The Master of Arts in Counseling (MAC) program is a 48-hour program with three available program concentrations (school, community, and dual: school/community), designed to meet the academic requirements for those students who are seeking licensure as a Professional Counselor (PC), Professional Clinical Counselor (PCC), or a Professional School Counselor (PSC) in the state of Ohio Note that we are following 2009 CACREP recommendation about a name change so community and clinical are being used interchangeably.
The Master of Arts in Counseling program is designed to meet and exceed the academic requirements for those students who are seeking licensure as a Professional Counselor (PC), Professional Clinical Counselor (PCC), or a Professional School Counselor (PSC) in the state of Ohio and is dedicated to educating, preparing and mentoring students with grounding in theory and practice in preparation to enter the field of professional counseling.
- The Master of Arts in Education degree program at Heidelberg, designed for practicing public and parochial school teachers, was authorized by the Ohio Department of Higher Education in December 1986. The Ohio Department of Higher Education reauthorized the Master of Arts in Education program in 1991 and again in February 1996. In November 1988, the Ohio Department of Higher Education approved the Master of Arts in Counseling degree program. This program was designed to fill a need for community counselors.
- In March 1991, the Ohio Counselor and Social Worker Board granted approval for successful degree recipients to sit for the Professional Counselor Licensure Examination. In November 1991, the Board gave its approval of advanced clinical coursework beyond the 48 hour MAC Degree required to meet Ohio’s minimum 60 semester hour standard for licensure.
- Additionally, the School Counselor Licensure Program was approved by the Ohio Board of Education in May 1991. The Ohio Department of Higher Education reauthorized the Master of Arts in Counseling degree program in February 1996.
- In September 1998 approval was granted for the Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor levels for a 5-year period. The Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapy Board (CSWMFT) reauthorized the Master of Arts in Counseling degree program at Heidelberg in 2009 for a 5 year period.
Mission & Objectives of the MAC Program
The Graduate Studies in Counseling Program is dedicated to educating, motivating and encouraging students with a grounding in theory and practice in preparation to enter the counseling field in areas that maximizes their unique abilities and interests, and prepares them for future learning and growth. The program is further committed to collaborating with community members including mental health, schools, other agencies, colleagues, and alumni in order to achieve our goals. The program is committed to building and maintaining collaborative relations with members of the community and educational systems by providing them with qualified and exceptional students and graduates.
Upon completion of the MAC Program, students will:
- Understand the developmental, social, and psychological processes that underlie human adjustment and practice of counseling.
- Understand the impact of cultural, racial, and ethnic variables on counseling relationships and outcomes.
- Demonstrate research skills needed to evaluate the effectiveness of counseling intervention.
- Demonstrate knowledge of counseling theories and techniques, both individual and group.
- Demonstrate knowledge of professional issues and practices such as cross cultural factors, ethics, mental health laws, career and educational information, referral agencies, and other counseling-related services and understand the professional, legal and ethical responsibilities of the counselor.
- Demonstrate the ability to administer and/or interpret the results of instruments that measure aptitude, cognitive ability, personality, achievement, and interests.
- Develop an individual philosophy of counseling based upon a consideration of concepts from major counseling theories in concert with their own personality structure and value system.
- Develop in-depth knowledge of self-selected specialized areas of counseling, such as marital and family, chemical dependency counseling, or school counseling.
- Apply assessment, counseling, referral and outcome evaluation skills to meet client needs within the field setting and/or student needs within the school setting.
- Demonstrate the ability to function and perform professionally and competently in a field setting.
Additionally, school counseling and dual clinical/school licensure students will:
- Have knowledge of administrative procedures and organizational patterns pertaining to guidance programs within the school setting.
- Understand the comprehensive developmental school counseling programs in the total school curriculum.
- Experience the role of the school counselor as they deliver services within the three domains of social/personal, educational, and career counseling.
Our Professional Identity
We are Professional Counselors. We work in various & unique specializations, including School Counseling and Community Mental Health Counseling. We have a professional identity that matters to us. We expect our students to embrace this professional identity
Counseling Department Announcements are provided to students in two ways:
- On the MAC website under Counseling Department Announcements.
- Through the MAC email distribution list that goes to all registered students, faculty, and staff. Information on subscribing your email address to this email list in enclosed in your Welcome Newsletter once you are approved to register for classes, as well as on each Counseling course syllabus.