Professional Counseling Program
Mary L. Becerril, Ph.D., Program Director, Main Campus
Joseph D. Cook, Ph.D., Program Director, DBU North
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of Arts in Professional Counseling
The Master of Arts in Professional Counseling degree prepares graduates to render counseling services in a variety of settings such as community counseling centers, drug and alcohol treatment facilities, college and university counseling centers, Christian counseling centers, private psychiatric hospitals, domestic violence shelters, churches, rehabilitation centers, and private practice. The burgeoning interest in professional counseling and the growing disillusionment with a "morally neutral" approach to counseling indicates the need for a graduate program which will apply Biblical presuppositions as the starting points and goals in a counseling approach.
Presently, all classes leading to the M.A. in Professional Counseling degree are taught in the evening and on the weekend.
NOTE: Church Membership Requirement for Admission to the M.A. in Professional Counseling Program:
Admission to this degree program requires a recommendation from a staff member or official in the church of which the applicant is currently a member or faithfully attends that holds Jesus Christ to be their Lord and Savior, and who hold solely the Old Testament and the New Testament as sacred scripture. Click here to download form.
Applicants desiring to transfer from a master’s counseling program at another university to the M.A. in Professional Counseling Program at DBU are required to submit an official letter which states that the applicant is a student in good standing and is eligible to complete that program as well as enroll in practicum classes. This letter should be from the Dean or the Program Director and is to be submitted with the application to the DBU program.
Master of Arts in Professional Counseling Agreement Contract:
Newly admitted students will meet with the Program Director, at which time the Master of Arts in Professional Counseling Agreement Contract will be explained and discussed. By signing this agreement contract, new students are stating their willingness to be evaluated on nine characteristics deemed necessary for the development of an ethical and competent counselor. These characteristics are implied from the expectations of professional and personal competence and responsibility and are as follows: openness, flexibility, positiveness, cooperativeness, willingness to use and accept feedback, awareness of impact on others, ability to deal with conflict, ability to accept personal responsibility, and ability to express feelings effectively and appropriately. In addition, the student's signature on the contract expresses agreement to attend eight counseling sessions during the first two semesters in the M.A. in Professional Counseling Program. No student will be allowed to register for practicum until all sessions are complete.
Continuance in the program past the first twelve (12) hours is pending submission of a satisfactory score on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or Graduate Record Examinations® (GRE®).
There are four undergraduate-level psychology prerequisites: Introduction to Psychology or general psychology, statistics, and 6 hours of upper-level psychology. Continuance in the program past the first 18 hours is pending successful completion of these prerequisites.
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