Master of Arts in Clinical Counseling

Help those with struggles of the heart, mind, and soul. This unique Master of Arts in Clinical Counseling program teaches clinical excellence as well as the deep personal emotional and spiritual awarenesses that promote the inner strength and connection necessary as a helping professional. It is an intensive experience that prepares you for work in areas such as addictions, community mental health, college counseling, hospice, children and adolescents, senior living, church settings, and more.
When you graduate, you’ll meet the academic and practicum/internship requirements for Licensed Professional Counselors in Pennsylvania. These academic requirements are outlined in PA Act 49.2.

Here’s what it takes

The Moravian MACC degree requires a total of 62 credits of coursework. Most students follow a three-year course of study that includes coursework and practical clinical work. Some students are able to complete the program in a rigorous two years that includes summer and Jan-term courses. All students must complete the program within six years. 

Learning Outcomes

Our program addresses the following Learning Outcomes:

  • Professional Identity: Articulate and demonstrate one's counseling identity and demonstrate appropriate professional behavior; demonstrate and utilize ACA Ethical Code (2014); utilize theological reflection to enrich understanding of case

  • Human Growth and Development: Integrate human and faith developmental theory in case conceptualization and treatment planning

  • Helping Relationships: Form and sustain caring and therapeutic relationships in various counseling settings, including crisis care, pastoral counseling, and appropriate referrals.

  • Research Design and Methodology: Demonstrate critical thinking in choosing and using research in one's research practice

  • Social and Cultural Diversity: Ethically interpret and effectively apply multicultural assessment models as it relates to diverse counselor and client identities

  • Clinical Assessment, Diagnosis, and Treatment Planning: Accurately diagnose with ICD-10 or DSM 5 codes; help clients set goals; create treatment plan.

  • Group Work: Recognize and articulate group dynamics and to demonstrate group facilitation skills

  • Career Development: Assess and facilitate client vocational planning inclusive of cultural, spiritual, and life stage considerations

Individual Counseling

Opening up about secrets and hurts takes courage and vulnerability. We think it is vital that counselors experience what it’s like to be on the receiving end of counseling and require that MACC students undergo 5-8 sessions of individual counseling prior to beginning the clinical experience.

Continuing Education Requirements

Each MACC student is required to participate in at least 4 continuing education programs. You get to choose which ones you attend—and there are lots to choose from.

Distance Learning

You can take many of our courses via distance learning. Some of these might be intensive classes or "hybrid" classes in which at least 50% of the course is held with all students on campus. The Seminary does not currently offer a completely online degree program. To obtain the MACC degree, students must complete at least one-third of the required credits on campus in Bethlehem, PA.

The Clinical Experience

Good counseling work requires intellectually and emotionally strong and agile therapists, and, as a result, we take preparation for clinical work seriously. This program is not just an academic program. It is also a personal development program that helps you grow into your personal and professional identity so that you can withstand the rigors of the work. No student is guaranteed a site placement by how many courses they have taken. You are evaluated throughout the program to determine readiness for clinical work. If you are studying full-time, you may begin clinical placements in a practicum setting in your second semester. Many students, though, do not start their clinical placements until they have more coursework under their belt and have had more time to absorb, reflect, and consider their growth and development at the Seminary.

Before you begin your practicum and internship, you will meet with the Clinical Director to discuss areas of interest, skill development, and career goals. Most students interview at several sites before deciding where they want to do their clinical work. Students have chosen sites such as Valley Youth House, Mid-Atlantic Rehabilitation Services, Luther Crest/Diakon, Penn Foundation, St. Luke’s Hospice, and DeSales University Counseling Center. You can also suggest potential sites of interest to the Clinical Director.

The Supervision and Peer Group classes that you must take concurrently with your clinical experience provide both supervisory and peer support to help you integrate and process experiences, learnings, and understandings. To graduate, you must complete at least 700 hours of supervised clinical experience, which meets the requirements for licensure as an Licensed Professional Counselor in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

2016-17 Clinical Placement Manual

Licensure

Our MACC program is designed to meet the academic requirements in Pennsylvania for Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC). As with all other master programs in counseling, an additional 3000 post-graduate hours of LPC-supervised clinical work are required for Pennsylvania state licensure. Hours can be obtained in the 2 to 6 years following graduation while working as a counselor under the supervision of an LPC licensed supervisor.

Adding a Concentration or Graduate Certificate

You can focus your electives on Biblical studies, contemplative practices, or spiritual formation and obtain a 12-credit Concentration (Formative Spirituality, Biblical Studies) or dive deeper with a Graduate Certificate (Spiritual Direction, Formative Spirituality, Biblical Studies).