Grace College and Theological Seminary has a rich history of offering graduate counseling degrees since 1995. The online 60-credit hour Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) program was developed in 2010 and is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP) through 2020. Our CMHC students complete the majority of their coursework in a fully online format while attending an annual 7-10 day Residency on campus in scenic Winona Lake (IN).
CPY 535 I - Counseling Skills
CPY 506 I - Theology & Prayer in Counseling 1
CPY 510 I - Foundations of Clinical Mental Health Counseling
CPY 520 I - Personality & Counseling Theories
CPY 640 I - Human Growth & Development
CPY 652 I -Social & Cultural Issues
CPY 525 I –Psychopathology
CPY 620 I -Ethical & Legal Issues
CPY 559 I - Research & Statistics**
CPY 635 I - Group Counseling
CPY 507 I - Theology & Prayer in Counseling 2
CPY 515 I - Marriage & Family Counseling
CPY 660 I - Lifestyle & Career Counseling
CPY 569 I - Psychological Testing & Measurement
CPY 575 I - Gender & Sexuality
CPY 565 I - Addictions Counseling
CPY 538 I - Psychotherapy w/ Children & Adolescents
CPY 570 I - Practicum**
CPY 508 I - Theology & Prayer in Counseling 3
CPY 670 I - Internship**
Session B (no courses offered this session)
CPY 671 - Advanced Internship**
CPY 550 I - Psychotherapy & Trauma
CPY 680 I - Comprehensive Exam*
CPY 690 I - Portfolio Defense*
The individuals who will challenge you to learn:
B.A. in Exercise Science, Dordt College (IA); M.A. in Counseling, Reformed Theological Seminary (FL); Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision, Regent University (VA).
Dr. Hull joined the Grace faculty in 2011. He taught in the School of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences at Argosy University – Tampa for the past three years. Dr. Hull is a practicing Licensed Mental Health Counselor and qualified supervisor.
B.A. in Elementary Education, Grace College; M.A. in Counseling, Grace College; Psy.D. in Clinical Pyschology, Adler School of Professional Pyschology
Dr. Deb Musser has been a full-time/core faculty member in the Graduate Department of Counseling and Interpersonal Relations since 2007, having taught as a part-time instructor in the department for five years previous to that. Prof. Musser has a passion for instilling hope to hurting people and is especially interested in women's issues and social justice. Before joining the full-time faculty, she worked for twelve years in the Student Affairs Department at Grace College.
Diploma in Advanced German, Goethe Institute; B.A. in History, Grace College; M.Div., Grace Theological Seminary; D.Min. in Intercultural Studies, Grace Theological Seminary
Dr. Roger Peugh came to Grace in the fall of 1989 with three years of pastoral experience followed by 20 years of missionary experience as a church planter in Germany. While at Grace, he was involved as an elder in a church plant for 13 years. He is an active Bible conference speaker as well as guest-lecturer in several German Bible schools. In addition to his role as Professor in the School of Ministry Studies, Dr. Peugh serves Grace College as Campus Prayer Coordinator and is serving as the Interim Dean of Chapel. Dr. Peugh, who has authored on the topic of prayer, is married to Nancy and they have four children and eight grandchildren.
BB.C.E. in Christian Education, East Coast Bible College; M.A. in Community Counseling, Regent University; Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision, Regent University.
Jerry Vuncannon, Jr., Ph.D., LPC (NC), NCC has been in practice as a counselor since 2004 and has been an adjunct professor with Regent University since 2007 and Grace College and Seminary since 2011. His professional interests include group counseling, multicultural counseling/issues, counselor training/development, counselor supervision, and counseling issues as it relates to international settings. He has traveled to various countries being involved with several counseling-related endeavors including training, teaching, supervision and consultation-related work. His personal interests include hiking, reading, and cooking; he considers cooking as his own personal therapy.
B.A. in Psychology and Religion, Carson-Newman College; M.A. Community Counseling, Regent University; Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision, Regent University.
Dr. Ladd previously worked at Freedom Fellowship in Virginia Beach as the director of extended pastoral care counseling ministries from 1998-2010 and most recently taught for Caldwell College’s graduate counseling program. Rhonda and her husband Joel love to travel to quiet spots for weekends away.
B.S. in Nursing, Old Dominion University; M.S. in Community Counseling, Regent University; Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision, Regent University.
Dr. Preffer previously held adjunct positions with several universities while working full-time in private practice where she provides counseling, mediation, intern supervision, and professional career coaching services. Jenny was married, widowed, and remarried 10 years ago and has 4 children.
B.S. Psychology and Business, Indiana Wesleyan University M.A. Counseling Psychology, Ball State University Ph.D. Professional Counseling, Liberty University
Dr. Jama Davis has worked in the counseling field for 24 years. She is a licensed counselor in Indiana and North Carolina. Her teaching experience has been accrued at Taylor University, Ivy Tech Community College and Liberty University. Along with teaching she maintains a private counseling practice. She and her husband, Randy, have two college-age children.
B.A. in Criminal Justice, University of Winnipeg; M.A. in Counseling, Providence College; M.A. in Counseling, University of North Dakota; Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology, Indiana State University.
Tammy Schultz, Ph.D., LMHC, is a professor for the Graduate Department of Counseling and Interpersonal Relations. Her salient interest is the issue of suffering and how this impacts a person’s spiritual walk. She has co-authored a book on the topic of counseling and prayer and is presently completing Beyond Desolate, a book on healing from child sexual abuse. Prior to coming to Grace in 1995, she counseled full-time at the Winnipeg Christian Counseling Group in Winnipeg, Canada, and taught part-time at Providence Seminary.
Students in the Grace College online Clinical Mental Health Counseling program can look forward to careers in a wide variety of mental health settings. While some graduates will choose to work in private practice, many Clinical Mental Health Counselors (CMHCs) choose careers in community mental health agencies. These may include non-profit agencies, treatment and recovery centers, hospitals, outpatient clinics, and correctional facilities. CMHCs may also choose careers in a managed behavioral mental health organization providing preventative and responsive services to the organization’s members.
CMHCs in private practice or employed by a managed behavioral health organization may choose to provide services for employee assistance programs (EAP). EAP providers offer short-term counseling for employees of large companies and small businesses. Other career opportunities are available for CMHCs including working within educational institutions for a college counseling or career services office or working within church-based counseling or pastoral care programs.
“The Online CMHC program is designed to make graduates ready for clinical counseling in the real world. We look for students with strong work ethic who are spiritually-sensitive scholars motivated to serve in the helping professions, and who are dedicated to excellence in communication. Students often come nervous about beginning graduate studies. It is exciting to see them develop into clinicians with empirically - based clinical expertise. Our students will leave Grace fully prepared to help clients of diverse needs, cultures, and spiritualities with compassion and competence.”
Dr. Rhonda Ladd, Assistant Professor & Clinical Coordinator.