Filling the gap by providing an Integrative approach to licensed professional counseling.
Phoenix, AZ, July 9, 2014: Phoenix Seminary, a graduate school of biblical studies, theology and counseling, announces its newest degree program, the Master of Arts in Counseling. The Seminary’s two accrediting bodies, the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association and the Association of Theological Schools, have given unanimous approval to offer the program which qualifies students to sit for the state licensure exam for professional mental health counselors. Dr. W. Bingham Hunter, Executive Vice President and Provost for Phoenix Seminary says, “The need for godly counselors in greater Phoenix has never been greater—life for many is an unending series of personal and family challenges that need to be viewed in a biblical perspective. The fully-accredited Phoenix Seminary Master of Arts in counseling program is designed to train highly competent Christian professionals and meets the curricular requirements of the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners. If God is calling you to help people through counseling, and being trained in a conservative Evangelical community matters to you, this is the program for you.”
Dr. Justin Smith has been selected as the Director of the Master of Arts in Counseling program. Dr. Smith joined Phoenix Seminary in 2006 as an experienced licensed psychologist and professor, holding the PsyD degree from Wheaton College.
Faculty teaching in the program will include counseling educators and practitioners as well as biblical scholars. The courses that make up the program will include those integrating Christian theology along with the study of brain physiology and human behavior. Graduates of the program will complete professional internships and all licensing exams before practicing as licensed counselors.
Prior to this new degree offering, students at Phoenix Seminary completed their MA in counseling through a cooperative agreement it enjoyed with Ottawa University in Phoenix. Students completed their MA at Ottawa University in tandem with a Graduate Diploma in Christian counseling from the Seminary. With the approval of this new degree the entire Master of Arts in Counseling program will be offered by the Seminary.
Phoenix Seminary is the only professionally and regionally accredited graduate school of theology and counseling headquartered in Arizona. More information can be obtained by contacting the Enrollment Office at Phoenix Seminary or by visiting the Master of Arts in Counseling Degree program description.