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Certification, License and Christian Counseling Degree Programs

The ministry and mission of Feed My Sheep School of Counseling is to educate and prepare men and women who have been called to a ministry of counseling with the biblical principles of counseling as well as clinical counseling techniques. It is our belief that the power of prayer and worship is a necessity in the healing process. It is also our belief and our desire that the Body of Christ is called to help one another in finding healing and wholeness in all areas of the human condition, body, soul, and spirit. James 5:16 say, “Confess your faults to one another, and pray for each other, so that you might be healed.” Clearly we really do need each other to be made whole.

 

It is our desire to encourage the student counselor to prepare themselves to serve the Body of Christ with excellence and confidence. It is acceptable to enroll in a course or courses through FEED MY SHEEP SCHOOL OF COUNSELING to further your understanding of an area or to aid in your own growth. Our purpose however is to help prospective counselors reach a level of training and experience that qualifies them to serve the church and one another as fully as they desire by earning credentials in certification, license or Christian Counseling Degree.

License and Degree Programs


PROGRAM 1: PASTORAL CERTIFICATION or LICENSE ONLY

 

This program is for mature Christians. It requires 8 core courses.  At the end of this program, the candidate will receive Certification in Temperament Therapy as well the Professional Clinical Membership (clergy) in the NCCA and be designated a Certified Pastoral Counselor (non-degreed) or Licensed Pastoral Counselor (degreed). 

 

PROGRAM 2: COMBINED LICENSE AND BACHELOR DEGREE

 

Mature Christians who have a high school diploma or GED may elect to complete the requirements for certification and qualify for a Bachelor of Arts degree in Christian Counseling.  This program requires 8 core courses within the Phase I and Phase II Program, 6 advanced courses and an Open Book 500 Question Exam on Old Testament and New Testament.  At the end of this program, the candidate will receive Certification in Temperament Therapy as well as Professional Clinical Membership in the NCCA and be designate Licensed Pastoral Counselor.

 

PROGRAM 3: COMBINED LICENSE AND MASTER DEGREE

 

Individuals who already hold a Bachelor's degree in counseling or a related field may elect to complete the requirements for license and qualify for an MA in Clinical Christian Counseling. This program requires 8 core courses within the Phase I and Phase II Program, 4 advanced courses and a written thesis.  At the end of this program, the candidate will receive Advanced Certification in Temperament Therapy as well as Professional Clinical Membership in the NCCA and be designate Licensed Clinical Pastoral Counselor and may be eligible to receive Board Certification for selected specialty areas within the Master’s level courses.

 

PROGRAM 4: COMBINED LICENSE AND DOCTORATE

 

Individuals who already hold a Master’s degree in counseling or a related field may elect to complete the requirements for license and qualify for a Doctoral degree in Clinical Christian Counseling. The program requires 8 core courses, 8 advanced courses and a written dissertation. At the end of the program, the candidate will receive Advanced Certification as a Licensed Clinical Pastoral Counselor and appropriate Board Certification for selected specialty areas.

PROGRAM 5: COMBINED LICENSE AND 2ND DOCTORATE

 

Individuals who already hold an earned Doctorate degree in counseling or a related field may elect to complete the requirements for license and qualify for a second Doctorate degree in Clinical Christian Counseling. The program requires 8 core courses and 4 advance courses. At the end of the program, the candidate will receive Advanced Certification as a Licensed Clinical Pastoral Counselor and appropriate Board Certification for selected specialty areas.

Certification

Upon satisfactory completion of the required coursework which includes:

 

* administering APS’s

* supervised experience hours

* written responses to 50 board questions

* case studies

 

The FEED MY SHEEP SCHOOL OF COUNSELING student will be certified as a pastoral counselor. This certification is supported by the NCCA. 

Licensure

The authority to practice counseling as a pastoral counselor is not given by FEED MY SHEEP SCHOOL OF COUNSELING or the Experience Ministries, International Fellowship Ministries, or Paragon Christian Alliance International. That authority is given by the church and the church’s recognition. Therefore, an additional requirement to be certified as a Licensed Pastoral Counselor is the commissioning to ministry by the church. Completion of our training should qualify you to be commissioned by your local church. Should you choose an alternative for commissioning such as the National Conservative Christian Church, we will assist you in this step as a part of your course completion. Licensure will be as a Certified Pastoral Counselor or a Licensed Pastoral Counselor depending on the highest degree you hold. The degree held by the student is not required to be a Christian Counseling Degree in order to earn certification or licensure.

Degrees

The Christian Counseling Degree program is available through a number of partner institutions.

 

Earning a Bachelor’s Degree, Master’s Degree or Doctorate will require completion of the coursework, a matriculation fee and membership in the NCCA.

 

Students interested in completing a Christian Counseling Degree program should speak to their supervisor to work out the exact requirements and program needed.