The MDiv/MAMHC joint degree program requires 124 semester hours and a cumulative grade point average of 2.7. Students must complete 500 hours of counseling and receive at least 100 hours of individual and group supervision in practicum to be eligible for licensure as Mental Health Counselors in Indiana. Those seeking certification as chaplains by Association of Professional Chaplains (APC) must complete at least 4 units of CPE.
Students are eligible for the X-999 exam only after completion of P-634 (Theological Perspectives on Pastoral & Spiritual Care). The exam must include at least one member of a field other than Field V (Pastoral Theology and Psychology). It must include consideration of all concerns currently required in an X-817 paper, plus the integration of a theology of counseling ministry, and must apply this consideration to their cross-cultural as well as majority culture experience.
Students are responsible for denominational requirements as are required for ordination. A criminal background check is required for any student taking the Counseling Practicum.
Course requirements include:
Field I: Bible (12 hours)
Field II: History of Global Christianity (9 hours)
Field III: Systematic and Philosophical Theology (9 hours)
Field IV: Christianity and Culture (6 hours)
Field V: Pastoral Theology and Psychology (30 hours)
Field VI: Christian Ministries (15 hours)
Interfield Courses (4 hours)
Human Development and Culture (6 hours)
Assessment and Treatment (3 hours)
Supervised Clinical Practice (18 hours)
Electives (18 hours)
Students who plan to seek licensure as a Mental Health Counselor in the state of Indiana must assure that they take the electives necessary to meet the requirements of the law.
All students are expected to receive psychotherapy during their program. Weekly personal therapy is a prerequisite for practicum admission. Personal therapy with a gifted clinician assists student therapists in working through problem areas in their own lives that may adversely affect clients and their own participation in an emotionally challenging training program; it provides a unique training experience that helps students understand the process of exploring the depth and interrelationship of systemic and intrapsychic features of human life.