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Master of Arts in Pastoral Care and Counseling (MAPCC)

The Master of Arts in Pastoral Care and Counseling (MAPCC) provides academic and professional training needed in order for persons to provide ministerial support and counseling within a variety of settings. This program will equip you with the skills necessary to effectively integrate theology and pastoral education (inclusive of, but not limited to the study of human development, crisis intervention and counseling, and pathology) into your ministerial practice.
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Clinical Track Option

For those seeking licensure as a professional counselor in the state of Illinois, coursework required for licensure is available through The Center for Religion and Psychotherapy of Chicago (CRPC). Those who chose the clinical track option will be required to complete 63-credit hours to fulfill the requirements of the MAPCC, including two courses at Northwestern University and clinical courses at the Center for Religion and Psychotherapy of Chicago (CRPC).

Students must first apply to Garrett-Evangelical's MAPCC program and following their first semester, they will apply to CRPC's program. Please note: Acceptance into the Garrett-Evangelical MAPCC program does not guarantee acceptance into the clinical program at CRPC. Each institution has its own admissions process and students are are strongly encouraged to discuss their career goals with one of the Pastoral Care professors as they apply. Once accepted into the MAPCC program, students should meet in early September with their advisor to discuss interest in clinical training.
 

About The Center for Religion and Psychotherapy of Chicago

The Center for Religion and Psychotherapy of Chicago (CRPC) is a not-for-profit organization offering psychotherapy and pastoral counseling for adults and adolescents, individuals and couples, since 1965. It is fully accredited as a clinical and educational site by the American Association of Pastoral Counselors. Staff members are licensed by the state of Illinois, and have been trained both in psychodynamic psychotherapy and in the engagement of the spiritual and religious dynamics of human experience. To learn more, go to www.cprchicago.com.

Renowned Faculty Dedicated to the Practice of Pastoral Care and Counseling

Throughout Garrett-Evangelical's history, there has been a long-standing commitment to the pastoral care and counseling field. Our faculty is composed of men and women who have become national leaders of their professional organizations. Our pastoral care and counseling faculty include:

Dr. Trina Armstong is Assistant Professor of Pastoral Theology and Pastoral Care at Garrett-Evangelical. She is an ordained itinerant elder in the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church, a licensed marriage and family therapist, and certified rape counselor. Her research intersects with practical and womanist theology, post-trauma psychology, and relational cultural theory. She also researches issues of loss, grief, death and dying, crisis care, and the impact of historical trauma on the wellbeing of African American families and interpersonal relationships. Prior to teaching at Garrett-Evangelical, Armstrong was Assistant Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling and Pastoral Theology and Faculty Director of the Center for Interfaith Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care and Counseling at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities, as well as a multi-systemic therapist at Nystrom and Associates, LLC.

Dr. David Hogue is Professor of Pastoral Theology and Counseling at Garrett-Evangelical. He is author of Remembering the Future, Imagining the Past: Story, Ritual, and the Human Brain (Wipf & Stock, 2009) and several book chapters and journal articles exploring the intersection of ritual, liturgy, pastoral care, and the neurosciences. An ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Hogue is a Fellow in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors and a member of the International Academy of Practical Theology, the International Society for Science and Religion, the American Academy of Religion, and the North American Academy of Liturgy.

Degree Requirements

The Master of Arts in Pastoral Care and Counseling is a 48-hour program. Students have the option to take 12 additional hours to complete denominational ordination requirements. This degree is most often completed in two years for students enrolled full time.

Those who chose the clinical track option will be required to complete a total of 63-credit hours to fulfill the requirements of the MAPCC, including two courses at Northwestern University and clinical courses at the Center for Religion and Psychotherapy of Chicago (CRPC). This degree track is most often completed in three years for students enrolled full time.

Online Learning

While we honor the traditional methods of instruction and rich heritage of academia, we also embrace non-traditional methods such as online learning and hybrid classes. The maximum number of courses which may be taken in an online format is 1/3 of the degree. Students receiving advanced standing or transfer can take no more than 1/3 of remaining credits toward the degree in an online format. Students seeking ordination should check with the appropriate church authorities to see if there are more specific guidelines that must be met.

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Admission Requirements

  • Graduation from an accredited college or university
  • An undergraduate grade point average of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
  • Proficiency in the English language

Admission Process

Applications will be reviewed upon completion. The admissions committee reserves the right to determine, in its sole judgment, whether an applicant is a suitable candidate for a specific degree program or for the vocation that the program represents. Applications are accepted on an ongoing, rolling-admission basis and are due six weeks before date of entry for domestic students. International applications are due March 1st.