Mission Statement

The MA in Counseling Psychology (MA/CP) equips students to integrate professional counseling with a biblical worldview to serve all peoples.

Program Objectives

Students graduating from the MA/CP program will be able to:

  • Integrate a biblical worldview in counseling theory and practice
  • Apply their faith in areas of service to underserved client populations
  • Adhere to cultural competency standards when working with the needs of diverse clients
  • Display thorough content knowledge in core competency areas in the field of counseling psychology
  • Assess, deliver, and document appropriate interventions that are consistent with current standards of care in the counseling profession
  • Critically reflect upon their personal growth and refine their counseling skills in order to provide ethical and professional care for clients

Additional Admissions Requirements

In addition to the General Admissions requirements, an interview with MA/CP faculty may be required for admission.

Candidacy

In addition to the candidacy requirements outlined in “Academic Policies,” MA/CP students are required to participate in one semester of group counseling while in residence. This group experience is offered in the summer.

A separate fee is charged for this counseling.

Program Prerequisites

The following courses are program prerequisites for the MA/CP:

9 semester hours of psychology, including

  • General Psychology (3 hours)
  • Statistics (3 hours)
  • any clinical psychology elective, including therapeutic, personality, or abnormal psychology or any developmental elective (3 hours).
Common Core Courses6
ID 5001Foundations for Integrative Thought3
ID 5002Foundations for Cultural Engagement3
Required Counseling Courses27
CP 5210Counseling Skills Training3
CP 5310Counseling Theories3
CP 6110Career Counseling3
CP 6130Group Counseling3
CP 6520Human Growth and Development3
CP 6710Psychology and Theology3
CP 6720Ethics & Issues in Counseling3
CP 7210Psychological Testing3
CP 7900Psychological Research Methods3
Concentration21-27
Select one of the two concentrations listed below:
Total Hours60

Concentrations

Mental Health Counseling (60 credits)

Required Courses21
CP 5120Substance Abuse Counseling3
CP 6015Community Counseling3
CP 6610Human Sexuality3
CP 6650Multicultural Issues in Counseling3
CP 7450Psychopathology3
Participation in Group Counseling Experience0
CP 7961Internship in Counseling I 13
CP 7962Internship in Counseling II 13
Concentration Electives6
Select 2 courses:
CP 5140Principles of Guidance and Counseling3
CP 6530Child & Adolescent Counseling3
CP 6625Theoretical Foundations of Marriage & Family Therapy3
CP 7140Crisis Counseling3
CP 7950Counseling Practicum 13
CP 7963Advanced Counseling Practicum 13
CP 8000Current Studies in Counseling and Psychology3
Total Hours27
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The State of Florida requires 1,000 internship hours for licensure, a percentage of which may be specified as face-to-face. Students unable to meet this requirement in two semesters of internship can enroll in further onsite work using CP 7950 or CP 7963 as one of the Mental Health Counseling concentration electives.

Guidance and Counseling  (54 credits)

Required Courses18
CP 5140Principles of Guidance and Counseling3
CP 5145School Consultation Procedures3
CP 6140Counseling Exceptional and At-Risk Children3
CP 6530Child & Adolescent Counseling3
Participation in Group Counseling Experience0
CP 6911Guidance & Counseling Practicum I3
CP 6912Guidance & Counseling Practicum II3
Concentration Electives3
Select one of the following:
CP 5120Substance Abuse Counseling3
CP 6015Community Counseling3
CP 6610Human Sexuality3
CP 6625Theoretical Foundations of Marriage & Family Therapy3
CP 6650Multicultural Issues in Counseling3
Total Hours21

Capstone Options for Students Not Pursuing Licensure

CP 7480Counseling Psychology Capstone Integrative Paper3
CP 7478Counseling Psychology Capstone Project3
CP 7985Counseling Psychology Thesis3
CP 7910Advanced Research Methods3
CP 7969International Counseling Experience3

Required Capstone Experience

Students in the MA in Counseling Psychology with a Mental Health Counseling concentration must meet internship requirements in order to be licensed in the state of Florida. In addition, students in the Guidance and Counseling Concentration must meet the practicum requirements for state certification. Students not pursuing licensure/certification may opt to complete the degree by choosing among three other capstone options: Capstone Project, Capstone Thesis or the International Counseling Experience with the program director’s approval. Students completing the capstone options will need 60 credit hours for graduation in the Mental Health Counseling concentration and 54 hours in the Guidance and Counseling concentration.

However the student chooses to meet the capstone experience requirement, all students must register for course credit for their selected capstone experience in the semester in which they start the capstone. Students making progress toward completion of a capstone but unable to finish in a single semester can apply for a capstone extension. They must then register for CP 7486. Capstone extension fees will be assessed. Students who opt to fulfill the capstone by writing a thesis must also take CP 7910.

The capstone experience must be completed subsequent to candidacy and is supervised by a faculty member. Students opting to write a formal master’s thesis should consult the Counseling Psychology Program Director for details.

Adult Bachelor of Arts in Psychology/Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology

The Trinity College Excel Program and Trinity Graduate School (TGS) offer a dual degree Bachelor of Arts/Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology option at our Florida Regional Center that allows students to take graduate coursework toward the MA in Counseling Psychology while completing their BA in Psychology. With this accelerated option, students can apply to the MA/CP program at TGS while still completing an undergraduate degree through Excel. Interested students are advised to discuss the program with their advisor as early as possible to allow for expedient course planning and to assure that overlapping course requirements can be planned and scheduled.

Students may apply for the dual degree program upon completion of 70 credit hours with a 3.0 cumulative GPA. A positive recommendation from a TIU instructor capable of assessing their suitability for graduate work is required. This instructor must have had substantial interaction with the student, per the final approval of Excel’s Director of Academic Operations. Transfer students may apply for the program if they have 70 hours of undergraduate course work, a positive recommendation from a psychology instructor, and a 3.0 GPA for all transferred college work, including a 3.0 GPA in Trinity coursework. 

Approved students will take nine (graduate) credits in the MA/CP, which, upon completion of those nine credits, will reduce the number of (undergraduate) credits required to complete a bachelor's degree from 124 to 115. This can be accomplished in one or more of the following ways:

 
  1. ID 5001 Foundations of Integrative Thought (3 hours) replaces either BI 101 or BI 111 in the general education category Biblical Studies.
  2. ID 5002 Foundations of Cultural Engagement (3 hours) replaces the general education requirement in the category Intercultural Study. 
  3.  One graduate CP course (3 hours) replaces 3 hours of undergraduate elective credit. 

Or, if a student does not take ID 5001 and/or ID 5002 as an undergraduate, one or two additional CP courses (3 or 6 credits) replace an additional 3 or 6 hours of undergraduate elective credit. 

Thus on completion of the undergraduate degree, students will be approximately a full semester ahead as they continue graduate studies in the MA/CP program.