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Community Counseling Concentration

Master of Arts

In the Community/Mental Health Counseling concentration, you’ll develop specialized understanding and skills necessary to assess adults’ mental health needs and apply evidence-based practices to promote healing and change in a wide variety of settings.

Please contact admissions at 651.635.8000 or graduate-admissions@bethel.edu for more information on start dates.

Total Credits


Approximate Program Length

28 months


  • Counseling Theory (PSYC638)

    The fields of counseling and clinical psychology introduced through in-depth study of major counseling models and their application to case formulation, clinical treatment planning, and clinical intervention methods. Relationship between theory and practice. Critiquing models in light of current research and perspectives, including gender and diversity concerns. Developing personally coherent counseling approaches. Dynamic, phenomenological, behavioral, and cognitive approaches focus.

    3 credits

  • Integration of Psychology and Worldview (PSYC642)

    Overview and critique of the models that articulate the interface between psychology and Christianity. Focus is on topics central to the practice of counseling within the context of a Christian worldview. Discussion of such areas as the nature of personhood, the nature of evil and psychopathology, and the process of healing. The course has at its core the importance of personally integrating one's Christian faith and the discipline of psychology.

    3 credits

  • Counseling Microskills (PSYC643)

    Demonstration and supervised practice of interview skills. Emphasis is on development of core helping skills and attitudes foundational to an effective counseling process. Introductory issues in counseling relationship ethics and how gender, class, and cultural diversity factors may influence the counseling process.

    3 credits

  • Intro to Family Systems (PSYC645)

    Exploration of basic family dynamics (such as intimacy, communication, power, shame), with special emphasis given to examining those dynamics from the family systems and family development theoretical perspectives. Differences in family structures and patterns with opportunities for learners to apply theoretical principles to real-life family situations.

    3 credits

  • Group Therapy (PSYC647)

    Introduction to the history, processes, principles, and techniques related to the practice and functioning of group therapy in counseling and psychotherapy. Both didactic and experiential components will be used to understand and develop group leadership skills.

    3 credits

  • Psychological Assessment (PSYC651)

    Introduction to and beginning competence in administration, scoring, and interpretation of instruments for assessment of personality and psychopathology and thier application to career and life transition counseling. Psychometric properties, ethical use of instruments, factors affecting reliability and validity. Synthesizing data, clinical interviewing, and report writing skills.

    3 credits

  • Research Methods and Treatment of Data (PSYC654)

    Methods of empirical research particularly applicable to clinical and counseling situations, with primary emphasis on evaluation and application of published research. Secondary emphasis is development of skills necessary for completion of thesis project.

    3 credits

  • Psychopathology (PSYC656)

    Critical review of theoretical perspectives and current research on the development and maintenance of major forms of maladaptive behavior. Examination of the diagnostic process will also include discussion of ethics, biases, and the reliability/validity of categorization. Discussion of formulations, symptoms, and progression of various disorders will interface with a consideration of appropriate therapeutic interventions.

    3 credits

  • Human Sexuality and Therapy (PSYC657)

    Human sexuality in individuals and couples; sexual understanding, formation, and function. Helping skills for sexual dysfunction and understanding one's sexuality and sexual spirituality. Human sexuality, attitudes, values, beliefs, and self-awareness, as they relate to counselor, client, and clinical issues. Cognitive behavioral therapy and emotionally focused therapy in human sexuality. Ethical and diversity issues and hoe they influence counseling processes.

    3 credits

  • Multicultural Counseling (PSYC658)

    The influence of culture and related factors on client/counselor interactions. Developing greater multicultural counseling competence. Increasing: 1) self-awareness of attitudes and beliefs shaped by one's own experiences as a cultural being; 2) knowledge of and sensitivity to worldviews and perspectives of ethnically and racially different individuals; and 3) understanding of the use of culturally appropriate skills in counseling.

    3 credits

  • Neuropsychology (PSYC660)

    Nervous system structure and function, with emphasis on clinical/counseling applications. Includes biological causes of normal behavior, organic causes for behavioral disorders, and drug influences on behavior.

    3 credits

  • Ethics and Professional Issues (PSYC661)

    Legal, ethical, and professional issues facing mental health providers, including confidentiality, informed consent, client dangerousness, conflicts of interest, boundary issues (including sexual involvement), values conflicts, religious issues and ethics, and scope of competence. Emerging ethical standards, particularly with regard to new technologies. Codes of ethics and professional conduct of mental health professional associations and licensure boards.

    3 credits

  • Lifespan Development (PSYC671)

    Development from conception through late adult-hood. Familial, cultural, and societal contexts as framework for understanding individual development. Physical and physiological, intellectual, personality, normative and non-normative transitions, social relations, family development, vocational development, retirement, and death. Individual differences (gender, culture, and class), issues of continuity-discontinuity, nature and assumptions of developmental theory, and importance of developmental factors in counseling.

    3 credits

  • Practicum I (PSYC781)

    A nine-month, supervised counseling/clinical experience (Practicum I and II total 700 hours minimum over the nine-months), primary with individual, family, and group therapy contact. Opportunity to integrate classroom learning, personal skills, and prior experience into a new therapeutic setting with onsite supervision. The State of Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy guidelines for clinical placements and supervision are applied.

    4 credits

  • Practicum II (PSYC783)

    Nine-month, 700-hour, supervised counseling/clinical experience (with PSYC781). Individual, family, and group therapy contact. Minimum of 250 supervised hours. Opportunity to integrate classroom learning, personal skills, and prior experience into therapeutic settings with onsite supervision. State Board of Psychology and Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy guidelines for clinical placements and supervision will be applied.

    4 credits

  • Select:

    • Comprehensive Examination (PSYC790)

      Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology comprehensive examination.

      3 credits

      Corequisite Course: PSYC783

    Or select both of the following:

    • Thesis I (PSYC791)

      Research project designed and completed by student, under direction of faculty advisor and graduate committee. Designed to prepare students to contribute to research in the field and to gain important research experience necessary for entrance into a doctoral program. Students interested in pursuing a Ph.D. should seriously consider completing a masters thesis.

      3 credits

    • Thesis II (PSYC792)

      A continuation of PSYC791.

      3 credits

This program fulfills the licensure requirements in the state of Minnesota. To obtain this license, you’ll need to pass a standard exam. While our program prepares you for the exam, we cannot guarantee you’ll pass the exam. If you want to obtain this license in a state other than Minnesota, you’ll need to check that state’s requirements for licensure.

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