Master of Arts in Clinical Counseling

Clinical Counseling Program Receives CACREP Approval!

Effective January 12, 2018, Winebrenner Theological Seminary received 2-year accreditation status from CACREP (The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs). Congratulations to the faculty of the Master of Arts in Clinical Counseling Program. This accreditation status recognizes the educational quality of the program and allows graduates to apply for licensure in the State of Ohio. Please find information at this link:

Dr. Kelli Jo Arndt, Director

The Master of Arts in Clinical Counseling degree seeks to prepare individuals to be effective counselors who integrate Christian values and beliefs into their work with clients from a multicultural and pluralistic society. Consistent with the mission of Winebrenner, students will incorporate the Christian principles of gaining knowledge, pursuing wholeness, and changing lives while also adhering to the counseling profession’s standards. The program is designed to equip men and women to work in multiple settings (e.g. private practice, community mental health agencies, hospitals, government, and business settings) where they can help bring spiritual, emotional, and psychological wellness into people’s lives. The objectives of the MACC program are to deliver a high, quality education required by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), and to prepare students to meet the requirements of the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, & Marriage and Family Therapist Board (CSWMFTB) to become licensed as Professional Counselors.

Winebrenner Theological Seminary (Winebrenner) is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and the Association for Theological Schools in the United States and Canada. 


General theological education requirements (9 credit hours): 
Old Testament Foundations* 
New Testament Foundations* 
A Survey of Christian Theology 
*Students may test out of OT Foundations and/or NT Foundations by passing a preliminary Bible exam 

MACC requirements (60 credit hours): 

Counseling Theories 
Counseling Techniques
Introduction to Clinical Mental Health 
Group Counseling 
Human Growth and Development 
Multicultural Counseling 
Career Counseling 
Diagnosis of Mental and Emotional Disorders 
Assessment in Counseling 
Research and Evaluation 
Legal and Ethical Issues in Counseling 
Personality Assessment 
Practicum in Clinical Mental Health Counseling 
Counseling Children and Adolescents 
Treatment of Mental and Emotional Disorders 
Internship in Clinical Mental Health Counseling I 
Internship in Clinical Mental Health Counseling II 
MACC Electives (6 hours)
Foundations for Seminary Studies

Candidacy Requirements:

1. Submit an Application for Admission
2. Submit a $30 application fee.
3. Demonstrate a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 and submit transcripts from all schools where academic credit was earned. 
4. Submit the Affidavit of Good Moral Character (click here to download the form).  This form must be signed in the presence of a notary. 
5. Provide three recommendations (click here to download the form).
6. Provide a current curriculum vitae (via email to  
7. Participate in an interview with program director which includes an extemporaneous writing sample (this interview will be scheduled following the submission of all other documents).  

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Dr. Kelli Jo Arndt
Professor in Clinical Counseling
Director of the Master of Arts in Clinical Counseling Program

University of Toledo, B.S., 1987;
Bowling Green State University, M.Ed., 1992;
University of Toledo, Ph.D., 2006;
Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapy Board, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor
Winebrenner Theological Seminary (2014) 
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 Dr. Mary Iiames
 Assistant Professor in Clinical Counseling
 Bluffton College, B.A., 1988;
 Bowling Green State University, M.Ed., 1992;
 The University of Toledo, Ph.D., 2000;
 Winebrenner Theological Seminary (2017) 
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 Dr. Karen McGibbon
 Assistant Professor in Clinical Counseling; Practicum & Internship Coordinator
University of the West Indies, B.S.,1990;
 St. Stephen’s College, M.A., 2011;
 Regent University, Ph.D., 2015;
 Winebrenner Theological Seminary (2017) 
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