Western Seminary offers five counseling degree options through the Portland campus:
- Master of Arts in Counseling (requiring 73 hours)
- Master of Arts in Counseling – Child and Youth Counseling Specialization (requiring 76 hours)
- Master of Arts in Counseling / M.A. (Biblical and Theological Studies) Dual Degree (requiring 114 hours)
- Master of Arts in Counseling / M.A. in Ministry and Leadership Dual Degree (requiring 114 hours)
- Master of Arts in Counseling / M.Div. in Pastoral Counseling Dual Degree (requiring 128 hours)
In addition to the Seminary's general educational goals, the counseling program endeavors to achieve the following:
- Equip counselors for ministry in and through the Church;
- Integrate biblical and theological foundations with the insights of psychology and practical counseling strategies
- Promote growth in Christian maturity demonstrated through effective interpersonal relationships
- Prepare individuals who are seeking state licensure.
The specific competencies we endeavor for our students to obtain are listed below.
Master of Arts in Counseling, Core Competencies
Upon completing the core M.A. Counseling curriculum, each M.A. student shall possess:
- BE an individual that applies Biblical truth to life and ministry through appropriately utilizing Biblical interpretation of scriptures
- BE a learner that employs advanced theological thinking and integrates a Gospel-centered worldview to the combination of social and biblical studies
INTERPERSONAL SKILLS & EMOTIONAL HEALTH
- BE an individual that demonstrates social awareness, social cooperation, sensitivity to diversity, and teamwork. We desire students to demonstrate self-awareness, self-expression, and the ability to care for themselves
- BE a person who demonstrates ongoing, Gospel-centered personal and spiritual formation and utilizes life events in a pattern of growth
- BE a learner who demonstrates adequate theorectical knowledge, practical application of theory, and an adequate fund of content knowledge
- BE a counselor who shows clinical competencies through the ability to build therapuetic alliance and demonstrates adequate breadth of clinical skill in technique, including cross culturally.
- BE an intern whom demonstrates application of training to internship tasks, integrates supervisory input into clinical work, and engages cooperatively in supervision relationship as well as display consistent behavior in accordance with professional ethical standards.