Yes! A number of graduates have distinguished themselves in the business community as CFOs, VPs of Marketing, and as Personnel Officers. A number of our graduates have become Youth and Senior Ministers in churches, and worked as Member Care Specialists for missionary organizations. Some of our graduates have become Lawyers of organizations that specialize in protecting our religious liberties. Some of our graduates now serve as College Professors. If a person wishes to use the education to be an effective “ministry spouse” and parent, our Psychology Program has proven effective for their purposes, too. Our CIU Psychology Major, coupled with a full major in Bible and Theology, can provide an excellent basis for work with people – over the course of a lifetime.
We are not a “Bible only” program, but we do attempt to provide something better than individualistic and often illogical “integration.” We attempt to achieve biblical consistency in everything we teach and do. At every turn, we attempt to build our knowledge base and procedures from the biblical view of humankind. We attempt to be Christians first – meaning that we want to be known as those whose are faithful to the Lord and his Word before we concern ourselves about being professional in our work as counselors, psychologists, and/or educators.
Yes! We rigorously teach Research Statistics, Research Methods, and Physiological Psychology. We also teach Professional Ethics in our Counseling and Research courses, and we give preference to “evidence based” counseling methods and developmental theories. Some of our recent graduates have had their way paid through graduate school, because they were able to serve as Research and Teaching Assistants in the departments where they received their graduate training. We are excited about the fact that the counseling and helping procedures that are the most biblical are also the ones that receive the most support in professional research literature. Each year, our graduates gain admissions to elite graduate programs that consistently accept less than 10% of their applicants.
Many of our graduates, upon completion of a graduate school program and their required supervision hours, are now gainfully employed as Professional Counselors, Psychologists, and Social Workers. They have worked for Christian and secular agencies, both here in the United States and overseas. Even right out of our undergraduate Psychology Program, a large number of our graduates have been able to find work as County Case Managers and as Psych Techs in large hospitals and other treatment facilities.