PROGRAM OVERVIEW

MA in Christian Counseling (macc)

Clinical Mental Health (CMH) Program

The Master of Arts in Christian Counseling — Clinical Mental Health (MACC-CMH) program is a CACREP accredited counseling program integrating clinical counseling practice with Christian theological foundations. Our program focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of behavioral health issues for individuals, couples, families, and groups.

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Accreditation

The MACC-CMH program at our Charlotte, NC campus is both nationally and regionally accredited:

Program Distinctives

  • Convenient, economical, and innovative model of education designed to accommodate students already engaged in work and ministry
    • Rigorous courses offered in various formats (evenings, weekends, week intensives and hybrid-online)
    • Up to 70% of coursework available in a hybrid-online format
  • Supervised clinical practicum and internship experience
  • Professional and integrative seminars designed to incorporate theological studies with counseling theories and practices
  • Renowned, highly qualified and experienced faculty
  • Enhanced library services with capability to access theological databases from your home
  • Access to library resources and classes at other top-tier institutions through the Carolina Theological Consortium

Typical Students

MA in Christian Counseling students are a diverse group who display essential qualities of wisdom, maturity and skills necessary for excellence in the field of counseling. Most have an undergraduate background in psychology, counseling, education, or sociology, a strong interest in behavioral science, or significant life experience in the field. Whether you’re seasoned in the field or moving into a second career, the MA in Christian Counseling degree will provide excellent preparation for Christian and/or secular employment opportunities.

Potential Counseling Careers

Agencies

Private Practice

Schools

Hospitals

Churches

Group Homes

Chemical dependency/
substance abuse settings

Pregnancy Centers

Behavioral health care organizations

Para-church ministry

Missions

Courses

67 Credit Hours

Course List

Biblical Studies: 3 Courses / 9 Credit Hours

  • Exploring the Old Testament 1 (OT500)
  • Exploring the New Testament 1 (NT500)
  • Interpreting the Bible 1 (NT/OT517)

Christian Thought: 2 Courses / 6 Credit Hours

  • Theology Survey I (TH501)
  • Theology Survey II (TH502)

Integrative Counseling: 14 Courses / 42 Credit Hours

  • Introduction to Counseling & Systems Theory (CO502)
  • Helping Relationships (CO540)
  • Lifespan Development: Implications for Counseling (CO/SF610)
  • Research Methods & Design (CO699)
  • Psychopathology (CO710)
  • Multicultural Diversity in Counseling (CO712)
  • Group Dynamics (CO/PC718)
  • Assessment in Counseling (CO735)
  • Counseling for Crisis & Addiction (CO750)
  • Career & Lifestyle Development (CO770)
  • Professional Standards & Christian Ethics for Counselors (CO790)
  • Advanced Christian Counseling Models & Practice (CO850)
  • Counseling Elective (Choose from below)
  • Counseling Elective (Choose from below)

Counseling Electives

  • Family Counseling Theory (CO614)
  • Crisis & Trauma Counseling (C0635)
  • Foundations in Play Therapy (CO713)
  • Couples Counseling (CO716)
  • Human Sexuality (CO719)
  • Counseling Adolescents (CO725)

Integrative Studies: 10 Credit Hours

  • Introduction to Counseling Research1 (CO501) Credits: 1
  • Clinical Group Supervision (CO875) Credits: 0
  • Clinical Counseling Practicum (CO867) Credits: 3
  • Clinical Counseling Practicum I (CO868) Credits: 3
  • Clinical Counseling Practicum II (CO869) Credits: 3
  • Counseling Retreat Credits: 0
  • Exit Evaluation (CO650) Credits: 0

This list is provided for you convenience. It seeks to be accurate and up-to-date but does not replace your graduation check sheet as the authoritative statement of degree requirements per your admission. That check sheet provides a fuller list of alternative courses and potential exceptions.

1. This course must be completed within the first year of study.

Upcoming MACC Courses

Clinical Counseling Internship III

Counseling Faculty

Section: CA

Code: CO870

Mode: Off-site

Location: Charlotte

Dates: 09/13 - 12/20

Clinical Counseling Internship II

Counseling Faculty

Section: CA

Code: CO869

Mode: Off-site

Location: Charlotte

Dates: 09/13 - 12/20

Clinical Counseling Internship I

Counseling Faculty

Section: CA

Code: CO868

Mode: Off-site

Location: Charlotte

Dates: 09/13 - 12/20

Clinical Counseling Practicum

Counseling Faculty

Section: CA

Code: CO867

Mode: Off-site

Location: Charlotte

Dates: 09/13 - 12/20

Clinical Counseling Supervision-CC2

Clinical Counseling Supervision-CC2

Vickey Maclin

Section: CC2

Code: CO875

Mode: Digital Live

Location: Charlotte, Online

Schedule: Wednesdays 9:30-11:00am

Dates: 05/17 - 08/20

Clinical Counseling Supervision-CC1

Clinical Counseling Supervision-CC1

Carolina Benitez

Section: CC1

Code: CO875

Mode: Digital Live

Location: Charlotte, Online

Schedule: Tuesdays 9:30-11:00am

Dates: 05/17 - 08/20

Clinical Counseling Internship III

Counseling Faculty

Section: CA

Code: CO870

Mode: Live

Location: Charlotte (Offsite)

Dates: 05/17 - 08/20

Clinical Counseling Internship II

Counseling Faculty

Section: CA

Code: CO869

Mode: Live

Location: Charlotte (Off-site)

Dates: 05/17 - 08/20

Clinical Counseling Internship I

Counseling Faculty

Section: CA

Code: CO868

Mode: Live

Location: Charlotte (Off-site)

Dates: 05/17 - 08/20

Theology Survey II

Theology Survey II

Adonis Vidu

Section: SEML

Code: TH502-I

Mode: Digital

Location: Online

Schedule: Asynchronous

Dates: 05/17 - 08/20

Introduction to Pastoral Counseling

Introduction to Pastoral Counseling

Daniel Reyes

Section: SEML

Code: PC511-I

Mode: Digital

Location: Online

Schedule: Asynchronous

Dates: 05/17 - 08/20

Exploring the Old Testament

Exploring the Old Testament

Douglas Stuart

Section: SEML

Code: OT500-I

Mode: Digital

Location: Online

Schedule: Asynchronous

Dates: 05/17 - 08/20

Theology Survey I

Theology Survey I

Viacheslav Lytvynenko

Section: SEML

Code: TH501-I

Mode: Digital

Location: Online

Schedule: Asynchronous

Dates: 05/17 - 08/20

Theology Survey II

STAFF

Section: SEML

Code: TH502-I

Mode: Digital

Location: Online

Schedule: Asynchronous

Dates: 09/13 - 12/20

Theology Survey I

STAFF

Section: SEML

Code: TH501-I

Mode: Digital

Location: Online

Schedule: Asynchronous

Dates: 09/13 - 12/20

Interpreting the Bible

STAFF

Section: SEML

Code: NT/OT517-I

Mode: Digital

Location: Online

Schedule: Asynchronous

Dates: 09/13 - 12/20

Introduction to Counseling Research

Ashley Stamper

Section: CO1

Code: CO501

Mode: Digital

Location: Online

Schedule: Asynchronous

Dates: 05/17 - 08/20

Crisis and Trauma Counseling

Crisis and Trauma Counseling

Christopher Cook

Section: CA

Code: CO635

Mode: Digital Live

Location: Charlotte, Online

Schedule: Wednesdays 6:30-9:30pm

Dates: 05/17 - 08/20

Couples Counseling

Kelly Boyce

Section: CA

Code: CO716C

Mode: Live

Location: Charlotte

Schedule: Fridays 6:30-9:30pm; Saturdays 8:30am-4:30pm

Dates: 06/11-12, 07/09-10, 07/30-31

Counseling Adolescents

Counseling Adolescents

Vickey Maclin

Section: CA

Code: CO725

Mode: Digital Live

Location: Charlotte, Online

Schedule: Fridays 6:30-9:30pm

Dates: 06/04, 06/25, 07/23

Family Systems Theory

Family Systems Theory

Christopher Cook

Section: CA

Code: CO614C

Mode: Digital Live

Location: Charlotte, Online

Schedule: Fridays 6:30-9:30pm; Saturdays 8:30am-4:30pm

Dates: 06/4-5, 06/25-26, 07/23-24

Human Sexuality

Human Sexuality

Carolina Benitez

Section: CA

Code: CO719

Mode: Live

Location: Charlotte

Schedule: Tues-Fri 9:00am-4:00pm

Dates: 05/25 - 05/28

Introduction to Counseling Research

Ashley Stamper

Section: CO1

Code: CO501

Mode: Digital

Location: Online

Schedule: Asynchronous

Dates: 09/13 - 12/20

Foundations of Play Therapy

Foundations of Play Therapy

Pam Davis

Section: CA

Code: CO713

Mode: Live

Location: Charlotte

Schedule: Tues-Fri 9:00am-4:00pm

Dates: 05/25 - 05/28

Interpreting the Bible

Interpreting the Bible

Gerry Wheaton

Section: CA

Code: NT/OT517

Mode: Digital Live

Location: Charlotte, Online

Schedule: Saturdays 9:00am-3:00pm

Dates: 05/29, 06/19, 07/17

Interpreting the Bible

STAFF

Section: CO1

Code: NT/OT517-I

Mode: Digital

Location: Online

Schedule: Asynchronous

Dates: 09/13 - 12/20

Healthy Relationships in Ministry

Healthy Relationships in Ministry

Christopher Cook

Section: CO1

Code: MC/PC513

Mode: Digital Live

Location: Charlotte, Online

Schedule: Intensive (10/18 - 10/20)

Dates: 09/13 - 12/20

Introduction to Counseling and Systems Theory

Introduction to Counseling and Systems Theory

Christopher Cook

Section: CA

Code: CO502

Mode: Digital Live

Location: Charlotte, Online

Schedule: Thursdays 6:30-9:30pm

Dates: 09/13 - 12/20

Career Counseling

STAFF

Section: CA

Code: CO770

Mode: Live

Location: Charlotte

Schedule: Fridays 6:30-9:30pm; Saturdays 8:30am-4:30pm

Dates: 10/1-2, 10/29-30, 12/3-4

Exploring the Old Testament

Exploring the Old Testament

Catherine McDowell

Section: CA

Code: OT500

Mode: Digital Live

Location: Charlotte, Online

Schedule: Fridays 6:30-9:30pm; Saturdays 8:30am-4:30pm

Dates: 09/24-25, 10/22-23, 11/19-20

Theology Survey I

Theology Survey I

Andrew Martin

Section: CA

Code: TH501

Mode: Digital Live

Location: Charlotte, Online

Schedule: Fridays 6:30-9:30pm; Saturdays 8:30am-4:30pm

Dates: 09/17-18, 10/15-16, 11/12-13

Multicultural Diversity in Counseling

Multicultural Diversity in Counseling

Vickey Maclin

Section: CA

Code: CO712

Mode: Digital Live

Location: Charlotte, Online

Schedule: Fridays 6:30-9:30pm; Saturdays 8:30am-4:30pm

Dates: 09/17-18, 10/15-16, 11/12-13

Helping Relationships

STAFF

Section: CA

Code: CO540

Mode: Live, Digital Live

Location: Charlotte, Online

Schedule: Fridays 6:30-9:30pm; Saturdays 8:30am-4:30pm

Dates: 09/17-18, 10/15-16, 11/12-13

Exploring the New Testament

Exploring the New Testament

Gerald Erwin Wheaton

Section: CA

Code: NT501

Location: Charlotte, Digital Live

Schedule: Weekends: Sat 9:00am–3:15pm

Dates: Feb 6, Mar 6, Apr 10

Introduction to Counseling Research

Ashley Stamper

Section: CO1

Code: CO501

Location: Online

Schedule: Online

Dates: Jan 25–May 7

Exploring the New Testament

Exploring the New Testament

Mateus de Campos

Section: SEML

Code: NT501-I

Location: Online

Schedule: Online

Dates: Jan 25–May 7

Interpreting the Bible

STAFF

Section: SEML

Code: NT/OT517-I

Location: Online

Schedule: Online

Dates: Jan 25–May 7

Clinical Counseling Internship III

Counseling Faculty

Section: CA

Code: CO870

Location: Charlotte

Schedule: Off–site

Dates: Jan 25–May 7

Clinical Counseling Practicum

Counseling Faculty

Section: CA

Code: CO867

Location: Charlotte

Schedule: Off–site

Dates: Jan 25–May 7

Clinical Counseling Internship I

Counseling Faculty

Section: CA

Code: CO868

Location: Charlotte

Schedule: Off–site

Dates: Jan 25–May 7

Clinical Counseling Internship II

Counseling Faculty

Section: CA

Code: CO869

Location: Charlotte

Schedule: Off–site

Dates: Jan 25–May 7

Professional Standards and Ethics

Professional Standards and Ethics

Vickey L. Maclin

Section: CA

Code: CO790C

Location: Charlotte

Schedule: Weekends: Fri 6:30–9:30pm, Sat 8:30am–4:30pm

Dates: Feb 19–20, Mar 19–20, Apr 23–24

Counseling for Crisis and Addictions

Counseling for Crisis and Addictions

Vickey L. Maclin

Section: CA

Code: CO/PC750

Location: Charlotte, Digital Live

Schedule: Sat 8:30am–4:30pm

Dates: Feb 13, Mar 13, Apr 17

Theology Survey I

Theology Survey I

Viacheslav V. Lytvynenko

Section: SEML

Code: TH501-I

Location: Online

Schedule: Online

Dates: Jan 25–May 7

Assessment in Counseling

Assessment in Counseling

Vickey L. Maclin

Section: CA

Code: CO735

Location: Charlotte

Schedule: Weekends: Fri 6:30–9:30pm, Sat 8:30am–4:30pm

Dates: Feb 5–6, Mar 5–6, Apr 9–10

Clinical Counseling Supervision

Clinical Counseling Supervision

Pamela Davis

Section: CC2

Code: CO875

Location: Online

Schedule: Thurs, 9:00–10:30am

Dates: Jan 25–May 7

Advanced Christian Counseling Models and Practice

Advanced Christian Counseling Models and Practice

Pamela Davis

Section: CA

Code: CO850

Location: Charlotte

Schedule: Weekends: Fri 6:30–9:30pm, Sat 8:30am–4:30pm

Dates: Feb 19–20, Mar 19–20, Apr 23–24

Helping Relationships

Helping Relationships

Pamela Davis

Section: CA

Code: CO540

Location: Charlotte, Digital Live

Schedule: Weekends: Fri 6:30–9:30pm, Sat 8:30am–4:30pm

Dates: Jan 29–30, Feb 26–27, Mar 26–27

Group Dynamics

Group Dynamics

Christopher A Cook

Section: CA

Code: CO/PC718

Location: Charlotte, Digital Live

Schedule: Wed, 6:30–9:30pm

Dates: Jan 25–May 7

Introduction to Pastoral Counseling

Introduction to Pastoral Counseling

Rodney L. Cooper

Section: CO1

Code: PC511

Location: Digital Live

Schedule: Online with residency

Dates: Apr 14–16

Clinical Counseling Supervision

Clinical Counseling Supervision

Christopher A Cook

Section: CC4

Code: CO875

Location: Charlotte, Digital Live

Schedule: Fri, 9:00–10:30am

Dates: Jan 25–May 7

Clinical Counseling Supervision

Clinical Counseling Supervision

Vickey Maclin

Section: CC1

Code: CO875

Location: Online

Schedule: Tues, 9:00–10:30am

Dates: Jan 25–May 7

Psychopathology

Psychopathology

Carolina Elba Benitez

Section: CA

Code: CO710C

Location: Digital Live

Schedule: Weekends: Fri 6:30–9:30pm, Sat 8:30am–4:30pm

Dates: Feb 12–13, Mar 12–13, Apr 16–17

Theology Survey II

Theology Survey II

Adonis Vidu

Section: SEML

Code: TH502-I

Location: Semlink

Schedule: Asynchronous

Dates: Sep 8–Dec 21

Introduction to Pastoral Counseling

Introduction to Pastoral Counseling

Dr. Daniel Reyes

Section: SEML

Code: PC511-I

Location: Semlink

Schedule: Asynchronous

Dates: Sep 8–Dec 21

Theology Survey I

Theology Survey I

Donald Fairbairn & Viacheslav V. Lytvynenko

Section: SEML

Code: TH501-I

Location: Semlink

Schedule: Asynchronous

Dates: Sep 8–Dec 21

Introduction to Counseling Research

Ashley Stamper

Section: CO1

Code: CO501

Location: Charlotte, Digital Live

Schedule: Online

Dates: Sep 8–Dec 21

Interpreting the Bible

Interpreting the Bible

Gerald Wheaton

Section: CO1

Code: NT/OT517-O

Location: Digital Live

Schedule: Online

Dates: Sep 8–Dec 21

Clinical Counseling Supervision 4

Clinical Counseling Supervision 4

Christopher A. Cook

Section: CC4

Code: CO875

Location: Digital Live

Schedule: Fri, 9:00–10:30am

Dates: Sep 8–Dec 21

Clinical Counseling Supervision 2

Clinical Counseling Supervision 2

Pamela Davis

Section: CC2

Code: CO875

Location: Digital Live

Schedule: Thurs, 9:00–10:30am

Dates: Sep 8–Dec 21

Clinical Counseling Supervision

Clinical Counseling Supervision

Carolina Elba Benitez

Section: CC1

Code: CO875

Location: Digital Live

Schedule: Tues, 9:00–10:30am

Dates: Sep 8–Dec 21

Exploring the Old Testament

Exploring the Old Testament

Catherine Leigh McDowell

Section: CA

Code: OT500

Location: Charlotte, Digital Live

Schedule: Fri (Zoom only) 7:00–9:00 pm, Sat 9:00am – 4:00pm

Dates: Sep 18–19, Oct 16–17, Nov 13–14

Multicultural Diversity in Counseling

Multicultural Diversity in Counseling

Vickey L. Maclin

Section: CA

Code: CO712

Location: Charlotte, Online

Schedule: Fri 6:30–9:30pm, Sat 8:30am–4:30pm

Dates: Sep 11–12, Oct 9–10, Nov 6–7

Theology Survey I

Theology Survey I

Andrew J. Martin

Section: CA

Code: TH501

Location: Charlotte, Digital Live

Schedule: Fri 6:30–9:30pm, Sat 8:30am–4:30pm

Dates: Sep 11–12, Oct 9–10, Nov 6–7

Lifespan Development: Implications for Counseling

Lifespan Development: Implications for Counseling

Pamela Davis

Section: CA

Code: CO/SF610

Location: Charlotte, Online

Schedule: Tues, 6:30–9:00 pm

Dates: Sep 8–Dec 21

Healthy Relationships in Ministry

Healthy Relationships in Ministry

Christopher A. Cook

Section: CO1

Code: MC/PC513

Location: Charlotte, Digital Live

Schedule: Online with residency

Dates: Oct 26–28

Introduction to Counseling and Systems Theory

Introduction to Counseling and Systems Theory

Christopher A. Cook

Section: CA

Code: CO502

Location: Charlotte, Digital Live

Schedule: Weds, 6:00–9:00 pm

Dates: Sep 8–Dec 21

Career Counseling

Career Counseling

Christopher A. Cook

Section: CA

Code: CO770

Location: Charlotte, Digital Live

Schedule: Fri 6:30–9:30pm, Sat 8:30am–4:30pm

Dates: Sep 25–26, Oct 23–24, Nov 20–21

Clinical Counseling Internship II

Counseling Faculty

Section: CA

Code: CO869

Location: Charlotte

Schedule: Off–site

Dates: Sep 8–Dec 21

Clinical Counseling Internship I

Counseling Faculty

Section: CA

Code: CO868

Location: Charlotte

Schedule: Off–site

Dates: Sep 8–Dec 21

MACC Exit Evaluation

Counseling Faculty

Section: CA

Code: CO650

Location: Charlotte

Dates: Sep 8–Dec 21

Professional Standards and Ethics

Professional Standards and Ethics

Vickey L. Maclin

Section: CA

Code: CO790C

Location: Charlotte

Schedule: Fri 6:30–9:30pm, Sat 8:30am–4:30pm

Dates: Sep 18–19, Oct 16–17, Nov 13–14

Clinical Counseling Practicum

Counseling Faculty

Section: CA

Code: CO867

Location: Charlotte

Schedule: Off–site

Dates: Sep 8–Dec 21

Helping Relationships

Helping Relationships

Pamela Davis

Section: CA

Code: CO540

Location: Charlotte

Schedule: Fri 6:30–9:30pm, Sat 8:30am–4:30pm

Dates: Sep 11–12, Oct 9–10, Nov 6–7

Research Methods and Design

Research Methods and Design

Carolina Elba Benitez

Section: CA

Code: CO699

Location: Charlotte

Schedule: Fri 6:30–9:30pm, Sat 8:30am–4:30pm

Dates: Oct 2–3, Oct 30–31, Dec 4–5

Counseling Faculty

Dr. Carolina Benitez

Assistant Professor of Counseling

Dr. Christopher Cook

Assistant Professor of Counseling

Dr. Pam Davis

Associate Professor of Counseling, Director of the Counseling Program at Charlotte

Dr. Vickey Maclin

Associate Director of Graduate Programs in Counseling (Charlotte)

Alumni Experiences

Amy Work

“My time at GCTS serves as the solid clinical and theological foundation I draw on daily to treat clients. I can’t imagine practicing counseling without the transformational experiences I gained as a student there, personally and professionally. I am the counselor I am because of this program.”

— Amy R. Work, LCMHCA, Renewed Counseling & Play Therapy
(MACC ‘10)

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