The Bachelor of Arts in Christian Counseling* degree equips students to be effective pastoral counselors and help their clients find freedom from issues like anxiety, depression, addiction, marriage and relationship problems, and more.

This program teaches a biblical counseling model called Creation Therapy, which includes the most in-depth Christian trait analysis available, the Arno Profile System (APS). This model instantly gives the counselor an in-depth look at the client’s unique, inborn strengths, weaknesses and needs. It then provides a step-by-step model for counseling.

The Bachelor of Arts in Christian Counseling degree is a distance learning program that fully equips the Christian Counselor with licensure as a Licensed Pastoral Counselor via the National Christian Counselors Association**.

This degree program is intended for:

– Christians who want to enter the field of counseling as a profession.

– Pastors, church leaders, and ministry leaders who want to learn how to provide faith-based counseling to members of their church and community.

– Christians who want to gain an effective skill-set to use in an area in which they have previous work and life experience, such as human resources, finance, business, education, etc.

Program Overview

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Christian Counseling is completed via distance-learning at the student’s own pace. Students may enroll in the program at any time. The degree program is completed in three phases.

Program Requirements

  • High School Diploma or GED from an accredited institution
  • Commissioning, Licensure or Ordination as a Christian minister (can be obtained during the degree program)
  • Professing Christian and member of a local church body

 

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The Bachelor of Arts in Christian Counseling degree is completed in three phases:

PHASE I:

COURSEWORK
Students must complete the following courses:

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS
Students must complete the following:

  • Complete a practicum, consisting of administering the APS report to 10 individuals.
  • Complete three hours of clinical supervision.
  • Submit responses to the NCCA’s National Licensing Board of Examiners.
  • Submit a headshot or photo.
  • Submit a resume detailing ministry & vocational experience.
  • Apply for Membership to the National Christian Counselors Association.
  • Apply for Membership to the Sarasota Academy of Christian Counseling.

Following the student’s completion of Phase I, he or she will earn:

  • Certification as a Certified Temperament Counselor from the National Christian Counselors Association
  • Membership in the National Christian Counselors Association
  • Membership in the Sarasota Academy of Christian Counseling

PHASE II:

COURSES
Students must complete the following courses:

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS
Students must complete the following:

  • Complete a practicum, consisting of administering the APS to 15 more individuals.
  • Complete three additional hours of clinical supervision.
  • Complete an application for NCCA licensure as a Licensed Pastoral Counselor.
  • Complete a background check for licensure.
  • Provide (or complete and earn) ministerial credentials.

Following the student’s completion of Phase II, he or she will earn:

  • Certification as a Certified Pastoral Counselor from the National Christian Counselors Association

PHASE III:

COURSES
Students must complete four Advanced Certification (elective) courses. Depending on the courses chosen, students are eligible to receive advanced certification in one of the following areas:

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS
Students must complete the following:

  • Complete a 500 question open-book Bible exam (students who have previously earned an Associate’s degree in a Christian discipline are exempt from this exam).
  • Complete the matriculation process to award the student’s degree.

Following the student’s completion of Phase III, he or she will earn:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Christian Counseling
  • Licensure as a Licensed Pastoral Counselor via the National Christian Counselors Association
  • Advanced Certification (if applicable)

Total Program Cost:

The following costs constitute the entire program for the Bachelor of Arts in Christian Counseling:

Degree Program Total for Student: $6,360

Program Enrollment:

Enrollment at CrossPointe College takes place on a rolling basis, meaning you can begin your coursework as soon as your application is approved. Once you’ve completed a course, you may move on to the next course.

*The Bachelor of Arts in Christian Counseling degree is conferred from Colorado Theological Seminary.

**This degree does not lead to state licensure as a Professional Counselor, Social Worker, Marriage & Family Therapist, or Clinical Alcohol & Drug Counselor, but rather to licensure as a Licensed Pastoral Counselor with the National Chrsitian Counselors Association, a non-profit Christian Organziation.

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