Orlando Master of Arts Counseling Curriculum
The accredited M.A. in Counseling (MAC) degree program consists of 76 credit hours and takes about two years to complete. Due to demanding academic and clinical requirements, only full-time students can complete the program.
The MAC curriculum centers on 47 credits of core counseling classes such as Psychopathology, Marriage and Family Therapy and Addictions as well as eight credits of Practicum and Internship courses (explained below). These courses fulfill the graduate education requirements for mental health counseling licensure in Florida and most, if not all, other states.
Students also take three credits of coursework related to the integration of psychology and theology and 18 credits of biblical and theological courses. More than half of the required biblical and theological courses are elective credits and may be selected by students based on their personal needs and interests.
RTS ORLANDO MASTER OF ARTS IN COUNSELING CURRICULUM
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Core Counseling Courses
|PSY501 ||Fundamental Therapy Skills|
|PSY503 ||Psychodiagnostics and Advanced Therapy Skills|
|PSY510||Social & Cultural Issues in Counseling|
|PSY511 ||Human Growth & Development|
|PSY516 ||Career & Lifestyle Development|
|PSY542||Evaluation & Assessment|
|PSY546 ||Research & Program Evaluation|
|PSY551 ||Professional, Ethical & Legal Studies|
|PSY560 ||Theory & Practice of Counseling & Psychotherapy|
|PSY568||Introduction to Marriage and Family Therapy|
|PSY571||Group Theories & Practice|
|PSY573 ||Sexuality & Sex Therapy|
|PSY576||Counseling in Community Settings|
Biblical and/or Theological Courses
|ST501||Systematic Theology Survey*|
|ST502 ||Introduction to Pastoral & Theological Studies|
|Biblical/Theological Studies Electives**|
Psychology in Relation to Theology Courses
|PSY630 ||Psychology in Relation to Theology I|
|PSY632||Psychology in Relation to Theology II|
*Required unless the student chooses, instead, to take ST: Scripture, Theology Proper, Anthropology (ST515, 3 hrs) and ST: Christology, Soteriology, Eschatology (ST517, 3 hrs).
**Student's choice of Biblical and/or Theological courses.
***A one- or two-hour internship course will be taken in four different semesters.
Core counseling courses -- 55 credit hours. Biblical and theological studies courses -- 18 credit hours. Psychology in relation to theology courses -- 3 credit hours.
Student's course of study must be approved by the Academic Director of the Master's in Counseling program.
PRACTICUM AND INTERNSHIP
Through a close partnership with Northland Church, RTS offers an on-site experience at the Oviedo Counseling Clinic located on the seminary campus. All RTS counseling students fulfill the practicum and internship requirements by serving as graduate intern counselors at the Oviedo Counseling Clinic about 20 hours per week from February of the first year of studies through the end of the program. Students work with adult and adolescent individuals, couples, families and groups seeking help with real problems. Common client issues include depression, anxiety, childhood abuse and neglect, addictive behaviors, disordered eating, sexual identity issues and various struggles related to marriage and parenting.
During the clinical portion of the program, students must acquire at least 400 hours of face-to-face client contact and 600 hours of indirect clinical experience (clinical meetings, writing notes and treatment plans, researching client issues, etc.). Each week, students receive one hour of individual supervision and two hours of group supervision led by licensed mental health counselors. Supervision sessions include reviews of the student's video-recorded counseling sessions and feedback from supervisors and student peers who have observed the student's live counseling session from behind a two-way mirror. Receiving and offering feedback is central to the supervisory process. The clinical experience and supervision process are the heart of the student's professional and personal growth in the MAC program. We value character development and the clinical setting provides a crucible for intense learning.
DUAL DEGREE OPTIONS
Many students combine the MAC program with a Master of Divinity (MDiv) degree or the Master of Arts in Biblical Studies (MABS) or Theological Studies (MATS). A dual degree adds a depth of scriptural and theological understanding and discernment to the relational process of counseling ministry. Completing a dual degree adds at least one year of full-time study to the MDiv, MABS or MATS degrees. Students considering a dual degree should complete two years of study in the MDiv program prior to applying for the MAC program or one year of study in the MABS/MATS. Please note that admission into the other degree programs does not guarantee admission into the MAC program.
The M.A. in Counseling program provides rigorous preparation for students seeking licensure as a mental health counselor in the state of Florida or those seeking equivalent licensure in other states. In order to become licensed, graduates from an accredited masters degree in counseling must also complete supervised post-graduate counseling experience and pass a state exam. Each student is responsible to investigate her/his state's requirements for licensure. For more information of the licensure requirements of individual states, visit this website: http://www.aascb.org/.
PERSONAL COUNSELING REQUIREMENT
All students are required to participate in individual and/or couples counseling on a weekly or biweekly basis for the first full year of the MAC program. Students are responsible for all expenses. RTS will provide entering students with a list of local counselors in the Orlando metro area whose fees typically range from $60 to $120 per session. Students in the MAC program may not see an Oviedo Counseling Clinic supervisor for personal counseling while they are in the program.
TRANSFERRING CREDITS FROM OTHER GRADUATE INSTITUTIONS
Entering students may transfer select core counseling courses from other accredited graduate institutions. Entering students may also transfer up to nine credit hours of graduate courses in biblical and/or theological studies, as long as they compare to RTS courses.
Transferable counseling courses:
PSY510 Social & Cultural Issues in Counseling
PSY511 Human Growth & Development
PSY516 Career & Lifestyle Development
PSY542 Evaluation & Assessment
PSY546 Research & Program Evaluation
PSY551 Professional, Ethical & Legal Studies (if taken at a Florida school)
Nontransferable counseling courses (must be taken at RTS Orlando):
PSY501 Fundamental Therapy Skills
PSY503 Advanced Therapy Skills
PSY560 Theory & Practice of Counseling & Psychotherapy
PSY568 Introduction to Marriage and Family Therapy
PSY571 Group Theories & Practice
PSY573 Sexuality & Sex Therapy
PSY576 Counseling in Community Settings
PSY630 Psychology in Relation to Theology I
PSY632 Psychology in Relation to Theology II
PSY634 Psychology in Relation to Theology III
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