Wheaton College Graduate Admissions
501 College Ave.
Wheaton, IL 60187
Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Our mission is to develop competent mental health counselors who are shaped by their Christian faith and have a commitment to serving the underserved at home and around the world.
Integration of Faith and Counseling
Faculty and students join together in actively exploring the integration of Christian faith and professional counseling practice. During the first year, students and faculty participate together in a year-long seminar entitled Foundations of Integration, which explores the impact of a Christian worldview on the developing identity of the professional counselor. During the practicum and internship in the second year, students and faculty participate in Internship Seminars focused on putting the concepts and theories of integration into practice.
Many faculty members and students in the program have a strong interest in the interface of ministry and mental health practice. Many alumni of our program serve with or assist mission agencies and missionaries around the world. Other graduates serve in nontraditional roles that bring the training and values of the mental health field into ministry roles within the church. Members of the psychology department are active in teaching and training professionals, clergy and lay people around the world.
Practicum and Internship
Three semesters of clinical training give students the opportunity for hands-on training experiences. Students are assisted in the search for practicum and internship experiences that fit their professional goals and interests. A wide variety of clinical settings welcome applicants from the Wheaton College Master's Program including outpatient practices, church counseling centers, community mental health centers, inpatient treatment facilities and college counseling clinics.
Personal Growth and Development Counseling
All students enrolled in the program are required to engage in eight hours of personal growth counseling prior to the start of their Internship. The relationship between the student and the counselor is kept completely confidential. We believe that this experience enriches students’ development as professional counselors and helps students to develop greater personal awareness and insight.
The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), has granted accreditation to the Clinical Mental Health Counseling (M.A.) at Wheaton College through October 31, 2024.
# of Credits Required: 60
Classification: Baccalaureate College—Liberal Arts
Locale: Large Suburb