10-State Reach for BTS Counseling Grads
Congratulations to the Counseling Program at BTS! They have reached a milestone with graduates now licensed in 10 states: Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Delaware, Maryland, District of Columbia, Texas, Michigan, Georgia, and Virginia.
This milestone is evidence of the hard work of our counseling graduates who not only meet PA State licensure requirements, but are then able to move to another state and get licensed. It can be a challenge to meet the requirements of other states who have varying educational, exam, and clinical experience requirements.
In 2005 BTS moved to a cohort-based master of arts in counseling program designed to help students complete the academic requirements toward licensure. Since then we have graduated 179 students. Fifty of them have received their LPC (licensed professional counselor). Others are still in process gaining their clinical hours and taking the National Exam that will allow them to apply for their license.
At BTS, the cohort model is a powerful delivery format for professional development because it can tap into students’ prior ministry or other experiences, it is collaborative, and it occurs over a period of three years. Because students move through the program together, the quality of learning from one course to another is enhanced. Cohorts develop strong communication skills where students sharpen and challenge each other. This dynamic learning community produces the kind of deep learning, authentic contextualization, and relational wisdom that counselors and missional leaders need today. In addition, students embrace spiritual and professional formation through participation in retreats and sharing about their internship experiences throughout their time in the program.
Want to know more about a counseling degree in the Philadelphia area at BTS with a distinctly Christian-based program that leads to licensure?