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. Apply 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 Counseling Association (ACA);
  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.

Practicums and Clinicals

Students, not Amridge University, are responsible for locating and making arrangements for their practicum and clinical experiences and courses.  As such, students should begin making the required arrangements several semesters before the semester of the respective student’s first practicum or clinical experiences 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 Dean of the School of Human Services, at least one semester prior to beginning a Practicum or a Clinical course.  Students should contact the dean 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 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.

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. 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.

Important Licensure Details

The Course Requirements of 96 semester credit hours for the degree program Master of Divinity (MDiv) in Professional Counseling consists of program specific courses.

Required Courses Sem. Hrs.

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 
FD 6312 Hermeneutics
LD 6362 Spiritual Leadership
NT 6301 Critical Introduction to the New Testament
OT 6301 Critical Introduction to the Old Testament
PS 6302 Homiletics
3
3
3
3
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
FT 7310 Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy
FT 7320 Human Development
FT 7321 Human Sexual Development
FT 7322 Theories of Personality Development
FT 7323 Marriage and Family Development
FT 7326 Social and Multicultural Diversity
FT 7331 Marital and Family Systems
FT 7332 Counseling for Abusive Relationships
-OR- FT 7333 Systemic Treatment of Substance Related Disorders
FT 7335 Advanced Therapy
FT 7336 Basic Counseling Techniques/Helping Relationships
FT 7337 Group Counseling
FT 7340 Assessment of Individuals and Families
FT 7355 Psychopathology and Psychopharmacology
PT 7300 PC Ethics and Professional Identity
PT 7350 Lifestyle and Career Development
PT 7370 PC Practicum
PT 7371 PC Clinical Training I
PT 7372 PC Clinical Training II
RS 6339 Research and Evaluation
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3

3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3

Total Required PC Hours for Masters Degree 60
Elective Non-Counseling Courses for the
Master of Divinity in Professional Counseling
 
Textual Courses
Foundation Studies
Theological Studies
12
3
3
Total Elective Non-Counseling Hours for Masters Degree  18
Comprehensive Examination for the Master of Divinity
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
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Special Notice Concerning Programs Which May Lead to Licensure

Amridge University has been approved to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (NC-SARA). NC-SARA is an agreement in which among member states and institutions have established national standards for distance learning.  As a participant, Amridge University has agreed to provide the following special notification to all students enrolled in a course or program that customarily leads to professional licensure, or which a student could reasonably believe leads to such licensure.

Students who reside outside of Alabama and plan to enroll in any Amridge University online course(s) or degree(s) that may lead to licensure are individually responsible for verifying that the program in which they intend to enroll meets the requirements for licensure in their state. Amridge University cannot confirm whether a course or program meets requirements for professional licensure in a student’s state.  It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that he or she meets the licensure requirements for the state or states that he or she intends to be licensed.  Online students are strongly encouraged to contact the state licensing body for which he or she will be seeking licensure to ensure that their intended program of choice will meet all eligibility requirements for certification or licensure.

The American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy provides a listing of state licensure boards at the following link:  http://www.aamft.org.  Students are encouraged to contact the respective board to obtain the latest licensure information.

The National Board for Certified Counselors and Affiliates (NBCCA) provides contact information for state licensure boards in the area of Professional Counseling at the following link:  http://www.nbcc.org.  Students are encouraged to contact the respective board to obtain the latest licensure information.

Students are encouraged to contact the Dean of the School of Human Services for additional information regarding the licensure process at clinicals@amridgeuniversity.edu or 800.351.4040, extension 7815.

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