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The Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling degree is a 60 credit hour program designed to prepare men and women to serve as counselors and psychotherapists in professional mental health settings ranging from community mental health centers to psychiatric hospitals, to faith-based counseling centers, to residential treatment facilities, to private practice.

For students enrolled in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling specialty track, the program satisfies the educational requirement for licensure as a Professional Counselor—Mental Health Service Provider in the State of Tennessee. For those enrolled in the Marriage, Couples and Family Counseling specialty track, the program satisfies the educational requirements for licensure as a Marital & Family Therapist in the State of Tennessee. And for students enrolled in the Pastoral Counseling specialty track, the program satisfies the academic requirements for licensure as a Clinical Pastoral Therapist in Tennessee.

Prospective students should be aware that educational requirements for professional counselor licensure and marital & family therapist licensure vary from state to state and should check their state’s requirements prior to applying to the MAMHC degree. Also, prospective students should be aware that not all states license or certify pastoral counselors and that the educational requirements for those states that do may vary from state to state. Prospective students should check with their respective state’s licensure requirements prior to applying to the MAMHC program.

Students are required to complete a practicum and internship consisting of 700 clock hours of counseling and counseling related activities in an approved site or agency as a part of the program. Normally, students will complete 24 semester hours of course work prior to beginning their practicum experience. Students will be required to pass a background check and show proof of approved professional liability insurance prior to beginning the clinical experience component of the program.

Mission Statement

The Mental Health Counseling Program seeks to train professional counselors who will act ethically as agents of the ministries of healing and transformation through efficacious counseling theory, techniques, skills, and respect for diversity.

Program Objectives for Clinical Mental Health Counseling

The Mental Health Counseling faculty have identified the following program objectives for students:

  • identify and resolve ethical issues using current codes of ethics
  • become knowledgeable and apply multicultural and cross-cultural counseling skills and current competencies
  • utilize culturally relevant strategies based on human growth and development
  • integrate vocational counseling knowledge into holistic counseling strategies
  • select and utilize efficacious counseling theories, skills, and techniques
  • facilitate care throughout the lifespan using Christian and pastoral theological perspectives of human suffering
  • demonstrate appropriate screening practices and leadership of groups
  • select and utilize appropriate and ethical assessment instruments and techniques
  • select and utilize appropriate and ethical research methods for the improvement of counseling services
  • apply the Competencies for Addressing Spiritual and Religious Issues in Counseling
  • be committed to serve as Christian advocates for clients and their communities.

Program Objectives for Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling

The Mental Health Counseling faculty have identified the following program objectives for students:

  • identify and resolve ethical issues with couples and families using current codes of ethics
  • become knowledgeable and apply multicultural, cross-cultural, and cross-generational counseling skills and current competencies
  • utilize culturally relevant strategies based on human growth and development
  • integrate vocational counseling knowledge into holistic counseling strategies
  • select and utilize efficacious family counseling theories, skills, and techniques
  • facilitate care throughout the lifespan using Christian and pastoral theological perspectives of human suffering
  • demonstrate appropriate screening practices and leadership of groups
  • select and utilize appropriate and ethical assessment instruments and techniques
  • select and utilize appropriate and ethical research methods for the improvement of counseling services
  • apply the Competencies for Addressing Spiritual and Religious Issues with couples and families in counseling
  • be committed to serve as Christian advocates for couples and families and their communities.
M.A. in Mental Health Counseling curriculum completion by academic focus
Foundational Courses Required of All Specialty Tracks   27
CTM 5011: Foundations of Clinical Practice 3
CTM 5013: Christian Perspectives on Psychopathology & Human Suffering 3
CTM 5014: Diagnosis & Treatment of Mental Disorders 3
CTM 5015: Spirituality & Theories of Human Development 3
CTM 5016: Diversity & Social Justice in the Clinical Encounter 3
CTM 5017: Christian Ethics in the Clinical Encounter 3
CTM 5018: Theories & Methods of Psychotherapy Research 3
CTM 5019: Techniques of Counseling
3
CTM 5160: Psychological & Theological Perspectives on Perspectives on Human Suffering
3
Practical Courses Required of All Specialty Tracks 9
CTM 6010: Practicum in Mental Health Counseling 3
CTM 6110: Internship in Mental Health Counseling I 3
CTM 6210: Internship in Mental Health Counseling II 3
Clinical Mental Health Counseling Track
24
CTM 5020: Theories of Counseling
CTM 5120: Diagnosis & Treatment of Addictions
3
CTM 5170: Vocational Discernment & Counseling
3
CTM 5210: Group Dynamics & Therapy
3
CTM 5310: Psychometrics & Assessment
3
CTM 5410: Family Systems Theory
3
CTM 5090: Psychopharmacology OR CTM 5110: Aging in the Family & Society
3
CTM 5130: Family Therapy Skills and Practice OR CTM 5220: Therapy with Children and Adolescents
3
Marriage, Couples, and Family Counseling Track
24
CTM 5012: Theories of Personality
3
CTM 5110: Aging in the Family & Society
3
CTM 5130: Family Therapy Skills and Practice
3
CTM 5140: History & Theology of Marriage and the Family
3
CTM 5170: Vocational Discernment & Counseling
3
CTM 5220: Therapy with Children & Adolescents
3
CTM 5410: Family Systems Theory
3
CTM 5210: Group Dynamics & Therapy
3
Clinical Pastoral Therapy Track 24
CTM 5012: Theories of Personality
3
CTM 5530: History of the Cure of Souls Tradition
3
CTM 5540: Pastoral Theological Method
3
CTM 5560: Biblical Hermeneutics & Pastoral Care
3
CTM 5570: Human Transformation & Change in the Bible
3
CTM 5020: Theories of Counseling OR CTM 5410: Family Systems Theory OR CTM 5550: Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
3
CTM 5210: Group Dynamics & Therapy OR CTM 5520: Diagnosis & Treatment of Personality Disorders OR CTM 5150: Marital & Couples Therapy
3
CTM 510: Family Therapy: Skills & Practice OR CTM 5510: Clinical Hermeneutics and the Healing Dialogue in Psychotherapy OR CTM 5170: Vocational Discernment & Counseling OR CTM 5120 Diagnosis & Treatment of Addictions
3
Total Credit Hours 60

The College of Theology and Christian Ministry Mental Health Counseling program is the only academic unit at Belmont University that is involved in preparing and teaching students within the Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling program.