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PSYCHOLOGY & COUNSELING

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 • Coaching • Mentoring ministry • Master’s or Doctoral degrees that permit students to attain state-licensure as a professional counselor

This major is designed to provide students with a basic foundation for any kind of 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 you will be prepared to either pursue graduate studies, serve in organizations under supervision as well as in contexts that does not require licensure. All Psychology and Counseling majors are required to engage in Practicum and Internship experiences. Select students will participate in the Behavioral Assistant State certification process; as well as obtain membership in the Pillar College Chapter of Psi Chi: The international Honor Society for the pursuit of excellence in Psychology.

There are two concentrations from which to choose, Marriage and Family Counseling, and Crisis Counseling.

Marriage & Family Counseling
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.

COUN 306 Marriage & Family Counseling
COUN 307 Multicultural Counseling
PSYC 406 Conflict Theory/Christian Peacemaking
PSYC 403 Human Sexuality

Crisis Counseling
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

This major is designed to provide you with a basic foundation for any kind of counseling, spiritual formation, coaching, or mentoring ministry. You may choose to build on this foundation with further education and/or training specific to an area of specialization, such as pursuing a Master's or Doctoral degree that permits a student to attain state-licensure as a professional counselor. Upon successful completion of this program, you will be prepared to either pursue further education or serve in a context that does not require licensure.

Key elements of the program include:

  • Developing a biblical and theological framework for doing 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 doing counseling in a variety of contexts.
  • Exposure to various therapeutic approaches to counseling with a special emphasis on Cognitive and Family Systems theories and techniques.

Counseling, Rehabilitation, College Teaching, Clinical Practice, Behavioral Management, Behavioral Research, Psychological Testing, Psychiatric Social Work, Personnel Training, Human Resource Management

Financial Policies and Procedures

Pillar College is committed to providing an excellent cost-effective education for its students. Tuition and fee rates, payable each semester, are set annually according to economic conditions within the college and industry standards.

$22,056Annual Full Time Student Tuition (Domestic)
$30,000 Annual Full Time Student Tuition (International)*
$11,028
$15,000
Block Rate (12-17 credits per semester)
*Block rate is not available to LEAD, Online and Independent-study courses
International student tuition up to 15 credits maximum
$919Per credit rate (11 or less; 18 or more credits per semester); all Online and Independent Study Courses are charged at per credit rate
$158Audit rate per credit
$525
$263

$306

Dual Enrollment (DEED) program per course (not per credit), taken at Pillar College
Dual Enrollment (DEED) program per course (not per credit), taken at local high school

Developmental Courses (ESL and courses below 100 level) per credit


Note:
 For the LEAD program, tuition is determined at the cohort start date and remains the same for the duration of that program.
Courses taken outside of the LEAD program are charged at then current tuition rates.  Enrollment in a LEAD term financially obligates the student for the entire four class semester. General Semester Fees.  All Fees are non-refundable.