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Master of Arts in Counseling 

For online students, the week before you start your tenure in the program, you will be involved in a 3-day "Personal Development Skills Process Group" intensive (on the Huntington campus) leading up to the start of your first semester. 

These high-value growth experiences follow a unique counselor development program. The Bible and proven scientific research assert that growth occurs when new information is combined with new experience. The Institute uses this model, combining dynamic teaching sessions with process groups. These week-long intensives, led by highly-trained faculty, allow you to take the information to a deeper level, as it relates to your own life and counseling. You will learn new and powerful ways to attain relational and professional success. This experience will prepare you for applying all the principles and skills from rest of the program at the deepest level. 

How Distance Learners will Complete Other Program Requirements

The completion of the Personal Development Skills Process Group course requires in person face-to-face interaction. The Program requires a 3-day intensive on the Huntington campus. The course also includes an all-day counseling and leadership symposium when all of the Institute’s new students and faculty participate in an open to the public symposium.

Counseling students will complete practicum and internship experiences in their state at approved sites. Download our FAQ sheet for additional information.

Each state has regulations related to therapy practice, internships and mental health licensing. Students should become familiar with regulations in their state of residence. In particular, students should become knowledgeable of state regulations regarding distance (online) education, specific course and internship requirements. Students are responsible for understanding unique licensure requirements of their state.