The Master of Arts in Professional Counseling (MAPC) is designed to provide specialized graduate training in proven counseling methods combined with sound theological principles. This degree fulfills the academic requirements in most states for licensure as a professional counselor (LPC) and certification as a national certified counselor (NCC). The Master of Arts in Professional Counseling is designed to meet the standards for the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program as defined by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)*.
The basic Master of Arts in Professional Counseling consists of 67 semester credit hours inclusive of a practicum and clinical internship. Professional counselors serve in a wide variety of capacities from traditional local church and denominational ministries to hospital, mental health, and human service agencies to private counseling practices.
Students are mentored to actively identify with the counseling profession. Faculty members are committed to the highest standards of graduate counselor education.
Professional counselors utilize counseling and psychotherapy to evaluate and treat emotional, relational and mental problems and conditions. The distinguished Richmont faculty teach students to integrate a sound Christian theology, counseling, psychology, and their personal spirituality to address the whole person.
The MAPC program is provided through a traditional day program over two or three years or through a more versatile schedule over four years.
The MAPC may also be combined with a specialization. Specializations strengthen the students’ abilities to work with specific client populations. The following specializations are offered within the MAPC program. The certificate will be printed as a separate document to the graduate’s diploma.
* The program is designed to meet the standards, it is not CACREP accredited. The program fully meets the state of Georgia’s requirements for licensure, as defined by the Georgia Composite board of Professional Counselors, Social Workers, and Marriage and Family Therapist, and the state of Tennessee’s licensure requirements, as defined by Tennessee Board of Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Marital and Family Therapists and Licensed Pastoral Therapists. The states of Georgia and Tennessee have reciprocity with most other states regarding licensure.
Richmont Graduate University is founded on principles that adhere to National Association of Evangelicals Statement of Faith appearing below. This statement has been affirmed by more than seventy denominations and thus represents a broad evangelical consensus. All faculty members affirm this statement, and students who attend the Richmont will be taught from a Christian perspective.
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