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MA Pastoral Counseling Crisis Response And Trauma Online Degree Program
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Online with optional intensives
Transfer Credits
Up to 50% can be transferred
Next Start Date
July 2, 2018
Accreditation
SACSCOC

The Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling – Crisis Response and Trauma Equips You to Help Rebuild Suffering Communities

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 Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling Crisis Response and Trauma cognate offers training for ministry professionals who want to help communities and individuals to recover from life-altering tragedies and emergencies. The skills and knowledge gained through the Crisis Response and Trauma track will equip Christian counselors with the tools needed to identify and address the effects of events such as natural disasters, terrorist attacks, abuse, and personal tragedy that damage individuals, families, and whole communities’ ability to have healthy relationships and lead successful lives.

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Why Choose Liberty’s Online Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling – Crisis Response and Trauma?

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 to support your Christian counseling and pastoral care. 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.

The Crisis Response and Trauma area of study for the online Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling will show you how to apply Christian counseling principles and pastoral care to help people in times of trouble and disaster. These skills will equip you and your ministry if you want to go out into your community and help in times of great need and suffering or want to go to ground zero when disaster strikes at home or abroad.

*Please note that the online Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling is not designed to fulfill all clinical counseling requirements. You can view all of Liberty University’s licensure-track Professional Counseling degree below for more information about counseling licensure.

What Will You Learn in the Online Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling?

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.

Students who pursue the Crisis Response and Trauma area of study for the Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling will build on the core Christian counseling and pastoral care skills of the program to disaster relief efforts and trauma therapy. Students will have the opportunity to customize their Crisis Response and Trauma electives in areas that will be most useful to their ministry. Students can choose to receive general Crisis and First Responder Training to ensure that they will be prepared to help during a disaster and from additional treatment and situation specific courses such as P.T.S.D and Combat-Related Trauma to assist veterans. Students in the Crisis Response and Trauma area of study will have a flexible crisis counseling toolset of assessment and treatment options to help suffering people in their communities.

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What are the Benefits of Liberty’s Online Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling?

  • Unlike many online bible colleges or online seminary programs, students who complete the online Masters of Arts in Pastoral Counseling Degree will receive a degree fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).
  • Study a balanced perspective on the theological principles that underlie psychology, giving you effective Christian counseling technique with a firm biblical worldview.
  • If you choose to take advantage of the optional on-campus intensives, you will have additional hands-on training and meet directly with your peers and professors.
  • Gain marketable real-world experience in crisis response and trauma therapy by helping people in your community with the pastoral counseling internship.
  • The online Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling is overseen by the School of Behavioral Sciences but still receives the School of Divinity’s discounted graduate tuition of $395 per credit for part-time, as well as the Online Seminary’s Block Rate: students attending full time or higher (9-15 credit hours) are eligible for a block rate of $2,750 per semester!*

*Credits taken above 15 credit hours for the Masters of Arts in Pastoral Counseling Online are charged at the part-time rate.

 

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Program Highlights

  • By earning your online Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling degree from a nonprofit university whose online programs ranked in the top five of more than 2,100 online colleges and universities for academic quality, affordability, and accessibility, you will be set apart from others in your field.
  • Tuition for all undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs has not increased in three straight years. While many other online colleges have raised tuition, Liberty has been able to keep costs low as a nonprofit university. 
  • Students can complete this online Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling – Crisis Response and Trauma in as little as one year.
  • Liberty University’s Online Seminary, the Rawlings School of Divinity, has experienced pastoral counselors and ministry professionals who teach practical ministry skills while imparting deep theological teaching.
  • Learn from renowned Christian scholars and ministry professionals in the Liberty University School of Divinity, such as Dr. Elmer L. Towns, Dr. Harold Willmington, and Dr. Gary R. Habermas.
  • Develop broad experience in Christian counseling and pastoral care to address mental and spiritual health issues in your ministry or biblical counseling practice.

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Crisis Response and Trauma Potential Career Options

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, addiction counseling, and counseling women. With the Crisis Response and Trauma area of study, students will be equipped for private and public disaster relief and support positions and ministries, as well as individual and group trauma therapy ministry. Students may also be able to pursue additional requirements for state licensure and pursue licensed clinical counseling practice.

  • Associate Pastor
  • Church Counselor
  • Life Coach
  • Pastor
  • Trauma Counselor

Admission Requirements for the MA in Pastoral Counseling

A regionally or nationally accredited Bachelor’s degree with a 2.0 or above cumulative combined GPA is required for admission in good standing. Please visit our Admission Requirements Page for more detailed admissions related information. 

All applicants must submit the following:

  • Admission Application
  • Application fee*
  • Official college transcripts; if not available, submit a transcript request form.
  • Proof of English proficiency

Military Benefits for the Online MA in Pastoral Counseling

Liberty University is dedicated to providing world-class educational experiences to military students from all over the world. Whether you are a current service member, discharged or retired from service, or the spouse of a service member or veteran, we are here to support you every step of the journey. As a thank you for your dedication and service to our country, Liberty is honored to serve and support you in your pursuit of online education by offering the following benefits: 

  • Tuition discounts – $275 for undergraduate (per credit hour)
  • Discounted Divinity Block Rate: $2,475 per semester – only $165/credit at 15 credit hours!*
  • Additional discount for veterans who serve in a civilian capacity as an Emergency Responder (less than $625 per course).
  • 8-week courses, eight different start dates each year and no set login times.

*Credits taken above 15 credit hours for the online Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling are charged at the part-time rate.