The Master of Arts in counseling program at Messiah College is designed to help prepare students to become competent counselors who are capable of working with a variety of clients in multiple settings. As such, they will be prepared to serve others in the counseling process, develop their leadership abilities in the counseling field, and seek to reconcile relationships within the counseling setting.
The mission of the Messiah College Graduate Program in Counseling is to provide curricular experiences and a meaningful learning environment that prepare students to become competent counselors working with a variety of clients in multiple setting. The program is intended to develop students’ awareness, knowledge, and skills to serve others through the counseling process and become skilled practitioners with a strong sense of professional and personal identity. To carry out this mission, the Graduate Program in Counseling offers three programs of study; clinical mental health counseling, marriage, couple, and family counseling, and school counseling. All of the programs are facilitated by educators who have experience in the field, set high expectations for students, implement a rigorous standard-based curriculum, and possess a desire to build authentic relationships with students.
For students to acquire the specific knowledge and skills required of clinical mental health counselors, school counselors, or marriage, couple and family counselors as delineated by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).
To prepare students to meet the educational requirements for state licensure as a licensed professional counselor (LPC) or as a licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT), or for certification as a school counselor in the state of Pennsylvania and/or many other states.
To prepare students to understand and evaluate current research and engage in scholarly activities related to the field of counseling.
To provide students with the knowledge and skills that enables them to incorporate faith, religion, and spirituality into counseling.
To provide students with curricular experiences and a meaningful learning environment that encourages self-awareness and evaluation of their own values, attitudes, and beliefs.
To assume professional identities grounded in self-reflection, leadership, ethical service, and advocacy.