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Master of Arts in Counseling

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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.
p:  (972) 580-7600 , ext. 39

Ministry Track

Designed for those who want a counseling degree, but desire to use it in ministry settings where licensure is not required. This 58-hour track provides a substantive counseling degree, but does not require some of the technical, upper-level courses that are necessary for licensure.

Core Courses
Code
Course
Credits
BHCTI5000

Gateway

(BHCTI5000)
An introduction and orientation to B. H. Carroll Theological Institute's distinctive competency-based curriculum with its core ingredients. The scope of the course will deal with the nexus and teaching church concepts, accession of all online data, navigation through the online library, and guidance to research and writing. Students must pass the Gateway Course in order to enroll in subsequent courses. Additional $50 fee for instrumentation of testing and evaluation.
2.0
SWBIT5111

Biblical Interpretation

(SWBIT5111)
An introduction to the nature of the Bible; the definition of and need for hermeneutics; a survey of historical and contemporary hermeneutical approaches; the principles of a grammatical-historical-theological-practical approach; and case studies of biblical passages that illustrate the principles.
2.0
FHBTH5111

Christian Theology I

(FHBTH5111)
The nature, sources, and scope of systematic theology; the doctrines of revelation and the Bible, God, creation and providence, man and sin.
2.0
FHCHS5211

Baptist Heritage

(FHCHS5211)
A basic survey of Baptist history and denominational life in Britain , Europe, and North America with attention focused on the developments relevant for Southern Baptists.
2.0
MFLDS5111

Leadership in Ministry

(MFLDS5111)
A study of the principles and practices of leadership for Christian ministry. It includes reflections on the role and ministry of leaders within church, community, and denomination.
2.0
MFPSY5511

Spirituality and Counseling

(MFPSY5511)
This course examines the Christian Counseling field, including the history of Christian Counseling, an investigation of issues of integrating psychology and theology, and the development of a Christian worldview as a part of the counseling process. This course is a prerequisite to Practicum I (MFPSY5541).
3.0
MFPSY5512

Personality and Counseling Theory

(MFPSY5512)
This course surveys the major theories of personality and the associated classical and contemporary counseling theories with particular reference to how these theories are applied in the Christian counseling setting. This course is a prerequisite to Practicum I (MFPSY5541).
3.0
MFPSY5513

Basic Skills in Christian Counseling

(MFPSY5513)
This course is an introduction to basic counseling skills necessary for various counseling settings. Students will examine underlying theoretical assumptions and theology applicable to counseling skills and will develop and apply these skills in a counseling setting. This course provides the experiential foundation for all practicum courses and is a prerequisite to Practicum I (MFPSY5541).
3.0
MFPSY5514

Premarital and Marriage Counseling

(MFPSY5514)
This course introduces and focuses on various theories and methods of premarital and marriage counseling. Students will consider the biblical foundation for marriage, common problems faced by couples in marriage, principles of systems relationships, and techniques for effective pre-engagement, pre-marital, and marriage counseling. This course is a prerequisite to Practicum I (MFPSY5541).
3.0
MFPSY5517

Counseling Ethics I

(MFPSY5517)
This course introduces students to foundational ethical and legal aspects of the counseling field as well as standards for professional conduct. Students will study professional socialization, the role of the counselor, core legal responsibilities and functioning, and counselor self-care. The emphasis of the course is on developing professional identity and attitudes as a Christian counselor. This course is a Prerequisite to Practicum I (MFPSY5541).
3.0
MFPSY5521

Human Growth and Development

(MFPSY5521)
This course is an overview of developmental process beginning prior to birth and continuing through death, including how individuals develop cognitively, emotionally, physically, spiritually, and relationally across the lifespan. Students will consider applicability of life stage development and transitions to various counseling and ministry settings.
3.0
MFPSY5522

Abnormal Psychology

(MFPSY5522)
This course surveys historical and modern methods of studying abnormal human behavior. It includes a focus on etiology of abnormal behavior, categories of pathology, and general treatment approaches. Students will consider the relationship between religion and mental health/mental illness and best methods of treatment in a counseling setting or referral in a ministry setting. This course is a Prerequisite to Psychopathology (MFPSY5535).
3.0
MFPSY5523

Group Dynamics and Counseling

(MFPSY5523)
This course includes a study of group development, processes of group interaction, and basics of conducting counseling in a group setting. Students will consider how to begin a counseling group, methods of effective group leadership and facilitation, evaluating the therapeutic results of group interaction, and ethical issues related to group process and intervention.
3.0
MFPSY5532

Cross-Cultural Counseling

(MFPSY5532)
This course investigates the multiple dimensions related to competent multicultural counseling. Major ethnic groups are studied along with associated counseling approaches. Theories of multicultural counseling and systems-oriented intervention strategies (couple, family, group, and community) are examined as well as the overarching cultural context of relationships, religious and spiritual values, mental and physical characteristics, education, family values, and socioeconomic status. Attention is given to developing awareness of one’s own values, attitudes, and beliefs related to counseling in a diverse society. (Prerequisite: MFPSY5541)
3.0
MFPSY5531

Counseling Ethics II

(MFPSY5531)
This course considers further ethical and legal aspects of the counseling field as well as standards for professional conduct. Course content will additionally focus on records management, professional organizations, inter-professional cooperation in the counseling field, licensure processes, current LPC board functioning and rules, and other state laws that regulate the counseling field. This course is taught as a capstone course and, as such, should be taken in the student’s final year of study. (Prerequisite: MFPSY5543)
3.0
MFPSY5541

Practicum I

(MFPSY5541)
This course offers experiential training under the guidance of an LPC-Supervisor, preparing students to provide counseling services in their remaining practicum semesters. Students will further refine basic counseling skills, will gain additional preparation in counseling ethics and professionalism, and will identify and make arrangements with their practicum placement site. (Prerequisites:Prerequisites: MFPSY5511, MFPSY5512, MFPSY5513, MFPSY5514, MFPSY5517)
3.0
MFPSY5542

Practicum II

(MFPSY5542)
Students must spend 5-10 hours in a counseling setting, providing counseling services to actual clients. This must be done under the supervision of an individual licensed at the supervisory level for Texas LPC or LMFT state licensure (or the equivalent). (Prerequisites: MFPSY5541).
3.0
MFPSY5543

Practicum III

(MFPSY5543)
Students must spend 5-10 hours in a counseling setting, providing counseling services to actual clients. This must be done under the supervision of an individual licensed at the supervisory level for Texas LPC or LMFT state licensure (or the equivalent). (Prerequisites: MFPSY5542).
3.0
 

Old Testament Group

Choose 1 of 3 of the following courses offered:
Old Testament I (SWBLI5111)
An introduction to each Old Testament book with emphasis on historical issues, theological interpretations, and contemporary applications. Pentateuch, Joshua, and Judges.
Old Testament II (SWBLI5112)
An introduction to each Old Testament book with emphasis on historical issues, theological interpretations, and contemporary applications. The historical books from Ruth through Esther, and the Wisdom Literature from Job through the Song of Solomon.
Old Testament III (SWBLI5113)
An introduction to each Old Testament book with emphasis on historical issues, theological interpretations, and contemporary applications. The prophetic books from Isaiah through Malachi.
2.0
 

New Testament Group

Choose 1 of 3 of the following courses offered:
New Testament I (SWBLI5211)
An introduction to the Gospels. These writings will be studied in terms of historical setting, religious background, literary composition, theological message, and interrelationship with the Old Testament.
New Testament II (SWBLI5212)
An introduction to Acts and the Pauline Letters. These writings will be studied in terms of historical setting, religious background, literary composition, theological message, and interrelationship with the Old Testament.
New Testament III (SWBLI5213)
An introduction to the General Letters and Revelation. These writings will be studied in terms of historical setting, religious background, literary composition, theological message, and interrelationship with the Old Testament.
2.0
 

Worship Group

Choose 1 of 2 of the following courses offered:
Christian Disciplines (WMWOR5211)
An introductory study of the biblical foundations, traditions, and practice of Christian disciplines. Students will be encouraged to enrich their own spiritual lives and to mentor others in the disciplines of the Christian life.
Christian Worship (WMWOR5111)
An introductory study of the biblical foundations, traditions, and practice of Christian worship. Emphasis will be given to the nature, purpose, forms, planning, and leading of corporate worship.
2.0
 
Total
55.0

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Electives
3 units from the following
Code
Course
Credits
MFPSY5525

Testing and Assessment

(MFPSY5525)
Students will examine the use of assessment techniques and tools, particularly in relationship to individual, marriage, and family counseling. Students will learn to use selected evaluation and testing measures, along with ethical methods of instrument development, administration, and interpretation of results. (Prerequisite: MFPSY5512)
3.0
MFPSY5526

Vocational Guidance

(MFPSY5526)
This course investigates the history of vocation along with major theories and techniques used in counseling individuals in career-related decisions. Students study the history, principles, and techniques in the field of vocational or career counseling. Students become familiar with, administer, and interpret assessment instruments related to career interest, career choice, and change of vocation.
3.0
MFPSY5527

Family Systems and Therapy

(MFPSY5527)
This course examines conceptual, theoretical, and theological issues related to family, along with issues of family health and development. The course provides a substantive understanding of the major theories of systems function and change and the applied family therapy approaches evolving from each orientation. (Prerequisite: MFPSY5514)5514
3.0
MFPSY5533

Counseling and Human Sexuality

(MFPSY5533)
This course surveys the broad spectrum of human sexuality issues, including a biblical basis for sexuality, sexual development, and sexual problems that occur for individuals and in marriage. Students will consider various approaches for treatment of sexual problems and will learn to apply related counseling methodology. (Prerequisite: MFPSY5541)
3.0
MFPSY5515

Crisis and Trauma Counseling

(MFPSY5515)
This course prepares students for counseling opportunities following crisis and trauma events by exploring the essentials of diagnosing and treating acute and post-traumatic stress symptoms, along with related loss and grief processes. This course provides a biblical basis for crisis intervention and a context for treatment of trauma-related disorders as well as best practices in the treatment of trauma with individuals, families, and communities.
3.0
MFPSY5534

Therapy with Children and Adolescents

(MFPSY5534)
This course surveys major therapeutic approaches with children and adolescents. Psychological and spiritual development will be examined with a focus on how developmental processes influence counseling. Diagnosis and treatment of psychological disorders common to childhood and adolescents will also be addressed.
3.0
MFPSY5516

Family Ministry and Counseling in the Church

(MFPSY5516)
This course is a comprehensive study of meeting family-related needs of individuals in the church and community, emphasizing preventative care in working with families. Topics such as designing family ministry conferences, establishing support groups, training lay counselors, and developing a counseling ministry in a church setting are the focus of study.
3.0
MFPSY5524

Research and Statistics

(MFPSY5524)
This course studies research design and statistical analysis as applied to counseling, behavioral science, and ministry research fields. Students will examine topics including research methodology, design, measurement, sampling, data gathering, and interpretation. Statistical analysis includes descriptive and inferential procedures for analyzing data. Students will acquire the necessary skills to integrate research into their professional decision-making process.
3.0
MFPSY5535

Psychopathology

(MFPSY5535)
In this course, students will study diagnosis of mental disorders, the criteria for these diagnoses, psychotropic pharmacology, and the development of treatment planning skills utilized in professional/clinical mental health settings. Students will learn appropriate use of the current version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Health, along with understanding uses and misuses of psychotropic medications.
3.0
MFPSY5528

Counseling and Addictive Processes

(MFPSY5528)
This course examines the origins and trends of addictive and compulsive behaviors, treatment options, and potential barriers to treatment. Behaviors associated with substance and alcohol abuse and addictions, compulsive gambling, sexual addictions, and eating disorders are explored within a cultural and theological framework.
3.0
 
Total
3.0

 
Degree Total
58

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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.
p:  (972) 580-7600 , ext. 39