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M.A. in Mental Health Counseling


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The Master of Arts degree in Mental Health Counseling through the College of Theology & Christian Ministry at Belmont University is unique among contemporary counseling programs in that it embodies Christian and pastoral theological understandings of the care of human beings in addressing the depth and complexity of human suffering.  

The program seeks to guide the forming of professionals who will act with integrity in the world as agents of the ministries of healing and transformation serving individuals, couples, families or larger groups. The program seeks to accomplish this goal through the integration of the wisdom, insight and values of the Church’s care of souls tradition with the knowledge, skills and resources of contemporary scientific counseling.

What sets Belmont’s Mental Health Counseling program apart from other counselor education programs is this integration of Christian resources and scientific perspectives on human nature and development, suffering and psychopathology, treatment and the alleviation of suffering, guiding values and ideals for the living of life. The Mental Health Counseling Program is the only graduate degree program in the College of Theology & Christian Ministry at Belmont University.

The program was established to prepare professional counselors at the master’s (MAMHC) level. The program offers three specialty tracks:

- Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling
- Clinical Mental Health Counseling
- Clinical Pastoral Therapy

The degree program has submitted its application for accreditation by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) under the Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling Specialties.

Update: the official CACREP website now states that Belmont University is "In Process" for accreditation approval for the Marriage, Couple and Family track and the Clinical Mental Health Counseling track.

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Learn more about the Mental Health Counseling Program by checking out our brochure or by emailing to schedule a class observation and/or meeting with our faculty.