CACREP Accredited

Master of Arts in Clinical Counseling

Program Description

The MACC program prepares individuals to be effective clinical mental health counselors who integrate Christian values and worldview 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, whether it be private practice, a community mental health agency, a hospital, the government or a business setting, where they can help bring spiritual, emotional, and psychological wellness into people’s lives. The program requires 69 credit hours of study, 9 credit hours in general theological education and 60 hours in traditional counseling classes. 

The program prepares students to meet the requirements of the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, & Marriage and Family Therapist Board (CSWMFTB) to become licensed as clinical mental health counselors.

Program Contact Info

Master of Arts in Clinical Counseling
950 North Main Street
Findlay, OH 45840

Dr. Kelli Jo Arndt 419-434-4248


Common Career Paths for MACC Students

〉  Licensed Professional Counselor
〉  Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor
〉  Human Services Educator
〉  Higher Education Counselor
〉  Student Affairs Administrator
〉  Drug & Alcohol Counselor
〉  Addictions Counselor
〉  Licensed Mental Health Counselor
〉  Director of Human Services Agency
〉  Geriatric Counselor
〉  School Counselor 
〉  Social & Community Service Manager


Effective January 12, 2018, Winebrenner Theological Seminary received 2-year accreditation status from The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs, otherwise known as CACREP. This accreditation status recognizes the educational quality of the program and allows graduates to apply for licensure in the State of Ohio. Winebrenner’s status can be confirmed at CACREP.org.

Winebrenner Theological Seminary is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission  (HLC) and the Commission on Accrediting of The Association of Theological Schools (ATS) in the United States and Canada.

Commission on Accrediting of The Association of Theological Schools

Course Requirements

Winebrenner’s MACC program is the only faith-based program offered in NW Ohio. The program is comprised of 9 credit hours of general theology courses along with 60 credit hours of counseling courses.

General Theological Education

〉 Old Testament Foundations
〉 New Testament Foundations
〉 A Survey of Christian Theology

9 Total Credit Hours
*Students may test out of OT Foundations and/or NT Foundations by passing a preliminary Bible exam.

Core Counseling Courses

〉 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
〉 Psychopathology
〉 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
〉 Foundations for Seminary Studies (1 credit hour)

54 Total Credit Hours

Counseling Electives

Past electives have included:
〉 Counseling the Dying & Grieving
〉 Addictions Counseling
〉 Family Relations

6 Total Credit Hours

MACC Admission Process


Dr. Kelli Jo Arndt, Director

University of Toledo, B.S., 1987
Bowling Green State, M.Ed., 1992
University of Toledo, Ph.D., 2006
Social Worker
Marriage & Family Therapy Board
Lic. Prof. Clinical Counselor

Dr. Mary Iiames, Assistant Professor

Bluffton College, B.A., 1988
Bowling Green State, M.Ed., 1992
University of Toledo, Ph.D., 2000
Elementary School Counselor

Dr. Karen McGibbon, Assistant Professor

Univ. of the West Indies, B.S., 1990
St. Stephen’s College, M.A., 2011
Regent University, Ph.D., 2015

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