Professional Counseling

Professional Counseling

At Southern Nazarene University, the Graduate Programs in Counseling is dedicated to graduating the highest quality of professionally competent and effective counselors and therapists. Our clinically experienced faculty is committed to the development of our students’ knowledge and practical skills through instruction, classroom interaction and conversation, and small group consultation. In addition, students will receive direct clinical experience with oversight, supervision, and feedback from experienced professionals in the field of counseling. Our course offerings and training are specifically designed to transition our students directly into the counseling profession upon graduation.

In the state of Oklahoma, many interested in a broad range of counseling possibilities will pursue credentials as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). This licensure affords counselors the opportunity to work in a variety of clinical settings at the master’s degree level. Professional counselors have the opportunity to counsel individuals of varying ages and demographics. In addition, those holding a license as a professional counselor can provide services in a variety of settings such as marital and family therapy, group therapy, and child therapy.

Southern Nazarene University’s Graduate Programs in Counseling has been training and preparing future counselors for nearly three decades and boasts a positive reputation in Oklahoma for a large and thriving alumni base of professional counselors. Students who have pursued their licensure following an education at SNU have gone on to become some of the most successful clinician’s in the state, owning private practices, working in community mental health, and serving as therapists in inpatient units.

To become a professional counselor, Southern Nazarene University offers a 60-hour degree program that culminates in either a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology (MACP) or a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology (MSCP). Students will take a core of 48 credit hours. Upon completion of the 48-core hours, students will be allowed to select from one of four elective concentrations: Research, Marriage and Family Therapy, Drug and Alcohol Counseling, and/or Child and Play Therapy. In addition to meeting LPC requirements, by taking the appropriate elective concentration, students can meet the academic requirements for the Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC), and Registered Play Therapist (RPT) in the state of Oklahoma.

Professional Foundations

PSY 5333 Introduction to Counseling Techniques (3 credit hours)
This course introduces students to the primary concepts related to the process of psychotherapy and the relational ideas that are central to the practice of counseling. Relationship building skills and techniques, including interviewing, reflective listening, and the development of insight and self-understanding are explored. Students are also introduced to basic theoretical concepts, including person-centered and existential theories, to begin conceptualizing counseling cases and to understand the common factors of psychotherapeutic change.

PSY 5313 Lifespan Development (3 credit hours)
Lifespan Development covers theoretical and research approaches to the development of human abilities and behavior throughout the lifespan. The course addresses a variety of theoretical approaches, as well as different developmental tasks across the lifespan. In order to more fully understand the issues and dynamics of counseling, it is imperative to have a clear grasp of the processes involved in human development. Such understandings of development are important because many clients enter counseling with problems that are the result of disrupted or dysfunctional developmental processes.

PSY 5263 Psychopathology (3 credit hours)
This module provides an emphasis on describing, classifying, and differentiating deviant behavior syndromes according to the current, prevailing classification system in the United States (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders). Literature dealing with description, etiology, and prognosis of various disorders will be examined.

PSY 5283 Professional Orientation (3 credit hours)
This course is designed to provide a survey of ethical, legal and professional issues facing counselors and others in human services. Emphasis is given to raising awareness of the complexities of ethical issues in professional practice.

Theoretical Foundations

PSY 6113 Theories & Techniques of Counseling I (3 credit hours)
This course provides an overview of the various psychoanalytic, psychodynamic, and interpersonal approaches to counseling, specifically offering an introduction to the various perspectives on theory and technique. This course also examines the historical development of these approaches, the contemporary impact and understanding of these approaches in the counseling field, and the underlying anthropological and philosophical assumptions of these approaches. Students will have opportunity to observe these various approaches, as well to apply them practically through role-play and theoretically through case conceptualization and treatment planning.

PSY 6123 Theories & Techniques of Counseling II (3 credit hours)
This course provides an overview of the various behavioral, cognitive, and other evidence-based approaches to counseling, specifically offering an introduction to the various perspectives on theory and technique. This course also examines the historical development of these approaches, the contemporary impact and understanding of these approaches in the counseling field, and the underlying anthropological and philosophical assumptions of these approaches. Students will have opportunity to observe these various approaches, as well to apply them practically through role-play and theoretically through case conceptualization and treatment planning.

PSY 6253 Marital & Family Systems Theories (3 credit hours)
This course provides an overview of family structure theories and family systems approaches and applications to counseling. This course also examines the historical development of these approaches, the contemporary impact and understanding of these approaches in the counseling field, and the underlying anthropological and philosophical assumptions of these approaches. Students will have opportunity to observe these various approaches, as well to apply them practically through role-play and theoretically through case conceptualization and treatment planning.

PSY 6133 Research Methods I (3 credit hours)
An overview of the various research methodologies used to study behavior. The focus is on application, especially to counseling research. This course is closely tied to development of the thesis. The prospectus is begun during this module.

Assessment

PSY 6193 Internship I (3 credit hours)
In conjunction with PSY 6493, supervised clinical experience and practice in field-work, as approved by the program. The internship occurs concurrently with course work and follows guidelines set forth in licensure preparation. Internship(s) will total minimum of 450 hours of service.

PSY 6593 Multiculturalism & Diversity in Counseling (3 credit hours)
This course will focus on the diverse demographics with which counselors interact, especially related to race and culture, religion, gender, age, sexuality, disability, and socio-economic status, emphasizing the implications of these factors for counseling. Students will have the opportunity to examine counseling approaches to diverse groups by analyzing various levels of therapeutic intervention, the barriers to multicultural awareness, and ways to incorporate multicultural competencies in organizations. In addition, students will establish a dialogue between theory and practice, between personal reflections and interpersonal exchange, between feelings, actions, and thoughts. Students will be asked to examine personal assumptions regarding internalized presuppositions about other persons and groups of varying demographics. Students will therefore utilize both ethnographic and self-reflective techniques to expand cultural and diversity awareness.

PSY 5153 Psychological & Career Assessment (3 credit hours)
This course provides an introduction and overview of assessment, including the administration, scoring, and interpretation of psychological tests in the areas of personality, intelligence, psychopathology, and occupation/career. This course is designed to help students understand the basics of test construction and measurement, as well as to guide students in the selection and utilization of appropriate assessment measures for diagnosis, conceptualization, and development of treatment plans. In addition, students will examine theories of career development, principles for effective education/career planning, and how to offer information and resources to clients based on assessment results. Students will learn how to integrate assessment results into career and general counseling.

PSY 5233 Alcohol & Drug Addiction & Assessment (3 credit hours)
This course will focus on methods for assessing, diagnosing, and treating alcohol and drug-related problems in counseling settings. The course offers strategies for screening clients for substance-related issues, taking a detailed alcohol/drug history, working with ambivalence and increasing motivation to change addiction behaviors, examining family dynamics that contribute to addiction, treatment planning, and counseling interventions. The course will focus on assessing and treating a full range of substance-related and addiction problems, such as individuals with beginning substance use, individuals that do not acknowledge or understand more serious problems, more pervasive or diagnosed substance related addictions, and family members of those with substance-related problems.

Contextual Applications

PSY 6493 Internship II (3 credit hours)
In conjunction with PSY 6193, supervised clinical experience and practice in field-work, as approved by the program. The internship occurs concurrently with course work and follows guidelines set forth in licensure preparation. Internship(s) will total minimum of 450 hours of service.

PSY 6213 Group Psychotherapy Techniques (3 credit hours)
This is an applied psychotherapy lab course that engages the student in both the theoretical foundations for group psychotherapy and in the actual experience of facilitating a psychotherapy group. Students will review literature regarding appropriate referrals to this modality of treatment as well as learning techniques to enhance the efficacy of group therapies. Much of this course will involve an experiential learning model as students participate in group process. There will also be an exploration of the use of groups within the Christian community.

PSY 6303 Counseling Children and Adolescents (3 credit hours)
This advanced course will serve as an overview course to introduce students to some of the basic issues that arise when providing services to children and adolescents. We will address issues that arise in working with youth including child maltreatment, divorce, trauma, and legal/ethical issues. Information pertaining to the treatment of childhood disorders based upon empirical evidence (emphasizing behavioral strategies) will be discussed. Special focus will be given to Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) and Coping Cat (anxiety treatment manual). Adherence to the scientist-practitioner model and the relative contributions of research to clinical practice will be emphasized throughout the course.

PSY 6293 Philosophy of Interpersonal Relationships (3 credit hours)
This course begins by making the case that all modern psychotherapeutic discourse is moral discourse and therefore contains presuppositions about the human good life. The course then examines the presuppositions of the Christian tradition regarding human nature, the good life, and the practices that shape human transformation. Students are then asked to examine their own conceptions of human nature and the good life and the relationship of these conceptions to their personal narratives, religions traditions, and cultural and historical contexts.

Specialization

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. http://snu.edu/international-admissions

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).

Click here to view the complete admissions process.

Application Deadlines

Bethany: Fall Semester (Early Admissions – March 1st; Regular Admissions – June 1st)
Bethany: Spring Semester (October 15th)
Tulsa: Fall Semester (August 15th)

Program Cost

Program Length (MACP/MSCP):
60 Credit Hours

Tuition: $475/Credit Hour

Application Fee: $150

Students will automatically opt into textbook rentals through the Tree of Life bookstore. If desired, students have the option to choose a different plan offered through Tree of Life or opt out of all Tree of Life textbook plans and order books elsewhere.

*Effective January 1, 2019 – June 30, 2019

NOTE:  Tuition and any program fees are due at the Organizational Meeting. This includes the first installment, if you are on a payment plan.

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