What would I receive from B.H. Carroll’s counseling program that I would not receive from a “secular
Our program is similar in some ways because we utilize the body of knowledge common to the marriage and family counseling field as well as the broader field of psychology. The major difference is that BHC students receive their training from a biblical/Christian worldview. Students take a core of theology courses which serve as a foundation to their counseling courses. Because our graduates represent Christ, we stress excellence in both the academic and practical training of students for work in the counseling field.
What is the difference between the two tracks in the MA Counseling degree?
Both the Licensure Track and the Ministry Track of the MA Counseling provide thorough, substantive counseling degrees.
- The MA in Counseling-Licensure Track provides students an opportunity to meet all the graduate academic requirements for the professional counselor licensure (LPC) in Texas. Licensure significantly broadens the possibilities of where a person may practice counseling in Texas. The Licensure Track is also the necessary track should a student desire to pursue the Ph.D. degree at B.H. Carroll.
- The MA in Counseling—Ministry Track is designed for those who want a counseling degree, but do not plan to pursue licensure. Ministry Track graduates often serve in church staff positions or provide counseling in church settings, where state licensure is not a requirement. The Ministry Track option does not entail some of the technical, upper-level courses necessary for the Licensure Track.
What is state licensure and why might I need it?
States have found it necessary to license counselors, much as they do other professionals such as medical doctors, dentists, nurses, and teachers, in order to monitor standards of care in the field and to protect their citizens from those who would fraudulently claim expertise they do not have. Licensure is often required by those agencies that provide professional counseling services. While licensure is sometimes not required of those offering counseling as a pastor or church staff member, many churches who have counselors or counseling centers require that their counselors have state licensure.
Are licensure processes in other states similar to those in Texas?
Licensure guidelines differ greatly from state to state and change on a regular basis. Students who desire licensure in another state need to look closely at licensure requirements within that state as licensure guidelines vary widely around the country. Obtaining licensure in one state does not guarantee licensure in another state. Program instructors can help you interpret state licensure guidelines if you have questions.
Do you provide all the courses needed to prepare for licensure, or will I have to take some courses at another university?
B.H. Carroll offers all courses necessary to obtain licensure in Texas. Our students come to us wanting to study under Christian professors and we provide the courses they need to reach their professional goals. To obtain LPC licensure in Texas, students complete the MA in Counseling degree (Licensure Track). After graduation, students must pass the National Counselor Exam (NCE) and obtain Texas LPC-Internship Licensure. Graduates then must complete 3000 hours of counseling under the guidance of an approved LPC Supervisor.
How well do MA Counseling graduates do on the National Counselor Exam?
MAC graduates pass the NCE at a very high rate (currently, slightly over 90%). Professors work with students to prepare for the licensure exam, and recent graduates have been excellent sources of support in helping more recently graduated students develop strategies for success with the NCE. In the Capstone course (Ethics II), students take a practice exam designed to help them prepare for the NCE and to pave the way for preparation for the exam.
What is the practicum?
The practicum is the heart of the MA in Counseling degree where students actually do counseling as a part of their training. Students spend four consecutive semesters providing counseling under supervision of trained and licensed counselors. Professors work with students to identify and obtain practicum placement in a church, counseling center, or counseling agency.
What are examples of the kinds of places where BHC students do their counseling practicums?
Students have done their practicums in a wide range of settings, including churches, counseling centers, and community for-profit and non-profit agencies. Professors work with students to identify areas of interest and calling and then work with students to obtain suitable placement sites. Practicum students receive oversite from on-site supervisors, but also from program professors. All BHC program professors have LPC supervisory status with the state of Texas. Supervision groups are kept at an intentionally low supervisor to student ratio in order to assure that all students receive close and effective supervision.
How long does it take to complete the program?
This depends, of course, on which track a student is in and on how many classes the student takes each term. Most students finish in approximately 3 to 3.5 years.
Does my undergraduate degree have to be in psychology?
While a psychology degree is helpful, counseling students come from a variety of backgrounds and at different life stages—many of them are called to counseling after spending time in unrelated fields. Thus, we do not require an undergraduate psychology degree.
Where do counseling graduates find employment?
Graduates pursue work in a variety of different settings. Some graduates are in paid church staff positions while others use their training on a volunteer or lay basis. In addition to church positions, counseling graduates can be found teaching in colleges and seminaries, working in Christian counseling centers, serving on the mission field, and utilizing their skills in a variety of agencies, both secular and religious. Our graduates, regardless of their final destination, are expected to represent Christ well and to seek out ways to benefit the church.
Will courses that I have taken other places transfer to B.H. Carroll?
A student may transfer eligible graduate course work into B.H. Carroll. Work accepted for transfer credit must be completed with a grade of “C” or better in an approved institution, be recorded on an official transcript which must be on file with B.H. Carroll, and be applicable to a B.H. Carroll Program of Study.
Can I complete my entire degree online?
Counseling courses are taught in both on-line and face-to-face formats. Thus, students may choose the avenue that best fits their schedules and learning styles. If a student completes his or her degree on-line, the student bears more responsibility in searching out and obtaining a practicum placement that meets the standards of the counseling program.
If you have any related questions, please feel free to contact:
Dr. Scott Floyd
Director of Counseling Programs
Director of Counseling Programs
Dr. Shannon Wolf
Assistant Director of Counseling Programs
Assistant Director of Counseling Programs
Director of MAC
Having served as a counseling professor for more than 25 years, Dr. Scott Floyd is a Licensed Counselor (Texas LPC-S) and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Dr. Floyd has degrees from Oklahoma Baptist University (BA/Honors in Psychology), and from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (MA in Marriage and Family Counseling and PhD in Psychology/Counseling). Dr. Floyd is an author (Crisis Counseling: A Guide for Pastors and Professionals) and seminar speaker. He specializes in trauma counseling and in working with couples and families. He currently directs the Counseling Ministry at Travis Avenue Baptist Church.
phone: (972) 580-7600 , ext. 39