The Masters of Arts in Counseling program is designed to prepare students to become licensed professional counselors and/or licensed marriage and family therapists. Students are trained to be biblically informed and professionally knowledgeable in the principles and practices of prevention, diagnosis, referral, and treatment. The practitioner approach of the College of Counseling includes a focus on the heart (personal and spiritual development), the head (research and professional knowledge) and the hands (effective interpersonal and clinical skills). Clinical skills are developed within treatment models designed for individuals, couples, families, and groups through class and lab exercises. Practicum and internship experiences allow students to implement and sharpen these clinical skills. Employment opportunities can include private practice, community-based mental health centers, hospitals, and other treatment centers, as well as in Christian ministries, missions, and member care.