Questions Every Future Counselor FacesBy Ashley VanBemmelen on December 9, 2015
Everyone who considers counseling has to wrestle with at least one basic question, Could I really do this kind of work? Here are some questions you can ask yourself to get insight as to whether you would make a good counselor:
- Are you passionate about helping hurting people find hope in a broken world?
- Do you want to help individuals and families through difficult times?
- Does your heart break for the pain that people experience in daily life?
- Are you excited to share the love of Christ with those who need it most?
- Do you like to listen and help individuals work through big decisions?
- Are you interested in helping those with mental illness learn how to thrive?
At the heart of a counselor is the desire to help people overcome brokenness and pursue wholeness in life. Counselors are professionals who minister through a willingness to invest their time and energy in the lives of others. A growing number of churches and ministries are recognizing the need to partner with trained and licensed counselors to care for their people.
In my role at the seminary, I regularly work with students in the residential counseling program. It is exciting to see counselors in training as they progress through the program and develop a professional identity in the field.
However, after deciding you have what it takes, there's a second question aspiring counselors must wrestle with: How will I complete the necessary training to start this career, especially if I don't live near a school that offers a counseling program?
To that end, Cornerstone University is excited to announce the new online Master of Arts in Counseling Program, which is set to launch in January 2016!
Here are a few details about the program:
- The online M.A. in Counseling program is available to students living outside the Grand Rapids area and desire to pursue a future career in counseling.
- The program will enable students to meet the requirements needed for Michigan state licensure.
- The program is offered in a flexible online format where students come to campus just two times during their entire program for 3-day intensives.
- Students in the program will be able to accelerate through the program in three years as they progress through consecutive 8-week classes.
- Our very own GRTS faculty will teach a significant portion of the program.