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Waxahachie, Texas – March 2, 2016 Demand for mental health counselors is projected to grow 20% between 2014 and 2024. That reality spotlights an opportunity for caregivers, particularly those with a Christian worldview. Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) will introduce a bachelor’s degree in Community Care and Counseling in Fall 2016. The degree will contain 127 hours of instruction to be completed over four years.

Graduates of the Bachelor of Science in Community Care and Counseling at SAGU will be qualified to work in ministry-related organizations, mental health and social work agencies, community relations organizations, pregnancy centers, nursing homes, family outreach ministries, basic residential care facilities, criminal justice agencies, administration, community service and rehabilitation centers, crisis and disaster response organizations, church and parachurch agencies, and non-profit outreach centers. Examples include dream centers, Christian orphan homes, disaster agencies such as Convoy of Hope and International Christian helping agencies.

Program Coordinator Brad Fairchild explains, “The three-fold Christian caregiving emphasis prepares students to serve individuals, communities and society as a whole.”

The degree also prepares professionals for vocations in social and mental health assistance. These positions could include such things as child and adult welfare, family assistance services and government agencies. SAGU graduates will be equipped for community outreach and intervention.

The degree leaves room for 21 hours in electives and allows flexibility to choose courses in line with personal career goals. Dr. William Armistead says, “The flexibility of this degree, with the number of electives, allows students to minor or specialize in selected areas such as social work, addictions counseling, psychology, criminal justice, leadership, church planting and revitalization, youth and student ministry, intercultural studies, children and family ministry, human resource management and more.”

The number of electives also allows more flexibility for transfer credit. Students joining SAGU’s Community Care and Counseling degree from other schools can transition easily.

Click here to request information on the B.S. in Community Care and Counseling degree and to speak with an admissions counselor.

About SAGU:
Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

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