The Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology (MACP) degree programme is designed for persons preparing to serve as Christian Counselors, both in the church and in the wider society. The programme is structured as a stepping-stone to doctoral studies in Counseling Psychology and other specialized areas of Psychology.
Since 1987 the Caribbean Graduate School’s Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology programme has been training Christian counsellors for service in both the Church and the Caribbean society. CGST was the first institution in Jamaica to offer Counselling Psychology at the masters level. The counselling programme exhibits three dominant features: its theological underpinning, its theoretical knowledge, and its hands-on experience.
This degree falls under the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences.
Degree Awarded: Master of Arts (M.A.)
Duration of Course: 24 months or two years.
A degree from an accredited University or College, with honours or GPA of 3.0.
Students to be interviewed by the head of the Department of Behavioural Studies
The programme requires the completion of 18 courses, along with two units of Practicum, and a comprehensive exam. Students may enter the programme with an undergraduate degree in Psychology, Guidance and Counselling and Social Work.
Students with other degrees are required to complete specific undergraduate courses (pre-requisites) in Psychology, before being fully admitted to the programme.
The MACP program consists of 350 supervised hours of clinical training with diverse professional experiences within an approved practicum context. This is necessary to provide the student with a variety of client populations.
The practicum process extends for a calendar year, with students admitted to the practicum in September and January of each academic year. The practicum program is coordinated by a Practicum Coordinator within the Counseling Center, which is located on the campus.