Master of Arts in Counseling – Catalog 2014-15

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The Master of Arts in Counseling degree (MAC) is a professional degree designed to provide students with a Christian-based, educational opportunity which will prepare students for licensure through the Texas State Board of Professional Counselors and will enable students to integrate the principles of biblically based spirituality with counseling practice for leadership with the client, within the community, and to the church. Students should refer to the respective board for complete information on how to achieve counseling licensure in the State of Texas. The person who completes the MAC degree program will be able to:

  • Critically evaluate contemporary psychological theories of human behavior
  • Integrate theoretical and experiential learning into counseling practice
  • Demonstrate knowledge and practice of ethical behavior, leadership, and professional conduct
  • Integrate theory, experience, Christian faith, and one’s faith tradition to form a personal model of the counseling process
  • Advocate for the worth and dignity of the individual in a multicultural setting

Spiritual Formation Processes To enhance formation, students are required to take CS 501 Introduction to Christian Spirituality as part of their degree plan. In addition, they are required to complete twelve counseling sessions prior to their first practicum as well as complete the capstone course, COU 799, which is designed to integrate spirituality and counseling practice.

Fitness to Practice Evaluation for Counseling Students Counselor educators are ethically obligated, through ongoing evaluation, to address the inability of some students to achieve counseling competencies. Fitness to Practice Evaluation is a process, which ensures that counseling students are:

  • Meeting or exceeding program standards;
  • Demonstrating the acquisition and effective application of ethical counseling skills to address a diverse population; and
  • Exhibiting emotional and mental fitness in the interaction with clients, families, peers, and other professionals.

Counselor educators do the following:

  • Assist students in securing remedial help when needed;
  • Seek professional consultation and document their decision to dismiss or refer students for assistance; and
  • Ensure that students have recourse in a timely manner to address decisions requiring them to seek assistance or to dismiss them and provide students with due process according to institutional policies and procedures.

All students will be evaluated during their enrollment in the MAC degree program and remediated, if necessary. The Fitness to Practice Evaluation Form is an instrument that is used to evaluate comportment of students enrolled in the Masters of Arts in Counseling (MAC) program. For MAC students, this instrument is used to assess students enrolled in COU 530 Theories in Counseling, COU 600 Counseling Skills and Techniques, and COU 751 Counseling Practicum I. The information that is gathered is aggregated by the Counseling Practicum Director who analyzes, stores, and reports the data to the Academic Office.

Graduation Requirements – The MAC degree will be awarded upon recommendation of the faculty to persons who have completed a comprehensive and integrated program of study including the specific requirements listed in one of the three degree plans shown below. Candidates must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, with no grade of less than a C- in any counseling (COU) course, and have passed a comprehensive examination in their last semester or term at HGST, pertaining to the content of their degree plan. Course remediation and/or additional credits hours may be necessary in cases where a student’s cumulative GPA falls below the requirement for graduation. In addition, students must pass the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE) prior to graduation. This exit exam is prepared, scored, and measured against national statistical data provided by The Center for Credentialing and Education, Inc. HGST students will be given two opportunities, at the student’s discretion, to pass the exam according to the following criteria. A third opportunity will be given following a minimum 4-month break during which time focused preparation will be expected. An overall passing score must satisfy all three of the following conditions:

  • The total score must be greater than or equal to one standard deviation below the national mean for total scores;
  • At least seven of the eight individual category scores must be greater than or equal to one standard deviation below the national mean for that category;
  • All category scores must be greater than or equal to two standard deviations below the national mean for that category.

No more than two-thirds of the MAC degree may be granted on the basis of transfer credits. All transfer credits are subject to evaluation by the Academic Office as to applicability toward MAC degree credit. Transfer credit must be from Master of Arts in Counseling or equivalent level Master’s degree programs from schools accredited by a CHEA-approved accrediting agency. Transfer credits must carry a grade of B or higher. The MAC degree must be completed within five calendar years from the date of first enrollment. Exceptions must be approved by the Chief Academic Officer. Ordinarily, the last full year of work toward the MAC degree must be completed in residence at HGST. No coursework will be accepted toward the MAC degree that is older than ten years (ATS standard B.3.2.2.).

The Master of Arts Degree in Counseling at HGST fulfills the requirements of the Texas Board of Examiners of Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists. Outside of Texas, acceptance of this degree to fulfill licensure requirements rests with each state. HGST’s advisors can provide individuals with basic guidelines and other information about state requirements. However, it remains each individual’s responsibility to understand and to comply with the regulations and other requirements for the state in which he or she plans to reside and to work.

Educational Requirements for LPC Licensure – Applicants for licensure as a professional counselor through the TEXAS STATE BOARD OF EXAMINERS OF PROFESSIONAL COUNSELORS must show evidence of the following:

  1. A master’s or doctorate degree in counseling or related field from an accredited college or university.
  2. A planned graduate program of at least 48 graduate semester hours, including a supervised practicum experience that is primarily counseling in nature of at least 300 clock-hours with at least 100 clock-hours of direct client counseling contact.

HGST is not solely responsible for this information. Please refer to the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors website: http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/counselor/default.shtm

The MAC degree plan for preparation for the LPC exam
(shaded areas are required prior to enrolling in a Practicum)

COURSE CONTENT AREAS    
Theology Courses – 12 Credit Hours Choose two of the three 4-hour courses: OT 501, NT 501, or TH 501  
1) 1)  
2) 2)  
3) Introduction to Christian Spirituality 3) CS 501  
Counseling Courses – 50 Credit Hours    
Counseling Research and Statistics (required during first year of study) COU 500  
Normal Human Growth and Development COU 522  
Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy COU 530  
Appraisal and Assessment in Counseling COU 540  
Counseling Skills and Techniques COU 600  
Psychopathology COU 611  
Cross-cultural Counseling COU 665  

Group Counseling and Psychotherapy

COU 674  
Professional Orientation COU 690  
Lifestyle and Career Counseling COU 710  
Counseling Elective COU ______  
Counseling Elective COU ______  
Counseling Elective COU______  
Counseling Elective COU______  
Counseling Practicum 1* COU 751  
Counseling Practicum 2 COU 752  
Advanced Seminar (2 hours)Taken during the student’s final 12 hours of the program, following the three 501 courses listed above. One 501 and the Advanced Seminar may be taken simultaneously. COU 799    

Total Credit Hours: 62 *The Counseling Practicum Handbook requiring background checks, liability insurance, personal counseling sessions, supervisor information, and more are available at www.hgst.edu/academics/resources.

Educational Requirements for LMFT Licensure – Applicants for licensure as a professional counselor through the Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists must show evidence of the following:

  1. A master’s or doctorate degree in counseling or related field from an accredited college or university.
  2. A planned graduate program of at least 45 graduate semester hours, which are counseling in nature, and include twelve months or nine credit hours of supervised clinical practicum.

HGST is not solely responsible for this information. Please refer to the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors website: http:// www.dshs.state.tx.us/counselor/default.shtm

The MAC degree plan for preparation for the LMFT exam
(shaded areas are required prior to enrolling in a Practicum)

COURSE CONTENT AREAS  
Theology Courses – 12 Credit Hours Choose two of the three 4-hour courses: OT 501, NT 501, or TH 501
1) 1)
2) 2)
3) Introduction to Christian Spirituality 3) CS 501
Counseling Courses – 50 Credit Hours  
Counseling Research and Statistics (required during first year of study) COU 500
Normal Human Growth and Development COU 522
Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy COU 530
Appraisal and Assessment in Counseling COU 540

Counseling Skills and Techniques

COU 600
Psychopathology COU 611
Marriage and Family Dynamics COU 663
Cross-cultural Counseling COU 665
Marriage and Family Therapy (prerequisite – COU 663 Marriage and Family Dynamics) COU 673
Professional Orientation COU 690
Counseling Elective COU ____
Counseling Elective COU ____
Counseling Elective COU ____
Marriage and Family Counseling Practicum 1 or   Counseling Practicum 1* COU 753 or COU 751
Marriage and Family Counseling Practicum 2 or Counseling Practicum 2 COU 754 or COU 752
Marriage and Family Counseling Practicum 3 COU 755
Advanced Seminar (2 hours)Taken during the student’s final 12 hours of the program, following the three 501 courses listed above. One 501 and the Advanced Seminar may be taken simultaneously. COU 799  

Total Credit Hours: 62 *The Counseling Practicum Handbook requiring background checks, liability insurance, personal counseling sessions, supervisor information, and more are available at www.hgst.edu/academics/resources.

The MAC degree plan for those wishing to prepare for both LPC and LMFT exams

Shaded areas are required prior to enrolling in a Practicum.

COURSE CONTENT AREAS    
Theology Courses – 12 Credit Hours Choose two of the three 4-hour courses: OT 501, NT 501, or TH 501  
1) 1)  
2) 2)  
3) Introduction to Christian Spirituality 3) CS 501  
Counseling Courses – 53 Credit Hours    
Counseling Research and Statistics (required during first year of study) COU 500  
Normal Human Growth and Development COU 522  
Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy COU 530  
Appraisal and Assessment in Counseling COU 540  
Counseling Skills and Techniques COU 600  
Psychopathology COU 611  
Marriage and Family Dynamics COU 663  
Cross-cultural Counseling COU 665  
Marriage and Family Therapy (prerequisite – COU 663 Marriage and Family Dynamics) COU 673  
Group Counseling and Psychotherapy COU 674  
Professional Orientation COU 690  
Lifestyle and Career Counseling COU 710  
Counseling Elective COU ______  
Counseling Elective COU______  
Counseling Practicum 1* COU 751  
Counseling Practicum 2 or Marriage and Family Counseling Practicum 1 COU 752 or 753  
Marriage and Family Counseling Practicum 1 or 2 COU 753 or 754  
Advanced Seminar (2 hours)Taken during the student’s final 12 hours of the program, following the three 501 courses listed above. One 501 and the Advanced Seminar may be taken simultaneously. COU 799    

Total Credit Hours: 65 *The Counseling Practicum Handbook requiring background checks, liability insurance, personal counseling sessions, supervisor information, and more are available at www.hgst.edu/academics/resources.

Optional degree plans for the Master of Arts in Counseling degree with a Certificate in Christian Spirituality, Spiritual Direction, or Missional Leadership, are included below.

Master of Arts in Counseling Degree Plan (LPC) with Spiritual Direction Certificate

Shaded areas are required prior to enrolling in a Practicum.

COURSE CONTENT AREAS

   
Spirituality Courses – 25 Credit Hours    
Introduction to Christian Spirituality (4 hours) CS 501  
Spiritual Disciplines and Practices CS 510  
Systems Thinking in Ministry Contexts CS 640  
Theological Foundations of Christian Spirituality CS 650  
History of Christian Spirituality CS 664  
Christian Devotional Classics (CS 665) or Spiritual Formation in Congregations (CS 654) _______  
Techniques of Spiritual Direction* CS 767  
Spiritual Direction Practicum* CS 780  
Counseling Courses – 50 Credit Hours    
Counseling Research and Statistics (required during first year of study) COU 500  
Normal Human Growth and Development COU 522  
Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy COU 530  
Appraisal and Assessment in Counseling COU 540  
Counseling Skills and Techniques COU 600  
Psychopathology COU 611  
Cross-cultural Counseling COU 665  
Group Counseling and Psychotherapy COU 674  
Professional Orientation COU 690  
Lifestyle and Career Counseling COU 710  
Counseling Elective COU ______  
Counseling Elective COU ______  
Counseling Elective COU______  
Counseling Elective COU______  
Counseling Practicum 1 COU 751  
Counseling Practicum 2 COU 752  
Advanced Seminar (2 hours)Taken during the student’s final 12 hours of the program. COU 799    

*Without these courses, students will receive the Certificate in Christian Spirituality.                     

Total Credit Hours: 75 *The Counseling and Spiritual Direction Practicum Handbooks, requiring background checks, liability insurance, personal counseling sessions, supervisor information, and more, are available at www.hgst.edu/academics/resources.

Master of Arts in Counseling Degree Plan (LPC) with Missional Leadership Certificate

Shaded areas are required prior to enrolling in a Counseling Practicum.

COURSE CONTENT AREAS

   
Missional Leadership Courses – 25 Credit Hours    
Introduction to Christian Spirituality (4 hours) CS 501  
Introduction to Missional Church Movement TS 510  
The Bible in Missional Perspective BI 540  
Missional Theology TS 630  
Culture and Context PL 620  
Systems Thinking in Ministry Contexts PL 640  
Transformational Leadership or Leadership in Postmodern Culture PL 650 or 671  
Missional Leadership Practicum, I PL 780  
Counseling Courses – 50 Credit Hours    
Counseling Research and Statistics (required during first year of study) COU 500  
Normal Human Growth and Development COU 522  
Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy COU 530  
Appraisal and Assessment in Counseling COU 540  
Counseling Skills and Techniques COU 600  
Psychopathology COU 611  
Cross-cultural Counseling COU 665  
Group Counseling and Psychotherapy COU 674  
Professional Orientation COU 690  
Lifestyle and Career Counseling COU 710  
Counseling Elective COU ______  
Counseling Elective COU ______  
Counseling Elective COU______  
Counseling Elective COU______  
Counseling Practicum 1 COU 751  
Counseling Practicum 2 COU 752  
Advanced Seminar (2 hours)Taken during the student’s final 12 hours of the program. COU 799    

Total Credit Hours: 75 *The Counseling and Missional Leadership Practicum Handbooks, requiring background checks, liability insurance, personal counseling sessions, supervisor information, and more, are available at www.hgst.edu/academics/resources.

In addition, MAC students may opt to do the MAC with the Master of Divinity degree for a total of 119 credit hours.

30 Required Counseling Courses
49 Biblical and Theological Studies Courses
12 Counseling Electives
15 Ministry Practice Courses
6 Counseling Practicum
3 Ministry Practicum
2 Integrative Capstone
2 Integrative Experience Courses

 

 

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