Graduate School of Counseling at BTS
One of the greatest challenges in providing a graduate level education in counseling from a Christian perspective is that Christians tend to either uncritically accept all claims made in the name of psychology or counseling or uncritically reject these disciplines as anti-biblical. At Biblical we seek to avoid presenting these disciplines as independent systems which are immune to critique except from within. Instead, we seek to critique everything in light of the biblical text, our faith commitments, and effective helping strategies.
Biblical has classes and programs that are custom tailored to assist in preparing you for a career or ministry in the helping field. Our courses and programs train pastors, teachers, mentors, and others who plan to counsel in professional and lay counseling environments
BTS GRADUATE SCHOOL OF COUNSELING DISTINCTIVES:
- Only seminary in the Philadelphia area with courses that can lead to state licensure
- Cohort-based programs to accommodate working students
- Faculty who are practicing clinical counselors
- Engagement of science and culture from a Christian perspective, with wisdom and humility
- Emphasis on effective evidence-based counseling skills
Online classes are offered throughout the year in counseling and continuing education. Courses vary from six to twelve weeks in duration and require weekly interaction with the professor and peers through discussion forums, collaborative activities, and chat. In addition summer courses are offered each year that are designed to aid in the completion of continuing education requirements.
MASTER OF ARTS IN COUNSELING (MAC)
Two-year, 52-credit program. Cohort format for benefit of working students. 700 fieldwork hours.
CERTIFICATE IN CHRISTIAN COUNSELING (CCC)
Five graduate-level courses to develop basic counseling skills. Can be used toward a MAC degree.
CERTIFICATE IN ADVANCED PROFESSIONAL COUNSELING (CAPC)
Post-master’s courses for counselors seeking state licensure. Four of five courses are online.
MASTER OF ARTS IN MINISTRY WITH A COUNSELING CONCENTRATION (MAM, CC)
A 48-credit program, with five counseling courses to build basic counseling skills for ministry settings.
MASTER OF DIVINITY WITH A COUNSELING CONCENTRATION (MDiv, CC)
A 90-credit program, with five counseling courses to build basic counseling skills for ministry settings.
CONTINUING EDUCATION PROVIDER (CE)
NBCC CE approved contact hours for LPCs.
SUMMER COUNSELING INSTITUTE
Graduate-level weekend intensive courses on advanced topics. NBCC CE approved.
GLOBAL TRAUMA RECOVERY INSTITUTE (GTRI)
Post-graduate, three-course series in a cohort, hybrid format. NBCC CE approved.