Overview

The Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling (M.A.M.H.C.) provides all of the academic requirements for licensure in California as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC). It is designed specifically for students who are committed to integrating Christian theology, Christian spirituality, clinical theory, and clinical practice. Seminary level courses in theology, biblical studies, and Christian social ethics are taken along with clinical courses and a senior year nine-month practicum. Students may select between full-time (three-year) and part-time (four-year) pathways in a learning environment that stimulates personal, spiritual, and professional development. Graduates will be equipped to work professionally in a wide variety of secular and Christian mental health settings.

All students admitted to the Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling program must complete the assessment process required of all seminary students during their first year of study. A cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher (C average), and a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher (B average) in their required clinical courses (MH and MF courses) are required to graduate with the M.H.C. degree.

All students admitted to the M.H.C. program are required to complete a minimum of 15 hours of individual psychotherapy provided by a licensed LMFT, LCSW, or psychologist of their own choosing. Each student will be fully responsible for financial arrangements with the therapist.

Campus and Delivery

San Diego: Traditional

Degree Requirements

Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling - San Diego

Traditional

Core Requirements
BI510Hermeneutics3
HS640Christian Lives and Spirituality in History3
NT516New Testament Survey: Narratives, Letters, and Revelation3
OT516Old Testament Survey: Law, Prophets and Writings3
TS516Christian Social Ethics3
TS520Theology & Psychological Theory: An Integrative Seminar3
Degree Specific Requirements
MH625Theories of Mental Health Counseling3
MH626Advanced Psychotherapy3
MH627AGroup Psychotherapy A1.5
MH627BGroup Psychotherapy B1.5
MH635Life Span Development and Aging3
MH636Career Development3
MH645Psychobiology and Psychopharmacology3
MH655Addictions and Co-Occurring Disorders3
MH656ACrisis Intervention and Trauma Response A1.5
MH656BCrisis Intervention and Trauma Response B1.5
MH665Multicultural Counseling3
MH667Human Sexuality and Intimacy1
MF627Research Design and Evaluation3
MF645Psychological Assessment3
MF646Individual and Family Psychopathology3
MF656Child Abuse Assessment and Intervention1
MF658Domestic Violence Assessment and Intervention1
MF675Professional, Legal & Ethical Issues in Psychotherapy3
MH715Mental Health Counseling Practicum I3
MH716Mental Health Counseling Practicum II3
MH785AMental Health Counseling Senior Integrative Seminar A0.5
MH785BMental Health Counseling Senior Integrative Seminar B0.5
Other Requirements
SP002Formation Assessments0
15 hours of individual psychotherapy0
Intent to Graduate Application0
Total Credits67

A minimum of 67 semester credits is required for graduation. The student is responsible for meeting all graduation deadlines and requirements. The associate registrar and MFT/MHC administrative assistant will be happy to answer questions and offer guidance.

Academic Plans

The academic plans listed below serves as examples of what an academic plan for completing the Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling could look like and should not be considered the final authority for determining when to take courses. Since paths toward completion may change due to course availability, courses and corresponding terms may vary from the examples below. Spring start academic plans are available through contacting the Bethel Seminary San Diego Registrar's Office.

3 Year Completion

Traditional

First Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
MH625 Theories of Mental Health Counseling3MF656 Child Abuse Assessment and Intervention1MH635 Life Span Development and Aging3TS516 Christian Social Ethics3
MF646 Individual and Family Psychopathology3 HS640 Christian Lives and Spirituality in History3MH626 Advanced Psychotherapy3
BI510 Hermeneutics3 MH627A Group Psychotherapy A1.5 
SP002 Formation Assessments0 MH627B Group Psychotherapy B1.5 
 9 1 9 6
Second Year
FallCredits SpringCreditsSummerCredits
TS520 Theology Psychological Theory: An Integrative Seminar3 MH655 Addictions and Co-Occurring Disorders3MH636 Career Development3
MF627 Research Design and Evaluation3 MF645 Psychological Assessment3MF658 Domestic Violence Assessment and Intervention1
NT516 New Testament Survey: Narratives, Letters, and Revelation3 MF675 Professional, Legal Ethical Issues in Psychotherapy3MH667 Human Sexuality and Intimacy1
MH665 Multicultural Counseling3 MH645 Psychobiology and Psychopharmacology3 
 12  12 5
Third Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits 
MH715 Mental Health Counseling Practicum I3MH656A Crisis Intervention and Trauma Response A1.5MH656B Crisis Intervention and Trauma Response B1.5 
MH785A Mental Health Counseling Senior Integrative Seminar A0.5 MH716 Mental Health Counseling Practicum II3 
OT516 Old Testament Survey: Law, Prophets and Writings3 MH785B Mental Health Counseling Senior Integrative Seminar B0.5 
 6.5 1.5 5 
Total Credits: 67

4 Year Completion

Traditional

First Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
MH625 Theories of Mental Health Counseling3MF656 Child Abuse Assessment and Intervention1MH635 Life Span Development and Aging3TS516 Christian Social Ethics3
BI510 Hermeneutics3 MH627A Group Psychotherapy A1.5MH667 Human Sexuality and Intimacy1
SP002 Formation Assessments0 MH627B Group Psychotherapy B1.5 
 6 1 6 4
Second Year
FallCredits SpringCreditsSummerCredits
MF627 Research Design and Evaluation3 MF645 Psychological Assessment3MH626 Advanced Psychotherapy3
MF646 Individual and Family Psychopathology3 MF675 Professional, Legal Ethical Issues in Psychotherapy3 
  MH645 Psychobiology and Psychopharmacology3 
 6  9 3
Third Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
NT516 New Testament Survey: Narratives, Letters, and Revelation3MH656A Crisis Intervention and Trauma Response A1.5MH656B Crisis Intervention and Trauma Response B1.5MH636 Career Development3
TS520 Theology Psychological Theory: An Integrative Seminar3 HS640 Christian Lives and Spirituality in History3MF658 Domestic Violence Assessment and Intervention1
MH665 Multicultural Counseling3 MH655 Addictions and Co-Occurring Disorders3 
 9 1.5 7.5 4
Fourth Year
FallCredits SpringCredits 
OT516 Old Testament Survey: Law, Prophets and Writings3 MH716 Mental Health Counseling Practicum II3 
MH715 Mental Health Counseling Practicum I3 MH785B Mental Health Counseling Senior Integrative Seminar B0.5 
MH785A Mental Health Counseling Senior Integrative Seminar A0.5   
 6.5  3.5 
Total Credits: 67