Master of Arts in Counseling with Marriage and Family Therapy
2 YEARS | 40 CREDITS[UNITS]
ACADEMIC PROGRAM DESCRIPTION AND OBJECTIVES
Welcome to our fully online Master of Arts in Counseling degree program, designed to equip you with the necessary skills and knowledge to pursue a fulfilling career as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) or a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT). Our program is approved by the Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) for LMFT licensure in California.
Our courses are conveniently structured to last 6 to 8 weeks, allowing you to develop a schedule that accommodates your busy lifestyle and complete the program within two to three years. Upon graduation, you'll be ready to sit for your licensing examination after completing the required 3,000 supervised hours.
Our Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy program focuses on providing you with clinical skills, spiritual foundations, and self-knowledge necessary to help clients heal and restore their relationships. You'll develop a strong ethical and cultural sensitivity that will enable you to serve clients in both Christian and secular settings.
Join our program and become a competent, ethical, and licensed marriage and family therapist equipped to make a meaningful impact in the lives of your clients.
Prepare for CA Licensure. Our MFT program meets California licensure requirements, and we provide resources and guidance to assist students with licensure in other states.
Cohort Community. Join a community of like-minded individuals in your cohort and form meaningful friendships and professional connections while progressing through the program together.
Forming Therapists. As a Christ-centered MFT program, we prioritize the formation of our students as marriage and family therapists, equipping them to make a kingdom impact in the world, their community, and the local church.
Intercultural Experience. Working with families from diverse backgrounds in Southern California, you'll develop intercultural competence and study the impact of race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, and sexuality on counseling practices.
SCHOOL OF COUNSELING
FULL MAC CURRICULUM
MASTER OF ARTS IN COUNSELING WITH MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPY CURRICULUM
The course descriptions for the courses listed below may be found in the Academic Catalog.
Online master's in counseling courses include:
• Theories of Marriage and Family Therapy
• Crisis Intervention and Trauma Response
• Child Abuse Detection, Intervention, and Treatment
• Law, Ethics, and Professional Issues
• Family Violence: Detection, Intervention, and Treatment
• Multicultural Perspectives in Counseling
• Group Therapy
• Child and Adolescent Therapy in Family Contexts
• Career Counseling and Development
• Theory and Process of Group Counseling
MAC students must complete 36 Credits in counseling, Bible, and theology, including the following courses.
Required Courses (6 X 3= 18 Credits)
MC 501 Marriage and Family Counseling (3 Credits)
MC 502 Child and Adolescent Counseling (3 Credits)
MC 503 Addiction & Counseling (3 Credits)
MC 505 Counseling and Holistic Healing: Body, Mind, and Spirit (3 Credits)
MC 504 Crisis and Trauma Counseling in Community Mental Health (3 Credits)
MC 513 Language and Psychology
Elective Courses (6 X 3= 18 Credits)
MC 506 Christian Spiritual Formation; Integrative Holistic Theology (3 Credits)
MC 507 Advanced Lifespan Development (3 Credits)
MC 508 Counseling and the God Shaped Heart and Brain (3 Credits)
MC 509 Inner Healing (3 Credits)
MC 510 Christian Counseling & Personality Disorders (3 Credits)
MC 511 Drama Therapy & Christian Counseling (3 Credits)
MC 512 Transformational Counseling through story, Drama, Dance, Music, and Art (3 Credits)
MC 514 Theories of Psychopathology Diagnosis & Treatment Theories (3 Credits)
NC 515 Psychotherapy
MC 601 Group Therapy (3 Credits)
MC 602 Advanced Psychology (3 Credits)
MC 603 Cross Cultural Counseling (3 Credits)
MC 604 Legal, Ethical & Moral Issues in Christian Counseling Practice (3 Credits)
MC 605 Difference Education and Counseling (3 Credits)
MC 606 Advanced Multicultural Dynamics in Counseling/Therapy (3 Credits)
MC 607 Holistic Ministry, Spirituality, and Counseling (3 Credits)
MC 608 Neuro - Linguistic Psychology (3 Credits)
MC 609 Positive Psychology (3 Credits)
MC 610 Quantum Medicine and Transpersonal Psychology (3 Credits)
MC 620 Thesis (optional, 4 Credits)
The course curriculum develops students' core competencies for success in ministry and leadership. Possible careers include:
In-house Church Counselor
Nonprofit organization counselor
Child Life Specialist
Community Outreach Worker
Disaster Relief Worker
Domestic Violence Counselor
Family Support Worker
Human Services Employee
Program Learning Outcomes
Demonstrate a comprehensive grasp of essential concepts in systemic and relational theories and evidence-based treatment techniques.
Demonstrate mastery in systems/relational practice that conforms to the professional standards of MFT.
Demonstrate proficiency in understanding and implementing marriage and family therapy ethics and Christian ethical principles in their clinical work.
Demonstrate their commitment to excellence as marriage and family therapists who integrate Christian theology, family-of-origin, and social location into their professional development.
Demonstrate cultural competence in serving diverse client populations, including marginalized groups in California, by exhibiting sensitivity to their culture.