Master of Arts in Counseling
The purpose of the 60-hour Master of Arts in Counseling (MAC) program is to prepare counselors with strong Christian philosophical foundations accompanied by excellent skills to do Christian counseling in churches, agencies, and counseling centers. It is designed to prepare professional counselors to be properly credentialed by the state in which they desire to practice and is in compliance with national training standards. The MAC degree fulfills the educational requirements for licensure as a professional counselor with clinical endorsement in the State of Ohio, and also satisfies the educational requirements for credentialing as a National Certified Counselor.
Students graduating from the Master of Arts in Counseling program shall (1) utilize spiritual and psychological development to facilitate work with others; (2) demonstrate a concern for the spiritual and psychological needs of others; (3) demonstrate an appreciation for the uniqueness of people; (4) integrate interpersonal qualities and theoretical understandings; (5) use learned skills that translate into effective counseling relationships; (6) demonstrate competency in the areas of assessment, appraisal, diagnosis, treatment planning, and evaluation; (7) demonstrate an effective integration of theology, psychology, and counseling; (8) be skilled in the specialization areas in which they are employed; and (9) understand the professional setting in which they are employed.
Laura Jeanette Pressley, LPC, is an assistant professor in the Behavioral Sciences Department. She teaches research courses for Psychology and Counseling. She also teaches Social and Cultural Issues in Counseling. She is a licensed professional counselor. She is co-advisor for Solidarity and serves on the Diversity and Inclusion Committee. She has taught at CCU since 2015.
Assistant Professor of Counseling (2015). BA, University of Michigan; MA, Methodist Theological School of Ohio; Doctoral Candidate, Ohio University.