With specific advising, it may equip the student with many of the course requirements leading toward a career in marriage and family therapy. At the same time, it is versatile enough to provide the basic relational and counseling skills necessary to prepare students for such ministries as pastoral care, campus ministry, or community-based family services.
It can also equip established professionals to work more effectively with families in their current settings.
The Master of Arts in Counseling degree program will equip students with a biblical foundation and a meaningful Christian philosophy coupled with therapeutic skills. Students will develop the following:
-Ability to conceptualize human problems within a family systems framework, well integrated with a Christian understanding of biblical truth;
-Increased professional skills of assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of human problems within this same systemic structure;
-Awareness, attitudes, and therapy skills necessary to function as an entry level practitioner in various church and social settings.
Requirements for Graduation
-Satisfactory completion of 62 semester hours including a minimum of 5 hours of supervised therapy (either Clinical Pastoral Education or additional Supervised Therapy).
-Maintenance of a 2.25 grade point average.
-Recommendation of faculty.
NABS is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada as well as the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.