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.MHC 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 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
BT508The Bible and the Interpreter1.5
HS640Christian Lives and Spirituality in History1.5
NT508Introduction to the New Testament: Scripture and Story1.5
OT508Introduction to the Old Testament: Scripture and Story1.5
TS516Christian Social Ethics3
TS520Theology & Psychological Theory: An Integrative Seminar3
Degree Specific Requirements
MF627Research Design and Evaluation3
MF629Community Mental Health3
MF635Individual Development, Family Life Cycle, and Aging3
MF645Psychological Assessment3
MF646Individual and Family Psychopathology3
MF662Clinical Issues in Human Diversity3
MF675Professional, Legal & Ethical Issues in Psychotherapy3
MH625Theories of Mental Health Counseling3
MH626Advanced Psychotherapy3
MH627Group Psychotherapy3
MH636Career Development3
MH638Counseling Children, Adolescents, and Their Families3
MH645Psychobiology and Psychopharmacology3
MH649Counseling Couples in Relationship3
MH655Chemical Dependency,Addictions, and Co-Occurring Disorders3
MH656Crisis Intervention and Trauma Response3
Clinical Experience
MH715Mental Health Counseling Practicum I3
MH716Mental Health Counseling Practicum II3
MH785Mental Health Counseling Senior Integrative Seminar1
Other Requirements
GS001Graduate Research Seminar0
SP002Formation 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
MF627 Research Design and Evaluation3BT508 The Bible and the Interpreter1.5MF629 Community Mental Health3
MH625 Theories of Mental Health Counseling3HS640 Christian Lives and Spirituality in History1.5MH626 Advanced Psychotherapy3
TS520 Theology Psychological Theory: An Integrative Seminar3MF635 Individual Development, Family Life Cycle, and Aging3MH649 Counseling Couples in Relationship3
SP002 Formation Assessments0MF662 Clinical Issues in Human Diversity3 
 9 9 9
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
MF646 Individual and Family Psychopathology3MF645 Psychological Assessment3MH636 Career Development3
MH638 Counseling Children, Adolescents, and Their Families3MF675 Professional, Legal Ethical Issues in Psychotherapy3MH656 Crisis Intervention and Trauma Response3
NT508 Introduction to the New Testament: Scripture and Story1.5MH655 Chemical Dependency,Addictions, and Co-Occurring Disorders3 
OT508 Introduction to the Old Testament: Scripture and Story1.5  
 9 9 6
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits 
MH627 Group Psychotherapy3MH645 Psychobiology and Psychopharmacology3 
MH715 Mental Health Counseling Practicum I3MH716 Mental Health Counseling Practicum II3 
TS516 Christian Social Ethics3MH785 Mental Health Counseling Senior Integrative Seminar1 
 9 7 
Total Credits: 67

4 Year Completion

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
MH625 Theories of Mental Health Counseling3BT508 The Bible and the Interpreter1.5MH649 Counseling Couples in Relationship3
TS520 Theology Psychological Theory: An Integrative Seminar3HS640 Christian Lives and Spirituality in History1.5MH626 Advanced Psychotherapy3
SP002 Formation Assessments0MF635 Individual Development, Family Life Cycle, and Aging3 
 6 6 6
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
MF646 Individual and Family Psychopathology3MF662 Clinical Issues in Human Diversity3MF629 Community Mental Health3
MF627 Research Design and Evaluation3MH655 Chemical Dependency,Addictions, and Co-Occurring Disorders3TS516 Christian Social Ethics3
 6 6 6
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
MH638 Counseling Children, Adolescents, and Their Families3MH645 Psychobiology and Psychopharmacology3MH636 Career Development3
MH627 Group Psychotherapy3MF675 Professional, Legal Ethical Issues in Psychotherapy3MH656 Crisis Intervention and Trauma Response3
 MF645 Psychological Assessment3 
 6 9 6
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits 
NT508 Introduction to the New Testament: Scripture and Story1.5MH716 Mental Health Counseling Practicum II3 
OT508 Introduction to the Old Testament: Scripture and Story1.5MH785 Mental Health Counseling Senior Integrative Seminar1 
MH715 Mental Health Counseling Practicum I3  
 6 4 
Total Credits: 67