BA Psychology & Counseling
Bachelor of the Arts Degree
The Psychology and Counseling degree is designed to provide students with a foundation for crisis counseling, spiritual formation, coaching, or mentoring ministry. Students may choose to build on this foundation with further education and/or training specific to an area specialization, such as the pursuit of a Master’s or Doctoral degree required to attain state licensure as a professional counselor. Upon successful completion of this program, students will be prepared to serve in a context that does not require licensure.
Students participate in innovative programs and experiences (internships, mentorship, and enrichment training) which allow them to become State Certified as Mental Health First Aid Assessors and Behavioral Assistants.
Unique Benefits & Features:
Key elements of the program include: developing a biblical and theological framework for counseling with special emphasis on the role of the Holy Spirit as the true Counselor who empowers those who would be effective helpers; acquiring the knowledge and theories that are foundational to counseling and psychology; growing in relationship with God and others; cultivating strategies and skill-sets necessary to counseling in a variety of contexts; and, exposure to various therapeutic approaches to counseling with a special emphasis on Cognitive and Family Systems theories and techniques.
A Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology & Counseling provides the foundation for:
- Careers in Counseling and/or Psychology and Crisis Counseling
- Certification as a Behavioral Assistant or Technician
- Spiritual Formation
- Mentoring ministry
- Master’s or Doctoral degrees that permit students to attain state-licensure as a professional counselor
The B.A. in Psychology & Counseling degree can lead to numerous careers including but not limited to:
- College Teaching
- Clinical Practice
- Behavioral Management
- Behavioral Research
- Psychological Testing
- Psychiatric Social Work
- Personnel Training
- Human Resource Management
There are three concentrations from which to choose:
Marriage & Family
This concentration will emphasize counseling within the context of family systems and will assist students who wish to prepare to do effective ministry with couples and families. It is geared towards individuals who wish to specialize in marriage and family therapy. This concentration prepares a pathway for students to continue in the Pillar College MAC program which specializes in Marriage and Family counseling, and any other graduate program with any mental health specialty.
- COUN 306 Marriage & Family Counseling
- COUN 307 Multicultural Counseling
- PSYC 406 Conflict Theory/Christian Peacemaking
- PSYC 403 Human Sexuality
This concentration is an integration of faith and psychology. It provides theoretical models and strategies that are necessary to effect change in crisis situations and will enable individuals to move forward in more functional ways. Crisis Counseling is for those who wish to become a professional Christian Counselor, Trauma and Crisis Advocate, Chaplain, or Emergency Volunteer, among other options.
- PSYC 406 Conflict Theory/Christian Peace
- COUN 305 Crisis Counseling
- COUN 407 Creative Counseling Methods
- COUN 310 Life Coaching Skills
In today’s fast-paced, always-on world, there is a real demand for accredited, certified Life Coaches to help people manage the many pressures of the modern world. The Pillar College concentration in Life Coaching will equip students with the proper techniques and tools utilized by professionals in this dynamic field. Students will equip students for Accreditation with the International Coaching Federation (ICF) and allow them to begin a rewarding career as a Certified Life Coach.
- Introduction to Coaching
- Coaching in Ministry
- Life and Business Coaching
- Coaching Practicum