Colorado Christian University’s Master of Arts in Counseling program is coming to Grand Junction. The program is scheduled to be offered beginning in January 2014 at CCU’s Grand Junction campus, which serves the entire Grand Valley.
"We're thrilled to be able to offer this on the Western Slope," said Dr. Dale Piper, program director for the Master of Arts in Counseling. "This degree will add to the community of mental health workers on the Western Slope, and it will help meet some significant needs in an area that is underrepresented in the mental health industry."
The 60 credit hour program includes a wide variety of study, from psychopharmacology to family systems. It encompasses a practicum that includes supervised experience as a counselor or in clinical environments, to ensure students have the necessary skills to be influential and effective counselors.
"We’ve had tremendous success with the MAC program in the Front Range," mentioned Dr. LaVerne Jordan. "The Western Slope is lacking a program for students who desire a Christian foundation to their study. Every class touches on the spiritual as well as the psychological, which is vital. People in touch with their spiritual selves need counselors attuned to that aspect of the human psyche."
Before rolling out new program offerings, CCU examines job growth outlooks, to ensure that students have a degree that they can then use. With counselor job growth projected to grow much faster than average over the next 10 years, job prospects for graduates are excellent.
"We want students to make an impact, first and foremost," said Piper. "As the counseling profession is incredibly others-focused, we seek to help students find balance and health for themselves, which enables them to better help others – without burnout. And, coming from a faith perspective, our students are incredibly motivated – to the nth degree – to bring healing to those they meet with. It’s exciting to be a part of."
Applications are currently being accepted for the spring launch on CCU's M.A. in Counseling website.