The counseling programs at Regent University embrace a distinctive that shapes everything we teach or do: the integration of the Christian faith with the counseling profession. Our programs integrate and apply Judeo-Christian principles throughout the curriculum, to educate students cognitively, clinically and spiritually to work in a diverse society. This, in turn, will encourage a synergy of personal faith with practice in public, private, academic and corporate arenas.
The Master of Arts in Counseling programs embody a perspective of Christian counseling that is consistent with the orthodox Christian faith. This perspective is based on a traditional Biblical hermeneutic of human nature and it encompasses a holistic view of individuals who develop along a predictable sequence, exhibit characteristics of individual differences, and contend with demands from external, biological, social and physical forces that influence the characteristics of existence. Such individuals function within cultural subgroups that are formed around ethnic, racial, lingual, gender, political, sexual, religious/spiritual, ideological, biological, familial, marital and temporal distinctions. These subgroups have influence on the patterns of thought, emotion and behavior as well as the manner in which challenges to existence are to be addressed.
We present integration of the use of faith within counseling as a process rather than a series of techniques. Integration begins in our own Christian walk. We intentionally teach faith principles as integrated within counseling practice. We believe that God exists, is the source of all truth, and is a just, compassionate Creator and Redeemer who calls us to relationship with Himself and others. Theory and practice in the field of counseling are taught in conjunction with application of Biblical principles and values. We recognize that each person, whether client or counselor, is in a distinctive place in his or her spiritual life. Therefore, while we teach courses from a Christian integrative perspective, students are encouraged to consider, in each course, how their own spirituality can be applied to the counseling setting and to their own personal growth.
Because of our core values, we are committed to developing in each individual student the highest level of competence in counseling knowledge and skill. Our values also establish the framework within which we educate and train students in the counselor's ethical responsibility to respect each client's spirituality level, always mindful not to impart one's own values and beliefs on others. Because of the multifaceted training available within the context of the model, graduates of the program are able to function as effective and ethical counseling professionals in both secular and Christian settings.