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Psychology M.A/PH.D. or Psy.D. Program

WITH A CHRISTIAN WORLD VIEW

PRELIMINARY REQUIREMENTS:

1. A bachelor’s degree or equivalent. Your work experience and existing knowledge may help qualify you. Unaccredited degrees and course work can be acceptable depending upon content and scope. In some cases, when these factors are evaluated, we award a bachelor’s degree first at no extra expense.

2. A firm personal belief that you have been called and gifted for this ministry. We maintain that human beings are by no means capable of understanding the soul. Christian psychotherapists must rely absolutely on the Holy Spirit to discern and inspire. However, we are commanded to “study to show thyself approved”; therefore, we must learn what is thought to be essential knowledge in the fields of psychology and psychiatry. The point is that knowledge, while necessary, is insufficient. If you are not called to this profession, you should pray and pray until you discover your true calling.

As you examine the curriculum below you will see that we emphasize the subjects of abuse, trauma, and addictions much  more than traditional graduate programs. The reason is that perhaps 60 percent of the patients you encounter will have been abused, usually early in life. Also, abuse is the primary cause of addiction, whether to alcohol or to other drugs. An understanding of emotional trauma is required in order to help victims of abuse and people afflicted by addiction. This program is designed to be more comprehensive than most doctoral programs even at prestigious universities. We want you to become better qualified than the average psychologist. Please see our student comments.

M.A. – PH.D. (or PSY.D.) COMBINED PROGRAM
Clinical Psychology with a Christian World View

The Master’s Program

Coun. 501: Overview of societal mental-health issues [3 credits]
Coun. 502: Child and domestic abuse; PTSD [3 credits]
Coun 503: Principles and practice of family therapy [4 credits]
Coun 504: Trauma—psychodynamic effects and treatment [4 credits]
Coun 505: Treatment of PTSD in abused children [3 credits]
Coun 506: Processing grief [2 credits]
Coun 507: Addictions; critique of Alcoholics Anonymous [3 credits]
Coun 508: Social psychology [4 credits]
Coun 509: Psychopathology and treatments, I [3 credits]
Coun 510: Psychopathology and treatments, II [3 credits]
Coun 511: Psychopathology and treatments, III [3 credits
Coun 512: Biological factors in human behavior [4 credits]
Coun 513: Diagnostic classifications, DSM-V [3 credits]
Coun 514: Psychological testing, including ethics [4 credits]
Coun 516: Research methodology [4 credits]
Coun 517: Professional ethics [3 credits]
Coun 518: Biofeedback and EMDR [3 credits]

——-56 Credits. Master of Arts degree awarded

The Doctoral Program

Coun 601: Personality/psychopathology assessment [6 credits]
Coun 602: Traumatic brain injury, diagnosis and treatment considerations [5 credits]
Coun 603: Human-trafficking, considerations in treatment of victims [5 credits]
Coun 604: Neuropsychology, diagnosis and treatment considerations [6 credits]
Coun 605: Practice of biofeedback [6 credits]

Coun 606: 1,000-hour supervised practicum [20 credits]

Coun 607: Dissertation or major project [30 credits]

——--78 credits plus 56 credits from master’s curriculum = 134 total credits
Ph.D. or Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology with a Christian World View awarded

Textbooks: Self purchased; used copies acceptable
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