The Global Crisis and Rising Need for Mental Health Professionals

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Now more than ever, the world is in a state of uncertainty, and, in a culture that craves predictable stability, that uncertainty has become dangerous. The global pandemic and national unrest have had noticeable, macro-level impacts, but they also affect individual lives and mental health. Due to the disruption of life and the alarming increase in stress, depression, suicide, and anxiety in the nation are rising, and many health experts predict long-term psychological impacts of crisis proportions. There is already a shortage of mental health workers and, as mental health needs exponentially rise, that issue will only increase.

Jaime Diaz-Granados, the Deputy Chief Executive Officer and acting Chief Scientific Officer at the American Psychological Association (APA), speaking to USA Today, said,  “We are facing a culmination of crises, unlike anything we have seen in our lifetimes – in coronavirus, economic turmoil, and racism. Each of these crises [is] taking a heavy psychological toll on Americans and particularly our African American citizens and other people of color. The health consequences could be dire. As we look toward the future, we need to consider the long-term implications of the collective trauma.” 

Mental health is vitally important, and as believers, we know that spiritual health is equally so. People are searching for meaning, comfort, and hope, which can all be found in Jesus Christ. The ability to sensitively navigate people’s trauma and hardship with compassion and the Gospel will play an important role in healing on macro and micro levels. Times like these reveal just how much we need believers to be professionally trained in the mental health field to handle people’s emotions, thoughts, and psyche with holistic care.

If you have ever considered being a counselor or working in the mental health field, now is an important time to consider taking the first step toward becoming a mental health professional. When you rise to this growing need by investing in your education, you make an investment in the community at large. While others might take a passive stance as this crisis approaches, you can prepare for a career of impact starting now. 

The Master of Arts in Counseling (MAC) program at Multnomah University features a practitioner/scholar model that merges biblical faith integration and academic excellence. As a student, you will apply clinical skills, intervention techniques, and train under the direct supervision of practicing mental health professionals while learning about counseling theory and Christian theology. At Multnomah, you don’t have to choose between professional, skilled training and fostering deep spiritual resources to better care for patients. You can become a Licensed Professional Counselor or Therapist in 2.5 years and join the force of professionals rising to meet this ongoing, global challenge. 

If you would like to continue this conversation or are interested in learning more about the MAC program, visit our website at multnomah.edu/mac.


For more details or to receive an application by mail, contact Admissions at (800) 275-4672 or admissions@multnomah.edu.

July 30, 2020 | News