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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 750 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.

M.A. in Mental Health Counseling curriculum completion by academic focus
Foundational Courses Required of All Specialty Tracks   24
CTM 5011: Foundations of Clinical Practice 3
CTM 5012: Theories of Personality 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
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 Electives (choose 9 courses) 27
CTM 5110: Aging in the Family & Society 3
CTM 5120: Diagnosis & Treatment of Addictions 3
CTM 5130: Family Therapy Skills and Practice 3
CTM 5140: History & Theology of Marriage and the Family 3
CTM 5150: Marital & Couples Therapy 3
CTM 5160: Psychological & Theological Perspectives on Human Sexuality 3
CTM 5170: Vocational Discernment & Counseling 3
CTM 5210: Group Dynamics & Therapy 3
CTM 5220: Therapy with Children & Adolescents 3
CTM 5310: Psychometrics & Assessment 3
CTM 5520: Diagnosis & Treatment of Personality Disorders 3
CTM 5550: Psychodynamic Psychotherapy 3
Marriage, Couples and Family Counseling Track Electives (choose 9 courses) 27
CTM 5110: Aging in the Family & Society 3
CTM 5120: Diagnosis & Treatment of Addictions 3
CTM 5130: Family Therapy Skills and Practice 3
CTM 5140: History & Theology of Marriage and the Family 3
CTM 5150: Marital & Couples Therapy 3
CTM 5160: Psychological & Theological Perspectives on Human Sexuality 3
CTM 5170: Vocational Discernment & Counseling 3
CTM 5210: Group Dynamics & Therapy 3
CTM 5220: Therapy with Children & Adolescents 3
CTM 5410: Family Systems Theory 3
Clinical Pastoral Therapy Track Electives (choose 9 courses) 27
CTM 5110: Aging in the Family & Society 3
CTM 5120: Diagnosis & Treatment of Addictions 3
CTM 5130: Family Therapy Skills and Practice 3

CTM 5120: Diagnosis & Treatment of Addictions

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CTM 5130: Family Therapy Skills and Practice 3
CTM 5140: History & Theology of Marriage and the Family 3
CTM 5150: Marital & Couples Therapy 3
CTM 5160: Psychological & Theological Perspectives on Human Sexuality 3
CTM 5170: Vocational Discernment & Counseling 3
CTM 5510: Clinical Hermeneutics & the Healing Dialogue in Psychotherapy 3
CTM 5520: Diagnosis & Treatment of Personality Disorders 3
CTM 5530: History of the Cure of Souls Tradition 3
CTM 5540: Pastoral Theological Method 3
CTM 5550: Psychodynamic Psychotherapy 3
CTM 5560: Biblical Hermeneutics and Pastoral Care 3
CTM 5570: Human Transformation & Change in the Bible 3
Total Credit Hours 60