The Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is grounded in the assumption that all truth is God’s truth, including truth about the people God created. This truth about human beings is revealed in the written Word as well as in scientific investigation. Our approach to understanding the nature of persons integrates contributions from theology and the behavioral sciences. Both disciplines are given mutual respect in an effort to arrive at a sophisticated alliance for speaking to and treating the human dilemma.
The Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is offered from within a Christian worldview and strives to develop exceptional professional counselors with the necessary knowledge and skills to provide compassionate care to people from diverse backgrounds.
The Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (M.A.C.M.H.C.) degree seeks to provide the academic and experiential background needed to equip students to effectively practice as professional counselors. In addition, the degree satisfies Ohio educational requirements set by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapist Board for licensure as a Professional Counselor (P.C.) and Professional Clinical Counselor (P.C.C.). Students earning the Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree must complete 90 quarter hours with a B– or higher in each counseling course, according to Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapist Board law.
The Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP) and is approved by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage & Family Therapist Board to meet academic requirements for the Professional Counselor (PC) and Professional Clinical Counselor (PCC) licenses.
Michigan residents: See the Master of Arts in Counseling degree program.
Practicum is an important experience in the student’s preparation as a clinical counselor. It is intended to be an on-the-job experience conducted in a setting as close as possible to the one in which the student will seek employment. The nature of this experience should be as similar to a regular counseling position as possible, but with much more supervision than is usually the case with an employed counselor.
The internship is one of the most important experiences in the student’s preparation as a clinical counselor. The internship experience follows practicum and provides further opportunity for students to assume the role of professional counselor-in-training (counselor trainee) and to provide clinical services within a community agency, school, or private group practice under appropriate supervision. In the internship, students have the opportunity to synthesize and apply what they have learned in theory, practice, and research in an actual counseling setting. While in this setting, the site supervisor serves as an important role model and mentor, guiding the intern as she/he works with clients. Thus the internship is intended to be an experience from which the student, clients, the internship site, and the school can all benefit.
Renee wanted her counseling education to prepare her not just as a clinical counselor but a Christian counselor, able to offer the world something more than the basic therapeutic approaches… Jesus Christ.
Ryan came to Ashland Theological Seminary because he wanted professors who take their personal walk with Christ and their professional journey as Clinicians very seriously and are dedicated to equipping the next crop of counselors.
Clinical Counseling is the professional discipline of providing preventative and remedial services through counseling, training, educating, and consulting. This is an exciting and rewarding expression of Christ’s call to bring hope and comfort to the oppressed (Luke 4; Isaiah 61). Students who complete either the MACMHC in Ohio or the MAC in Michigan will be eligible to sit for the appropriate licensure exam in these states.