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.
Master’s degree required, with the exception of clergy members. Practitioners should also have extensive knowledge of the Bible and Christian practices.
Master’s degree in psychology or social work required.
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.
Post-degree clinical experience and licensure after a state-specific exam are required.
Typical Places of Practice
Private offices, churches, Christian schools, adoption agencies, hospitals, funeral homes, homeless shelters.
Nursing and residential care facilities, outpatient care centers, private offices, government offices, private healthcare offices, hospitals.