Master of Arts in Christian Counseling

Graduation Credits 42 │ Part-time 6-yr

Program Purpose

The Master of Arts in Christian Counseling degree program is designed to integrate Christian faith into professional counseling practice, so as to enable graduates for applying the learned skills with a biblical perspective to future ministry of Christian counseling. The program is characterized by its emphasis on both theory and practice, personal growth and group dynamics, so that graduates will not merely be provided conceptual learning, but also practicum opportunities as well as solid counseling experiences for designated theoretical orientations.

 

Program Goals

  • The enhancement of personal growth in preparation to helping others.
  • The capacity for learning Christian ethics and understanding the psychology of serving populations across different phases of life.
  • Equipment with theories and practices in individual and group counseling blended with Christian faith.
  • An understanding of various critical issues relating to mental health including but not limited to culture, research and assessment for counseling.
  • Master and apply the Christian counseling ethics code in practice.

 

Admission Requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree or equivalent from an institution recognized by LTS; and
  • Proficiency in both English and Chinese; and
  • Applicants should have the interests, aptitudes, personal qualities, and academic record indicating the ability to engage in graduate-level study for academic pursuits and personal development; and
  • Applicant who does not have a degree in theology or equivalent should take two Christian counseling foundation courses: CP2001 Christian Counseling, and CP2010/BS2000 Biblical Perspectives of Christian Counseling, on an extra-credit basis or elective-credit basis (if applicable).

 

Program Content

This program is offered on part-time basis. Students are required to take 5 credits of experiential courses, 12 credits of basic personal growth and counseling courses, 21 credits of theoretical and practical courses, 4 credits of professional counseling practicum (stream B) or free elective (stream A), and plus 15 sessions of personal growth counseling. Students are required to pay an extra practicum fee apart from the tuition.

 

Further Study

If a Master of Arts in Christian Counseling degree holder continues to study for the Master of Divinity (M.Div.3-yr) at LTS, a maximum of 21 credits can be exempted. If the holder also has a B.Th. degree, s/he can continue to study for the Master of Divinity (M.Div.2-yr) at LTS with a maximum of 21 credits be exempted.

 

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Course Time: 
Daytime or Evening time (7:15pm-9:45pm)

 

Course Venue:
1. LTS Campus: 50 To Fung Shan, Shatin (day time course & camp)
2. City Classroom: 13B, Harvest Moon House, 337-339 Nathan Road, Kowloon (evening course)

 

Program Consultants:
Dr. Daniel Mak (Senior Psychiatrist, former Honorary Professor of The University of Hong Kong, Vice President of the Hong Kong Mental Health Association)
Dr. Jane Tam (Hong Kong Psychological Society Registered Counseling Psychologist, Doctor of Educational Psychology, Doctor of Pastoral Studies - Spiritual Counseling)

 

Program Director:
Dr. Angel Lam (Director, Counseling Programs & Companion LeShalom Centre)

 

Administrative Coordinator:
Ms. Julia Chan (Executive Secretary, Christian Counseling Ministry)

 

Camp Coordinator: 
Mr. Jim Li (Administrative Secretary)

 

Enquiries:
2684 3217 (Ms Julia Chan), 2684 3216 (Dr. Angel Lam)

 

Program Content

(course credits in brackets)

 

i) Experiential Courses

Core Courses

 CP2019 Experiential Workshop in Counseling I* (2)

 CP2020-2022 Experiential Workshop in Counseling II, III, IV* (3)

 * CP2019 is a 2-day camp; CP2020-2022 is a 1-day camp.

 

ii) Basic Personal Growth and Counseling Courses

Core Courses

 CP2011 Essential Counseling Skills (3)

 CP2017/PT2052 Personal Growth (3)

 CP3001 Christian Counseling Blended with Satir Model (3)

 CP3002 Christian Counseling Blended with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (3)

 

iii) Theoretical and Practical Courses

Core Courses

 CP2000/SW2028 Life Development and Spiritual Growth (3)

 CP2009 Basic Research and Assessment for Counseling (3)

 CP2012 Theories and Practice in Group Counseling (3)

 CP2013 Advanced Christian Counseling Theories and Techniques (3)

 CP2015/CT2003 Christian Counseling Ethics (3)

 CP2016/RC2005 Counseling in Culture (3)

 CP2002 Counseling for Children; or

 CP2003 Counseling for Adolescents and Youth; or

 CP2004 Counseling for Elderly; or

 CP2005 Marital Counseling; or

 CP2014 Theories and Practice of Family Therapy (3)

 

iv) Professional Counseling Practicum

Core Courses

 CP3008-3010 Professional Counseling Practicum (Individual) I, II, III (3)

 CP3011 Counseling Practicum (Group) (1)

 

Stream A (Non-practicum)

Experiential Courses (5)

Basic Personal Growth and Counseling Courses (12)

Theoretical and Practical Courses (21)

Free Electives (4)

Total Credits Required for Graduation (42)

 

Stream B (with practicum)

Experiential Courses (5)

Basic Personal Growth and Counseling Courses (12)

Theoretical and Practical Courses (21)

Professional Counseling Practicum (4)

Total Credits Required for Graduation (42)