MDiv/MACMHC 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. Courses marked with an asterisk (*) are prerequisites for practicum.

Field I: Bible (12 hours)
____ B-501: Introduction to Hebrew Bible/Old Testament (3 SH) 
____ B-___: Old Testament Exegesis (3 SH)
____ B-502: Introduction to New Testament (3 SH)
____ B-___: New Testament Exegesis (3 SH)

Field II: History of Global Christianity (9 hours)
____ H-505: History of Global Christianity: Beginnings to 1500 (3 SH) 
____ H-506: History of Global Christianity: 1500-1800 (3 SH) 
____ H-507: History of Global Christianity: 1800 to Present (3 SH)

Field III: Systematic and Philosophical Theology (9 hours) 
____ T-500: Introduction to Theology (3 SH)
____ T-626: Systematic Theology (3 SH)
____ T-___: Theology Elective (3 SH)

Field IV: Christianity and Culture (6 hours)
____ C-530: Introduction to Christian Ethics (3 SH) or ____ C-540: Social Issues in the Local Parish (3 SH) or ____ C-550: Prophetic and Ethical Witness of the Churches (3 SH) or ____ C-645: Theological Ethics of Martin Luther King Jr. (3 SH)
____ C-571: The Church and the Arts (3 SH)

Field V: Pastoral Theology and Mental Health Counseling (69 hours)

A. Core Studies in Mental Health Counseling (36 hours)

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 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) 

B. Specialized Studies in Mental Health Counseling (9 SH)

P-630: Psychoanalytic Theory & Technique (3 SH)
And two ELECTIVES from the following four areas: social justice, choose P-619, P-641, or P-650; couples, marriage and family, choose P-520, P-525, P-621, P-623, P-711, P-774, or P-775; psychodynamic, choose P-633, P-640, P-644, P-739, P755, or P-776; spiritually integrated counseling, choose P-633, P-638, P-641, P-644, P-739, or P-800, 801)
P-520: Introduction to Marriage & Family Therapy (3 SH)
P-525: Aging and the Family (3 SH)
P-619: Sexuality, Gender and Culture (3 SH)
P-621: Integration of Marriage & Family Therapy Theory (3 SH)
P-623: Couples Systems Therapy (3 SH) 
P-626: Loss and Mourning (3 SH) 
P-633: History of Healing (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-711: Children and Adolescents in Families (3 SH)
P-739: Freud, Jung and Religion (3 SH)
P-755: Affect in Human Transformation (3 SH)
P-774: Psychodynamic Family Therapy (3 SH)
P-775: Short-term Family Therapy (3SH)
P-776: Dissociative Processes in Groups and Systems (3 SH)

C. Clinical Pastoral Education (6 hours)

P-800, 801: Clinical Pastoral Education I (6 SH) 

D. Integration of Spirituality and Mental Health Counseling (3 hours)

P-634: Theological Perspectives on Pastoral & Spiritual Care (3 SH)**

E. Supervised Clinical Practice (15 hours)
Required: complete 1,000 hours of supervised clinical experience, which includes a minimum of 400 hours of direct service to clients of clinical mental health counseling to clients, of which at least 10 hours must be group therapy, 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. Supervised clinical experience falls into three portions: 100 hour practicum (P-820), incl. at least 40 direct service to clients; 600 hour internship (P-821, P-822, P-823), incl. at least 240 direct service to clients; and 300 hour advanced internship (P-824), incl. at least 120 direct service to clients.
P-820, 821, 822: Counseling Practicum I (9 SH)
P-823, 824: Counseling Practicum II (6 SH) 

Field VI: Christian Ministries (15 hours) 
____ M-510: Worship and Church Music (3 SH)
____ M-514, M-516: Introduction to Christian Ministry and SCOFE (3 SH)
____ M-515, M-517: Introduction to Christian Ministry and SCOFE (3 SH)
____ M-520: Introduction to Preaching (3 SH) or ____ M-530: Women in the Pulpit (3 SH) 
____ M-540: Education and Formation in the Church (3 SH)
Interfield Courses (4 hours)
____ X-515: Introduction to Theological Education and Formation (required first semester) (3 SH) 
____ X-516: Peer Learning in Ministry (1 SH)
____ X-727: Cross Cultural Experience (0 SH)

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

* Prerequisite for Supervised Clinical Practice
** Prerequisite for X999B

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 MAMHC students and M.Div./MHC students
Students can apply for admission to practicum after completing P531 Human growth and development, P637 Psychopathology and assessment, and P 510 Theories of counseling, psychotherapy, and personality. Further, M.Div./MHC students must complete one year of SCOFE 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. Counseling students will be required to enter practicum no later than 4th semester of coursework.

Requirements for Capstone
Capstone is normally taken the 5th semester of practicum. Students must have completed 280 hours of client contact hours prior to taking the Capstone. Course authorization is required.

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