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MAC students launch advocacy project, help transitioning foster children

Students in the MAC program’s Spiritual Integration and Social Concern class are living what they’re learning. The soon-to-be counselors recently completed an advocacy project on behalf of Oregon foster kids.

It began with Professor Chris Cleaver’s desire to create an opportunity for his students to experience real advocacy, an adventure that would take them outside of their lectures and textbooks.

“I’m trying to communicate the role of counselors, the role of advocacy, and then have my students practice those skills,” he says. “Why not actually make someone’s life better while we’re  learning how to make someone’s life better?”

Once the students collaborated on the project, they chose to serve foster kids. With only weeks to make a difference, they quickly identified a need that continuously popped up during their research: Although there are many resources for young adults phasing out of the foster care system into independence, many of these resources are outdated or inaccessible.


“Foster kids can stay in the system up until they’re 23 if they go to college,” says Cleaver. But many have no idea this is an option. “Having current resources and knowing how to take advantage of all those resources can help foster kids avoid pitfalls,” he says.

The students set out to change that by creating multiple brochures with updated information helpful to foster kids moving out of the system. Then they passed them around to various agencies in Multnomah County.

MAC student Sarah Kumm was thrilled to be fulfilling this need with her classmates, and she was encouraged by the feedback they received from social workers. “Everyone I talked to said new resources are huge on their hearts,” she says. “Foster agencies do an amazing job, but they just don’t have time to improve all their resources.”

The project became more than just a grade or a deadline once the students saw how much their effort benefited the kids. “It reminds me of how much is going on in the world and the services that are needed,” says Kumm. “Culturally, we became more sensitive to people we were unfamiliar with. Listening and being there and supporting is what God has called us to do.”

Cleaver agrees. “I very much believe that Jesus is an advocate, and we as Christians are following him in that advocacy.”

Frank Ocampo: Living Joyfully in the Present

frank_mainFrank Ocampo's goal is to open a community center for at-risk youth in his hometown of London, England. MU's Master of Arts in Counseling program is preparing him with rigorous classes and hands-on experience so he can fulfill his dreams.

"I've learned what it means to live joyfully in the present since I've been at Multnomah," he says. "If you have the joy of Christ in you, no one can rob that but yourself." Read his story.

‘A Safe Place’: MU Counselors Create an Environment for Healing

At Multnomah, we take a holistic approach to caring for our community. That’s why we offer each student access to free, professional counseling on our campus. Lisa Wold, Assistant Director of MU's Counseling Center, has watched hundreds of students walk across the podium to receive their diplomas. But the men and women she's counseled stand out the most. “When I see them graduate, and I know what it took them to get there, it feels incredibly rewarding to be a small part of their journey,” she says. Read the rest of this entry »

Master of Arts in Counseling – Now Enrolling!

000130322In case you missed our press release about the new Master of Arts in Counseling (MAC) program, or the one about Dr. Elizabeth List, the Psychology department chair and faculty member directing the MAC program - we have the whole scoop here.

The long awaited Master of Arts in Counseling program is accepting applicants into the upcoming Fall Semester - and the response has been very positive!

4 Facts You Should Know:

  1. Fully Accredited:  Multnomah's MAC program is accredited by ABHE and NWCCU.
  2. Licensure:  Multnomah's MAC program meets the educational requirements for licensure and is approved by the Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists based on the fact that Multnomah is a regionally accredited institution.
  3. Stronger Bible:  There are many MAC programs out there, but what makes the MU program unique is that Bible and theology is the foundation on which it is built. We are committed to Biblically-grounded counseling as a ministry - not just a profession.
  4. Accessible:  With classes taking place one night per week and small cohort-style groups forming throughout the year, it is an ideal program for busy professionals looking to get qualified for a career in counseling - especially Christian counseling.

Any Questions?

We are looking to build an FAQ page to answer questions, so let us know what we should put on it! Also, I will be interviewing Dr. List in the coming weeks, so I will be sure to ask her your questions for you!

In the meantime, I hear that there are many applicants already - so if you want in, you probably should contact Admissions right away to find out how!