School of Psychology & Counseling

Message from the Coordinator - On-Campus
M.A. in Community & School Counseling Program

The School of Psychology & Counseling of Regent University is unique in that it integrates Christian spirituality and biblical principles into counseling content to guide students in understanding counseling through the eyes of faith. A faith-based approach to suffering allows a personal, creative and unique response to loss. Although suffering is not beneficial in and of itself, our personal response has potential to develop the person and enhance his or her relationships.”Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.” 2 Corinthians 1: 3-4

When depression, stress, anxiety, abuse, trauma, loss, suicide ideation and varying somatic complaints are part of a client’s presenting problem, initial intake information will often uncover intense events that have resulted in compounded grief and loss. An estimated 26.2 percent of Americans ages 18 and older – about one in four adults – suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder in a given year (NIMH, 2007). When applied to the 2004 U.S. Census residential population estimate for ages 18 and older, this figure translates to 57.7 million people. The burden of mental illness on health and productivity in the United States and throughout the world has long been underestimated. As a result there is a tremendous need for counseling and counselor education both nationally and internationally.

Today, there is a tremendous need for both school and community counselors to meet the mental health needs of clients. The most recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor shows that overall employment of counselors is expected to grow faster than the average, i.e., an increase of 27 percent or more for all occupations through 2014. Employment of school counselors is expected to grow with increases in student enrollments at postsecondary schools and colleges and as more States require elementary schools to employ counselors (U.S. Department of Labor Statistics, 2007).

The Master of Arts in School and/or Community Counseling provides students with comprehensive experiential training and didactic experiences to fulfill educational requirements and prepare future counselors for licensure and national certification. Courses and curriculum are aligned with the standards set forth by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). Courses follow a cohort model and provide students with a strong theoretical foundation based on biblical principles to assure that students assimilate the values, knowledge, skills and strategies needed to become a competent professional counselor to fulfill our commitment to “Christian Leadership to Change the World.”

Admissions Counselor Amanda Leffel stands ready to help. She can be reached by phone at 757.352.4804. Admissions-related questions can also be sent to our admissions staff by e-mail at

Amanda Leffel, Admissions Counselor
757.352.4804, 800.681.5906

Benjamin B. Keyes, Ph.D., Ed.D.
On-Campus Counseling Program Coordinator
Ed.D. Counseling Psychology, University of Sarasota
M.A. Rehabilitative Counseling, University of South Florida
B.A. Psychology, University of South Florida


Regent University
School of Psychology & Counseling
1000 Regent University Dr.
Virginia Beach, VA  23464-9800

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