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Masters of Arts in Counseling Psychology 

Trains students to become successful, impactful counselors licensed in the state of Oklahoma.

Program Overview

Give the gift of hope and transformation through counseling. Southern Nazarene University offers degree programs that will set you on the path to make a difference in the lives of others.



Be a Professional Counselor Being a professional counselor provides individuals the opportunity to offer hope and transformation. SNU offers degree programs that will set you on the path to make a difference in the lives of others.

Be a Marital and Family TherapistMarriage, family, and couples-oriented therapy are an opportunity to make a difference in important relationship systems.

Be a Play Therapist  There is no better way to connect with, engage, and offer healing to a child and a child’s family than through the act of play.

Be a Drug and Alcohol Counselor– The unique challenges of liberating people from substance abuse and addiction can be a rewarding counseling experience.

Conduct Research  Effective counseling begins by being knowledgeable and able to utilize the most current methods of scientific research.

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Engage in meaningful coursework that will propel you toward the completion of your dissertation and graduation with your doctoral degree. Upon finishing this degree program, you will be prepared to affect meaningful change as a leader wherever you go.

Introduction to Counseling Techniques


PSY 5313 Lifespan Development


PSY 5263 Psychopathy


PSY 5283 Professional Orientation


PSY 6113 Theories and Techniques of Counseling I


PSY 6123 Theories and Techniques of Counseling II


PSY 6253 Marital and Family Systems Theories


PSY 6133 Research Methods I


PSY 6193 Internship


PSY 6593 Multiculturalism and Diversity in Counseling


PSY 5153 Psychological and Career Assessment


PSY 5233 Alcohol and Drug Addiction and Assessment


PSY 6493 Internship


PSY 6213 Group Psychotherapy Techniques


PSY 6303 Counseling Children and Adolescents


PSY 6293 Philosophy of Interpersonal Relationships


PSY 6143 Research Methods II


PSY 6993 Thesis


Upcoming Start Dates


Monday, August 1, 2022
Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Meet our SNU Faculty

Dr. Paul Jones

Program Director

Dr. Paul Jones became Director of the Graduate Program in Counseling in 2012 and began teaching at SNU in 2008. Prior to joining the SNU faculty, he completed his doctoral internship with the Oklahoma Health Consortium and a postdoctoral fellowship with University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center Student Counseling Services. He is licensed in the state of Oklahoma as a Health Service Psychologist and served for four years as the Executive Director of the Life Counseling Center, SNU’s community mental health center and training clinic for the Graduate Programs in Counseling.

Dr. Jones’s research interests include the integration of psychology, philosophy, and Wesleyan theology. He is particularly interested in the role of ethics and virtue theory as it relates to clinical practice. In addition, he is interested in the theory and application of relational psychoanalysis and attachment theory.

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Hobbies and Fun Fact: Paul enjoys videos games, watching sports with passion, and getting scrappy with other faculty and staff members on the basketball court. He and his wife, Kim, live in Bethany with their son, Cameron.

Ph.D., 2007, Clinical Psychology, Fuller Theological Seminary
M.A., 2006, Theology, Fuller Theological Seminary
M.A., 2003, Psychology, Fuller Theological Seminary
B.S., 2001, Psychology & Theology, Southern Nazarene University

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Dr. Scott Drabenstot

Psychology and Counseling 

Dr. Scott Drabenstot joined the faculty of SNU in Fall 2013. Scott completed his pre-doctoral internship with the Northeastern Oklahoma Pre-doctoral Internship in Psychology (NOPIP) at the Indian Health Care Resource Center in Tulsa, OK and his doctoral training at University of Oklahoma. Prior to completing his doctoral program he worked as a Licensed Professional Counselor in community mental health agencies in the Oklahoma City metro area. Scott enjoys playing trumpet, being outdoors, and spending time with his family. Scott and his wife, Kym, live in Mustang with their three children.

Scott's research interests include developmental approaches to positive psychology in children, adults, and families.

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Scott Drabenstot shares his love of research by serving as a McNair Scholar faculty mentor, and overseeing both undergraduate and graduate thesis. He recently contributed to a book chapter that should be published next year. He also serves as a member of the Oklahoma County Indian Child Welfare Act Post-Adjudication Review Board (ICWA-PARB).

PhD – Counseling Psychology, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK, August 2009 – December 2013.
Predoctoral Intership -- Northeastern Oklahoma Predoctoral Internship Program (NOPIP) Consortium.
Certificate -- Interdisciplinary Training Program in Child Abuse and Neglect, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Program, Oklahoma City, OK, August 2011 - May 2012
MS – Counseling Psychology, Southern Nazarene University, Bethany, OK, September 2001 - December 2003
BS – Chemistry, Southern Nazarene University, Bethany, Oklahoma, August 1995 – May 1999

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Dr. Anna Harper

Psychology and Counseling 

Dr. Anna Harper joined the faculty of SNU in Fall 2015, after completing her doctoral psychology internship with the University Counseling Center at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan. During her doctoral training, she provided psychotherapy services to university students and community members of all ages, and she taught undergraduate courses at Bowling Green State University (Bowling Green, Ohio), Owens Community College (Toledo, Ohio) and Grand Valley State University (Allendale, Michigan).

Anna has previously served in leadership positions for the Society for the Study of Psychology and Wesleyan Theology/Wesleyan Theological Society and for Division 36 of the American Psychological Association (Society for the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality). She currently serves as a faculty mentor for the SNU Freshman Honors Learning Community and for SNU’s chapter of Psi Chi, The International Honor Society in Psychology.

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Anna’s research and clinical interests include virtue development, relational spirituality (i.e., intersections of interpersonal relationships and religion/spirituality), stress-related growth and decline, spiritually-integrated psychotherapy, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), and congregational assessment research. Anna has explored religious/spiritual appraisals of non-marital romantic breakups among college students, as well as post-breakup coping methods, adjustment, and growth. She has published findings from her research in the Journal of Psychology and Christianity, Spirituality in Clinical Practice, and as a book chapter entitled Trauma, Religion, and Spirituality: Pathways to Healing. Anna’s Love Lab research group currently investigates the development of love as a human virtue and implications of compassionate love for human flourishing. She is currently directing a Quanstrom grant-funded cross-cultural research project exploring manifestations of compassionate love in the United States and Costa Rica.

Hobbies or fun facts: Anna enjoys reading psychological and theological literature, appreciating the arts of all varieties, exploring the local OKC food culture, traveling to new places near and far, spending time in nature, and laughing with her husband, Caleb. Anna lived in the Great Lakes region of the United States (Indiana, Ohio, Michigan) before moving to Oklahoma in 2015.

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Dr. Scott Secor

Psychology and Counseling 

Scott Secor graduated with his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Oklahoma in May 2018. He completed his dissertation on the interaction between sexual assault, posttraumatic stress disorder, and negative health outcomes and has published one peer reviewed journal article and three book chapters.

Dr. Secor completed his pre-doctoral Clinical Psychology internship at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, working specifically at the VA Medical Center and Children’s Hospital. He completed rotations in Trauma and Deployment Recovery, Clinical Neuropsychology, Substance Treatment and Recovery, and Health Psychology at the VA Hospital. At the Children’s Hospital, he completed rotations in the Pediatric Assessment Clinic and in the Childhood Obesity Multidisciplinary Clinic. He is a licensed Health Service Psychologist in the state of Oklahoma. He is also a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Professional Counselor Approved Supervisor in the state of Oklahoma. He was a clinic supervisor at the University of Oklahoma’s Counseling Psychology Clinic for two years and was a counselor at the OU Health Sciences Center Student Counseling Center. Currently, he practices at SNU’s Renew Counseling Center seeing children, adults, and couples. In addition, he conducts neuropsychological assessment for both adults and children at the clinic.

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Dr. Secor is the Director of Clinical Training for the Graduate Programs in Counseling at SNU and is an Assistant Professor. He has been an instructor in SNU’s Graduate Programs in Counseling since 2012. He currently teaches Introduction to Counseling, Professional Orientation, Marital and Family Systems Theories, Theories and Techniques of Counseling II, Psychological and Career Assessment, and Neuropsychopharmacology. He also teaches Sport Psychology in SNU’s Master of Science in Exercise Science program. In addition, Dr. Secor oversees all clinical activities for SNU counseling graduate students in both the Bethany and Tulsa campuses.

Hobbies or fun fact: Dr. Secor is married to Brooke and has two children: Rylee and Carson. He enjoys watching Indycar racing and Purdue basketball and swimming with his family.

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Dr. Ron Wright

Psychology and Counseling

Dr. Ron Wright has served at SNU since 2010. Ron is a licensed therapist, Chair of the College of Undergraduate Studies Psychology and Counseling program, and is also a professor in SNU's College of Professional and Graduate Studies.

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Hobbies and Fun Fact: Born in Anchorage, Alaska; Taught a semester at the University of Bucharest, Romania; Vienna, Austria is my favorite place in the world.

Ph. D., Clinical Psychology, Fuller Theological Seminary
M. A, Theology, Fuller Theological Seminary
B. A., Psychology, 1991, Mount Vernon Nazarene College

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Admission Steps 

The faculty and administration in the Graduate Programs in Counseling take the process of training counselors very seriously. The application process is therefore very thorough and critical to both our admissions and educational process. We greatly value our application process that accepts only those whom we believe will make the best counselors. We do not require the GRE because we do not want to simply quantify potential applicants. Our desire is for our admissions process to allow us to get to know each applicant as a person in order to see if that person will be a good fit for our program, and that our program will be the right program for the applicant. Also, we firmly believe that our program is challenging, demands excellence from our students, and more than adequately prepares all of our students for the variety of situations faced as a counselor. We are looking for future students who can excel in the classroom, be flexible in thought, and have the ability to connect with and engage others from various backgrounds and circumstances. We accelerate our program because we want our students to get the best training possible, while also being able to start their career as soon as possible.

 You must meet the following requirements to apply to our program:

  • Hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Taken at least 18 hours of psychology related undergraduate coursework (General or Introduction to Psychology and Statistics are required)
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher is considered competitive

International Students: Please click here to find out more about the application requirements.

If you need assistance with a learning, physical, or psychological disability that may affect your application process, we encourage you to contact the Academic Center for Excellence, Disability Services at (405) 717-6272 (M-F 8:00-5:00). All students with disabilities are encouraged to seek assistance from ACE (LRC 325).

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6729 NW 39th Expressway,
Bethany, Oklahoma 73008

Tulsa Campus

8210 E. Regal Ct.
Tulsa, Oklahoma 74133
Phone: +1 (918) 664-4100

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