including the specified practicum and clinical courses;

3.    Have a cumulative GPA of 2.0;

4.    Students who expect to pursue further graduate study beyond this degree should maintain a 3.0 GPA;

5.    Pass the respective Comprehensive Examination as specified within this publication.  The Comprehensive Examination serves as the Program Exit Examination; and

6.    Complete an Amridge University Degree Completion Application available from Amridge University’s web site.  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.

Becoming a Member for the American Association of Pastoral Counselors Requirements (optional – see program advisor for more information on the AAPC)

Many graduates of the Master of Divinity in Pastoral Counselors may be interested in becoming a Member for the American Association of Pastoral Counselors (AAPC).  In order to be a Member Associate of the AAPC, the candidate must:

1.    Hold a Master of Divinity or a Master of Science in Pastoral Counseling;

2.    Complete three hundred seventy-five (375) hours of supervised Pastoral Counseling;

3.    Complete one hundred twenty-five (125) hours of supervision, one-third of such must be with an AAPC Approved Supervisor; and

4.    Submit a plan for becoming a Fellow and/or Diplomat level member of AAPC within seven years

Additional information on the AAPC may be found on the Internet at the following address:  http://www.aapc.org/.

 

Individuals interested in learning more on becoming a Member with AAPC as related to the Amridge University Master of Divinity in Pastoral Counseling program should contact the Director of Amridge University Counseling and MFT Clinical Programs, as soon as possible if they have any questions related to the licensure process in Alabama.

By email:  clinicals@amridgeuniversity.edu

By U.S. Postal Service Mail:
Director of the Counseling and MFT
Clinical Programs
Amridge University
1200 Taylor Road
Montgomery, AL 36117-3520

Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) as Related to the Master of Divinity in Pastoral Counseling

The Amridge University Master of Divinity in Pastoral Counseling program was not designed with the intent that graduates would become Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC) in a state or states.  If a student in the Master of Divinity in Pastoral Counseling program has a strong interest in becoming a LPC, then he or she has two options: (1) Take the additional courses above and beyond those required for the Master of Divinity in Pastoral Counseling but required by the licensing board of the state or states the student intends to be licensed or (2) Enroll in the Amridge University Master of Divinity in Professional Counseling program.  Also, the student must maintain a B- for counseling-related courses.

Students enrolled in the Master of Divinity in Pastoral Counseling and interested in learning more about becoming a LPC should contact the Director of Amridge University Counseling and MFT Clinical Programs, as soon as possible if they have any questions related to the licensure process in Alabama. 

By email:  clinicals@amridgeuniversity.edu

By U.S. Postal Service Mail:
Director of the Counseling and MFT
Clinical Programs
Amridge University
1200 Taylor Road
Montgomery, AL 36117-3520

ADMISSION AND DEGREE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE DOCTOR OF MINISTRY IN FAMILY THERAPY I

The Doctor of Ministry (DMin) in Family Therapy I is an advanced professional degree for community organizations and church-related vocations.  This program infuses academics and practice to prepare students for family therapy and counseling ministry.

The purposes of this program include: (1) Developing advanced knowledge and professional skills in Family Therapy;  (2) Understanding and interpreting ministry in relation to the context of Family Therapy; (3) Acquainting the student with literature, materials, and methodologies which develop leadership, teaching, and counseling skills to be used in helping relationships; (4) Guiding the student in personal reflection and growth; and (5) Providing courses necessary to be a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) or Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). The Doctor of Ministry in Family Therapy I is designed for students who do not have a Master of Divinity in a related field. 

Students who are deficient in content courses, as identified through the Academic Plan, may be required to take leveling courses in addition to the required course work for this program.

Upon completion of the Doctor of Ministry in Family Therapy I 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.    Develop advanced knowledge and professional skills in Family Therapy;

3.    Interpret ministry in relation to the context of Family Therapy;

4.    Analyze literature, materials, and methodologies which develop leadership, teaching, and counseling skills used in helping relationships;

5.    Nurture personal reflection and growth;

6.    Meet academic requirements to be a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) or to be a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC);

7.    Prepare to become a member of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors (AAPC).

A student may demonstrate achievement of these outcomes by receiving a passing grade in the Dissertation Module IV.

Applications for admission to the Doctor of Ministry in Family Therapy I program will not be considered complete until all of the following items are properly completed and submitted:

1.    Application with fee.

2.    Official transcript showing an earned Graduate degree in a related field from a regionally or selected nationally accredited institution.

Applicants for whom English is a second language must provide documented evidence of English proficiency in one of two ways:

3.    A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States or

4.    A score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) per the following:

Graduate—minimum total score of 79, with minimum scores for reading and listening increased to “high” levels.

Reading (high)                                                     22

Listening (high)                                                    22

Speaking (fair)                                                     18

Writing (fair)                                                         17

5.    Writing Sample (e.g. Career Monograph, Published Journal Article, Term paper from master’s degree or doctoral dissertation or other applicable writing sample) Applicant must submit a paper or thesis from the master's degree level or doctoral dissertation that is written in accordance with a style manual generally accepted by colleges and universities.  The writing sample must have been written solely by the applicant and should reflect the applicant's research and academic writing skills.  Ideally, the term paper shall contain grade marks by the course instructor.

6.    Interview of the applicant.

The assigned Amridge University faculty interviewer will arrange an interview with the applicant – this may be done by telephone.

During the admissions process, the preceding admissions requirements will be reviewed by an Amridge University Chairperson and Doctoral Acceptance Committee. 

Also, all applicants are encouraged to submit a recent photograph.  The picture should be a close-up of head and shoulders.  This may be sent in a JPEG format to admissions@amridgeuniversity.edu.  A student is not required to send a photograph in order to be admitted to Amridge University.

Time Normally Required to Complete the Program

The Doctor of Ministry in Family Therapy I may be completed in four years attending full-time.  A student may take the courses on a part-time or full-time basis.  Full-time is six credit hours per semester.  With the approval of the Dean a student may take more than six credit hours in a semester.

 

Approval by Institutional Review Board

Faculty members or students conducting research in association with Amridge University, including research for dissertations, master’s theses or other studies must have prior approval of the Institution Review Board (IRB).  Students must receive approval from the IRB prior to completion of dissertation Module II or Master’s Thesis Part I.

The purpose of Amridge University’s Institutional Review Board (IRB) is to insure that the use and treatment of human subjects participating in research associated with this University is ethical and in compliance with established standards.  Although researchers are ultimately responsible for the ethical treatment of their human subjects, it is the policy of Amridge University that all faculty members conducting research associated with this University involving human subjects must receive approval from the (IRB) before commencing their projects or beginning data collection.  This requirement also applies to student researchers who are collecting data under the supervision of a faculty member.  Students engaged in projects for theses, dissertations, independent research courses, or faculty-student collaborations which involve human subjects must seek IRB approval through their thesis or dissertation committee chairperson.  The IRB may require a background check of the investigator before approving a research plan involving research subjects who are minors.

Required Courses for the Doctor of Ministry in Family Therapy I (66 semester hours)

The Course Requirements of 66 semester credit hours for the degree program Doctor of Ministry in Family Therapy I consists of a program specific course (3 semester hours), program non-specific courses (51 semester hours), a Qualifying Examination (0 semester hours), and Dissertation courses (12 semester hours).

 

Required Courses for the Doctor of Ministry in Family Therapy I

Sem. Hrs.

 Specific Course

 

  

FT 9300

Family Therapy in the DMin Setting
(Required on campus attendance – take first semester.)

3

 

 Non-Specific Courses

 

 

 

The student will choose 17 Family Therapy courses

51

 

Total Required Hours for Doctoral Degree

54

 

 

 

 

 

Qualifying Examination for the Doctor of Ministry in Family Therapy I

 

 

FT 9051

Qualifying Examination for Doctor of Ministry in Family Therapy I and II

0

 

Total Qualifying Examination Hours for Doctoral Degree

0

 

 

 

 

 

Research Dissertation Modules for the Doctor of Ministry in Family Therapy I

 

 

RS 9340

Research Dissertation Module I

3

 

 

RS 9341

Research Dissertation Module II

3

 

 

RS 9342

Research Dissertation Module III

3

 

 

RS 9343

Research Dissertation Module IV

3

 

Total Research Dissertation Module Hours for Doctoral Degree

12

 

 

 

 

 

Total Hours for Doctoral Degree

66

 

Dissertation Committee

A Dissertation Committee shall be appointed near the time that the student enrolls in the first dissertation module, RS 9340 - Research Dissertation in Therapy Module I. The Dissertation Committee shall be appointed by the Dean of the School of Human Services with the approval of the Vice President of Academic Affairs.  The student may request specific individuals to be appointed to the Dissertation Committee.  A minimum of two signatory members of the Dissertation Committee shall have a doctorate in a field related to family therapy.  The Committee shall establish protocol for communication among the Committee members.  Each dissertation module and the final total dissertation shall be approved by the Committee Chairperson, the Reader, the Dissertation Secretary, the Dean and the Vice President of Academic Affairs before a grade is assigned for the module.  The Committee Chairperson shall be the instructor of record for the dissertation modules.

 

Dissertation Modules

The dissertation is to be completed through a sequence of dissertation module courses.  The minimum sequence involves Research Dissertation Module I, Research Dissertation Module II, Research Dissertation Module III and, Research Dissertation Module IV.  The sequence may also involve module continuation courses.  A Research Dissertation Module First Continuation and a Research Dissertation Module Second Continuation course is available for each module level if the student does not complete all requirements for a given module in one semester.

 

A student must achieve “Candidacy Status” prior to enrolling in a dissertation Module.  After beginning the dissertation the student must enroll in a dissertation module course or dissertation module continuation course each semester until completion of the dissertation, unless prior written approval is obtained from the Dissertation Committee.  The dissertation modules must be completed in sequence. The student must be enrolled in a dissertation module to receive significant assistance from members of the dissertation committee. 

 

A student who fails to enroll in a dissertation course in a succeeding semester, unless prior written approval is obtained from the Dissertation Committee, will be removed from the program.  An individual so removed from the program may submit an appeal to the Appeals Committee for consideration of readmission to the program.  

 

Allowable Grades for a Dissertation Module course are:

§  P for pass if all requirements of the module have been met, IP for in-progress if satisfactory progress, as specified below, has been made but not all module requirements have been met, or F for failure if satisfactory progress has not been made.

§  The IP for a Dissertation Module course is a permanent grade.  Students receiving a grade of IP on a dissertation module must register for and pay tuition and fees for the appropriate Dissertation Module First Continuation course to complete requirements for the dissertation module.  Tuition and fees, including the Dissertation Lab Fee, will be charged for this course.

 

Allowable Grades for a Dissertation Module First Continuation course are:

§  P for pass if all requirements of the module have been met,

§  IP for in-progress if satisfactory progress, as specified below, has been made but not all module requirements have been met, or F for failure if satisfactory progress has not been made.

 

Students receiving a grade of IP on Dissertation Module First Continuation course must register for and pay tuition and fees for the appropriate Dissertation Module Second Continuation course to complete requirements for the dissertation module.  Tuition and fees, including the Dissertation Lab Fee, will be charged for this credit course.

 

Allowable Grades for a Dissertation Module Second Continuation courses are:

§  P for pass if all requirements of the module have been met, or

§  F for failure if all requirements of the module have not been met.

 

A student who receives a grade of F for any dissertation module, dissertation module first continuation course or dissertation module second continuation course will be removed from the program.  An individual so removed from the program may submit an appeal to the Appeals Committee for consideration of readmission to the program.

The Appeals Committee shall consult with the student’s Dissertation Committee in considering the appeal. 

 

Requirements for Dissertation Module Courses

See the section titled Requirements for Dissertation Module Courses for the Doctor of Ministry and Doctor Philosophy Programs under Section 16 – Course Description of this version of the Amridge University Academic Catalog.

 

Special Note on the Doctor of Ministry in Family Therapy I

The format of the Doctor of Ministry in Family Therapy I makes use of both traditional classroom lecture and distance learning technology.  Students must come to campus for one, 5 day seminar: (1) FT 9300 – Family Therapy in the DMin Setting.  In addition, the student must come to the Montgomery Campus for the a qualifying examination, which must be passed before continuation to the dissertation module.

 

Graduation Requirements for the Doctor of Ministry in Family Therapy I

Before being graduated with the Doctor of Ministry in Family Therapy I, a student must satisfy the following requirements:

1.    A minimum of 66 graduate semester hours of the required course work;

2.    All of the above graduate semester hours must be from Amridge University;

3.    Successfully complete all required coursework for the degree;

4.    Submit and gain faculty approval of dissertation proposal appropriate to the student’s area of specialization and research competency;

5.    Maintain a 3.0 in all courses taken at Amridge University;

6.    Dissertation Module IV serves as the Program Exit Examination.  The student must receive a passing grade in the Dissertation Module IV in order to graduate; and

7.    Complete an Amridge University Degree Completion Application available from Amridge University’s web site.  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.

 

Licensure as a Professional Counselor Outside of the State of Alabama as Related to the Doctor of Ministry in Family Therapy I

To become a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in most states, a candidate must present credentials to the appropriate state board of examiners who will schedule an examination.  Amridge University makes no guarantees that a student will attain licensure in a given state.  Additionally, it is the student’s responsibility, not the University’s, to ensure that he or she meets the licensure requirements for the state or states that he or she intends to be licensed.  As such, students are encouraged to contact the appropriate state LPC board in their home state or the states they plan to be licensed as soon as possible to obtain all of the respective licensure information. 

Below is a link to the National Board for Certified Counselors and Affiliates (NBCCA).  Go to this link to obtain the contact name, address, and telephone number for the state licensure boards.  Even though some of these state boards include web site addresses, students are encouraged to make person-to-person contact with the respective board to obtain the latest information on licensure information – do not assume that all of the information posted on these web sites is up-to-date or complete.

The web link for the National Board for Certified Counselors and Affiliates listing of state licensure boards is as follows:

http://www.nbcc.org.

 

Additionally, students are encouraged to contact the Director of Amridge University Counseling and MFT Clinical Programs, as soon as possible if they have any questions related to the licensure process

By email:  CLINICALS@amridgeuniversity.edu

 

By U.S. Postal Service Mail:   

Director of the Counseling and MFT
Clinical Programs
Amridge University
1200 Taylor Road
Montgomery, AL 36117-3520

 

 

Licensure as a Professional Counselor in the State of Alabama as Related to the Doctor of Ministry in Family Therapy I

In order to be licensed by the State of Alabama as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), the candidate must:

1.    Complete a master’s degree in counseling from a Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) or the substantial equivalent institution;

2.    Pass a requisite standardized examination such as the National Counselor Examination; and

3.    Complete 3 years (i.e., 3,000 hours) of supervised, full-time experience in professional counseling in accordance with pertinent state regulations and in accordance with the following:

a.    Three thousand (3,000) hours minimum of professional counseling of which:

                                          i.      Two thousand, two hundred and fifty (2,250) hours will be face-to-face counseling with individuals, couples, families, or groups.

                                         ii.      Seven hundred and fifty (750) hours will be related to counseling services in the clinical supervisory setting

b.    One hundred and fifty (150) hours of one-to-one, face-to-face, personal individual supervision by an Approved Supervisor.

 

Important NoteUpon completion of the degree and passing the standardized test, the candidate for the Licensure will receive the designation of Certified Counselor Associate (CCA) until all of the full-time supervised experience is completed.

 

The contact address of the Alabama Board of Examiners in Counseling is as follows:

 

                                     Alabama Board of Examiners in Counseling

                                     950 22nd Street North,

                                    Suite 765

                                    Birmingham, AL 35203

                                    Telephone number:  334.251.7233

 

Important note:  It is the student’s responsibility, not the University’s, to make certain that he or she meets all of the respective requirements to become a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Alabama.  As such, students interested in being licensed as a LPC in Alabama should contact the Alabama Board of Examiners as soon as possible to obtain all the pertinent information and examination dates.  Additionally, students are encouraged to contact the Director of Amridge University Counseling and MFT Clinical Programs, as soon as possible if they have any questions related to the licensure process in Alabama

By email:  CLINICALS@amridgeuniversity.edu

 

By U.S. Postal Service Mail:   
                                                Director of the Counseling and MFT
                                                Clinical Programs
                                                Amridge University
                                                1200 Taylor Road
                                                Montgomery, AL 36117-3520

 

Licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist Outside of the State of Alabama as Related to the Doctor of Ministry in Family Therapy I

To become a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in most states, a candidate must present credentials to the appropriate state board of examiners who will schedule an examination.  Amridge University makes no guarantees that a student will attain licensure in a given state.  Additionally, it is the student’s responsibility, not the University’s, to ensure that he or she meets the licensure requirements for the state or states that he or she intends to be licensed.  As such, students are encouraged to contact the appropriate state LMFT board in their home state or the states they plan to be licensed as soon as possible to obtain all of the respective licensure information. 

Below is a link to the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT).  Go to this link to obtain the contact name, address, and telephone number for the state licensure boards.  Even though some of these state boards include web site addresses, students are encouraged to make person-to-person contact with the respective board to obtain the latest information on licensure information – do not assume that all of the information posted on these web sites is up-to-date or complete.

The web link for the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy listing of state licensure boards is as follows:

http://www.aamft.org/resources/Online_Directories/boardcontacts.htm

 

Additionally, students are encouraged to contact the Director of Amridge University Counseling and MFT Clinical Programs, as soon as possible if they have any questions related to the licensure process. 

By email:  CLINICALS@amridgeuniversity.edu

 

By U.S. Postal Service Mail:
                                                Director of the Counseling and MFT
                                                Clinical Programs
                                                Amridge University
                                                1200 Taylor Road
                                                Montgomery, AL 36117-3520

 

 

Licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist in the State of Alabama as Related to the Doctor of Ministry in Family Therapy I

In order to be licensed by the State of Alabama as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, the candidate must:

1.    Submit a completed application on the forms prescribed by the Board;

2.    Provide documented evidence that the applicant is of good moral character and has not or is not engaged in any practice or conduct that would make the applicant ineligible to receive a license pursuant to the Marriage and Family Therapy Licensure Act;

3.    Completion of the education and internships requirements for an MFT Associate;

4.    Pass the marriage and family therapy examination approved by the Board;

5.    Completion of a minimum of two (2) years post-degree full-time (30 or more clock hours per week) MFT work experience or the equivalent part-time MFT work experience under the supervision of a Board Approved Supervisor;

6.    Completion of two-hundred (200) hours of post degree supervision, at least one-hundred (100) of which must be individual.  Graduates of COAMFTE accredited programs may count up to one-hundred (100) supervision hours earned during the program toward this requirement, when based on a ratio of one (1) supervision hour to every five (5) client contact hours;

7.    Completion of a minimum of one thousand (1,000) post-degree direct client hours completed concurrently with the required supervision; two hundred fifty (250) of these direct contact hours must be with couples or families physically present in the therapy room; and

8.    Examination Application Requirements:  The following are necessary requirements in order to take the Board approved marriage and family therapy examination:

a.    Submission of a completed application on the forms prescribed by the Board;

b.    Is an MFT Associate or has met all requirements for becoming an MFT Associate.[iii]

The contact address of the Alabama Board of Examiners in Marriage and Family Therapy is as follows:

 

                                     Alabama Board of Examiners

                                         in Marriage and Family Therapy (LMFT)

                                     7550 Halcyon Summit Drive, Suite 125

                                     Montgomery, AL  36117

                                     Telephone number:  334.251.7233

 

Important note:  It is the student’s responsibility, not the University’s, to make certain that he or she meets all of the respective requirements to become a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Alabama (LMFT).  As such, students interested in being licensed as a LMFT in Alabama should contact the Alabama Board of Examiners in Marriage and Family Therapy as soon as possible to obtain all the pertinent information and examination dates.  Additionally, students are encouraged to contact the Director of Amridge University Counseling and MFT Clinical Programs, as soon as possible if they have any questions related to the licensure process in Alabama. 

By email:  CLINICALS@amridgeuniversity.edu

By U.S. Postal Service Mail:   
                                                Director of the Counseling and MFT
                                                Clinical Programs
                                                Amridge University
                                                1200 Taylor Road
                                                Montgomery, AL 36117-3520

 

Dual Licensure

There is a growing trend among professionals in counseling and therapy fields to become dual-certified or licensed.  Dual licensed means being a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in one or more states.  Being eligible for dual licensure would mean that additional courses would have to be taken.  Dual licensure does not mean dual degree which is not available at Amridge University for this degree-level.  Students interested in dual licensure should contact the Director of the Amridge University Counseling and Marriage and Family Therapy Programs, for additional information.

 

ADMISSION AND DEGREE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE DOCTOR OF MINISTRY IN FAMILY THERAPY II

The Doctor of Ministry (DMin) in Family Therapy II is an advanced professional degree for community organizations and church-related vocations.  This degree has three concentrations designed to prepare participants to counsel with couples, families, and individuals.  Being a capstone program, it infuses academics and practice to prepare students for family therapy and counseling ministry.

The Doctor of Ministry in Family Therapy II is designed for students who have a Master of Divinity in a related field. 

Students who are deficient in content courses, as identified through the Academic Plan, may be required to take leveling courses in addition to the required course work for this program.

Upon completion of the Doctor of Ministry in Family Therapy II Program, the graduate will be able to:

1.    Develop advanced knowledge and skills in therapy which can be applied in church settings or other professional settings;

2.    Develop advanced knowledge and professional skills in Family Therapy;

3.    Interpret ministry in relation to the context of Family Therapy;

4.    Analyze literature, materials, and methodologies which develop leadership, teaching, and counseling skills used in helping relationships;

5.    Nurture personal reflection and growth;

6.    Meet academic requirements to be a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) or to be a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC);

7.    Prepare to become a member of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors (AAPC).

A student may demonstrate achievement of these outcomes by receiving a passing grade in Dissertation Module IV.

Applications for admission to the Doctor of Ministry in Family Therapy II program will not be considered complete until all of the following  items are properly completed and submitted:

1.    Application with fee.

2.    Official transcript showing an earned Graduate degree from a regionally or selected nationally accredited institution. Must have a Master of Divinity Degree or equivalent from an accredited institution with GPA on previous graduate work of 3.0.  Applicants to the Doctor of Ministry program who have not earned a Master of Divinity Degree must have course work equivalent to a Master of Divinity Degree with a 3.0 GPA.  The applicant may have to take additional course requirements to be accepted into the program

Applicants for whom English is a second language must provide documented evidence of English proficiency in one of two ways:

1.    A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States or

2.    A score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) per the following:

Graduate—minimum total score of 79, with minimum scores for reading and listening increased to “high” levels.

Reading (high)                                                       22

Listening (high)                                                      22

Speaking (fair)                                                       18

Writing (fair)                                                           17

3.    Writing Sample (e.g. Career Monograph, Published Journal Article, Term paper from master’s degree or doctoral dissertation or other applicable writing sample) Applicant must submit a paper or thesis from the master's degree level or doctoral dissertation that is written in accordance with a style manual generally accepted by colleges and universities.  The writing sample must have been written solely by the applicant and should reflect the applicant's research and academic writing skills. Ideally, the term paper shall contain grade marks by the course instructor.

4.    Interview of the applicant.

5.    The assigned Amridge University faculty interviewer will arrange an interview with the applicant – this may be done by telephone.

During the admissions process, the preceding admissions requirements will be reviewed by an Amridge University Chairperson and Doctoral Acceptance Committee. 

Also, all applicants are encouraged to submit a recent photograph.  The picture should be a close-up of head and shoulders.  This may be sent in a JPEG format to admissions@amridgeuniversity.edu.  A student is not required to send a photograph in order to be admitted to Amridge University.

Time Normally Required to Complete the Program

The Doctor of Ministry in Family Therapy II may be completed in three years attending full-time.  A student may take the courses on a part-time or full-time basis.

 

Approval by Institutional Review Board

Faculty members or students conducting research in association with Amridge University, including research for dissertations, master’s theses or other studies must have prior approval of the Institution Review Board (IRB).  Students must receive approval from the IRB prior to completion of dissertation Module II or Master’s Thesis Part I.

The purpose of Amridge University’s Institutional Review Board (IRB) is to insure that the use and treatment of human subjects participating in research associated with this University is ethical and in compliance with established standards.  Although researchers are ultimately responsible for the ethical treatment of their human subjects, it is the policy of Amridge University that all faculty members conducting research associated with this University involving human subjects must receive approval from the (IRB) before commencing their projects or beginning data collection.  This requirement also applies to student researchers who are collecting data under the supervision of a faculty member.  Students engaged in projects for theses, dissertations, independent research courses, or faculty-student collaborations which involve human subjects must seek IRB approval through their thesis or dissertation committee chairperson.  The IRB may require a background check of the investigator before approving a research plan involving research subjects who are minors.

Required Courses for the Doctor of Ministry in Family Therapy II (36 semester hours)

The Course Requirements of 36 semester credit hours for the degree program Doctor of Ministry in Family Therapy II consists of a program specific course (3 semester hours), program non-specific courses (21 semester hours), a Qualifying Examination (0 semester hours), and Dissertation courses (12 semester hours).

 

Required Courses for the Doctor of Ministry in Family Therapy II

Sem. Hrs.

 Specific Course

 

  

FT 9300

Family Therapy in the DMin Setting
(Required on campus attendance – take first semester.)

3

 

 Non-Specific Courses

 

 

 

The student will choose 7 Family Therapy courses

21

 

Total Required Hours for Doctoral Degree

24

 

 

 

 

 

Qualifying Examination for the Doctor of Philosophy in Ministry in Family Therapy II

 

 

FT 9051

Qualifying Examination for Doctor of Ministry in Family Therapy I and II

0

 

Total Qualifying Examination Hours for Doctoral Degree

0

 

 

 

 

 

Research Dissertation Modules for the Doctor of Ministry in Family Therapy II

 

 

RS 9340

Research Dissertation Module I

3

 

 

RS 9341

Research Dissertation Module II

3

 

 

RS 9342

Research Dissertation Module III

3

 

 

RS 9343

Research Dissertation Module IV

3

 

Total Research Dissertation Module Hours for Doctoral Degree

12

 

 

 

 

 

Total Required Hours for Doctoral Degree

36

 

Dissertation Committee

A Dissertation Committee shall be appointed near the time that the student enrolls in the first dissertation module, RS 9340 Research Dissertation Module I.  The Dissertation Committee shall be appointed by the Dean of the School of Human Services with the approval of the Vice President of Academic Affairs.  The student may request specific individuals to be appointed to the Dissertation Committee.  A minimum of two signatory members of the Dissertation Committee shall have a doctorate in a field related to family therapy.  The Committee shall establish protocol for communication among the Committee members.  Each dissertation module and the final total dissertation shall be approved by the Committee Chairperson, the Reader, the Dissertation Secretary, the Dean and the Vice President of Academic Affairs before a grade is assigned for the module.  The Committee Chairperson shall be the instructor of record for the dissertation modules.

 

Dissertation Modules

The dissertation is to be completed through a sequence of dissertation module courses.  The minimum sequence involves Research Dissertation Module I, Research Dissertation Module II, Research Dissertation Module III and, Research Dissertation Module IV.  The sequence may also involve module continuation courses.  A Research Dissertation Module First Continuation and a Research Dissertation Module Second Continuation course is available for each module level if the student does not complete all requirements for a given module in one semester.

 

A student must achieve “Candidacy Status” prior to enrolling in a dissertation Module.  After beginning the dissertation the student must enroll in a dissertation module course or dissertation module continuation course each semester until completion of the dissertation, unless prior written approval is obtained from the Dissertation Committee.  The dissertation modules must be completed in sequence. The student must be enrolled in a dissertation module to receive significant assistance from members of the dissertation committee. 

 

A student who fails to enroll in a dissertation course in a succeeding semester, unless prior written approval is obtained from the Dissertation Committee, will be removed from the program.  An individual so removed from the program may submit an appeal to the Appeals Committee for consideration of readmission to the program.  

 

Allowable Grades for a Dissertation Module course are:

§  P for pass if all requirements of the module have been met, IP for in-progress if satisfactory progress, as specified below, has been made but not all module requirements have been met, or F for failure if satisfactory progress has not been made.

§  The IP for a Dissertation Module course is a permanent grade.  Students receiving a grade of IP on a dissertation module must register for and pay tuition and fees for the appropriate Dissertation Module First Continuation course to complete requirements for the dissertation module.  Tuition and fees, including the Dissertation Lab Fee, will be charged for this course.

 

Allowable Grades for a Dissertation Module First Continuation course are:

§  P for pass if all requirements of the module have been met,

§  IP for in-progress if satisfactory progress, as specified below, has been made but not all module requirements have been met, or F for failure if satisfactory progress has not been made.

Students receiving a grade of IP on Dissertation Module First Continuation course must register for and pay tuition and fees for the appropriate Dissertation Module Second Continuation course to complete requirements for the dissertation module.  Tuition and fees, including the Dissertation Lab Fee, will be charged for this credit course.

 

Allowable Grades for a Dissertation Module Second Continuation courses are:

§  P for pass if all requirements of the module have been met, or

§  F for failure if all requirements of the module have not been met.

 

A student who receives a grade of F for any dissertation module, dissertation module first continuation course or dissertation module second continuation course will be removed from the program.  An individual so removed from the program may submit an appeal to the Appeals Committee for consideration of readmission to the program.

The Appeals Committee shall consult with the student’s Dissertation Committee in considering the appeal. 

 

Requirements for Dissertation Module Courses

See the section titled Requirements for Dissertation Module Courses for the Doctor of Ministry and Doctor Philosophy Programs under Section 16 – Course Description of this version of the Amridge University Academic Catalog.

 

Special note on the Doctor of Ministry in Family Therapy II

The format of the Doctor of Ministry in Family Therapy II makes use of both traditional classroom lecture and distance learning technology.  Students must come to campus for one, 5 day seminar: (1) FT 9300 – Family Therapy in the DMin Setting.  In addition, the student must come to the Montgomery Campus for the a qualifying examination, which must be passed before continuation to the dissertation module.

Graduation Requirements for the Doctor of Ministry in Family Therapy II

Before being graduated with the Doctor of Ministry in Family Therapy II, a student must satisfy the following requirements:

1.    A total of 36 graduate semester hours of the required course work;

2.    All of the above graduate semester hours must be from Amridge University;

3.    Successfully complete all required coursework for the degree;

4.    Submit and gain faculty approval of dissertation proposal appropriate to the student’s area of specialization and research competency;

5.    Maintain a 3.0 in all courses taken at Amridge University;

6.    Dissertation Module IV serves as the Program Exit Examination.  The student must receive a passing grade in the Dissertation Module IV in order to graduate; and

7.    Complete an Amridge University Degree Completion Application available from Amridge University’s web site.  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.

 

Licensure Related to the Doctor of Ministry in Family Therapy Program II

The Doctor of Ministry (DMin) in Family Therapy II program was designed, but not required, with the intent that students enrolling in the program would already be licensed as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and/or a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT).  If a student enrolled in the DMin in Family Therapy II program does not hold a LPC or LMFT license and is interested in being eligible to sit for the respective state board examination, then additional course work will be required.  Another option would be for the student to enroll in the DMin in Family Therapy II which includes course work required for either a LPC or a LMFT.  Please note that Amridge University makes no guarantees that a student will attain licensure in a given state.  Additionally, it is the student’s responsibility, not the University’s, to ensure that he or she meets the licensure requirements for the state or states that he or she intends to be licensed.  As such, students are encouraged to contact the appropriate state licensing board in their home state or the states they plan to be licensed as soon as possible to obtain all of the respective licensure information. 

Below are the Internet links for the National Board for Certified Counselors and Affiliates (NBCCA) and the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.  Go to these links to obtain the contact names, addresses, and telephone numbers for the state licensure boards.  Even though some of these state boards include web site addresses, students are encouraged to make person-to-person contact with the respective board to obtain the latest information on licensure information – do not assume that all of the information posted on these web sites is up-to-date or complete.

The web link for the National Board for Certified Counselors and Affiliates listing of state licensure boards is as follows:

http://www.nbcc.org.

The web link for the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy listing of state licensure boards is as follows:

http://www.aamft.org/

Additionally, students are encouraged to contact the Director of Amridge University Counseling and MFT Programs, as soon as possible if they have any questions related to the licensure process. 

By email:  clinicals@amridgeuniversity.edu

By U.S. Postal Service Mail:   
                                                Director of the Counseling and MFT
                                                Clinical Programs
                                                Amridge University
                                                1200 Taylor Road
                                                Montgomery, AL 36117-3520

 

ADMISSION AND DEGREE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY DEGREE IN MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPY

Offered through the Amridge University School of Human Services, the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Degree program in Marriage and Family Therapy is a 60-semester hour rigorous research oriented program beyond the Master's degree.  The number of hours required for the completion of this doctorate will depend on the number of graduate hours the student has already taken before entering the program. 

This PhD program is not designed to prepare individuals for professional licensure.  It is assumed that the applicant has already completed the course work required for professional licensure.  If the applicant wishes to obtain professional licensure, additional courses may be required. 

The distinctive components in this program will be the emphasis on traditional and non-traditional extended learning delivery systems.  Broadly put, upon completion of the program, the student will have an advanced degree with both therapeutic expertise and scholarship.

Students will complete intensive studies in theories of marriage and family therapy, human development, problems with abuse and addiction, cultural diversity, and research.  Courses offered in this program will be taught partly from traditional class settings and will be partly delivered online over the Internet.

Students benefit from collegial learning during both face-to-face and concomitant residency experiences.  The on-campus experiences are enhanced and extended through the concomitant classes and meetings.  The University provides live classroom broadcasts with video and audio transmission for an academic residency component of the PhD program.  This live Internet online transmission permits teacher-student interaction and discussion.  This interaction between faculty member and students is a concomitant synchronized period in a traditional classroom.  This synchronous learning alternative is the New Academic Residency Option open to Amridge University students who live at a distance from the main campus.  Amridge University maintains a record of each student's residency requirements in the program.  A program may be completed in 4 years; however, the completion time depends on factors such as the number of credits transferred, the pace at which courses are taken, and the time necessary to research and write the dissertation.

Upon completion of the Program the graduates will be able to:

1.    Conduct original research, including both quantitative and qualitative methodologies,

2.     Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of the current status of research in marriage and family therapy;

3.     Recognize , and accurately classify, syndromes of mental disorders and establish appropriate treatment plans.

4.    Demonstrate the ability to function as a scholar/practitioner as evidenced by critical analysis of the student’s own practice setting, and

5.    Apply family therapy practice and research in teaching or clinical practice

These outcomes are assessed through completion of the courses work, completion of the comprehensive examination, and completion of the dissertation.  

Admission to the Amridge University PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy degree program will be offered to prospective students who have demonstrated the intellectual ability, the preparation, and the motivation for a scholarly vocation.  The basis of this determination will be through the admissions application process where applicants for the PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy degree program must meet the following admission requirements before being considered for admission to the program.

1.    Application with fee.

2.    Official transcript showing an earned Graduate degree from a regionally or selected nationally accredited institution.

Applicants for whom English is a second language must provide documented evidence of English proficiency in one of two ways:

3.    A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States or

4.    A score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) per the following:

Graduate—minimum total score of 79, with minimum scores for reading and listening increased to “high” levels.

Reading (high)                                                22

Listening (high)                                               22

Speaking (fair)                                                18

Writing (fair)                                                    17

5.    Writing Sample (e.g. Career Monograph, Published Journal Article, Term paper from master’s degree or doctoral dissertation or other applicable writing sample): Applicant must submit a paper or thesis from the master's degree level or doctoral dissertation that is written in accordance with a style manual generally accepted by colleges and universities.  The writing sample must have been written solely by the applicant and should reflect the applicant's research and academic writing skills.  Ideally, the term paper shall contain grade marks by the course instructor.

6.    Interview of the applicant.

The assigned Amridge University faculty interviewer will arrange an interview with the applicant – this may be done by telephone.

During the admissions process, the preceding admissions requirements will be reviewed by an Amridge University Chairperson and Doctoral Acceptance Committee. 

Also, all applicants are encouraged to submit a recent photograph.  The picture should be a close-up of head and shoulders.  This may be sent in a JPEG format to ADMISSIONS@AMRIDGEUNIVERSITY.EDU.  A student is not required to send a photograph in order to be admitted to Amridge University.

The applicant is expected to have appropriate foundation preparation at the graduate level. This course work may be from any regionally or selected national accredited marriage and family therapy, related program.  Necessary pre-requisite courses may be indentified during the application process.

Time Normally Required to Complete the Program

The Doctor of Philosophy in Marriage and Family Therapy may be completed in four years attending full-time.  A student may take the courses on a part-time or full-time basis.  This estimate includes coursework and the writing and acceptance of the dissertation.

 

Approval by Institutional Review Board

Faculty members or students conducting research in association with Amridge University, including research for dissertations, master’s theses or other studies must have prior approval of the Institution Review Board (IRB).  Students must receive approval from the IRB prior to completion of dissertation Module II or Master’s Thesis Part I.

The purpose of Amridge University’s Institutional Review Board (IRB) is to insure that the use and treatment of human subjects participating in research associated with this University is ethical and in compliance with established standards.  Although researchers are ultimately responsible for the ethical treatment of their human subjects, it is the policy of Amridge University that all faculty members conducting research associated with this University involving human subjects must receive approval from the (IRB) before commencing their projects or beginning data collection.  This requirement also applies to student researchers who are collecting data under the supervision of a faculty member.  Students engaged in projects for theses, dissertations, independent research courses, or faculty-student collaborations which involve human subjects must seek IRB approval through their thesis or dissertation committee chairperson.  The IRB may require a background check of the investigator before approving a research plan involving research subjects who are minors.

Required Courses for the Doctor of Philosophy in Marriage and Family Therapy

The Course Requirements of 60 semester credit hours for the degree program Doctor of Philosophy in Marriage and Family Therapy consists of program specific courses (48 semester hours), a Qualifying Examination (0 semester hours), and Dissertation courses (12 semester hours).

 

Required Courses for the Doctor of Philosophy in Marriage and Family Therapy

Sem. Hrs.

  

DT 9300

Marriage and Family Therapy and Professional Counseling in the PhD Setting

3

 

 

DT 9303

Integrative Models of Marriage and Family Therapy

3

 

 

DT 9309

Applied Adult Development

3

 

 

DT 9312

Relational Sexual Therapy

3

 

 

DT 9315

Strategies to Reduce Marriage and Family Dysfunction

3

 

 

DT 9318

Systemic Interventions in Abusive Relationships

3

 

 

DT 9321

Analysis of Substance Abuse Interventions

3

 

 

DT 9324

Systems of Relational and Intrapsychic Diagnosis

3

 

 

DT 9327

Consultation with Larger Systems

3

 

 

DT 9330

Medical Family Therapy

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DT 9336

Quality Practice and Fiscal Systems (For students who plan to practice.)

3

 

 

 

-OR-

 

 

 

DT 9337

Teaching Practicum (For students who plan to teach.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FT 8300

Supervisor Training

3

 

 

RS 9361

Advanced Research Methods

3

 

 

RS 9362

Theory and Methodology of Qualitative Research

3

 

 

RS 9363

Design and Quantitative Analysis in Research I

3

 

 

RS 9364

Design and Quantitative Analysis in Research II

3

 

Total Required Hours for Doctoral Degree

48

 

 

 

 

 

Qualifying Examination for the Doctor of Philosophy in Marriage and Family Therapy

 

 

DT 9053

Qualifying Examination for Doctor of Philosophy in Marriage and Family Therapy

0

 

Total Qualifying Examination Hours for Doctoral Degree

0

 

 

 

 

 

Research Dissertation Modules for the Doctor of Philosophy in Marriage and Family Therapy

 

 

RT 9391

Research Dissertation in Marriage and Family Therapy Module I

3

 

 

RT 9392

Research Dissertation in Marriage and Family Therapy Module II

3

 

 

RT 9393

Research Dissertation in Marriage and Family Therapy Module III

3

 

 

RT 9394

Research Dissertation in Marriage and Family Therapy Module IV

3

 

Total Research Dissertation Module Hours for Doctoral Degree

12

 

 

 

 

 

Total Hours for Doctoral Degree

60

 

Residency Requirements

The format of the Doctor of Philosophy in Marriage and Family Therapy makes use of both traditional classroom lecture and distance learning technology.  Students must come to campus for one, 5 day seminar: (1) DT 9300 Family Therapy and Professional Counseling in the PhD Setting.  In addition, the student must come to the Montgomery Campus for the a qualifying examination, which must be passed before continuation to the dissertation module.

Refer to the subsection Course Delivery Formats and Course Delivery Options in Section 9:  Amridge University Distance Learning Program within this Academic Catalog for additional information related to the respective course completion and delivery options and requirements.  Also, see the respective semester course schedule for specific course delivery options and completion requirements.

Research Expectations

The Doctor of Philosophy degree program differs substantially in several respects from other degrees offered at Amridge University. In addition to the heightened level of knowledge and performance required, students must understand that the PhD is a research degree. While demonstrated excellence in-field is a primary determinant for attainment of applications-based credentials, the student’s ability to organize, conduct, and complete quantitative and qualitative research in the discipline is a critical requirement for the PhD Such research must make a meaningful contribution to the body of knowledge in the field. Acceptable research must be publication quality and be positively affirmed through peer review within and/or outside of the Amridge University scholar community.

 

Comprehensive Examination Preparation Course

The Comprehensive Examination attempts to measure the range of knowledge acquired by doctoral students by synthesizing the knowledge gained from the various courses that were taken and expressing these concepts in written format.  The Comprehensive Examination Preparation course is automatically uploaded and charged the semester the student enrolls in the initial program course DT 9300 Marriage and Family and Professional Counseling Therapy in the PhD Setting.  The Comprehensive Examination Preparation course will include a pool of questions similar to the questions that will be included on the Comprehensive Examinations.  A student may draw random questions from the pool as guides for preparing for the Comprehensive Examination.  The preparation course will also include guides in the form of the rubric that will be used in evaluating student responses to the Comprehensive Examination. The Comprehensive Exam fee is a one-time fee.

 

Qualifications and Procedures for the Comprehensive Examination

1.    To qualify for the Comprehensive Examination, a student must have completed at least 39 semester hours of the core course requirements.

2.    The student must register for the course DT 9051 Comprehensive Examination for Doctor of Philosophy in Family Therapy.

3.    The Comprehensive Examination will be administered only on the Montgomery campus.

4.    The Comprehensive Examination will be administered over a two day period, the times of which will be included in the semester schedule.

5.     The Comprehensive Examination will be drawn from the pool of questions in the Comprehensive Examination Preparation Course.

6.    Student responses to the Comprehensive Examination will be evaluated based on the rubric provided to students in the Comprehensive Examination Preparation Course.

7.    The Comprehensive Examination evaluation outcomes will be on a pass or fail basis.

8.    A student who fails the exam must retake the entire exam.

9.    Students may retake the exam as early as the following semester.

10.   Students who fail the exam the second time may not retake the exam without approval of the program faculty.

11.   An appeal for a third opportunity to take the exam must be submitted to the PhD Program Director who will chair the faculty committee to consider the appeal.  An appeal will be granted only in very unusual circumstances.

 

Candidacy Status

Candidacy status is a milestone designation for the student.   Candidacy status indicates that the student has demonstrated extensive knowledge and academic achievement in the student’s major area and that the student has the knowledge base to conduct original research in the field.

The minimum requirements to attain Candidacy Status shall include: (a) Completion of all prerequisite courses for the student's chosen program; (b) Completion all program residency requirements as specified in the University's Academic Catalog; (c) Completion all required PhD core courses; (d) Passage of the written comprehensive examination within the student's chosen program; and, (e) Demonstration of competency to produce a manuscript publishable in a peer refereed journal by presenting to the Examination Team conducting the Comprehensive Examination for Candidacy Status: (1) documentation that the student has published in a peer refereed journal during the student’s tenure in the PhD program at Amridge University, or (2) a manuscript which is judged by the Comprehensive Examination Team to be of publishable quality and ready to be submitted for publication in a refereed journal.

 

Dissertation Committee for the Doctor of Philosophy in Marriage and Family Therapy

A Dissertation Committee shall be appointed near the time that the student enrolls in the first dissertation module, RT 9391 Research Dissertation in Marriage and Family Therapy Module I. The Dissertation Committee shall be appointed by the PhD Program Director with the approval of the Vice President of Academic Affairs. The student may request specific individuals to be appointed to the Dissertation Committee.  A minimum of two signatory members of the Dissertation Committee shall have a PhD in a field related to marriage and family therapy.  The Committee shall establish protocol for communication among the Committee members.  Each dissertation module and the final total dissertation shall be approved by the Committee Chairperson, the reader, and the Dissertation Secretary before a grade is assigned for the module.  The Committee Chairperson shall be the instructor of record for the dissertation modules.

 

Dissertation Modules

The dissertation is to be completed through a sequence of dissertation module courses.  The minimum sequence involves Research Dissertation Module I, Research Dissertation Module II, Research Dissertation Module III and, Research Dissertation Module IV.  The sequence may also involve module continuation courses.  A Research Dissertation Module First Continuation and a Research Dissertation Module Second Continuation course is available for each module level if the student does not complete all requirements for a given module in one semester.

 

A student must achieve “Candidacy Status” prior to enrolling in a dissertation Module.  After beginning the dissertation the student must enroll in a dissertation module course or dissertation module continuation course each semester until completion of the dissertation, unless prior written approval is obtained from the Dissertation Committee.  The dissertation modules must be completed in sequence. The student must be enrolled in a dissertation module to receive significant assistance from members of the dissertation committee. 

 

A student who fails to enroll in a dissertation course in a succeeding semester, unless prior written approval is obtained from the Dissertation Committee, will be removed from the program.  An individual so removed from the program may submit an appeal to the Appeals Committee for consideration of readmission to the program.  

 

Allowable Grades for a Dissertation Module course are:

§  P for pass if all requirements of the module have been met, IP for in-progress if satisfactory progress, as specified below, has been made but not all module requirements have been met, or F for failure if satisfactory progress has not been made.

§  The IP for a Dissertation Module course is a permanent grade.  Students receiving a grade of IP on a dissertation module must register for and pay tuition and fees for the appropriate Dissertation Module First Continuation course to complete requirements for the dissertation module.  Tuition and fees, including the Dissertation Lab Fee, will be charged for this course.

 

Allowable Grades for a Dissertation Module First Continuation course are:

§  P for pass if all requirements of the module have been met,

§  IP for in-progress if satisfactory progress, as specified below, has been made but not all module requirements have been met, or F for failure if satisfactory progress has not been made.

 

Students receiving a grade of IP on Dissertation Module First Continuation course must register for and pay tuition and fees for the appropriate Dissertation Module Second Continuation course to complete requirements for the dissertation module.  Tuition and fees, including the Dissertation Lab Fee, will be charged for this credit course.

 

Allowable Grades for a Dissertation Module Second Continuation courses are:

§  P for pass if all requirements of the module have been met, or

§  F for failure if all requirements of the module have not been met.

 

A student who receives a grade of F for any dissertation module, dissertation module first continuation course or dissertation module second continuation course will be removed from the program.  An individual so removed from the program may submit an appeal to the Appeals Committee for consideration of readmission to the program.

The Appeals Committee shall consult with the student’s Dissertation Committee in considering the appeal. 

 

Requirements for Dissertation Module Courses

See the section titled Requirements for Dissertation Module Courses for the Doctor of Ministry and Doctor Philosophy Programs under Section 16 – Course Description of this version of the Amridge University Academic Catalog.

 

Graduation Requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy in Marriage and Family Therapy

To receive a PhD Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Amridge University, the student must:

1.    Complete the degree courses as specified within and in accordance with the individualized degree evaluation provided to the Amridge University student during the admissions process.  The individualized degree evaluation will be completed and given to the student as soon as copies of all pertinent college and university transcripts are received by the admissions office.  All of the credit for the PhD Degree must be earned at Amridge University;

2.    Maintain at least a 3.0 GPA for all courses taken at Amridge University;

3.    Pass the respective Comprehensive Examination as specified within this publication;

4.    Be awarded candidacy status in the PhD Degree Program;

5.    Satisfactorily complete a dissertation that convinces the Dissertation Committee of student's superior knowledge within the student's program area.  The student must achieve candidacy Status prior to enrolling in a dissertation module.  The dissertation must make an original contribution to knowledge and demonstrate the student's ability to articulate material to others.  The student has the responsibility to make all changes recommended by the Dissertation Committee and submit an amended and approved copy to the Registrar;

6.    Complete an Amridge University Degree Completion Application available from Amridge University’s web site.  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;

7.    Dissertation Module IV serves as a Program Exit Examination.  The student must receive a passing grade in the Dissertation Module IV in order to graduate; and

8.    Be current on all tuition and fees owed to the University.

 

ADMISSION AND DEGREE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY DEGREE IN PROFESSIONAL COUNSELING

Offered through the Amridge University School of Human Services, the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Degree in Professional Counseling is a 60-semester hour rigorous research oriented program beyond the Master's degree.  The number of hours required for the completion of this doctorate will depend on the number of graduate hours the student has already taken before entering the program. 

The PhD program is not designed to prepare individuals for professional licensure.  It is assumed that the applicant has already completed the course work required for professional licensure.  If the applicant wishes to obtain professional licensure, additional courses may be required. 

The distinctive components in this program will be the emphasis on traditional and non-traditional extended learning delivery systems.  Broadly put, upon completion of either program, the student will have an advanced degree with both therapeutic expertise and scholarship.

Students will complete intensive studies in theories of counseling, human development, problems with abuse and addiction, cultural diversity, and research.  Courses offered in these programs will be taught partly from traditional class settings and will be partly delivered online over the Internet.

Students benefit from collegial learning during both face-to-face and concomitant residency experiences.  The on-campus experiences are enhanced and extended through the concomitant classes and meetings.  The University provides live classroom broadcasts with video and audio transmission for an academic residency component of the PhD program.  This live Internet online transmission permits teacher-student interaction and discussion.  This interaction between faculty member and students is a concomitant synchronized period in a traditional classroom.  This synchronous learning alternative is the New Academic Residency Option open to Amridge University students who live at a distance from the main campus.  Amridge University maintains a record of each student's residency requirements in the program.  A program may be completed in 4 years; however, the completion time depends on factors such as the number of credits transferred, the pace at which courses are taken, and the time necessary to research and write the dissertation.

Upon completion of the Program the graduates will be able to:

1.    Conduct original research, including both quantitative and qualitative methodologies,

2.    Demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of the current status of research in psychology and counseling,

3.    Recognize, and accurately classify, syndromes of mental disorders and establish appropriate treatment plans.

4.    Demonstrate the ability to function as a scholar/practitioner as evidenced by critical analysis of the student’s own practice  setting, and

5.    Apply counseling skills and research in teaching or clinical practice. 

These outcomes are assessed through completion of the courses work, completion of the comprehensive examination, and completion of the dissertation.  

Admission to the Amridge University PhD Degree Program in Professional Counseling will be offered to prospective students who have demonstrated the intellectual ability, the preparation, and the motivation for a scholarly vocation.  The basis of this determination will be through the admissions application process where applicants for the PhD Degree Program in Professional Counseling must meet the following admission requirements before being considered for admission to the program.

1.    Application with fee.

2.    Official transcript showing an earned Graduate degree from a regionally or selected nationally accredited institution.

Applicants for whom English is a second language must provide documented evidence of English proficiency in one of two ways:

3.    A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States or

4.    A score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) per the following:

Graduate—minimum total score of 79, with minimum scores for reading and listening increased to “high” levels.

Reading (high)                                                22

Listening (high)                                               22

Speaking (fair)                                                18

Writing (fair)                                                    17

5.    Writing Sample (e.g. Career Monograph, Published Journal Article, Term paper from master’s degree or doctoral dissertation or other applicable writing sample) Applicant must submit a paper or thesis from the master's degree level or doctoral dissertation that is written in accordance with a style manual generally accepted by colleges and universities.  The writing sample must have been written solely by the applicant and should reflect the applicant's research and academic writing skills.  Ideally, the term paper shall contain grade marks by the course instructor.

6.    Interview of the applicant.

The assigned Amridge University faculty interviewer will arrange an interview with the applicant – this may be done by telephone.

During the admissions process, the preceding admissions requirements will be reviewed by an Amridge University Chairperson and Doctoral Acceptance Committee. 

Also, all applicants are encouraged to submit a recent photograph.  The picture should be a close-up of head and shoulders.  This may be sent in a JPEG format to ADMISSIONS@AMRIDGEUNIVERSITY.EDU.  A student is not required to send a photograph in order to be admitted to Amridge University.

The applicant is expected to have appropriate foundation preparation at the graduate level. This course work may be from any regionally or selected national accredited marriage and family therapy, related program.  Necessary pre-requisite courses may be indentified during the application process.

Time Normally Required to Complete the Program

The Doctor of Philosophy in Professional Counseling may be completed in four years attending full-time.  A student may take the courses on a part-time or full-time basis.  This estimate includes coursework and the writing and acceptance of the dissertation.

 

Approval by Institutional Review Board

Faculty members or students conducting research in association with Amridge University, including research for dissertations, master’s theses or other studies must have prior approval of the Institution Review Board (IRB).  Students must receive approval from the IRB prior to completion of dissertation Module II or Master’s Thesis Part I.

The purpose of Amridge University’s Institutional Review Board (IRB) is to insure that the use and treatment of human subjects participating in research associated with this University is ethical and in compliance with established standards.  Although researchers are ultimately responsible for the ethical treatment of their human subjects, it is the policy of Amridge University that all faculty members conducting research associated with this University involving human subjects must receive approval from the (IRB) before commencing their projects or beginning data collection.  This requirement also applies to student researchers who are collecting data under the supervision of a faculty member.  Students engaged in projects for theses, dissertations, independent research courses, or faculty-student collaborations which involve human subjects must seek IRB approval through their thesis or dissertation committee chairperson.  The IRB may require a background check of the investigator before approving a research plan involving research subjects who are minors.

Required Courses for the Doctor of Philosophy in Professional Counseling

The Course Requirements of 60 semester credit hours for the degree program Doctor of Philosophy in Professional Counseling consists of program specific courses (48 semester hours), a Qualifying Examination (0 semester hours), and Dissertation courses (12 semester hours).

 

Required Courses for the Doctor of Philosophy in Professional Counseling

Sem. Hrs.

  

DT 9300

Marriage and Family Therapy and Professional Counseling in the PhD Setting

3

 

 

DT 9306

Synthesis of Counseling and Psychotherapy Theories

3

 

 

DT 9309

Applied Adult Development

3

 

 

DT 9312

Relational Sexual Therapy

3

 

 

DT 9315

Strategies to Reduce Marriage and Family Dysfunction

3

 

 

DT 9318

Systemic Interventions in Abusive Relationships

3

 

 

DT 9321

Analysis of Substance Abuse Interventions

3

 

 

DT 9324

Systems of Relational and Intrapsychic Diagnosis

3

 

 

DT 9327

Consultation with Larger Systems

3

 

 

DT 9330

Medical Family Therapy

3

 

 

DT 9332

Counseling for Change

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DT 9336

Quality Practice and Fiscal Systems (For students who plan to practice.)

3

 

 

 

-OR-

 

 

 

DT 9337

Teaching Practicum (For students who plan to teach.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RS 9361

Advanced Research Methods

3

 

 

RS 9362

Theory and Methodology of Qualitative Research

3

 

 

RS 9363

Design and Quantitative Analysis in Research I

3

 

 

RS 9364

Design and Quantitative Analysis in Research II

3

 

Total Required Hours for Doctoral Degree

48

 

 

 

 

 

Qualifying Examination for the Doctor of Philosophy in Professional Counseling

 

 

DT 9053

Qualifying Examination for Doctor of Philosophy in Marriage and Family Therapy

0

 

Total Qualifying Examination Hours for Doctoral Degree

0

 

 

 

 

 

Research Dissertation Modules for the Doctor of Philosophy in Professional Counseling

 

 

RC 9391

Research Dissertation in Counseling Module I

3

 

 

RC 9392

Research Dissertation in Counseling Module II

3

 

 

RC 9393

Research Dissertation in Counseling Module III

3

 

 

RC 9394

Research Dissertation in Counseling Module IV

3

 

Total Research Dissertation Module Hours for Doctoral Degree

12

 

 

 

 

 

Total Hours for Doctoral Degree

60

 

Residency Requirements

The format of the Doctor of Philosophy in Professional Counseling makes use of both traditional classroom lecture and distance learning technology.  Students must come to campus for one, 5 day seminar: (1) DT 9300 Family Therapy and Professional Counseling in the PhD Setting.  In addition, the student must come to the Montgomery Campus for the a qualifying examination, which must be passed before continuation to the dissertation module.

Refer to the subsection Student Degree Requirements – Completion Options – Course Delivery Methods and Course Deliver Formats in Section 9:  Amridge University Distance Learning Program within this Academic Catalog for additional information related to the respective course completion and delivery options and requirements.  Also, see the respective semester course schedule for specific course delivery options and completion requirements.

Research Expectations

The Doctor of Philosophy degree program differs substantially in several respects from other degrees offered at Amridge University. In addition to the heightened level of knowledge and performance required, students must understand that the PhD is a research degree. While demonstrated excellence in-field is a primary determinant for attainment of applications-based credentials, the student’s ability to organize, conduct, and complete quantitative and qualitative research in the discipline is a critical requirement for the PhD. Such research must make a meaningful contribution to the body of knowledge in the field. Acceptable research must be publication quality and be positively affirmed through peer review within and/or outside of the Amridge University scholar community.

 

Comprehensive Examination Preparation Course

The Comprehensive Examination attempts to measure the range of knowledge acquired by doctoral students by synthesizing the knowledge gained from the various courses that were taken and expressing these concepts in written format.  The Comprehensive Examination Preparation course is automatically uploaded and charged the semester the student enrolls in the initial program course DT 9300 Marriage and Family Therapy and Professional Counseling in the PhD setting.  The Comprehensive Examination Preparation course will include a pool of questions similar to the questions that will be included on the Comprehensive Examinations.  A student may draw random questions from the pool as guides for preparing for the Comprehensive Examination.  The preparation course will also include guides in the form of the rubric that will be used in evaluating student responses to the Comprehensive Examination. The Comprehensive Exam fee is a one-time fee.

 

Qualifications and Procedures for the Comprehensive Examination

1.    To qualify for the Comprehensive Examination, a student must have completed at least 39 semester hours of the core course requirements.

2.    The student must register for the course DT  9052 Comprehensive Examination for Doctor of Philosophy in Professional Counseling

3.    The Comprehensive Examination will be administered only on the Montgomery campus.

4.    The Comprehensive Examination will be administered over a two day period, the times of which will be included in the semester schedule.

5.    The Comprehensive Examination will be drawn from the pool of questions in the Comprehensive Examination Preparation Course.

6.    Student responses to the Comprehensive Examination will be evaluated based on the rubric provided to students in the Comprehensive Examination Preparation Course.

7.    The Comprehensive Examination evaluation outcomes will be on a pass or fail basis.

8.    A student who fails the exam must retake the entire exam.

9.    Students may retake the exam as early as the following semester.

10.  Students who fail the exam the second time may not retake the exam without approval of the program faculty.

11.  An appeal for a third opportunity to take the exam must be submitted to the PhD Program Director who will chair the faculty committee to consider the appeal.  An appeal will be granted only in very unusual circumstances.

 

Candidacy Status

Candidacy status is a milestone designation for the student.   Candidacy status indicates that the student has demonstrated extensive knowledge and academic achievement in the student’s major area and that the student has the knowledge base to conduct original research in the field.

The minimum requirements to attain Candidacy Status shall include: (a) Completion of all prerequisite courses for the student's chosen program; (b) Completion all program residency requirements as specified in the University's Academic Catalog; (c) Completion all required PhD core courses; (d) Passage of the written comprehensive examination within the student's chosen program; and, (e) Demonstration of competency to produce a manuscript publishable in a peer refereed journal by presenting to the Examination Team conducting the Comprehensive Examination for Candidacy Status: (1) documentation that the student has published in a peer refereed journal during the student’s tenure in the PhD program at Amridge University, or (2) a manuscript which is judged by the Comprehensive Examination Team to be of publishable quality and ready to be submitted for publication in a refereed journal.

 

Dissertation Committee for the Doctor of Philosophy in Professional Counseling

A Dissertation Committee shall be appointed near the time that the student enrolls in the first dissertation module, RC 9391 Research Dissertation in Counseling Module I. The Dissertation Committee shall be appointed by the Dean of the School of Human Services with the approval of the Vice President of Academic Affairs. The student may request specific individuals to be appointed to the Dissertation Committee.  A minimum of two signatory members of the Dissertation Committee shall have a doctorate in a field related to family therapy.  The Committee shall establish protocol for communication among the Committee members.  Each dissertation module and the final total dissertation shall be approved by the Committee Chairperson, the Reader, the Dissertation Secretary, the Dean and the Vice President of Academic Affairs before a grade is assigned for the module.  The Committee Chairperson shall be the instructor of record for the dissertation modules.

 

Dissertation Modules

The dissertation is to be completed through a sequence of dissertation module courses.  The minimum sequence involves Research Dissertation Module I, Research Dissertation Module II, Research Dissertation Module III and, Research Dissertation Module IV.  The sequence may also involve module continuation courses.  A Research Dissertation Module First Continuation and a Research Dissertation Module Second Continuation course is available for each module level if the student does not complete all requirements for a given module in one semester.

 

A student must achieve “Candidacy Status” prior to enrolling in a dissertation Module.  After beginning the dissertation the student must enroll in a dissertation module course or dissertation module continuation course each semester until completion of the dissertation, unless prior written approval is obtained from the Dissertation Committee.  The dissertation modules must be completed in sequence. The student must be enrolled in a dissertation module to receive significant assistance from members of the dissertation committee. 

 

A student who fails to enroll in a dissertation course in a succeeding semester, unless prior written approval is obtained from the Dissertation Committee, will be removed from the program.  An individual so removed from the program may submit an appeal to the Appeals Committee for consideration of readmission to the program.  

 

Allowable Grades for a Dissertation Module course are:

§  P for pass if all requirements of the module have been met, IP for in-progress if satisfactory progress, as specified below, has been made but not all module requirements have been met, or F for failure if satisfactory progress has not been made.

§  The IP for a Dissertation Module course is a permanent grade.  Students receiving a grade of IP on a dissertation module must register for and pay tuition and fees for the appropriate Dissertation Module First Continuation course to complete requirements for the dissertation module.  Tuition and fees, including the Dissertation Lab Fee, will be charged for this course.

 

Allowable Grades for a Dissertation Module First Continuation course are:

§  P for pass if all requirements of the module have been met,

§  IP for in-progress if satisfactory progress, as specified below, has been made but not all module requirements have been met, or F for failure if satisfactory progress has not been made.

 

Students receiving a grade of IP on Dissertation Module First Continuation course must register for and pay tuition and fees for the appropriate Dissertation Module Second Continuation course to complete requirements for the dissertation module.  Tuition and fees, including the Dissertation Lab Fee, will be charged for this credit course.

 

Allowable Grades for a Dissertation Module Second Continuation courses are:

§  P for pass if all requirements of the module have been met, or

§  F for failure if all requirements of the module have not been met.

 

A student who receives a grade of F for any dissertation module, dissertation module first continuation course or dissertation module second continuation course will be removed from the program.  An individual so removed from the program may submit an appeal to the Appeals Committee for consideration of readmission to the program.

The Appeals Committee shall consult with the student’s Dissertation Committee in considering the appeal. 

 

Requirements for Dissertation Module Courses

See the section titled Requirements for Dissertation Module Courses for the Doctor of Ministry and Doctor Philosophy Programs under Section 16 – Course Description of this version of the Amridge University Academic Catalog.

Graduation Requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy in Professional Counseling

To receive a PhD Degree in Professional Counseling from Amridge University, the student must:

1.    Complete the degree courses as specified within and in accordance with the individualized degree evaluation provided to the Amridge University student during the admissions process.  The individualized degree evaluation will be completed and given to the student as soon as copies of all pertinent college and university transcripts are received by the admissions office.  All of the credit for the PhD Degree must be earned at Amridge University;

2.    Maintain at least a 3.0 GPA for all courses taken at Amridge University;

3.    Pass the respective Comprehensive Examination as specified within this publication;

4.    Be awarded candidacy status in the PhD Degree Program;

5.    Satisfactorily complete a dissertation that convinces the Dissertation Committee of student's superior knowledge within the student's program area.  The student must achieve candidacy Status prior to enrolling in a dissertation module.  The dissertation must make an original contribution to knowledge and demonstrate the student's ability to articulate material to others.  The student has the responsibility to make all changes recommended by the Dissertation Committee and submit an amended and approved copy to the Registrar;

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. Follo