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Each Fall semester, a new cohort of counseling students begins the MA in Counseling program in Detroit. The curriculum of the program takes two years and two summers to complete. Core counseling classes are held on Monday and Wednesday. Non-counseling courses in this program may be taken at the Detroit Center, as well as the Ohio sites evenings (see current “Schedule of Course Offerings” for specific dates).
Students have the opportunity to receive first-hand internship experience on the units of Detroit area hospitals, mental health care facilities and private or parish centered counseling centers. Students may also elect to take a unit of CPE (Clinical Pastoral Education) to fulfill most of their internship experience while completing this program. This wide range of opportunities and the mentoring and expertise of the faculty who serve in the program provide the students with a rich blend of transformational experience and instruction. Students earning the MA in Counseling degree must complete 52 semester hours with a minimum grade point average of 2.0 on a 4.0 grading scale. Students earning the MA in Counseling degree must complete a total of 52 semester hours.
The Master of Arts in Counseling degree program, offered only at the Detroit Center of the Seminary, seeks to provide the academic and experiential background needed to equip students to effectively minister as professional and pastoral counselors. This degree satisfies the educational requirements for licensure as a counselor in the State of Michigan. It provides training to those interested in clinical expertise who also seek the ability to appropriately integrate spiritual and biblical principles to best assist those they counsel. Unique aspects of the Detroit program include its multicultural environment and cultural and gender sensitivity. Other unique aspects of the program include commitment to the growth of the student emotionally and spiritually through the experience and integration of formational counseling principles and scenario role-playing techniques, and through two years of group counseling experience.
The MAC Program’s assessment system includes broad Degree Learning Outcomes (DLOs) in three areas; Knowledge, Professional Skills, and Personal Attributes. Each of these more general degree learning outcomes is composed of a number of more specific degree learning outcomes as indicated below. (Degree learning outcomes are attained through “student learning objectives” (SLOs) which are specified in course syllabi.)
By the conclusion of their program, students will be able to distinguish the clinical information needed by professional counselors (“Knowledge Objective” or “KO”). More specifically, the student will be able to:
By the conclusion of their program, students will demonstrate ability in professional counseling skills (“Professional Skills Objective” or “PSO”). More specifically, the student will be able to:
By the conclusion of their program, students will exhibit personal characteristics important for professional counseling and counselors (“Personal Attributes Objectives” or “PAO”). More specifically, the student will be able to:
Religious Heritage Core
|BSG 5510 Fundamentals of Biblical Interpretation||2 hours|
|CTH 5510 Fundamentals of Christian Theology||2 hours|
Counseling Core Courses
|CLC 5501 Spiritual Themes in Clinical Counseling||2 hours|
|CLC 5511 Human Growth and Development||3 hours|
|CLC 5520 Social and Cultural Issues in Counseling||3 hours|
|CNS 5521 Crisis Counseling||1.5 hours|
|CNS 5527 Dimensions of Healing||1.5 hours|
|CLC 5530 Group Dynamics I||1.5 hours|
|CLC 5531 Group Dynamics II||1.5 hours|
|CNS 5548 Counseling Theories and Techniques||3 hours|
|CNS 5570 Professional Ethics and Responsibilities||3 hours|
|CNS 6622 Lifestyle and Career Counseling||2.5 hours|
|CNS 6647 Counseling and Consulting||2 hours|
|CNS 6651 Group Counseling I||1.5 hours|
|CNS 6652 Group Counseling II||1.5 hours|
|CNS 6691 Introduction to Research Methods and Design||3 hours|
|CNS 6692 Psychological Testing and Evaluation||2.5 hours|
|CNS 7744 Marriage and Family Counseling||1.5 hours|
Practicum and Internship
|CLC 6636 Practicum in Counseling||2 hours|
|CLC 7796 Internship in Counseling I||2 hours|
|CNS 7797 Internship in Counseling II||2 hours|
|Clinical Content Courses|
|CNS 7729 Differential Diagnosis||3 hours|
|CNS 7795 Treatment Planning Principles and Practice||3 hours|
|Choose 1 of the following 5 courses:|
|CNS 7728 Formational Prayer||3 hours|
|CNS 7746 Grief Counseling||1.5 hours|
|CNS 7753 Scenario Role Playing||1.5 hours|
|CNS 7777 Substance Abuse||3 hours|
|Practical Ministry Elective||3 hours|
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The link below will direct you to the Ashland University Graduate School online application to apply to the Master of Arts in Counseling program.