The goal of the graduate programs in the School of Psychology and Counseling is to prepare students for professional careers in counseling through courses in the eight core areas as required by CACREP:Professional Identity, Social and Cultural Diversity, Human Growth and Development,Career Development, Helping Relationships, Group Work, Assessment, and Research and Program Evaluation.
Master of Arts in School Counseling
The Master of Arts in School Counseling Program prepares graduate students to fulfill diverse roles required of school counselors who are both theorists and practitioners in a multicultural society. Through academic preparation and personal development, students will be equipped to develop comprehensive school counseling programs and to collaborate with parents, school personnel, and others in assisting students with academic, career, personal, and social concerns. The 48-semester-hour School Counseling Program culminates in a school-based practicum and internship experience designed to solidify the graduate student’s identity as a professional school counselor.
Master of Arts in Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling
Healthy marriages and strong families are essential components of a well-functioning society. The strength and stability of these relationships are increasingly challenged and as a licensed professional counselor, students will be equipped to provide effective services to marriages, couples, and families with varying degrees of therapeutic needs. The Master of Arts in Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling Program at Gardner-Webb University is a 69-semester-hour curriculum offered on the main campus in Boiling Springs, NC. This fall-start only program has been designed in line with CACREP’s standards for Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling programs and the application for CACREP accreditation will be submitted in 2015. The program is also designed in line with licensing requirements for both the Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapy (LMFT) credentials.