Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

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Dr. Chuck DeGroat
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We need programs that offer a Christian worldview, framing trauma, abuse, and addiction within a Christian context. 

Pastors and therapists can help navigate these cultural waters by anchoring them in God and God's story.
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- Dr. Chuck DeGroat

Professor of Pastoral Care and Christian Spirituality

Dr. Elizabeth Pennock, Director of the Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Dr. Elizabeth Pennock’s areas of expertise include trauma and trauma-informed care, counselor education and supervision, and spirituality and counseling. The dissertation she completed for her PhD in Counselor Education was titled “Trauma-Informed Clergy: An Investigation of Factors Predicting the Trauma-Related Attitudes and Beliefs of Christian Clergy in Florida” (University of Central Florida). She has specialized training in trauma therapy that informs her research, teaching, and counseling practice.

Western Theological Seminary will seek accreditation from the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). Have more questions about CACREP and how why this is important?


Contact admissions at admissions@westernsem.edu

Yes, the MA in Clinical Mental Health will meet all licensing requirements for the State of Michigan. 

A bachelor's degree from an accredited institution will be required to apply for the MA in Clinical Mental Health.  


Contact admissions to learn more. 

We anticipate tuition for the initial cohort of students will follow our existing Masters Tuition Rates. 


View current tuition rates here >

The MA in Clinical Mental Health degree will take full-time students three years and part-time students five years to complete.

The MA in Clinical Mental Health will be offered in residence at our campus in Holland, Michigan.

Western Theological Seminary's MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program meets Michigan’s state requirements for licensure. Please check the requirements of the state and country where you plan to practice.

Students will complete a total of 69 credit hours.

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West Michigan Pastors and counselors are invited to join Dr. Chuck DeGroat and Dr. Elizabeth Pennock for lunch on April 17 and discover the newest program offered by WTS: the MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. 


Have members of your staff or congregation who want to attend to learn more? All are welcome.


Lunch is provided. Register by April 11.  

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