Johnson University

Marriage & Family Therapy / Professional Counseling
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PROGRAM PURPOSEWithin the larger purpose of Johnson University, the objective of the Graduate Counseling Program is to provide professional therapy education for individuals intending to serve in social service settings such as community mental health agencies, child and family service centers, K-12 school systems, local congregations, as well as in a private practice setting. The education received also prepares students to pursue doctoral education.

Program Overview
Program Administrator
Dr. Sean Ridge, Dean
Program Options
  • Master’s
Areas of Study
  • Counseling (Child, Couples, or Family) - Master's
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's
Department Address

7900 Johnson Drive
Knoxville, TN 37998
United States

Phone Number
865-251-2217
Undergraduate Program
Undergrad Program Options
  • Human Services
  • Counseling Concentration
  • Family Studies Concentration
Undergrad Courses Offered
  • Foundations of Human Services
  • Human Development
  • Encountering Cultures
  • Interpersonal & Family Relationships
  • Interviewing & Counseling Skills
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Holistic Sexuality
  • Social Science Research & Writing
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Ethics & Professional Practice
  • Field Experience
  • Internal Family Dynamics
  • Theories of Counseling & Psychotherapy
  • Understanding Diversity in Human Services
  • Counseling Laboratory
  • Family & Community Resource Management
  • Introduction to Equine Assisted Therapy
  • Parent Education & Guidance
  • Family Law & Public Policy
  • Family Life Education Methodology
  • Statistics
  • Research Methods & Design
Undergrad Comments

Johnson University offers two unique campus settings as well as online programs and an inspiring approach to students seeking a degree in the Human Services field. Within the Human Services program, students are instructed in a number of social service fields focused on improving the quality of life for individuals, families, and communities.

The experienced faculty is committed to ensuring students gain first-hand experience in engaging and meeting the basic physical, emotional, and relational needs of others. Those who successfully complete an undergraduate degree in human services will understand the nature of Human Services and delivery systems, understand the nature of individual, family, community and societal systems and their influence on optimal functioning and be able to provide services consistent with ethical and professional practice in the field.

areast-font-family:Calibri;mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;mso-ansi-language:EN-US;mso-fareast-language: EN-US;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>The M.A. in Counseling, School Counseling Concentration (MAC-SC) equips students with a broad range of educational and training experiences in a uniquely Christian atmosphere. Graduates of the program are eligible for licensure in Tennessee as Licensed Professional School Counselors. Students experience a unique blend of quality theoretical training and professional experience in a holistic Christian atmosphere. The program consists of 49 credit hours and maintains a student-faculty ratio of less than 10:1. This allows for more direct interaction and engagement between faculty and students. Upon graduation, students will have completed practicum and internship experiences in both primary as well as secondary education sites.

Graduate Program
Graduate Courses Offered
  • Graduate Counseling Orientation
  • Research & Statistics
  • Integrating Theology & Therapy
  • Ethics & Professional Issues in Counseling
  • Social & Cultural Diversity in Counseling
  • Human Development over the Lifespan
  • Human Sexuality
  • Theories of Counseling & Marriage & Family Therapy I
  • Theories of Counseling & Marriage & Family Therapy II
  • Contemporary Trends in MFT/CMHC
  • Child & Adolescent Assessment, Diagnosis, & Treatment
  • Couples & Marital Therapy
  • Group Dynamics, Theories, & Techniques
  • Addiction Etiology & Counseling
  • Career Assessment & Development
  • Adult Assessment, Diagnosis, & Treatment
  • Counseling Skills & Techniques
  • Testing & Appraisal I
  • Testing & Appraisal II
  • Psychopharmacology for Counselors
  • Crisis Intervention & Psychological First Aid
  • Foundations in School Counseling
  • Contemporary Trends in School Counseling
  • Practicum/Internship’Clinical Practicum/Internship
  • SC Practicum/Internship
Master's Level
Masters Program Options
  • Master of Arts in Counseling
  • Clinical Mental Health Concentration
  • School Counseling Concentration
Masters Comments

As of July 2016, the MA in Counseling has been accredited by CACREP in both the Clinical Mental Health Counseling concentration as well as the School Counseling concentration.

The M.A. in Counseling Clinical Mental Health Counseling Concentration (MAC- CMHC) provides a professional therapy education and experience. Graduates are eligible to pursue professional licensure in most states. In Tennessee, graduates with this degree may pursue licensure as both Marital & Family Therapists and Professional Counselors with the Mental Health Service Provider designation. Students experience a unique blend of high quality theoretical training and clinical experience in a holistic Christian atmosphere. The program consists of 62 credit hours and maintains a student-faculty ratio less than 10:1. This allows for more direct interaction and engagement between faculty and students.

The M.A. in Counseling, School Counseling Concentration (MAC-SC) equips students with a broad range of educational and training experiences in a uniquely Christian atmosphere. Graduates of the program are eligible for licensure in Tennessee as Licensed Professional School Counselors. Students experience a unique blend of quality theoretical training and professional experience in a holistic Christian atmosphere. The program consists of 49 credit hours and maintains a student-faculty ratio of less than 10:1. This allows for more direct interaction and engagement between faculty and students. Upon graduation, students will have completed practicum and internship experiences in both primary as well as secondary education sites.

CFLE Information

NCFR recognizes schools offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs with course work that follows the Standards and Criteria required for approval as a Provisional Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE). NCFR approval allows the school to offer their graduates the opportunity to apply for Provisional Certification using the Abbreviated Application process. The CFLE Checklist represents the courses that meet the CFLE criteria at that school. Students must complete all the courses on a checklist in order to qualify to apply for the CFLE designation through the Abbreviated Application process.