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Christian Counseling Degrees (NCCA)

Pillsbury Partners With
National Christian Counselors Association

NCCA Certified Academic Institution

Pillsbury College & Seminary has entered into a partnership with the National Christian Counselor's Association (NCCA) to utilize its extensive curriculum to offer graduate degree tracks: Master of Christian Counseling (M.C.C.), Doctor of Christian Counseling (D.C.C.), and Doctor of Christian Psychology (C.Psy.D.). Many of these courses are available online.

Successful completion of these degree tracks, plus some additional requirements (advanced specialized training, clinical supervision, internship, practicum, and thesis), qualify the graduate as a Licensed Clinical Pastoral Counselor or Licensed Clinical Christian Counselor, with Board Certification in his or her chosen specialty areas, certified by the NCCA. More than 1,700 persons in the United States have been certified by NCCA as licensed Christian counselors, making it the largest such credentialing agency in the nation. (Over 4,000 counselors have been licensed world-wide by NCCA.)

NCCA Certified Christian Counselor ProgramThe counseling model used by NCCA, "Creation Therapy," focuses on enabling persons to better understand themselves and their responsibility to establish a spiritual relationship with God. The Scriptural concepts are based on Gen.1:1, "In the beginning God created..." and Psa.139:13-14, "For You created my inmost being."

"Creation Therapy" and its personal temperament questionnaire were developed by Richard G. Arno, Ph.D., out of his research with more than 5,000 counseling clients over a period of seven years.  Dr. Arno is the founder of NCCA and president of the Sarasota Academy of Christian Counseling in Sarasota, Florida. (Both of these institutions are accredited by Accrediting Commission International for Schools, Colleges and Theological Seminaries (ACI) which also has accredited the Pillsbury College & Seminary.)

"Creation Therapy' ("If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation: old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new." II Cor.5:17) deals with the inner man, rather than with outer manifestations and problems. Based on Dr. Arno's research, this therapeutic approach has a success rate of over 90% when administered by a trained and qualified Christian counselor. The Arno Profile System (APS), used in conjunction with the Word of God, has proven highly successful in healing emotional problems.

"Creation Therapy" is a viable tool which allows counselors to emphasize the importance of yielding to God's will and of discovering His purposed destiny for each individual's existence. It teaches counselees how to draw near to God, how to listen and recognize God's voice, how to submit to God's will, and how to allow the Holy Spirit to become one's constant companion, encourager, and guide.

Christian Counseling Degrees - NCCA Certified Christian Counselor - Distance Learning

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