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Regent University School of Psychology & Counseling graduates on Commencement day.

About the School of Psychology & Counseling

Students in Regent University’s School of Psychology & Counseling come from diverse backgrounds, nationalities and denominational traditions, but what they all share is a heart for people and a deep desire to make the world a better place. Our programs challenge students to think critically and purposefully about their faith and how it will relate to their professional identity. Our students also acquire clinical skills in a safe place with ample supervision and guidance. This provides confidence to integrate science and faith — elements that we believe complement rather than oppose one another.

Today, in mainstream and faith-based settings across the country, you’ll find Regent-educated counselors, clinical practitioners, educators, key decision makers and respected voices in research and scholarship. Likewise, when you graduate from Regent, you’ll hold the knowledge and skills you need for professional and personal success.

CHRISTIAN INTEGRATION

The psychology and counseling programs at Regent embrace a distinctive that shapes everything we teach and do: The integration of the Christian faith within your profession. Through our programs, you will deepen your understanding of both the science of human nature and the spiritual truths that give it meaning. Our curriculum balances timeless Judeo-Christian principles with the highest standards of contemporary theory and practice.

We believe God exists and He is the source of all truth. We believe He is a just, compassionate Creator and Redeemer who calls us into a relationship with Himself and others. We recognize that each person, whether client or counselor, is in a distinctive place in his or her spiritual life. Therefore, while we teach courses from a Christian integrative perspective, students are encouraged to consider, in each course, how their own spirituality can be applied to the counseling setting and to their own personal growth.

Because of our core values, we are committed to developing in each individual student the highest level of competence in knowledge and skills. Our values also establish the framework within which we educate and train students in their ethical responsibility to respect each client’s spirituality level, always mindful not to impart one’s own values and beliefs on others. Because of the multifaceted training available within the context of the model, graduates of our programs are able to function as effective and ethical counseling professionals in both secular and Christian settings.

Ashley Dash
DSL, 2020

Founder, Career & Professional Development

It’s official, I can finally use my new title! Dr. Ashley Dash at your service for all of your career and professional development needs!
Charles Martin
Ph.D., 2000

New York Times Best-Selling Author

Regent professors caused me to learn to think critically in a way I had never done. [They] forced me to think well, and at the root of writing well is thinking well.
Christian Ellis
B.S. in Business, 2018; M.A. in Organizational Leadership, 2020

Executive Assistant to the Executive Vice President, Regent University

Proverbs 27:17 states, 'Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.' That's been my Regent experience academically and relationally. I am grateful to have grown together with such amazing people.
Cindi Spaulding
Ph.D., 2009

Teacher

Regent has played an instrumental role in equipping thousands of graduates. We have the power to use the knowledge gained and the credentials earned to serve, to advocate for, and ultimately to bring change and hope to the hurting world around us.
Elizabeth Beavers
J.D., 2012
At Regent, it was 'law first' and then we talked about how the law is influenced by the spiritual and moral side—that was a valuable lesson I'll always be thankful to Regent for providing.
Gary Maestas
Ed.D., 2010

K-12 School Leadership

I just can't say enough about the program—it's everything I wanted.
Harvey Herman
Ph.D., 2007

Strategic Leadership

It was such a stretching experience to interact with people from the corporate world, small business and the military. My perspective on leadership practice is much richer and diverse.
Karen Palmer
M.A., 2011

Human Services

I would recommend Regent's counseling programs to anyone who wants a deeper understanding of others and of themselves.
Keelyn Geoghean
M.A., 2014
All of my professors have such a passion for what they are teaching and it is contagious. RSG professors have first-hand knowledge about the subjects they teach. They emphasize that we can make moral arguments in the public sphere.
Kenton Lee
M.A., 2008

Founder, Because International

Regent showed me that leadership is people-oriented. I'm compelled to empower those I work with to lead in their areas of giftedness because of my education here.
Kristen Jurjevich
J.D., 2010
Regent really prepares students to face the legal field’s constant changes. The professors teach you how to research. Even though I never took business law classes that might be helpful now, I’ve been given the tools to find the answers I need.
Kyle Westaway
J.D., 2006

Lecturer, Harvard Law; Managing Partner, Westaway Brooklyn, New York

At Regent, I became interested in issues of social justice. A big part of my calling is really around leveraging the market to do good. I believe if God is leading students here, He will open the door to a meaningful role where they are making a difference in people’s lives.
Lauren Dennis
B.S. in Biophysical Sciences, 2020

Student Research Assistant, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh

Greatness is deposited into the hearts of every student through this university. It's a greatness to serve with excellence, humility, and a commitment to respond both in heart and mind to the work ahead.
Lina Sophat
LLM, 2011

American Legal Studies

I had always prayed about going to a Christian law school. My experience at Regent exceeded my expectations.
Luke Isbell
B.A. in International Studies, 2020

Full-time student; professional photographer

I have loved every minute of the Honor’s program. One thing that has continually surprised me has been the willingness of faculty members to take you under their wing and help you improve your skills.
Marina Kuzmina
M.A. in Counseling, 2010

Community Counseling

"God ordained all the circumstances, and I simply made the step of faith to follow."
Melanie Mosbarger
M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, 2016
Regent opened up so many opportunities for further training and further education.
Nicole Gamboni
M.A. in Journalism, 2019

Financial Services Professional, MassMutual Commonwealth

I’m so excited to officially be an alumna of Regent University with my Master of Arts in Journalism.
Preston Braswell
M.Div., 2020

Senior Admissions Counselor, School of Law, Regent University

Regent served as a place for acquiring a top-quality academic experience.
Thom Owens
Ph. D., 2013

Owner, Commercial Realty Business

As a Christian business leader, I regularly use my military experience and Regent education to lead others into a comprehensive vision. I've learned a lot about innovation and organizational culture that fuel my daily work and desire to coach and mentor others to fulfill their God-given purpose.

Yes, the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), has accredited the following programs in the School of Psychology & Counseling: M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, M.A. in School Counseling, M.A. in Marriage, Couple & Family Counseling and Ph.D. in Counselor Education & Supervision. The Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation (CoA) of the American Psychological Association (APA). Contact the APA at Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation, 750 First Street, NE, Washington, D.C. 20002-4242, or call 202.336.5979.

In addition, Regent University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, masters, and doctorate degrees. Contact the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404.679.4500 for questions about the accreditation of Regent University.

  • Virginia Beach, Virginia
  • Online

(All estimates based on full-time enrollment.)

M.A. in Counseling (Clinical Mental Health; School; Marriage, Couple & Family)2-3 years
M.A. in Human Services12-18 months
M.A. in Pastoral Counseling12-18 months
M.S. in Psychology18 months – 2 years
Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.)5 Years
Ph.D. in Counseling & Psychological Studies3-½ years
(depending on length of dissertation completion)
Ph.D. in Counselor Education & Supervision3-½ to 4 years
(depending on length of dissertation completion)

Yes, amounts range from modest allowances for books to full-tuition scholarships. Teaching assistantships are also available on a limited, competitive basis for the Psy.D. program beginning in the second year of the program. Over 85 percent of our student body receives financial aid. To learn more about financial aid opportunities, visit our Admissions & Aid page.

Yes, online students in our master’s counseling programs are required to participate in two week-long residencies from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (Eastern Time). Residencies provide networking and mentoring opportunities for students; and facilitate discussions with faculty concerning relevant issues, course matriculation, licensure issues and state/national exams.

During residency, students will begin a course that will be completed during the remainder of the fall semester. First-year students will receive an orientation to Regent and participate in sessions on graduate level writing and online learning technology. The School of Psychology & Counseling usually provides lunch and two breaks daily when courses are in session.

Students should consider the following residency costs: transportation, lodging, meals and textbooks purchased prior to residency. We discourage students from bringing their families during residency as the coursework is intensive and requires a considerable amount of study and preparation time, leaving no time for extracurricular activities.

Waiving of residency requirements will not be considered.

Please contact the Business Office and/or Office of Advising.

There are a number of scholarship opportunities available to our students. Review our list of school-specific scholarships on the SPC Admissions & Aid page. In addition, Regent offers several endowed scholarships. You can read more about these awards here.

School-Specific Scholarships:

  • (Spring) January 1
  • (Summer) May 1
  • (Fall) July 31

University Endowed Scholarships:

  • March 1

FAFSA Deadlines:

  • FAFSA on the web, Renewal FAFSA on the web and applications must be submitted by midnight Central Daylight Time, June 30.

Corrections on the web forms must be submitted by midnight Central Daylight Time, September 15.

Yes, the form is the same and is submitted exactly as it was to your undergraduate institution. If you still have your PIN, you may use it to update your information rather than completing a brand new application.

The school code for Regent is: 030913

Loan eligibility is evaluated by our Student Financial Aid office upon receipt of your Student Aid Report, which is automatically sent to the university soon after your FAFSA is submitted. Contact your financial aid counselor to receive more specific information.

If you have loans and/or scholarships, you may lose some of your funds if this drops you below the full-time enrollment requirement. If it drops you below four credit hours, you will lose all of your financial benefits (exceptions are CMHC and CES). If this is the case, you will be responsible for immediate repayment of the difference.

If you have questions about school-specific scholarships, please contact Katie Kerley, Assistant Director of Admissions, at 800.681.5906 or kathpec@regent.edu.

If you have questions about loans, FAFSA or university endowed scholarships, please contact the Office of Advising at 757.352.4385.

Regent students enjoy a uniquely supportive environment and prime location in Virginia Beach. Our caring community, coastal climate, and collegial academic atmosphere help students flourish personally and build lifelong friendships.

Just a short drive from our campus, the Virginia Beach waterfront stretches 25 miles from Chesapeake Bay beaches to the oceanfront resort area and the border of North Carolina. The city is part of the larger metropolitan area known as Hampton Roads. This thriving community is home to the world’s largest naval base, includes seven cities and is the second largest metropolitan area between Atlanta, Georgia and Washington, D.C.

Here, you’ll not only discover significant internship and employment opportunities, but also a wealth of attractions and activities. Enjoy the diversity of quiet parks and vibrant downtowns, as well as cultural offerings from the opera and art shows to festivals and concerts.

VISIT & EXPLORE

Norfolk Premium Outlets | 7 miles
Downtown Norfolk & Waterside District  | 10 miles
Virginia Beach Oceanfront | 17 miles
Indoor Skydiving | 16 miles
Oceanbreeze Water Park | 17 miles
The Adventure Park | 18 miles
Busch Gardens | 45 miles
Colonial Williamsburg | 48 miles
N.C. Outer Banks | 75 miles
Richmond, VA | 98 miles
Shenandoah National Park | 190 miles
Washington, D.C. | 200 miles
Philadelphia, PA | 274 miles
New York, NY | 360 miles

The Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination is administered by the National Board for Certified Counselors. It is a required exam for the School of Psychology & Counseling and must be passed in order to receive a diploma.

There is no official study guide for the Exit exam. You can use the NCE study guides as a good resource.

Practice Tests:

Fun Flashcards:

Other Resources

A Professional Orientation to Counseling by Nicholas A. Vacc, Larry C. Loesch (US +1 8006347064 Call or https://www.routledge.com/)

Encyclopedia of Counseling: Master Review and Tutorial by Howard, Ed.D. Rosenthal (Brunner-Routledge; 2nd edition ) (US +1 8006347064 Call or https://www.routledge.com/)

Review Questions for NBCC and state counselor examination, 2nd edition (5 audio cassette tapes and booklet; (US+1 8006347064 Call or https://www.routledge.com/)

Vital information for NBCC and State Counselor Examination, 2nd edition (9 audio cassettes and booklet; (US+1 8006347064 Call or https://www.routledge.com/)

The Study Course for the National Counselor Examination for Licensing and Certification (NCE®) (see https://www.cce-global.org/). This is an adapted version of A Professional Orientation to Counseling by Nicholas A. Vacc, Ed.D., NCC and Larry C. Loesch, Ph.D., NCC.

The following eight major areas are tested on both the NCE and the Exit Exam: Human Growth and Development; Helping Relations; Social and Cultural Foundations; Group Work; Career and Lifestyle Development; Appraisal; Research and Program Evaluation; and Professional Orientation and Ethics.

The NCE is the National Counselor Exam. For complete information on this exam, look at The Credentialing Guide created by NBCC.

The NCE is offered twice a year – in April and October.

No. The NCE is an optional exam.

The Exit Exam is a required exam given by Regent to its students. You must pass this exam in order to graduate. The exams are similar in content and are offered around the same time each year. Regent typically offers the Exit exam the week before the NCE.

For students who are graduating from a CACREP accredited program: If you take and pass the NCE, once you graduate you are a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC). Also, in many states, the NCE exam is the licensing exam. If you take and pass the NCE, once you accumulate your hours toward licensure in these states, you are then licensed – no additional exam is required. Virginia, however, does not use this exam as a licensure exam.

Visit the NBCC website for a list of the states and their licensure exams.

You can call (757.352.4252), email or stop by the Field Placement Liaison’s office in CRB 232A. There is also a lot of information on the NBCC website at www.nbcc.org or in the notebook in CRB 215.

On campus students normally take Practicum in their second semester in the program. This will be in either a Spring or Summer semester.

CMHC (online) students are scheduled to take Practicum in the Spring semester of their second year in the program.

Practicum is not offered in the Fall semester for either on campus or online students.

  • Attendance at a MANDATORY Practicum & Internship Orientation Meeting (For on campus students, this will typically be held within the first two weeks of either the Fall or Spring semesters. For CMHC (online) students, this will either be held during Residency or you may be required to view a video recording of a previously held meeting.)
  • Submission of all required paperwork by the posted deadline date.
  • Obtain passing grades in the following courses:
    1. COUN/CMHC 500 – Helping Relationships
    2. COUN/CMHC 521 – Counseling Skills & Techniques
    3. COUN/CMHC 526 – Theories of Counseling

You will typically remain with the same class (faculty & students) for Practicum that you were in for Counseling Skills & Techniques.

All paperwork is located online, including the Practicum & Internship Handbook, Candidacy Checklist and all associated forms, Clinical/School Counseling Contract, and the evaluations and time logs needed once working at a practicum site.

You should be on either the school counseling or dual (community & school counseling) track to do a school practicum. Dual track students are highly encouraged to complete a school practicum (usually done in an elementary school) in order to help determine if this is the track they wish to follow.

Internship is offered each semester, so you may begin at any time once the requirements have been met. Refer to your own personal Approved Degree Plan (ADP) for details. It is important to note that school internships may only be accomplished during the Fall and Spring semesters.

  • Attendance at a MANDATORY Practicum & Internship Orientation Meeting (For on campus students, this will typically be held within the first two weeks of either the Fall or Spring semesters. For CMHC (online) students, this will either be held during Residency or you may be required to view a video recording of a previously held meeting.)
  • Submission of all required initial paperwork by the posted deadline.
  • For all internships, you must have completed at least 30 hours of coursework, which must include:
    • COUN/CMHC 500 Helping Relationships
    • COUN/CMHC 521 Counseling Skills & Techniques
    • COUN/CMHC 526 Theories of Counseling
    • COUN/CMHC 523 Practicum & Advanced Skills
    • COUN/CMHC 554 Group Counseling
    • COUN/CMHC 532 Assessment Techniques in Counseling
    • COUN/CMHC 516 Principles of School Counseling (school and dual track)
    • COUN/CMHC 514 Counseling Children & Adolescents (school and dual track)
    • COUN/CMHC 538 Psychopathology
    • COUN/CMHC 562 Community Counseling/Clinical Mental Health Counseling (community and dual track)

All paperwork is located online, including the Practicum & Internship Handbook, Candidacy Checklist and all associated forms, Clinical/School Counseling Contract, and the evaluation forms and time logs needed once working at an internship site.

Practicum students can find information regarding the site search process here: https://www.regent.edu/school-of-psychology-and-counseling/about/clinical-practicum/#site-search-process.

Internship students can find information regarding the site search process here: https://www.regent.edu/school-of-psychology-and-counseling/about/clinical-school-internships/#site-search-process.

You are NOT allowed to contact any sites without permission to do so by the Field Placement Liaison.