A Master Degree in Counseling Psychology at SNU

Two students sitting at a table drinking coffee and discussing class. Most people who choose to pursue a master’s degree in counseling have a strong desire to help others. If you’re passionate about helping people navigate through life’s challenges, start your master’s degree in Counseling Psychology at Southern Nazarene University.

SNU offers both a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology (MACP) and a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology (MSCP) for people who are looking to make a professional difference in the lives of people.

About the Graduate Programs in Counseling

Whether you see yourself working with families, couples, children, or people suffering from substance abuse, our program offers a generalized approach to multiple areas of expertise.

The MACP and the MSCP are both 60-hour programs designed to meet the state of Oklahoma’s academic licensure requirements for the Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) certification. Also included are optional elective concentrations that meet the academic licensure requirements for the Licensed Marital and Family Therapist (LMFT) and Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC), as well as certification as a Registered Play Therapist (RPT).

The MSCP program offers the opportunity for pre-doctoral preparation in psychological research and each program includes internship requirements that help students learn in the field.

Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC)

Licensed Professional Counselors are mental health service providers who work with individuals, veterans and military forces, families, and individuals suffering from mental, behavioral, and emotional disorders.

Tyrone Milton, a recent graduate of the Graduate Programs in Counseling says, “I am a counselor at Red Rock Behavioral Health Services in Oklahoma City. I enjoy the community in a mental health setting because the clientele is unique. It’s like being in a training field every day because you get to see all aspects of this profession from substance abuse to major depressive disorder. You get to learn something every day, if not every couple of hours.”

Milton graduated from the program in 2015 and says he has kept in touch with some of his professors. “They are still so resourceful and are great mentors,” Milton says. “The staff and professors were the most genuine down-to-earth people that I’ve ever met. I feel honored and blessed to have been able to obtain my education at SNU.”

Specialized Areas of Concentration:

Licensed Marital and Family Therapist (LMFT): Marital and family therapists have the opportunity to provide counseling services to families and couples dealing with depression, marital problems, anxiety, individual psychological problems, and child-parent problems.

Registered Play Therapist (RPT): Counselors who work with children utilize play therapy in many methods and structures to offer a safe place to have a voice, process pain, and experience healing.

Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC): Alcohol and drug counselors specialize in helping people fight addiction whether it be in a mental health agency, hospital or a private practice.

Investing in Research

Dr. Scott Drabenstot, a professor in the Graduate Programs in Counseling says, “I love that I have the chance to work at a place that is interested in being very thoughtful in how we do faith and psychology.”

The program at SNU is far from ordinary. “We invest a lot of time and energy into the program and are not just dumping information on our students,” Drabenstot says. “We take pride in building relationships with our students and treating them as peers after they graduate into the therapy world.”

SNU takes it a step further by giving students the opportunity to contribute to current research by developing their own projects as part of the ongoing research initiative within the SNU Department of Psychology and Counseling.

For the last five years, Dr. Drabenstot has been teaching Research and Thesis development courses. He says, “My classes have a reputation of being scary--research scares a lot of people. At the end of the course, students end up telling me that they really love the opportunity to learn how to begin thinking about research–fueled by curiosity. I love to awaken curiosity in my students and for them to use research in their own practices on a regular basis for a more successful career.”

Start Your Career Path

Southern Nazarene University’s Graduate Programs in Counseling equip you with the foundation you need for a successful career. We also cater to your areas of interest with our specialized tracks.

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