Master of Arts in Community Counseling

MISSION

The mission of the Master of Arts in Community Counseling (MACC) program is to prepare our students with the theory and skills to counsel individuals, couples and families of diverse cultural backgrounds. With a focus on critical thinking, cultural awareness, communicative skills, and academic excellence, the program seeks to produce future professional counselors who are exemplary members of society with a lifelong love of learning.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

A Master of Arts in Community Counseling prepares students to be successful in working with a wide-range of populations including children and adolescents, adults, families, and groups in various community entities, among them hospitals, private practice, and clinics. The MACC program at Missouri Valley College is a flexible degree program in a rural community that prepares students to be eligible to become Licensed Professional Counselors in Missouri and other states. The flexible class format allows students to maintain full-time employment while simultaneously receiving advanced education and training in the counseling profession.

PROGRAM GOALS:

  • Provide each student foundational knowledge, skills, and attitudes appropriate for a successful professional in the counseling field
  • Foster and promote reflective thinking that encourages decision-making that is rooted in self-awareness and self-understanding as conditions for establishing and creating healthy therapeutic relationships
  • Provide an integration of knowledge, theory, and clinical application by combining experiential opportunities with dynamic classroom experiences

In addition, the program has educational training goals for students based on the educational objectives of the National Board for Certified Counselors:

  • Possess an understanding of developmental aspects of human growth and appreciation for the nature of human development and its integration within the counseling process
  • Possess an awareness of, and an appreciation for, social and cultural influences on human behavior and to recognize the impact of individual differences on the counseling process
  • Demonstrate effective individual and group counseling skills which facilitate client growth and demonstrate the ability to evaluate progress toward treatment goals
  • Possess both theoretical and experiential understandings of group purpose, development, dynamics, counseling theories, group counseling methods and skills, and other group approaches
  • Understand career development and related life factors and the effects on an individual’s mental health and lifestyle and its application within counseling
  • Possess knowledge and skills in assessment techniques and apply basic concepts to individual and group appraisal
  • Demonstrate the ability to read, critique, evaluate, and contribute to professional research literature
  • Understand the counseling profession, develop an identity as a counselor, and demonstrate a willingness to provide counseling services within the ethical guidelines of the counseling profession
  • Integrate the knowledge and skills needed to be successful as practicing counselors