Mental health counseling is about guiding clients. And promoting healthy lifestyles.
Our M.A. in Mental Health Counseling program prepares students to become Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors (LPCC) in California. You’ll learn how to effectively assist those with a wide variety of needs including life adjustments, career counseling, and coping with severe chronic mental illness. Our courses focus on critical thinking and practicum experiences will help you develop personally, spiritually, and professionally.
Bethel's mental health counseling program will equip you with the skills to provide the highest level of care for those with mental health issues by integrating clinical practice through the lens of faith. You'll also work alongside individuals pursuing the same field, led by faculty committed to your success.
Location: San Diego
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Integrating Christian Theology and Clinical Practice
Our degree program provides all the academic preparation you’ll need to become an LPCC, and so much more. The program includes theological and biblical studies courses such as biblical survey courses and Christian Social Ethics to help you integrate the spiritual dimension into your counseling work. Plus, faculty integrates Christian principles throughout the program so you will grasp the importance of Scripture in understanding and treating mental illness.
Our mental health program features distinguished faculty, relevant instruction, valuable networking, and strong community, all within a Christian learning environment. You’ll be prepared to make a difference in our world and inspire others to expand and effectively use their own God-given talents in fulfilling ways.
Over 3,600 seminary graduates serving around the world
62 denominations represented at Bethel Seminary
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment of mental health counselors is expected to grow 28.5 percent in the field over the next decade, reflecting changes in health insurance that often favors mental health counselors over other professionals for care of mental health issues.
Grow in spiritual maturity through a greater understanding of the Bible and how it relates to your own life. A deepening faith, alongside personal and spiritual formation, add efficacy to the therapeutic help you provide to clients.
You will take part in a formation assessment during your first year where you’ll set developmental, personal, spiritual, and relational goals for your education. You will also have opportunity to explore internal conflicts, stubborn behavior patterns, and repetitive relational challenges in 15 hours of confidential, individual therapy with a licensed psychotherapist.
During your senior year, you'll complete a capstone project that expresses the integrative thinking that you developed while advancing through the program. This significant paper, completed in collaboration with your professors, will articulate your integration of clinical theory, theology, understanding of spirituality, and clinical practice.
Bethel provided me with an invaluable foundation in critically thinking and communicating about music, faith, and culture. Most of my colleagues have never had the opportunity, as I did, to regularly perform in an excellent venue like Benson Great Hall.Madeline Veenker '10
Current job: Choir and Bell Director at St. Paul church and runs private vocal studio; earned an M.M. in vocal performance from University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
The theatre professors offer an individualized, supportive, and safe environment to explore what makes producing and performing theater so unique. They care about their students, their students' faith, and their students' craft. The intimate size of the department creates a close-knit community where students are led to grow and are challenged to become the best versions of themselves.Wes Mouri '12
Current job: Actor with the Guthrie Theater and Chanhassen Dinner Theatres
The faculty encouraged and challenged me to not settle for good enough. They fostered strong personal character alongside becoming a strong social worker. Their approach to persevere through challenges impacted my work ethic in all levels of social work.Stephen Horn '10
Current job: Case Management Supervisor at Pinnacle Services
Bethel's Christ-centered values coupled with academic excellence must not be overlooked. My professors were personal with students while spiritually and intellectually challenging. My degree has wide applications and is uniquely equipping me in long-lasting ways for my M.Div. training.Jessica Garske '12
Grad school: Talbot School of Theology (Biola University)
I never would've imagined that this degree would open the door for me to become a small business owner and entrepreneur. But that's exactly what I'm doing now - and I love it!Amanda Cornelius '07
Current job: Owner of Cornelius Counseling, LLC; Founder of Wellspring Group
Bethel chemistry students not only receive a world-class education, but also training that incorporates the beauty of God's creation in every aspect of learning.Brent Kobielush, Ph.D. '04
Current job: U.S. Regulatory Affairs Manager at Cargill, Inc.
The Marriage and Family Therapy program at Bethel has far exceeded my expectations, I have gained a much stronger sense of what I am called to both personally and professionally.Esther Davis '18
I loved attending Bethel. From the moment I started attending Bethel, I knew the faculty were invested in me. They cared about me, prayed for me, and genuinely wanted to see me succeed.Nanette Vogel '14
Current job: Clinical Development Specialist
Studying Political Science at Bethel greatly influenced my direction and experience now in ministry with the homeless and addicted populations in the Twin Cities. I have gained a more keen eye for the ways power can be used and abused!David Morrow '04
Current job: Director of Chaplains at Union Gospel Mission
Bethel's Doctor of Ministry program led me to do the kind of research that expanded my understanding, aided my leadership and benefited my ministry context.Matthew Clausen '14
Current job: Pastor - First Baptist of Minneapolis
The road to my career in education and coaching was paved at Bethel. Bethel provided me with professional educators and coaches who had a passion for their work and a commitment to modeling their faith.Peter Haugen '91
Current job: Head Football Coach, Gustavus Adolphus College (MN)
Bethel University has allowed me to go back to school while working at a pace that is comfortable for me. I have enjoyed being a part of the online program and furthering my education.Rachael Cappola '16
Current Job: 8th grade Math Teacher
Bethel's nursing program provides many amazing opportunities! As an undergraduate, I had the privilege of working with Dr. Sandau on research in cardiac monitoring. I met several incredible leaders in nursing research, and had some of my interviews published.Hannah Peller '11
most recent RN job: Cardiovascular Care, St. Mary's Hospital, Madison, WI
Bethel's Athletic Training Education Program was an incredibly rewarding experience and has prepared me so well for my graduate studies in Physical Therapy. The classroom knowledge and immense amount of hands-on experience was more than I could have asked for.Megan Roschen '13
Grad School: Mayo School of Health Sciences Doctorate of Physical Therapy Program
History majors are perhaps more prevalent in the corporate world than you think. The habits of research, writing and critical thinking built from a history degree are vital in any field. The ability to critically evaluate sources is particularly valuable.Tim Goddard '04
Current job: Vice President of Marketing, Corum Group Ltd
When you graduate, you’ll become part of a growing network of alumni from Bethel’s marital and family therapy and mental health counseling programs for support and friendship throughout your career.
Learn how to:
- Understand your own life and background so you can counsel from a healthy and accurate awareness of self
- Integrate Christian spirituality, clinical theory, and counseling practice
- Think abstractly so you can understand contextualized meanings of diverse people’s words and actions
- Learn evidence-based therapies to meet each client’s needs
- Interact with people from all walks of life, especially those struggling with persistent poverty and/or chronic mental illness
- Private practice clinician
- Staff counselor
- Case manager
- Emergency responder
- Intake counselor
- Group counselor
- School mental health counselor
- Addiction and/or intervention specialist
- Career counselor
- Psychological assessment specialist
- Crisis interventionist
- Camp/retreat mental health counselor
- Church and parachurch staff counselor
- Mental health counselor to missionaries/mission teams
Our graduates work at:
- Behavioral health hospitals with inpatient, day-patient, and/or outpatient programs
- Outpatient clinics
- Private practice offices
- Church-related therapy centers
- Public and private schools
- Publicly or privately funded community agencies
- Community colleges, universities, seminaries, and graduate schools
- Substance abuse and addiction inpatient and outpatient programs
- Denominational, local church, and mission agencies needing mental health specialists
- Law enforcement agencies, prisons, and halfway houses
- Group homes for children, adolescents, and adults