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Master of Art in Counseling

At Cairn, we believe that psychological and spiritual health centers on the restoration of a person’s relationships—with God and with our fellow man. Building on classroom learning, our students practice models and methods for effective counseling using intensive small group training cohorts. We utilize these small groups not only to provide training, practice and feedback, but also enhance student’s growth in their relationship with Christ. focus through small group techniques for healing relationships through weekly labs with an intimate cohort of fellow believers preparing to serve the Great Reconciler, Jesus Christ.

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Why Master of Arts in Counseling?

Your dedication to caring for others is supported by the courses and content our Master of Arts in Counseling supplies. As you seek to be prepared to provide counseling services in a ministry or paraministry context, our MA program will also prepare you as an individual with a worldview rooted in Christ.

This program does NOT lead to licensure.

Program Objectives

  • Students demonstrate an understanding of counseling from a Christian perspective.
  • Students demonstrate proficient knowledge and skills in:
    Clinical mental health counseling
    Professional counseling orientation and ethical practice
    Counseling adolescents
    Counseling theory and helping relationships
    Marriage and family counseling
    Group counseling and group work
    Assessment and testing

Master of Art in Counseling at Cairn

Biblical Integration

The emphasis on biblical worldview is an important element of the MSC curriculum. First, it reflects the University’s academic mandate to first and foremost serve students, the church and the world as an evangelical, biblically-based institution. Second, the ability to think about persons and their problems from the vantage point of a Christian worldview is especially vital.

Hands-On Education

The counseling faculty coaches on counseling as an art that must be practiced in order to be mastered. From the first day to the last day in the program, students participate in laboratories and/or practical field experiences that serve as realistic training environments. Students learn basic counseling skills, an individual assessment model, a marriage counseling model, and group counseling through hands-on, trial and error rehearsals under the watchful eyes and artful supervision of the faculty.

Experienced Faculty

Cairn’s counseling faculty are committed to teaching counseling by example. This requires personal involvement with students both inside and outside the classroom. The counseling faculty are involved with students as people immersed in professional life and ministry and are committed to giving students the same personal attention and respect they will one day give to others.

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Required Credits: 60

Curriculum Highlights: 

  • CSG 611 Psychopathology
  • CSG 711 Group Counseling
  • CSG 851 Career Development Counsel
  • CSG 856 Research Methods/Prog Eval
  • Psychiatric technician 
  • Case manager
  • Case worker
  • Addictions counselor 
  • Academic advisor
  • Church or parachurch ministry
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Meet Our Faculty

Kim Jetter

Kim R. Jetter

Faculty, School of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Kim completed her MS in Counseling at Cairn University. Areas of academic interest include Traumatology and Attachment-Based Therapies in work with individuals, couples, and families. Prior to joining the faculty at Cairn, Kim briefly taught as an adjunct professor at Rider University in the Marketing Department. She also maintains a private counseling practice.

Outside the classroom, she enjoys the arts, film, reading, long walks especially at the beach, and gathering with friends and family over tea/coffee. Kim is married to James Jetter and is the mother of two young adult sons.

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