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A Message from Dr. Mark Crook
Dean of the School of Christian Counseling
The Psychology and Christian Counseling program is designed
to train both ministers and lay persons to meet the increasing
need for trained professional counselors in churches, schools
and Christian counseling centers. The program is designed
to equip counselors with recognized techniques and methods
for counseling with psychologically and emotionally dysfunctional
individuals. The program also emphasizes the wise use of biblical
principles, prayer, relational and inner healing. Special
importance is given to the use of spiritual/religious principles
in the application of counseling therapies.
The counseling department offers certificate programs for
those who are interested in receiving foundational education
in a selected area of instruction without pursuing a degree
in that field of study. Those requiring specialized
courses in corporate psychology or social administration should
consult their advisor.
This program meets high professional standards for Christian
counselors and is recognized by the National Association of
Marriage and Family Counselors. It is not a program in professional
psychology and is not appropriate for those seeking licensure
to practice psychology.
The Psychology and Christian Counseling degree program offers
Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts, and Doctor of Philosophy
degree programs. The characteristics and requirements for
each of these programs are explained in the following sections.
Bachelor of Arts in Christian
The program leading to the Bachelor of Arts in Christian
Counseling requires one hundred twenty-eight semester credit
hours (128SCH) of academic work.
of Arts in Christian Counseling
If you have sufficient preparation in psychology and Christian
counseling as determined by your faculty advisor, you may
wish to pursue the Master of Arts in Psychology and Christian
Counseling degree program. As with all graduate study programs
you must, however, meet the individual approval of the Admissions
This program requires
that you already possess an undergraduate degree in a related
field of study. You must complete a minimum of thirty semester
credit hours (30SCH) of course work. You must also complete
a thesis for which you receive six semester credit hours (6SCH),
for a total of thirty-six semester credit hours (36SCH) at
the graduate level.
of Philosophy in Christian Counseling
The Ph.D. is the highest academic degree that can be earned
at the institution. Therefore, the University demands an excellence
in scholarship which includes the ability to execute effective
independent research. Because of the nature of a Ph.D. Program,
no more than thirty semester hours of credit should be achieved
through structured class work. Structured courses will be
selected from the 600 and 700 series of counseling courses.
All other courses must be approved research projects, practicums
or cooperative education experiences that fall within the
parameters of the field of study. The program culminates in
an original work representing a significant contribution in
their field of study.
portion of the program promotes personal growth through independent
research and a wide variety of learning initiatives offered
in the program, including directed research projects, approved
readings, carefully monitored practicums and cooperative learning
The person admitted to our Ph.D. program must have the appropriate
academic background and the initiative, self-discipline and
the research skills necessary to succeed in such a program.
Upon approval for entry into the program the doctoral student
is assigned a faculty advisor and two other faculty members.
These three persons must approve the individualized program
that is designed for the student seeking a Ph.D. The faculty
advisor acts as chairperson for this committee. Faculty members
function primarily as facilitators or evaluators who advise
and monitor your progress.
Development Organizations in Christian Counseling
Louisiana Baptist University recommends that graduate students
pursue membership in professional counseling organizations.
Graduating students are encouraged to seek membership in The American
Association of Christian Counselors, Board of Christian Professional & Pastoral Counselors, The National Association of Nouthetic Counselors as well as others.
on the Family
Ridge Retreat Center
of Fire Chaplains
Mountain Learning Center
Association of Christian Counselors
Lyles, Your Coach For Life
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