- Personal Counseling
Personal Counseling sessions need to occur while in the program. A minimum of four Personal Counseling Sessions must be completed after beginning the program and before entering field experiences. Students will need to complete personal counseling by choosing one of the options below:
1. Taking the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI-2) with a qualified clinician and a minimum of one follow up visit to discuss the results. Students have reported average costs of the MMPI-2 and one appointment with the chosen clinician to be $140-350. Although the College will not receive a detailed report of the results of the MMPI-2 due to confidentiality issues, the clinician will be asked to verify that the student took the MMPI-2 and followed up with a minimum of one visit with the clinician to discuss the results. The student should print the MMPI Verification Form and take it to his/her visit with the clinician so he/she is able to ask the clinician to complete the verification form. Students should then forward the verification form to the program’s administrative assistant. Beginning fall 2013, students will also be required to write a 300-500 word essay describing what you have learned about yourself through taking the MMPI and how that will impact your work with clients or students.
The program has a list of individuals qualified to administer the MMPI-2. If you would like this list, please contact Holly Myers. Students who live outside the local area are encouraged to contact their advisor or use an online locator tool, such as APA's Psychologist Locator (http://locator.apa.org), to aid in their search for a qualified individual in their area to administer and interpret the MMPI-2.
2. Students may choose to complete 4-6 visits with a licensed counselor, therapist or psychologist (for example, an LPC, LMFT, or licensed psychologist). Students who choose this option will need to have their counselor complete a verification form and forward it to the program’s administrative assistant. Students will also need to write a 300-500 word essay describing what you have learned about yourself through the counseling sessions and how that will impact your work with clients or students.
Part of the process of becoming a counselor is an ongoing commitment to self-awareness. Students often have strong emotional reactions to the content of counseling courses or skill-development experiences. Students may also become aware of something about themselves that impacts their present or future work with clients. It is important to acknowledge these reactions and utilize the help of a professional counselor/therapist to process them. Below are some suggestions for how to find a counselor.
Note: Messiah College or its employees cannot affirm the quality of the professional services obtained based on these recommendations. Any arrangement for service exists only between the provider and the client/student.
The intent of Messiah's Master of Arts in Counseling Program in requiring students to obtain personal counseling is primarily to give students the opportunity to work through their own issues and to experience the therapeutic relationship from the client’s perspective.
Self-Disclosure and Counseling SessionsAs may be expected in any counseling program, students in our counseling program may be required to self-disclose in various courses by way of reflection papers, mock counseling exercises, projects and assignments and/or other appropriate modes.