MDiv/MACMHC Requirements

Requirements: This joint degree program requires 111 semester hours and a cumulative grade point average of 2.7. Students in this degree program will meet educational requirements for ordination (from denominations requiring an MDiv degree).

Upon completion, this joint degree meets State of Indiana academic requirements for licensure as a Mental Health Counselor. It is guided by CACREP standards and the professional orientation of the American Counseling Association (ACA). An approved training program of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors (AAPC), the program also prepares students for certification as pastoral counselors without requiring ordination. Students will also, after completion of a total of at least 4 units of CPE, meet requirements for Association of Professional Chaplains (APC) certification. Many chaplaincy positions, particularly in hospital settings, require both APC accreditation and ordination. While CTS makes every effort to be in compliance with the requirements of specific licensure boards (LMHC, LPC) and professional credentialing bodies (CACREP, AAPC, APC), students must take individual responsibility for monitoring and meeting licensure and credentialing requirements that may change between admission and graduation and may vary from state to state. Students are responsible for such denominational requirements as are required for ordination.

Students conclude their degree by completing the requirements for practicum and the X-999B Capstone presentation listed below under “Supervised Clinical Practice”. A criminal background check is required for any student taking the Counseling Practicum.

* = these courses are prerequisites for Practicum
** = course may count only one in MACMHC degree (either B.II. or C.)
*** = course may count once both in MDiv and in MACMHC degree

A. Studies in Theology

I. Gateway Courses (15 hours)
To be taken in the first two years of a student’s M.Div. studies.
       Gateway to Theological Education and Spiritual Formation
       Gateway to the Practice of Interpreting the Bible
       Gateway to the Practice of Interpreting Christian Tradition
       Gateway to the Practice of Theological Reflection
       Gateway to the Practice of Entrepreneurial Leadership

II. The Practices (45 hours)
Three courses for each practice, selected from designated course offerings.
Inspire: Worship and Preaching (9 SH)
___ INSP XXX  
___ INSP XXX  
___ INSP XXX  
Lead: Leading and guiding organizational life (9 SH)
___ P-760 Group Counseling and Psychotherapy (3 SH)***
___ P-657 Contextual Dimensions of Mental Health Counseling (3SH)***
___ LEAD XXX  
Serve: Leading and Guiding Opportunities for Mission (9 SH)
___ SERV XXX
___ SERV XXX
___ SERV XXX
Love: Caring for the community (9 SH)
___ *P-511 Counseling Skills and Helping Relationships (3 SH)***
___ *P-531 Human Growth and Development (3 SH)***
___ P-656 Social and Cultural Dimensions of Counseling (3 SH)***
Live: Living and modeling a life-giving faith (9 SH)
___ P-641 Spirituality and God Images in Counseling and Culture (3 SH)**,*** or P-651 Theodicy, Trauma, and Grace (3 SH) **,***
___ LIV XXX  
___ LIV XXX  

Students completing Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) may apply the six credit hours in one of the following ways: (1) 3 hours in the LOVE practice area and 3 hours in the LIVE practice area; (b) 3 hours in either the LOVE or LIVE practice area and 3 hours in Other Course Offerings; or (3) all six hours in Other Course Offerings.

III. Other Course Offerings (9 hours)
These credit hours may be selected from among those designated under The Practices or from other course offerings.
Select one course from among those designated under The Practices (3 SH)

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Select two courses from the electives in B.II. below (6 SH)

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IV. Cohort learning (3 hours)

Supervised Ministry Internship (1 hour)
Students will serve in a one-year Supervised Ministry Internship. Ministry sites will include a range of opportunities—congregations, denominational and judicatory settings, and community agencies—and provide students with a breadth and depth of experience in the particularities of that ministry site and its context.

Those pursuing ordination should consult their ordaining body to determine if additional years of Supervised Ministry are required.

Cohort learning (2 hours)
Students will participate in a cohort group every semester at CTS. Studies in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

B. Studies in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Courses marked with an asterisk (*) are prerequisites for practicum.

I. Core studies in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
___ *P-510: Theories of Counseling, Psychotherapy, and Personality (3 SH)
___ *P-511: Counseling Skills and Helping Relationships (3 SH)***
___ *P-531: Human Growth and Development (3 SH)***
___ P-632: Foundations of Mental Health Counseling (3 SH)
___ P-635: Ethical and Professional Issues in Clinical Practice (3 SH)
___ *P-637: Psychopathology and Assessment (3 SH)
___ P-639: Testing and Appraisal (3 SH)
___ P-656: Social and Cultural Dimensions of Mental Health Counseling (3 SH)
___ P-657: Contextual Dimensions of Mental Health Counseling (3 SH)
___ P-675: Career Development and Counseling (3 SH)
___ P-760: Group Counseling and Psychotherapy (3 SH)
___ P-770: Research Methods (3 SH)

II. Specialized Studies in Clinical Mental Health Counseling \=

___ P-630: Psychoanalytic Theory & Technique (3 SH)

TWO electives from the following four areas*** - 6 counted in A.III. Social justice, choose P-619, P-633, P-638, P-641, P-650, or P-651; Psychodynamic, choose P-633, P-640, P-641, P-644, or P-739;
Spiritual integrated counseling, choose P-633, P-634, P-638, P641, P-644, P-651, P-739, or P-800, 801;
Couples, marriage and family, choose P-520, P-525, P-619, P-621, P-623, P-711, P-774, or P-775
___ P-520: Introduction to Marriage & Family Therapy (3 SH)
___ P-522: Introduction to Marriage & Family Therapy Practice (3 SH)
___ P-525: Aging and the Family (3 SH)
___ P-619: Sexuality, Gender and Culture (3 SH)
___ P-623: Couples Systems Therapy (3 SH)
___ P-633: History of Healing (3 SH)
___ P-634: Theological Perspectives on Pastoral & Spiritual Care (3 SH)
___ P-638: Religion, Medicine and Pastoral Care (3 SH)
___ P-640: Transference and Countertransference (3 SH)
___ P-641: Spirituality and God Images in Counseling and Culture (3 SH)**
___ P-644: Dreams and Discernment (3 SH)
___ P-650: Treating Addictive Behaviors (3 SH)
___ P-651: Theodicy, Trauma, and Grace (3SH)**
___ P-711: Children and Adolescents in Families (3 SH)
___ P-739: Freud, Jung and Religion (3 SH)
___ P-774: Psychodynamic Family Therapy (3 SH)
___ P-775: Short-term Family Therapy (3SH)
___ P-800, 801: Clinical Pastoral Education I (6 SH) (Students electing P-800, 801 must complete it before beginning P-820 Practicum.)

C. Integration of Spirituality and Clinical Mental Health Counseling
P-641: Spirituality and God Images in Counseling and Culture (3 SH)**,*** or P-651 Theodicy, Trauma, and Grace (3 SH)**,*** - 3 counted in A.II. = 0 SH Supervised Clinical Practice (15 hours)

___ P-820, 821, 822: Counseling Practicum I (9SH)
___ P-823, 824: Counseling Practicum II (6 SH)

D. Supervised Clinical Practice (15 hours)
___ P-820, 821, 822: Counseling Practicum I (9SH)
___ P-823, 824: Counseling Practicum II (6 SH)

Personal Counseling – All students are expected to receive psychotherapy during their program. Weekly personal therapy is a prerequisite for practicum admission. Personal therapy with a gifted clinician assists student therapists in working through problem areas in their own lives that may adversely affect clients and their own participation in an emotionally challenging training program; it provides a unique training experience that helps students understand the process of exploring the depth and interrelationship of intrapsychic and systemic features of human life.

Requirements for Admission to Practicum for MDiv/MACMHC students – Students can apply for admission to practicum after completing P-531 Human growth and development; P-637 Psychopathology and Assessment; P-510 Theories of Counseling, Psychotherapy, and Personality; and P-511 Counseling Skills and Helping Relationships. Further, MDiv/MACMHC students must complete on year of SCOF before applying for practicum.
Students are accepted for practicum based upon successful completion of role plays as a screening process. Concerns that arise during these role plays may be addressed through additional evaluation as determined by the counseling faculty and clinic director. Entering cohort groups are normally limited to four persons for summer and six students for fall and spring. Priority is given to students who have the greater number of completed semester hours. Practicum admission is based on limitation of the cohort group due to available supervision in order to provide a conducive learning environment. Beginning with the entering counseling classes of spring 2012, all MA counseling students will be required to enter practicum no later than the fourth semester of coursework.

Counseling Practicum Requirement – Complete 400 hours of direct service to clients of clinical mental health counseling, which includes a minimum of at least 10 hours group work, and receive at least 100 hours of individual and group supervision in practicum, with at least 50 hours of that supervision based on video tape, audio tape or direct observation. Note: The 400 hours of direct client-contact hours fulfil the 1,000 hours of supervised clinical experience requirement of Indiana State licensure for the LMHCA and LMHC and fall into three portions: the first 40 direct service hours to clients fulfill the 100 hour “practicum” on the licensure application and correspond to P- 820; the next 420 direct service hours fulfill the 600 hour internship on the licensure application and correspond to P-821, P-822, P-823; the last 120 direct service hours to clients fulfill the 300 hours advanced internship on the licensure application and correspond to P-824.

E. Integration and Competency Assessment (0 SH)
___ X-999B: Self, Countertransference, and Spirit, culminating in a Capstone Presentation and a 12-15 page integration paper in preparation of the Capstone Presentation.

Requirements for Capstone – Capstone is normally taken the fifth semester of practicum. Students must have completed 280 hours of client contact hours prior to taking the Capstone. Course authorization is required.