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Liberty University’s 100% online Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling is designed to train ministry professionals and church leaders to become Christian counselors in ministry and agency-based, non-licensure settings. Students in the online Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling will study psychology and the Christian understanding of human nature and God’s creation that informs biblical counseling. The online Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling provides a balanced treatment of spiritual and mental health which will equip ministry professionals already in the field or students who want to move into a Christian Counseling role.
The Addiction and recovery area of study for the online Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling will train you in specialized diagnosis and treatment for clients who want to break out of the cycle of addiction to harmful substances and sexual behaviors. This training gives you a thorough understanding of the biological and mental aspects of addiction, and how the recovery process works so that you can help guide clients through their journey to better mental and spiritual health.
If you are already a ministry professional and find that you lack the training to help people struggling with spiritual and mental health crises, completing an online Christian counseling degree like the Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling will help fill in the gaps and build on your ministry experience. If you want to branch out into a Christian counseling role, the field-specific training and biblical counseling techniques in the online Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling will provide much-needed support for providing guidance on a variety of issues.
As a pastor or ministry leader, you may find that you encounter a need for substance abuse counseling or sexual addiction counseling in your congregation and will need specialized training to give fruitful guidance. If you want your ministry to reach out and help those in your community struggling with addictions, the Addiction and recovery area of study for the online Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling will give you training with a biblical worldview that you need to help others break out of the cycle of addiction.
*Please note that the online Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling is not designed to fulfill all clinical counseling requirements. You can view Liberty University’s licensure-track Professional Counseling degree for more information about counseling licensure.
*Credits taken above 15 credit hours for the Masters of Arts in Pastoral Counseling Online are charged at the part-time rate.
The online Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling provides a broad set of foundational Christian counseling skills and knowledge along with field-specialized topic courses and hands-on skill areas. Students who pursue biblical counseling training in the online Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling will learn how the science of psychology reflects biblical principles of personhood and human nature, and how mental health treatment benefits from spiritual health. Students in the online Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling will have the opportunity to pursue hands-on training on campus during two optional intensives, and all pastoral counseling students will gain experience in their communities through the pastoral counseling internship.
The Addiction and Recovery area of study builds on the biblical counseling core content to teach you how to address drug addiction, chemical dependence, and sexual addiction as well as biblical approaches to mental and spiritual health. Students will work to identify and diagnose addiction and about the biological and chemical aspects of addiction and their impact on treatment. With the Addiction and Recovery area of study, students will be able to bring effective Christian Counseling and pastoral care to addiction counseling ministry with evidence-based and field-tested techniques.
Are you a service member, veteran, military spouse, or Department of Defense employee? We are proud to support you in your pursuit of online education by offering the following military-friendly benefits for the online Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling program:
*Credits taken above 15 credit hours for the online Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling are charged at the part-time rate.
Students who complete a degree in Christian counseling like the online Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling will be equipped for ministry-based, non-licensure counseling roles in many areas including marriage and family counseling, crisis counseling, and counseling women. With the Addiction and Recovery area of study, students will be trained for a role in substance abuse counseling and addiction recovery care.