The main difference between Christian and non-Christian counselors is the authorities under which they operate: the church or the state. Let’s take a look at some of the differences between the two professions.

Education

Christian

Master’s degree required, with the exception of clergy members. Practitioners should also have extensive knowledge of the Bible and Christian practices.

Traditional

Master’s degree in psychology or social work required.

License Requirements

Christian

Six states offer specific Christian counseling licensure (Arkansas, Kentucky, Maine, New Hampshire, North Carolina and Tennessee); all other states require licensure equal to other professional mental health counselors.

Traditional

Post-degree clinical experience and licensure after a state-specific exam are required.

Median Salary

Christian

$50,531

Traditional

$41,500

Typical Places of Practice

Christian

Private offices, churches, Christian schools, adoption agencies, hospitals, funeral homes, homeless shelters.

Traditional

Nursing and residential care facilities, outpatient care centers, private offices, government offices, private healthcare offices, hospitals.

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