Where can I find training in Christian psychology and counseling?
At the present time the following Christian institutions offer master’s degrees and/or doctoral training programs in clinical psychology and counseling that are committed to helping students integrate their Christian faith with their psychological studies. The doctoral programs listed below are also accredited by the American Psychological Association. While APA accreditation is not required to gain a good doctoral education, it is very helpful in getting a quality internship and it also makes licensing easier in most states in the United States.
Azusa Pacific University offers a MA in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy and a Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Family Psychology. The programs follow a practitioner-scholar model of training.
P.O. Pox 7000,
901 E. Alosta Ave., PO Box 7000
Azusa, CA 91702-7000
Fuller Theological Seminary has offered a Psy.D. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology for more than 30 years. They also offer a MA in Family Studies and a MS in Marital and Family Therapy. Like Biola University, Fuller is located in Southern California.
135 N. Oakland Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91182
Admissions Phone: 800-238-5537
General Information: 800-235-2222
George Fox University offers the Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology designed to train professional psychologists.
414 N Meridian Street, #V104
Newberg, Oregon 97132
Regent University offers the Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology following a practitioner-scholar model of training.
Regent University School of Psychology and Counseling
1000 Regent University Drive CRF 154
Virginia Beach, VA 23464
Admissions Phone: 800-681-5906 or 757-352-4498
Rosemead School of Psychology at Biola University was founded by the Narramore Christian Foundation in 1970. It merged with Biola University in 1977. It offers both a Ph.D. and Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology. Curricula place strong emphases on counseling and clinical practice, the integration of psychology and the scriptures, and the personal and spiritual growth of students. All students take a minimum of five psychotherapy lab courses in which they receive supervision and see patients from the modality of each course. All students also have on-campus counseling experiences, engage in at least four semesters of supervised clinical practicum, and have a full-time, year-long clinical internship.
Wheaton College offers a MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, a MA in Marriage and Family Therapy, and a Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology designed to train professional psychologists following a practitioner-scholar model of training.
"I personally know faculty at all of these institutions and each program has much to offer. They have some differences in clinical training emphasis and some denominational and doctrinal distinctives, but they each seek to provide a distinctively Christian perspective on clinical psychology. I suggest that you receive information from each of them before making a choice." – Dr. Bruce Narramore