At the end of the master’s program, the graduate should have acquired the necessary advanced skills, knowledge, and experience to:
- Provide individual and group counseling services in a wide variety of community service, church, and advocacy 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.
- Select, administer, and interpret tests designed to assess individuals; and apply the knowledge of statistical analysis in doing so.
- Evaluate data to identify problems of individuals and to determine the advisability of counseling or referral to other specialists or institutions.
- 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 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.
Program of Study
The typical fulltime student will complete the program in two years. A minimum of 48 semester hours is required. The Counseling Psychology Program is specifically designed for students seeking training in providing systems interventions in an international context. Offered only at our satellite campus in Kniebis, Germany, this degree is ideal for students interested in creating or working with advocacy programs, church service ministries, or NGO organizations in developing countries. As licensing laws in different countries vary dramatically for mental health professionals, it is the responsibility of the student to work with the program chair to develop a plan of study that will best meet the student’s goals.
Clinical experiences are an integral part of a degree in counseling psychology 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 plays, 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.