Department Description


To equip students with the ability to integrate, under a biblical authority, theories, practices, and methodologies of counseling psychology for effective counseling ministry to those in need.

General Outcomes

The student will achieve the following outcomes:

  1. Distinctively Christian Integration — Integrate a comprehensive knowledge of the Bible and major theological concepts with skills in psychological theory, methodology and technique.
  2. Knowledge of Theories — Identify and evaluate the major secular and Christian psychological theories and practices from a sound Biblical and theological point of view.
  3. Knowledge of Problems and Delivery of Care — Identify the issues and problems that people, groups and communities face in life, with the intent of treating and bringing help to those problems.
  4. Development of Counseling Skills — Apply counseling skills within a thoroughly-Biblical framework, including interviewing skills, one-on-one and small group situations. 
  5. Appreciation of Diversity in Counseling — Be responsive to multicultural, gender and racial concerns and how diverse populations respond differently to counseling.
  6. Knowledge of Abnormal Psychology — Know basic elements of psychopathology and various treatments available.
  7. Professional Development — Comprehend the legal, ethical, ministerial, and professional issues in contemporary counseling ministry and/or practice.
  8. Personal Growth — Discern and evaluate their mental, spiritual, emotional and relational growth to help strengthen their Christian character and develop a deep level of dedication to people, and to a ministry of helping them with their lives in a way that is honoring to God.
  9. Ministry & Vocational Opportunities — Serve in ministry or career roles within a variety of church, para-church, private and governmental social services which require good personal, emotional and relational abilities.
  10. Preparation for Graduate Studies — Complete core courses and articulate psychological information to pursue graduate work in mental health counseling or a related academic/professional field leading toward certification or licensure.

Department Vision

The Vision of the Counseling department is that students be fully involved in the knowing of God’s word, so that they can be “Berean” in their assessment and evaluation of counseling psychology.  The degree offered is a Bachelor of Science in Biblical Studies and Counseling Psychology.  One must come before the other, as we desire our students to be good counselors only by first being good theologians.  The discerning Christian counselor should be distinctively Christian both in foundation and method, not just able to give a restatement of naturalistic principles with some biblical jargon thrown in. It is with these convictions that we humbly ask the Lord’s grace in training others to know His word, to love others, and help bring many to glorify our Lord.

Ministry Roles & Career Opportunities

Potential students who are considering the Counseling Psychology degree at Emmaus often ask what job opportunities are available for them if they graduate with our degree in hand.  It’s an important question, and there are several opportunities to consider.

There are many entry-level jobs for college graduates with a bachelor's degree and an undergraduate education in psychology helps students develop skills that are important in a variety of careers.

Typical Career Options

The majority of students graduating with a bachelor's degree will work in some division of human or social services. Some common job titles in the area include:

  • Case Management
  • Career Counselor
  • Rehabilitation Specialist
  • Psychiatric Technician

Some important skills for those working in this area include the ability to assess client needs, keep thorough and accurate records, express care and empathy, and to act as an advocate for your client.

In addition to social services, a bachelor's in Counseling Psychology can provide excellent training for many other types of jobs. One of the most important things you have learned during you undergraduate years are interpersonal skills. Your understanding of the human mind and behavior make you a good candidate for jobs that require good communication skills. Some examples jobs in this area include those in sales, marketing, case management, and government welfare protection agencies.

As an undergraduate, you have also done a considerable amount of research and writing. This skill would be useful in many jobs, such as a library assistant, probation officer, business manager, case worker, and many others.

Another option for many of our graduates will be applying to graduate schools to pursue Master’s and Doctrinal degrees in Counseling and Psychology.  The courses taken at Emmaus will meet or exceed the prerequisites needed to gain admission into most private and public graduate schools.  Common jobs with a graduate education include:

  • Licensed Mental Health Counselor
  • Social Worker
  • Sports Psychology
  • Occupational Therapy

A degree in Counseling Psychology at Emmaus is an asset that will propel you into programs and opportunities that will continue your skills in helping and caring for people in need.

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