Overview

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.M.H.C. degree.

The goals of the program are as follows:

  1. Knowledge: Equip students with a wide range of counseling and psychotherapeutic orientations that strengthen students’ identity as professional clinical counselors.
  2. Practice: Prepare students to meet academic and practical requirements for PCC licensure in the state of California.
  3. Diversity: Equip students with intercultural competence necessary to contextualize clinical theory and therapeutic approaches for diverse client populations and marginalized groups.
  4. 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.
  5. Ethics: Produce ethical clinicians who demonstrate the skills to provide ethical and efficacious professional clinical counseling services to individuals and groups.
  6. Self Understanding 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

 

Degree Requirements

Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling - San Diego

Face to Face

Core Requirements
BT 508The Bible and the Interpreter1.5
HS 640Christian Lives and Spirituality in History1.5
NT 508Introduction to the New Testament: Scripture and Story1.5
OT 508Introduction to the Old Testament: Scripture and Story1.5
TS 516Christian Social Ethics3
TS 520Theology & Psychological Theory: An Integrative Seminar3
Degree Specific Requirements
MF 627Research Design and Evaluation3
MF 629Community Mental Health3
MF 635Individual Development, Aging, Family Life Cycle3
MF 645Psychological Assessment3
MF 646Individual and Family Psychopathology3
MF 662Clinical Issues in Human Diversity3
MF 675Professional, Legal & Ethical Issues in Psychotherapy3
MH 625Theories of Mental Health Counseling3
MH 626Advanced Psychotherapy Theories & Techniques3
MH 627Group Psychotherapy3
MH 636Career Development3
MH 638Counseling Children, Adolescents, and Their Families3
MH 645Psychobiology and Psychopharmacology3
MH 649Counseling Couples in Relationship3
MH 655Chemical Dependency, Addictions, and Co-Occurring Disorders3
MH 656Crisis Intervention and Trauma Response3
Clinical Experience
MH 715Mental Health Counseling Practicum I3
MH 716Mental Health Counseling Practicum II3
MH 785Mental Health Counseling Senior Integrative Seminar1
Other Requirements
GS 001Graduate Research Seminar0
SP 002Formation Assessments0
Total Credits67

A minimum of 67 semester credits is required for graduation.  The student is responsible for meeting all graduation deadlines and requirements. 

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

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
MF 627 Research Design and Evaluation3BT 508 The Bible and the Interpreter1.5MF 629 Community Mental Health3
MH 625 Theories of Mental Health Counseling3HS 640 Christian Lives and Spirituality in History1.5MH 626 Advanced Psychotherapy Theories Techniques3
TS 520 Theology Psychological Theory: An Integrative Seminar3MF 635 Individual Development, Aging, Family Life Cycle3MH 649 Counseling Couples in Relationship3
SP 002 Formation Assessments0MF 662 Clinical Issues in Human Diversity3 
 9 9 9
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
MF 646 Individual and Family Psychopathology3MF 645 Psychological Assessment3MH 636 Career Development3
MH 638 Counseling Children, Adolescents, and Their Families3MF 675 Professional, Legal Ethical Issues in Psychotherapy3MH 656 Crisis Intervention and Trauma Response3
NT 508 Introduction to the New Testament: Scripture and Story1.5MH 655 Chemical Dependency, Addictions, and Co-Occurring Disorders3 
OT 508 Introduction to the Old Testament: Scripture and Story1.5  
 9 9 6
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits 
MH 627 Group Psychotherapy3MH 645 Psychobiology and Psychopharmacology3 
MH 715 Mental Health Counseling Practicum I3MH 716 Mental Health Counseling Practicum II3 
TS 516 Christian Social Ethics3MH 785 Mental Health Counseling Senior Integrative Seminar1 
 9 7 
Total Credits 67

4 Year Completion

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
MH 625 Theories of Mental Health Counseling3BT 508 The Bible and the Interpreter1.5MH 649 Counseling Couples in Relationship3
TS 520 Theology Psychological Theory: An Integrative Seminar3HS 640 Christian Lives and Spirituality in History1.5MH 626 Advanced Psychotherapy Theories Techniques3
SP 002 Formation Assessments0MF 635 Individual Development, Aging, Family Life Cycle3 
 6 6 6
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
MF 646 Individual and Family Psychopathology3MF 662 Clinical Issues in Human Diversity3MF 629 Community Mental Health3
MF 627 Research Design and Evaluation3MH 655 Chemical Dependency, Addictions, and Co-Occurring Disorders3TS 516 Christian Social Ethics3
 6 6 6
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
MH 638 Counseling Children, Adolescents, and Their Families3MH 645 Psychobiology and Psychopharmacology3MH 636 Career Development3
MH 627 Group Psychotherapy3MF 675 Professional, Legal Ethical Issues in Psychotherapy3MH 656 Crisis Intervention and Trauma Response3
 MF 645 Psychological Assessment3 
 6 9 6
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits 
NT 508 Introduction to the New Testament: Scripture and Story1.5MH 716 Mental Health Counseling Practicum II3 
OT 508 Introduction to the Old Testament: Scripture and Story1.5MH 785 Mental Health Counseling Senior Integrative Seminar1 
MH 715 Mental Health Counseling Practicum I3  
 6 4 
Total Credits 67