The Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling program (San Diego) provides the academic, clinical and professional training necessary for graduates to be competent professional clinical counselor (PCC) in a real-world setting. This specialization meets the educational requirements for PCC licensure with the California Board of Behavioral Science. The training is informed by Christian values and Counseling & Psychotherapeutic treatment approaches, and also integrates the principles of mental health recovery-oriented practice. Our goal is to prepare clinicians to work with a diverse client base across a spectrum of mental and emotional disorders as well as to promote mental health and wellness. Additionally, the program help clinicians develop multicultural competence and integrate research into practice, and if desired, prepare to pursue a doctoral education.
This 67-credit Mental Health Counseling program is designed to be completed in a minimum of three years for full-time study or four years for part-time study. Courses are held from Monday to Thursday evenings to accommodate working adults. Clinical training consists of a minimum of six semester units of supervised practicum in a clinical setting that provides a range of clinical counseling experiences. Students are expected to accrue at least 350 hours of face-to-face client contact. Students will receive at least 70 hours of supervision. All instructors and supervisors are experienced therapists who engage in clinical work. 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.A.MHC degree.
The goals of the program are as follows:
- Knowledge: Equip students with a wide range of counseling and psychotherapeutic orientations that strengthen students’ identity as professional clinical counselors.
- Practice: Prepare students to meet academic and practical requirements for PCC licensure in the state of California.
- Diversity: Equip students with intercultural competence necessary to contextualize clinical theory and therapeutic approaches for diverse client populations and marginalized groups.
- Research: Prepare students who demonstrate familiarity with scholarly research and critical thinking competencies, to intentionally integrate theoretical formulations, biblical & theological convictions, personal experience and clinical practice.
- Ethics: Produce ethical clinicians who demonstrate the skills to provide ethical and efficacious professional clinical counseling services to individuals and groups.
- Self of the Therapist: Prepare students who will demonstrate knowledge of self through engaging in thoughtful family-of-origin, biblical and theological reflection.
Campus and Delivery
San Diego: Face to Face
Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling - San Diego
Face to Face
|BT508||The Bible and the Interpreter||1.5|
|HS640||Christian Lives and Spirituality in History||1.5|
|NT508||Introduction to the New Testament: Scripture and Story||1.5|
|OT508||Introduction to the Old Testament: Scripture and Story||1.5|
|TS516||Christian Social Ethics||3|
|TS520||Theology & Psychological Theory: An Integrative Seminar||3|
|Degree Specific Requirements|
|MF627||Research Design and Evaluation||3|
|MF629||Community Mental Health||3|
|MF635||Individual Development, Family Life Cycle, and Aging||3|
|MF646||Individual and Family Psychopathology||3|
|MF662||Clinical Issues in Human Diversity||3|
|MF675||Professional, Legal & Ethical Issues in Psychotherapy||3|
|MH625||Theories of Mental Health Counseling||3|
|MH638||Counseling Children, Adolescents, and Their Families||3|
|MH645||Psychobiology and Psychopharmacology||3|
|MH649||Counseling Couples in Relationship||3|
|MH655||Chemical Dependency,Addictions, and Co-Occurring Disorders||3|
|MH656||Crisis Intervention and Trauma Response||3|
|MH715||Mental Health Counseling Practicum I||3|
|MH716||Mental Health Counseling Practicum II||3|
|MH785||Mental Health Counseling Senior Integrative Seminar||1|
|GS001||Graduate Research Seminar||0|
A minimum of 67 semester credits is required for graduation. The student is responsible for meeting all graduation deadlines and requirements.
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
|MF627 Research Design and Evaluation||3||BT508 The Bible and the Interpreter||1.5||MF629 Community Mental Health||3|
|MH625 Theories of Mental Health Counseling||3||HS640 Christian Lives and Spirituality in History||1.5||MH626 Advanced Psychotherapy||3|
|TS520 Theology Psychological Theory: An Integrative Seminar||3||MF635 Individual Development, Family Life Cycle, and Aging||3||MH649 Counseling Couples in Relationship||3|
|SP002 Formation Assessments||0||MF662 Clinical Issues in Human Diversity||3|
|MF646 Individual and Family Psychopathology||3||MF645 Psychological Assessment||3||MH636 Career Development||3|
|MH638 Counseling Children, Adolescents, and Their Families||3||MF675 Professional, Legal Ethical Issues in Psychotherapy||3||MH656 Crisis Intervention and Trauma Response||3|
|NT508 Introduction to the New Testament: Scripture and Story||1.5||MH655 Chemical Dependency,Addictions, and Co-Occurring Disorders||3|
|OT508 Introduction to the Old Testament: Scripture and Story||1.5|
|MH627 Group Psychotherapy||3||MH645 Psychobiology and Psychopharmacology||3|
|MH715 Mental Health Counseling Practicum I||3||MH716 Mental Health Counseling Practicum II||3|
|TS516 Christian Social Ethics||3||MH785 Mental Health Counseling Senior Integrative Seminar||1|
|Total Credits: 67|
4 Year Completion
|MH625 Theories of Mental Health Counseling||3||BT508 The Bible and the Interpreter||1.5||MH649 Counseling Couples in Relationship||3|
|TS520 Theology Psychological Theory: An Integrative Seminar||3||HS640 Christian Lives and Spirituality in History||1.5||MH626 Advanced Psychotherapy||3|
|SP002 Formation Assessments||0||MF635 Individual Development, Family Life Cycle, and Aging||3|
|MF646 Individual and Family Psychopathology||3||MF662 Clinical Issues in Human Diversity||3||MF629 Community Mental Health||3|
|MF627 Research Design and Evaluation||3||MH655 Chemical Dependency,Addictions, and Co-Occurring Disorders||3||TS516 Christian Social Ethics||3|
|MH638 Counseling Children, Adolescents, and Their Families||3||MH645 Psychobiology and Psychopharmacology||3||MH636 Career Development||3|
|MH627 Group Psychotherapy||3||MF675 Professional, Legal Ethical Issues in Psychotherapy||3||MH656 Crisis Intervention and Trauma Response||3|
|MF645 Psychological Assessment||3|
|NT508 Introduction to the New Testament: Scripture and Story||1.5||MH716 Mental Health Counseling Practicum II||3|
|OT508 Introduction to the Old Testament: Scripture and Story||1.5||MH785 Mental Health Counseling Senior Integrative Seminar||1|
|MH715 Mental Health Counseling Practicum I||3|
|Total Credits: 67|