At the end of the master’s program, the graduate should have acquired the necessary advanced skills, knowledge, and experience to:
- Establish a professional identity as a Mental Health Counselor.
- Provide individual and group counseling services in a wide variety of community service settings.
- Conduct counseling or therapeutic interviews to assist individuals in gaining insight into personal problems, in defining goals and to plan actions which reflect their interests, abilities and needs.
- Provide occupational and educational information to enable individuals to formulate realistic vocational and educational plans.
- Collect data about individuals through the use of interviews, case histories, psychometric instruments, observational techniques and related methods.
- Demonstrate general knowledge of human development across the lifespan.
- Effectively communicate with diverse cultural groups.
- Demonstrate an understanding of special needs populations (e.g. persons in poverty, physical abuse victims, substance abusers, juvenile offenders).
- Interpret and evaluate research data.
- Demonstrate a sensitivity to, and an appreciation of, the spiritual needs of individuals.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the issues and concerns surrounding the integration of Christian faith and counseling theory and practice.
- Articulate a personal approach to counseling which integrates faith and learning.
- Discuss the dynamic of the Holy Spirit which is central to the Pentecostal/Charismatic tradition.
- Counsel individuals and groups relative to personal issues, social problems, and educational and vocational objectives.
- Select, administer, and interpret tests designed to assess individuals; and apply the knowledge of statistical analysis in doing so.
- Evaluate data to identify the causes of problems of individuals and to determine the advisability of counseling or referral to other specialists or institutions.
Program of Study
The program is composed of a minimum of five semesters of approved graduate study. The typical fulltime student will complete the program in approximately two full years. A minimum of 60 semester hours is required. The program core provides educational preparation in human growth and development, cultural foundations, a Christian perspective on counseling, helping relationships, group work, career and lifestyle development, appraisal, research and professional issues. The clinical portion of the program provides supervised counseling experience working in the community with culturally diverse clients. The program furnishes additional training in community systems, family systems and diagnosis and pathology.
Many faculty members are practitioners who bring real world experience into the classroom. Faculty members are selected to teach courses according to their expertise and emphasis is placed on practical application of concepts and theory.
Clinical experiences are an integral part of a degree in counseling at Lee University. The counseling practicum and internship placements provide an opportunity to practice skills and to utilize acquired knowledge in real life situations. Fieldwork activity follows a developmental model consisting of a sequence of training experiences of increasing complexity and responsibility. Each level of training is designed to accommodate the student’s particular level of professional development.
Practicum refers to the experience of working with clients within the setting of a formal course, under direct supervision of a faculty member. Students are required to complete a minimum of 100 hours of practicum prior to entering an internship. A minimum of 40 hours must be in direct contact with clients. The remaining hours can be indirect in nature, i.e., the student may participate in role playing, observe counseling sessions, review taped sessions and so on.
Internship refers to a formalized arrangement by which the student is assigned to a community agency in order to gain experience in the many facets of the role of a counselor including but not limited to direct services to clients. Each student is required to complete three semesters of internship with a minimum of 300 hours of service each semester.
Students are required to obtain liability insurance through the graduate office prior to beginning field experiences.
All students are required to obtain fingerprinting through TBI prior to starting their field experience. Applications must be obtained through the graduate office.