MAC Program at Aquinas College

Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (MAC): Degree Requirements

All candidates seeking the MAC degree complete the following courses and field experiences. A minimum of 60 semester hours is required for the MAC degree.

Two Year Plan

Fall Year 1   Format Hours
COU 500 Orientation to Graduate Studies 1 day seminar 0
COU 503 Lifespan Development 8 weeks 3
COU 504 Counseling Techniques and Practices 16 weeks 3
COU 505 Theories of Counseling and Helping 16 weeks 3
COU 603 Multicultural Counseling 8 weeks 3
    Total 12

 

Spring Year 1   Format Hours
COU 506 Diagnosis of Mental and Emotional Disorders 16 weeks 3
COU 507 Assessment in Counseling 8 weeks 3
COU 604 Legal and Ethical Issues in Counseling 8 weeks 3
COU 606 Theory and Practice of Group Counseling 16 weeks 3
    Total 12

 

Summer Year 1   Format Hours
COU 701 Advanced Techniques and Practicum 10 weeks 3
COU 502 Found of Clinical Mental Health Counseling 10 weeks 3
    Total 6

 

Fall Year 2   Format Hours
COU 602 Career Development and Counseling 8 weeks 3
COU 702 Internship 1 in Clinical Counseling 16 weeks 3
COU 706 Crisis and Trauma Counseling 8 or 16 weeks 3
  Elective 8 or 16 weeks 3
    Total 12

 

Spring Year 2   Format Hours
COU 601 Research Methods and Program Evaluation 8 weeks 3
COU 703 Internship 2 in Clinical Counseling 16 weeks 3
COU 705 Evaluation of Mental and Emotional Status 16 weeks 3
  Elective 8 weeks 3
COU 750 Comprehensive Exam   0
    Total 12

 

Summer Year 2   Format Hours
COU 704 Psychopharmacology and Substance Abuse 10 weeks 3
  Elective 10 weeks 3
    Total 6
    Program Total 60

Pastoral Counseling Program

Pastoral counselors are increasingly expected to be competent mental health professionals who specialize in providing counseling services in faith based systems. The Pastoral Counseling Program at Aquinas College is a unique program designed ideally to accommodate those who already have training in religion or theology and/or who have been established in their ministry and who would like to gain skill and training in counseling theory and techniques in order to provide competent faith based counseling services in faith based organizations such as churches, hospitals, hospices, or scripture based counseling centers. This program provides all the coursework necessary to be eligible to practice as a Licensed Professional Counselor while at the same time providing courses specific to the unique demands of faith based human services.

Candidates for the Pastoral Counseling Program will follow the schedule of courses outlined above. In place of the elective options, candidates will complete the following courses: COU 518 Spirituality & Religion in Counseling; COU 521 Pastoral Counseling, and COU 519 Counseling the Terminally Ill and Bereaved in lieu of elective courses. 

Elective Courses

COU516 Marriage, Family & Couples
COU518 Spirituality & Religion in Counseling
COU519 Counseling the Terminally Ill and Bereaved
COU521 Pastoral Counseling
COU605 Counseling Children and Adolescents
COU707 Clinical Supervision