This article was released in October 2020. (Many) children are back in school, online or brick and mortar. The country continues in a quarantine stranglehold that (no politics here) stifles business, lives, hopes, and dreams. For many, ample home time rules much of the day.
Is this the time for you to take the plunge and begin studies for an additional or new career path in Christian Counseling?
When I began my doctoral studies in 1999, I was supporting my family in a full-time secular job. I knew that this was the right step, but marshaling the time and mental energy to begin was a challenge. I took the plunge because I could do the work on my pace and the upfront costs were very reasonable. The tuition was a pay-as-you-go-plan, unlike for my master’s degree at a big-time university, which required a significant student loan.
If you know that you want to minister in Counseling, maybe now is the time to get started? What’s holding you back? You can certainly begin to research and get answers basic questions.
Typical barriers to entry (I used them also for two years) include:
- “I don’t have the money.”
- “I don’t have the time.”
- “I’m not really sure I can do it.”
- “Will I commit to getting through it?”
- Desire but minimal/no passion for researching and developing a plan.
Each of these can be real reasons, or they can be excuses, depending on the individual. I knew I was to pursue this path. When I concluded that a home-study course (where I could study at lunch hour at my job) coupled with manageable chunks of cash outflow was feasible, I committed.
An important consideration for me was that a church/ministry environment was what I wanted. Pursuing secular/academic studies, with state licensing requirements, was not my desire. If you’re going to work in Caesar’s world, you must play by his rules and get those stamps of approval.
If you have additional downtime in this season, it might be the time to start? If you are a disciplined student (schedule your study time), you can progress rapidly. I’ve had some students complete the program in less than a year. Others are five years into it with no end in sight because they get distracted along the way.
Some require the discipline of scheduled classes while others will thrive on their own. Which are you?
If you can study on your own, research the options; there are many.
What are some key benefits of our program at Above & Beyond Counseling Academy?
- Affordable pricing, from $297 per course (“Easy Go” option).
- Pay as you go.
- Self-paced study, online tests.
- Assigned NCCA Clinical Supervisor (Jan McKee, MA) to help you through the process
- License-Only, bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees from a seminary that the student chooses. See List of Seminaries.
- Degree upgrade programs
- Earn a License, continue to get a Bachelors
- Earn a Bachelors, continue to get a Masters
- Earn a Masters, continue to get a Doctoral degree
- Concurrent NCCA license with a degree
- NCCA Board Certification in Specialty Areas
- Minimum HS Diploma / GED to start
Is this a good program? Check out our student testimonials.
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You might be wondering what’s at the end of the tunnel on this? You need to ask the Lord. I knew I was going down the right path and trusted Him for the open door when I graduated.
Here’s what happened. I completed my doctoral studies in November 2001. I was in a relationship with a Counseling Center for several years prior and started full time with them in October. He made a way. If you have a firm plan, great! If you need to walk in faith for what’s at the end, fantastic! That pleases Him. You must be sure of your calling to the program so you can take the journey in peace and not fear-filled.
Are you ready?
If you think this might be the season for you, check out the links above and then contact us if you have any questions.