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Preview Event introduces new graduate counseling program

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Corban’s Graduate Admissions staff hosted 56 inquirers and 14 of their support guests at the first Graduate Counseling Preview Event. It premiered the graduate program, the Master of Arts in Counseling, set to begin in fall 2009. Tim Mooney, Director of Graduate & Adult Degree Admissions, says that prospective students who complete their application packets by May 15 will be considered first for the 12-15 seats in the inaugural cohort.

Pat Myers, Director of Graduate Counseling, conveys, “This program will train professional counselors. It is for those moving to the next level of personal service or ministry.”

“This fits into our mission as a Christian institution, to prepare those who can help those who are in need,” affirms President Hoff.

Corban’s M.A. in Counseling was approved by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) last July. It aligns with the requirements of the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).  Graduation from this program can lead to eventual licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the State of Oregon and certification as a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) through the National Board for Certified Counselors.

Not only is the degree practically applied; it is also practically obtained. Working adults with life responsibilities such as family, work and civic duties will appreciate the simultaneous online and on-campus format. Classes on the Corban campus will meet one evening a week. The program can be completed in two- or four-year options. Practicum and internship are essential components, and placement will correlate with student interests and needs.

The emphasis on relationships makes the program strong. Students will benefit from the support of their cohort, other students with whom they complete the degree. “For this type of study, the cohort is important to student development, trust and knowledge. The ability to give and receive good feedback is essential,” says Dean of Education Janine Allen, who also becomes Dean of Counseling in July.

Competitively priced, Corban's M.A. in Counseling is affordable. Financial aid and student loans are available, not only to cover tuition and fees but also related educational expenses. Some employers offer types of tuition reimbursement.

For more information on the new graduate counseling program, or to request an application, click here or call Graduate Admissions at 503-589-8195.