The Road to a Bachelor's in Christian Counseling
It takes more than academic excellence to become a counselor. A commitment to helping others with compassion and respect is at the top of the list of credentials next to education. A message founded on faith and theology separates the field of Christian counseling from all others and is cultivated depending on the program. Biblical principles along with practical skills are cultivated in the right program on this particular career path, and it begins with a Bachelor's degree.
To qualify for a Bachelor's program, a high school diploma or the equivalent is required. Upon acceptance and depending on the program, earning a Bachelor's degree usually takes four years. Online programs often allow a more flexible schedule, extending or shortening that length of time accordingly. During the undergraduate experience, individuals are able to explore their interests and figure out if counseling is the field they hope to seriously pursue into higher levels of learning.
In the realm of Christian counseling, certain schools and churches will allow individuals to perform counseling roles depending on the area of ministry, with the exception of diagnosing, without certification or licensure. However, the undergraduate level of education prepares an individual for higher learning and professional counseling if that is their path of choice.
As most states and employers require licensure that can only be attained with a Master's degree, basic counseling and psychology Bachelor degrees offer course preparation for such higher learning. Other education and human service degrees may also create a solid foundation for the Master's level programs, but an individual must research whether or not other programs meet certain criteria if they hope to progress to a Master's program or particular career.
There are several sides to a Christian counseling degree in terms of coursework. At the undergraduate level, a student is required to complete general education credits no matter the degree. Within a counseling undergraduate degree, those requirements are partnered with classes involving understanding counseling principles such as behavioral and ethics study. A faith-based program will also infuse Christian theology and Bible studies through coursework to lay the groundwork for Christian counseling. Above all, students must be prepared with the desire to attain trust, confidence, and a strong code of ethics in order to perform the incredible service of mental health and healing with an emphasis on the foundation of Christian beliefs (BLS.gov).
Whether you dream of serving families, couples, students, or those on the road to recovery, a Bachelor's in counseling fosters the skills needed in the arena of mission work, rehabilitation counseling, family therapy, and counseling within the church. Depending on the job and state, certification, licensure, or both are required for professional counseling. This means that in order to attain a license which may be required for an individual's desired field and career, one must usually complete up to the Master's level and be prepared to use their undergraduate tools when tackling higher education (BLS.gov).