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January 21, 2016

Program Spotlight: M.A. in Counseling

Are you considering a graduate program in counseling? Would a Master’s degree propel you further along your career path, into a rapidly growing field that empowers whole-person wellness on all levels? If you thrive on supporting people as they deal with difficult emotions and life challenges and believe that you were born to serve others, the Master of Arts in Counseling degree programs at Geneva College might be the perfect fit for you.

Our graduate programs are specifically designed to allow you to integrate your Christian faith and personal values into a rewarding career spent counseling diverse populations in a wide variety of religious and secular settings. You’ll find our recent graduates employed in schools, clinics, church counseling centers, and public and private agencies. To date, 94 percent of Geneva College students have taken the National Counselor Exam, and 99 percent passed on the first sitting.

The M.A. in Counseling Program at Geneva College welcomes both full-time and part-time students. We offer three dynamic Christian counseling degrees:

  • Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling
  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • School Counseling

1. The 60-credit Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling Program is designed in accordance with national counselor certification and state licensure standards. We train students to provide competent, ethical and compassionate care within a multicultural and pluralistic society.

You bring your Christian worldview into such courses as CNS 577: Family Counseling/Therapy, reviewing and critiquing existing models of family therapy through your faith-based lens to resolve problems that prohibit healthy family functioning. In CNS 578: Marital and Couple Counseling/Therapy, you develop the skills required to be an effective relationship counselor by integrating your Christian principles into strategies and intervention techniques that support harmonious marriages.

Did you know that marriage and family therapy is one of the fastest growing jobs in 2016? The projected increase this year alone is 29.8 percent. This is partly due to the large number of couples who seek marital counseling prior to divorce. Families with troubled or ill children are increasingly more inclined to seek help to better meet the needs of the whole family.

2. Geneva’s 60-credit Mental Health Counseling Program is also designed in accordance with national counselor certification and state licensure standards. You are trained to function competently and ethically in mental health delivery environments utilizing culturally sensitive intervention strategies that use biological, psychological and social factors to assess and improve human functioning. CNS 511: Christian Counseling within the Mental Health Professions provides you with the skills and tools needed to address the religious and spiritual dimensions of client functioning in diverse treatment settings.

3. Our 51-credit School Counseling Program readies you for certification in both elementary and secondary school counseling by the Pennsylvania Department of Education and includes the required competencies for special education and English language learning. If empowering students to achieve academic success, define career goals, enjoy social integration, and maintain emotional wellness appeals to you, this program is ideal. CNS 579: Child and Adolescent Counseling Skills prepares you to counsel this unique population with evidence-based best practices and user-friendly techniques that also take into account the child’s faith.

A bright outlook for counseling careers

The United States Department of Labor predicts faster-than-average growth in the occupational field of counseling. Job growth for mental health counselors and marriage and family therapists over the coming years is 19 percent. Growth in school and career counselor positions also looks stable at 8 percent.

If you’re ready to pursue a career in the dynamic field of Christ-centered counseling, where each day brings a whole new set of experiences and discoveries, the Master of Arts in Counseling Degree Programs at Geneva College can pave your way to a fulfilling future.