We are so glad you are checking out the Master of Arts in Counseling program at Western Seminary.
My name is Kay Bruce, director of the Counseling program. It would be a pleasure to meet you in person. We find
it a great joy to educate and train those who pursue graduate education in Counseling. We hope you will
find materials here that will help you in exploring if you might become part of this learning and faith community.
We highly value an environment of spiritual and personal encouragement, which is supported
by small class sizes, allowing students and faculty to interact on a personal level both in
and outside of the classroom. In Bible and Theology classes, graduate counseling students study
alongside Master of Divinity students, grappling with questions about how to apply theological
truth to practical issues.
Our program is approved by Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists,
which means that graduates of our program meet the educational requirement for licensure in
Oregon and other comparable states. Our students value our flexible scheduling, and lower tuition
rates, and they score higher than average on national comprehensive counseling examinations.
Furthermore, we believe good counselors:
- Work from the heart. Nurturing growth in a counselor’s life is a critical
component to training. Classes promote fresh awareness regarding your walk with God,
your relationships with others, and your understanding of self.
- Have a breadth of
knowledge. Faculty members teach from a variety of theoretical
perspectives. All core counseling faculty have doctorates and clinical experience
to give practical illustration to academics. Our students score better than average
on comprehensive national counselor examinations and our curriculum is approved by the
Oregon licensing board. Please see the list of approved schools at www.oregon.gov/OBLPCT/degrees.shtml
the source of truth, grace, and hope. Counseling students are challenged
to deepen their faith. The Gospel is demonstrated to be a life transforming process,
not just a one time event.
- Value practice. Students complete two years of counseling experience
with clients in the community while taking courses at school. This means you learn by
doing and your classroom experience is more relevant to the clients you are seeing.
from an environment of personal encouragement. Our small class sizes allow
students and faculty to interact on a personal level, where you are known and supported
as an individual created in God’s image and worthy of respect.
I hope you will come and explore our campus, talk with current students and alumni,
and feel welcome to meet with us in person. Please email or call us at 1 877.517.1800
to speak with one of our enrollment counselors or our program administrative assistant, and
you can discuss the program, request more information or get connected with one of the faculty
(link). Please let us know any way we can be of service in this process!
Kay C. Bruce, PsyD.
Counseling Program Director