This program seeks to equip the student with a foundational grasp of human behavior and mental processes. General biblical and professional disciplines are holistically blended to create an ongoing process of learning. Options open to graduates include the following:
- Apprenticeships/entry level work (i.e., juvenile court/corrections, half-way house groups, social services, shelters for abused groups, treatment and counseling centers, etc.)
- Graduate work seminary level
- Graduate work university level
Additional education and supervised work may be required for certification, depending on state/institutional requirements. Students are encouraged prior to enrollment to check state licensing board requirements for specific states in which they anticipate employment.
Upon completion of this program, the student should be able to:
- Articulate the connection between the Bible and psychological science and describe how this unity equips the student for substance abuse counseling.
- Utilize Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-5) criteria to diagnose and treat various types of substance abuse.
- Apply substance abuse interventions, knowledge of drugs and their effects, and ethical codes to counseling.
- Relate a Christian worldview to the study of substance abuse.
- Demonstrate the knowledge and skills to use a variety of helping plans that benefit the recovery process.