Undergraduate Program

Advanced Licensure for Professional Counselors

Make a Difference. Change Lives.

The Advanced Licensure program is designed for individuals who presently hold licensure as a Professional Counselor, Mental Health Counselor, Marriage & Family Therapist, Clinical Social Worker, or Clinical Alcohol & Drug Counselor.

In this training program, you’ll have the opportunity to expand upon your current education and practice and learn how to incorporate biblical principles and Christian Counseling skills into your therapy practice. The program equips counselors to share their faith in a professional environment to help their clients find freedom from issues like anxiety, depression, addiction, marriage and relationship problems, and more.

This program teaches a biblical counseling model called Creation Therapy, which includes the most in-depth Christian trait analysis available, the Arno Profile System (APS). This model instantly gives the counselor an in-depth look at the client’s unique, inborn strengths, weaknesses and needs. It then provides a step-by-step model for counseling.

The Advanced Licensure program is a 100% online distance learning program that fully equips you as a Certified Pastoral Counselor and Licensed Clinical Christian Counselor via the International Academy of Pastoral Counselors**.

This program is intended for:

– Currently practicing professional counselors who wish to earn advanced licensure while learning how to incorporate biblical principles into their therapy practice.

– Newly licensed/certified provisionally-licensed counselors who wish to earn licensure as a Christian Counselor while they pursue the necessary supervision and practice requirements to earn full licensure in their respective profession.

Program Overview

The Advanced Licensure for Professional Counselors program is completed via distance-learning at the student’s own pace. Students may enroll in the program at any time. The program is completed in two phases.

Program Requirements

  • Master’s Degree or Doctorate Degree in Counseling, Psychology, Mental Health, Human Services, etc.
  • Autonomous licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, or similar license by a state licensing board in the candidate’s respective mental health discipline.
  • Commissioning, Licensure or Ordination as a Christian minister (can be obtained during the degree program)
  • Professing Christian and active member of a local church body, including a letter of recommendation from the candidate’s pastor or pastoral oversight.

Additional Note

Candidates who complete this program may apply it toward the Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Christian Counseling program at CTS and can earn their doctorate degree by completing two CEU courses and “Phase III” of the PhD program.

The Advanced Licensure Program is Completed in Two Phases:

PHASE I

COURSEWORK
Candidates must complete the following courses:

  • – PSY501: Creation Therapy
  • – PSY502: Basic Christian Counseling
  • – PSY523: Christian Psychology & Counseling

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS
Candidates must complete the following:

  • – Complete a practicum, consisting of administering the APS report to 10 individuals.
  • – Complete three (3) hours of clinical supervision.
  • – Submit responses to the IAPC’s National Licensing Board of Examiners.
  • – Submit a headshot or photo.
  • – Submit a resume detailing ministry & vocational experience.
  • – Submit three reference forms from individuals who can speak to the candidate’s character and Christian witness.
  • – Submit a letter of recommendation from the candidate’s pastor and/or pastoral leadership within the student’s local church, on church letterhead.
  • – Apply for Membership to the International Academy of Pastoral Counselors.
  • – Apply for Membership to the Sarasota Academy of Christian Counseling.

Following the candidate’s completion of Phase I, he or she will earn:

  • – Certification as a Certified Pastoral Counselor from the International Academy of Pastoral Counselors
  • – Membership in the International Academy of Pastoral Counselors
  • – Membership in the Sarasota Academy of Christian Counseling

PHASE II

COURSES
Candidates must complete the following courses:

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS
Candidates must complete the following:

  • – Complete a practicum, consisting of administering the APS to 15 more individuals.
  • – Complete three (3) additional hours of clinical supervision.
  • – Complete an application for IAPC licensure as a Licensed Clinical Christian Counselor.
  • – Complete a background check for licensure.
  • – Provide (or complete and earn) ministerial credentials.

Following the candidate’s completion of Phase II, he or she will earn:

  • – Licensure as a Licensed Clinical Pastoral Counselor from the National Christian Counselors Association

Important Note:

Candidates who complete this program may apply it toward the Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Christian Counseling program at CTS and can earn their doctorate degree by completing two CEU courses and “Phase III” of the PhD program.

TOTAL PROGRAM COST

The following costs constitute the entire program for the Advanced Licensure program:

(Prices are listed in U.S. Dollars ($ USD)
Application for Admission
$75.00
Practicum consisting of a total of 25 APS reports (@ $35.00 each)
$875.00
Clinical Supervision consisting of a total of six (6) hours (@ $75 per hour)
$450.00
Membership Fee to the International Academy of Pastoral Counselors
$50.00
Membership Fee to the Sarasota Academy of Christian Counseling
$75.00
IAPC Licensing Fee
$100.00
National Background Check Fee
$100.00
TOTAL PROGRAM COST:
$3,375.00

It’s time to get started on the path to success. Apply today.

Department Contact Info

Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Organizational Leadership

Sandra Brawner, D.PC., Department Chair
sandra.brawner@crosspointe.education

Jennifer Davis, Ph.D., Vice President, Academic Affairs
jennifer.davis@crosspointe.education

(877) 781-8747

Apply Now

Additional Information

Flexible payment options for the Advanced Licensure Program is available to students, including payment plans, paid-in-full discounts, and pay-as-you-go options. Limited scholarships are also available. Click here to view our Tuition & Fees page.

Program Enrollment:

Enrollment at CrossPointe Theological Seminary takes place on a rolling basis, meaning you can begin your coursework as soon as your application is approved. Once you’ve completed a course, you may move on to the next course.

**This degree does not lead to state licensure as a Professional Counselor, Social Worker, Marriage & Family Therapist, or Clinical Alcohol & Drug Counselor, but rather to licensure as a Licensed Pastoral Counselor with the National Christian Counselors Association, a non-profit para-church Christian Organization.

Get answers to Frequently Asked Questions here.