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The mission of the Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (MACMHC) is preparation for the eventual certification and/or licensure of students. Students in the program will not only be competent in mental health counseling, but will also be proficient in the academic study of, practical dialogue of, and professional leadership in religious/spiritual issues related to mental health counseling. Students will receive thorough integration training in professional counseling that will prepare them to sit for licensure examination in various states in the area of Mental Health Counseling. The program provides training for counselors that relates to the diagnosis of various mental disorders. They will be especially familiar with the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders and will be capable of diagnosing mental illnesses. The program is designed to train students so they can work in church settings, outpatient mental health settings, and inpatient settings. Students will be able to assess potential clients and compare their skills with client needs and treat or refer with confidence.The program also provides electives in couples, marriage and family counseling, and psychopharmacology.

 The program is for students who desire professional level training in mental health counseling.  Mental health counselors are valuable and sought for placement by a variety of growing public, private, educational, clinical, secular, and religious settings.

Program Requirements (60 credits)

FIRST YEAR (26 hours/credits)
CO/BS 501 - Counseling and the Bible (3 credits)
CO 701 - Counseling Skills (3 credits)
CO 702 - Personality and Counseling Theories (3 credits)
CO 703 - Human Growth and Development (3 credits)
CO 731 - Professional Issues and Ethics in Counseling (3 credits)
CO 736 - Intercultural Counseling (3 Credits)
CO 784 - Research and Evaluation in Counseling (3 credits)
CO/TS 751 - Spirituality, Religion, and Mental Health in Counseling (3 credits)
SA/CO 801  - Pentecostal Foundations (3 credits)
SA/CO 802 - Counseling Development Group (1 credit)
SA/CO 804 - Counseling Development Group (1 credit)

SECOND YEAR (25 credits/hours)
CO 770 - Clinical Practicum in Counseling
CO 700 - Mental Health Diagnosis / Abnormal Psychology in Counseling
CO 732 - Group Dynamics and Counseling (3 credits)
CO 733 - Lifestyle and Career Development in Counseling (3 credits)
SA/CO 805 - Counseling Development Group (1 credit)
CO 773 - Mental Health Assessment, Test & Measurement in Counseling
CO 736 - Intercultural Counseling (3 credits)
Elective for Licensure (3 credits)
Elective for Licensure (3 credits)

THIRD YEAR (9 credits/hours)
CO785 - Clinical Counseling Internship (3 credits)
CO787 - Clinical Counseling Internship (3 credits)
Elective for Licensure (3 credits)

CO709 - Couples and Family Counseling Theories and Therapy (3 credits)
CO716 - Special Issues in Counseling Couples and Family Counseling (3 credits)
CO 734 - Trauma and Crisis Counseling (3 credits)
CO776 - Human Sexuality (3 credits)
CO 777 - Diagnosis and Treatment of Addiction (3 credits)
CO 791 - Psychopharmacology in Mental Health Counseling (3 credits)
CO796 - Community Counseling
60 credits total


Admissions Criteria

Prospective students and students transferring from another degree program into the MACMHC degree program shall be reviewed for acceptance/approval in accordance with the following criteria:

●    Each applicant’s potential success in forming effective interpersonal relationships in individual and small-group contexts;
●    Each applicant’s aptitude for graduate-level study, including technological competence and computer literacy;
●    Each applicant’s career goals and objectives and their relevance to the program;
●    Each applicant’s openness to self-examination and personal and professional self-development; and
●    The standard admissions criteria stated in the current Seminary Catalog which can be found at the following link 

Accreditation Status

The Seminary is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to offer doctoral and masters level degrees. Further, the Seminary and its programs are accredited by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS). The MACMHC is included in these accreditations.

Professional Licensure Preparation Disclosure

The MACMHC program prepares students to apply for licensure as Licensed Professional Counselors by offering the courses required for state licensure. Applicants and students in the MACMHC receive advisement regarding state licensure educational requirements for the state(s) they desire to receive licensure in, including practicum and internship courses. The MACMHC program conducts an annual audit of state government licensure requirements for all 50 states every summer. For applicant and student reference, the link to charts for each state's course requirements is as follows
The link to a chart of links to state government licensure sites is as follows

Methods of Instruction

The methods of instruction include lectures, resourcing such as texts, articles, etc.; role play, interviews, research projects, clinical, supervised experiences, examination and other methods of graduate level education. The delivery formats of the MACMHC include live courses offered synchronously and in person; as well as asynchronously. The online formats are described in more detail in the Seminary's catalog at the following link .

Minimum Degree Requirements

The minimum degree requirements of the MACMHC include the following:
●    Completion of First, Second and Third Year Courses, including
●    Completion of CO770 Clinical Practicum in Counseling,
●    Completion of CO785 Clinical Counseling Internship, and
●    Completion of CO787 Clinical Counseling Internship; also
●    Passing the First Year Exam given in CO770,
●    Passing the Second Year Exam given in CO785, and
●    Passing the Case Review Defense given in CO787; further
●    Passing each course with a minimum grade of B- and a minimum overall Grade Point Average of 2.7.
Matriculation Requirements

Matriculation requirements for the MACMHC degree program include:
●    Completion of the Seminary's Graduation Form,
●    Recommendation by the MACMHC core faculty to the Faculty Council, and
●    Approval by the Faculty Council.

Financial Aid Information

Financial Aid information for the MACMHC can be found at the following link, including:
●    Requirements for Financial Aid eligibility,
●    Financial Aid for Masters Programs,
●    Scholarships available for Master's Students,
●    Additional resources, and
●    Financial Aid Policies and Procedures.

MACMHC Program Faculty are as follows:

Dr. Oliver McMahan, Professor of Clinical Mental Health Counseling - Core Faculty
Dr. Philicia Jefferson, Associate Professor of Clinical Mental Health Counseling - Core Faculty Dr. Tom Biller, Associate Professor of Clinical Mental Health Counseling - Core Faculty
Dr. Luke Queen - Clinical Faculty in Counseling Dr. Tim Cranfill - Clinical Faculty in Counseling Dr. Herb Clark - Adjunct Faculty
Dr. Jewrell Rivers - Adjunct Faculty


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Complete degree program details and course descriptions are available in the PTS Academic Catalog.
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Dr. Oliver McMahan

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Professor of Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Chair Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program
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