Gardner-Webb’s M.Div./M.A./Ed.S. in Mental Health Counseling dual degree is designed to meet the needs of individuals who seek to integrate theology, faith, and spirituality with counseling theory and clinic experience in the mental health field.

School of Psychology and Counseling

Master of Divinity/Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling

Gardner-Webb’s M.Div./M.A. in Mental Health Counseling dual degree is designed to meet the needs of individuals who seek to integrate theology, faith, and spirituality with counseling theory and clinic experience in the mental health field. The program is designed to meet the educational requirements of licensure as professional counselors in North Carolina and in most other states.

 

Admissions Requirements

Dual degree students must apply to the Graduate School as well as the School of Divinity, following the admissions requirements of the respective programs, and be accepted to both in order to pursue both degrees. Also, when academic policies and standards differ between the schools, the policies and standards of the appropriate school apply to the respective portion of the dual degree.

 

Admissions Requirements for the School of Divinity

  1. A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university.

Applicants are expected to have had broad baccalaureate preparation including studies in world history, philosophy, languages and literature, the natural sciences, the social sciences, the fine arts, and religion. In cases where the applicant’s undergraduate preparation is deemed deficient, additional baccalaureate work may be required for full admission.

  1. A grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale in baccalaureate work.
  2. A stated and demonstrated commitment to ministry.
  3. A Background Record Check.

Prior to admission, a satisfactory “Criminal Record Check” for all states of residence for the past five years must be submitted to the School of Divinity Office of Admissions with a residence verification statement. Criminal background histories obtained for employment purposes are not acceptable for admission to the School of Divinity. Information received pertaining to criminal background histories will become part of the student’s permanent academic file. Any conviction or pending criminal charges cited in the criminal history will be reviewed by the School of Divinity Faculty Admissions Committee. Any allegations or charges of misdemeanor(s) or felony(s) that occur after the Criminal Record Check has been submitted must be reported immediately to the School of Divinity Office of Admissions and the Dean of the School of Divinity. Failure to report allegations of such charges may result in immediate dismissal from the program.

 

Admissions Requirements for the School of Psychology and Counseling

The requirements for the role of a mental health counselor are both personal and intellectual. 

  1. A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education with a minimum 3.00 grade point average.
  2. Satisfactory test scores on either the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT).
  3. Three positive letters of recommendation (academic or professional references preferred).
  4. A background in psychology at the undergraduate level is strongly recommended.

Specific prerequisites include an undergraduate course in Abnormal Psychology/Psychopathology and an undergraduate course in Developmental Psychology. Each of these courses may be taken concurrently with graduate courses but must be completed before taking the corresponding advanced-level courses.

5. Successful personal interview

During this interview the faculty members will assess the academic background, personal qualities, and goals of applicants. Applicants will be admitted who meet the program's personal and academic requirements.

6. Statewide criminal background check is required

Prior to admission, a satisfactory “Criminal Record Check” for all states of residence for the past five years must be submitted to the Graduate School. The purpose of the criminal background check is to meet requirements of some clinical agencies in which students learn and practice counseling methods. Criminal background histories obtained for employment purposes are not acceptable for admission to the Counseling programs. Information received pertaining to criminal background histories will become a part of the student’s confidential permanent academic file. Any conviction or pending criminal charges cited in the criminal history will be reviewed by the Graduate School and Counseling graduate faculty. Any allegations or charges of misdemeanor(s) or felony(s) that occur after the Criminal Record Check has been submitted must be reported immediately to the Graduate School and to the Dean of the School of Psychology and Counseling. Failure to report allegations of such charges may result in immediate dismissal from the program.

 

Chi Sigma Iota

Membership in this International Counseling Academic and Professional Honor Society is one of the highest honors a Gardner-Webb graduate student in the counseling program can attain for academic excellence. To be eligible for membership, students must have completed six semester hours, have a 3.5 GPA or higher, and be a student in good standing.

 

Career

 

By obtaining an M.A. in Mental Health Counseling you will be prepared to gain a license as a professional counselor. With this license, you can work in a variety of settings including private practice work. With the dual degree you will be able to work as a counselor for a church or religious-affiliated institution.

 

Course Requirements

You will complete 60 hours of core courses in the School of Divinity and 60 hours in the School of Psychology and Counseling.

 

School of Divinity Requirements:

A. Biblical Studies (18 hrs.)

            DSOT 100: Old Testament I (3 hrs.)

            DSOT 101: Old Testament II (3 hrs.)

            DSNT 100: New Testament I (3 hrs.)

            DSNT 101: New Testament II (3 hrs.)

            DSGK 100: Greek I (3 hrs.)

            DSHB 100: Hebrew I (3 hrs.)

 

B. Historical/Theological (12 hrs.)

            DSHS 100: Christian History I (3 hrs.)

            DSHS 101: Christian History II (3 hrs.)

            DSTH 100: Christian Theology I (3 hrs.)

            DSTH 101: Christian Theology II (3 hrs.)

 

C. Spiritual Formation (12 hrs.)

            DSSF 100: Introduction to Theological Education for Ministry (3 hrs.)

            DSSF 200: Spiritual Formation: The Christian Journey (3 hrs.)

            DSSF 300: The Theory and Practice of Ministry (3 hrs.)

            DSSF 301: Capstone Seminar (3 hrs.)

            Chapel/Formations/Mentor Conferences

 

D. Ministry (18 hrs.)

            DSCE 115: Administration and Leadership in the Church (3 hrs.)

            DSPC 100: Pastoral Care and Counseling (3 hrs.)

            DSMS 310: Missions and Evangelization (3 hrs.)

            DSET 100: Christian Ethics (3 hrs.)

            DSMN 201: Introduction to Preaching (3 hrs.)

            DSMN 202: Introduction to Worship (3 hrs.)

Total: 60 semester hours

 

School of Psychology and Counseling Requirements

A. Professional Component

            CEDU 605: Advanced Human Growth and Development (3 hrs.) 

            CEDU 610: Counseling Theories (3 hrs.)

            CEDU 620: Methods of Research and Program Evaluation (3 hrs.)

            CEDU 635: Advanced Psychopathology (3 hrs.)

            CEDU 640: The Counselor as Professional, Practitioner, and Consultant (3 hrs.)

            CEDU 650: Legal, Ethical, and Professional Issues in Counseling (3 hrs.)

            CEDU 665: Multicultural Counseling (3 hrs.)

            CEDU 699: Professional Development of The Mental Health Counselor (3 hrs.)

 

B. Skill Component

            CEDU 615: The Helping Profession (3 hrs.)

            CEDU 616: Methods of Assessment and Evaluation (3 hrs.)

            CEDU 621: Crisis Intervention Counseling (3 hrs.)

            CEDU 625: Group Counseling (3 hrs.)

            CEDU 630: Individual Psychological Assessment and Measurement (3 hrs.)

            CEDU 645: Career Development: Theory and Practice (3 hrs.)

            CEDU 646: Couples and Family Counseling (3 hrs.) (elective)

            CEDU 647: Child and Adolescent Counseling (3 hrs.) (elective)

            CEDU 655: Psychodiagnostics and Treatment Planning (3 hrs.)

            CEDU 660: Substance Abuse Counseling Seminar (3 hrs.) (elective)

            CEDU 667: Seminar on Contemporary Issues in Counseling (3 hrs.)

            CEDU 692: Internship in Mental Health Counseling (3 hrs.) (elective)

 

C. Applied Component

            CEDU 670: Practicum in Mental Health Counseling (3 hrs.)

            CEDU 690: Internship in Mental Health Counseling (3 hrs.)

            CEDU 691: Internship in Mental Health Counseling (3 hrs.)

 

The Mental Health requirement allows for nine hours of electives. Students enrolled in the dual degree program may choose to take the following courses from either the School of Divinity or the School of Psychology and Counseling:

 

 

School of Divinity:

DSPC115: Pastoral Care of Families (3 hrs.)

DSPC125: Grief, Loss, Death and Dying (3 hrs.)

 

School of Psychology and Counseling:

CEDU 646: Couple and Family Counseling (3 hrs.)

CEDU667: Seminar on Contemporary Issues (3 hrs.)

 

 

Total: 120 semester hours

 

Contact

 

M.Div.

Dr. Gerald L. Keown

Phone: (704) 406-4629

Email: gkeown@gardner-webb.edu

 

M.A.

Dr. Shannon Warden

Phone: (704) 406-3965

Email: swarden@gardner-webb.edu

 

Dr. Willie Fleming

Phone: (704) 406-5015

Email: wfleming@gardner-webb.edu