Master of Arts in Christian Counseling

Master of Arts in Christian Psychology

The Master of Arts in Christian Psychology (MACP) is the first program of its kind in North America. Bringing together the rich theological, spiritual and pastoral care traditions of Christianity with the clinical advances of contemporary psychology, psychotherapy, and counseling, this degree enables a graduate to become a Licensed Psychological Associate (LPA) in Texas (and other states with similar requirements). The MACP and the MA in Christian Counseling programs (MACC) at HBU share 80% of their courses. However, in contrast to the LPC, there is greater emphasis on psychological science (physiological psychology and personality dynamics) and additional courses on psychological assessment.

Along with the MACC, this degree is distinguished by its thorough grounding in a Christian worldview (in contrast to the worldview of naturalism that dominates contemporary psychotherapy and counseling). However, graduates will be trained to practice effectively in both Christian and public mental health settings.

Our 72-hour MACP program includes 12 hours in Christian worldview studies (biblical studies, theology, and philosophy) and 6 hours of spiritual formation training, as well as all of the courses required for LPA, though they too are informed by Christian content, resulting in a program unique in the field of psychology and psychotherapy: Christ-centered, biblically-rooted, and clinically informed.

MACP Degree Plan

Top Reasons to Attend HBU’s MACP Program
1. The first Christian therapy program in North America based on a Christian psychology/worldview orientation, that is Christ-centered, biblically rooted, and clinically informed.
2. Only program in North America that provides “Two-Community training,” equipping graduates 1) how to work uniquely with members of the Christian Community using evidence-based, distinctly Christian clinical practices, in a variety of settings (e.g., churches, private practice, Christian counseling centers, Christian mental health facilities, as well as public mental health settings open to it); as well as 2) how to work with members of the entire “Human Community,” using evidence-based clinical practices common to all, with sensitivity, compassion and wisdom, in public mental health settings of all kinds.
3. Emphasis throughout the curriculum on personal growth and transformation in relation to Christ, self, and others.
4. Scholarships are available based on academic promise and financial need.

Example Program Timeline

Year
Fall
Hrs.
Spring
Hrs.
Total
72
Year 1
PSYC 5335 - Christian Spiritual Formation for Therapists
3
PSYC 5323 - Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy
3
CHRI 5326 - The Bible and Wholeness: Context, Interpretation, and Formation
3
CHRI 5327 - God, Humans, and Salvation
3
PSYC 5317 - Christian Psychology and Counseling Theory
3
PHIL 5325 - Philosophy and Worldview Studies for Psychology & Counseling
3
PSYC 6301 - Principles of Human Development
3
PSYC 5310 - Ethical and Professional Issues in Psychology and Counseling
3
Year 2
PSYC 5336 - Christian Spiritual Direction
3
PSYC 6308 - Methods of Group Process
3
PSYC 5353 - Physiological Psychology
3
PSYC 6310 - Clinical Psychopathology
3
PSYC 5313 - Methods and Techniques in Counseling
3
PSYC 6302 - Measurement and Appraisal
3
PSYC 5318 - Biblical & Theological Foundations for Psychology & Counseling
3
PSYC 5321 - Form Psychology
3
Year 3
PSYC 6395 - Supervised Practicum
3
PSYC - 6396 - Supervised Internship and Consultation
3
PSYC 5360 - Cultural Psychology
3
PSYC 5222 - Learned Bases of Behavior
3
PSYC 6305 - Individual Psychological Evaluation
3
PSYC 6320 - Research Techniques and Procedures
3
PSYC 5312 - Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling Theories
3
PSYC 6343 - Personality Assessment
3
Subtotal
36
Subtotal
36
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