Dr. Christine Browning, associate professor of counseling and psychology at Milligan, didn’t attend college until she was 42 years old. She spent most of her life as a stay-at-home mom. However, she felt God calling her to continually follow Him.

Despite her phobia of math, Browning took some non-college credit math courses and passed each one with an “A.” She took each step that God was calling her to take, and eventually decided to study psychology at the college level. Through hard work and continuing to listen to God, she earned a bachelor’s degree from Crichton College, master’s degree and an educational specialist degrees from the University of Memphis, and her Ph.D. in counselor education from the University of Mississippi.

Browning decided to study psychology from a Christian perspective to help those who have experienced trauma and abuse, much like she had in her past. At Milligan, she teaches courses that include counseling skills, assessments in counseling, childhood sexual abuse, crisis intervention, and supervises students at the counseling center on campus.

When asked why she loves teaching at Milligan, Browning responded:

“I love the community here—it feels like a family. Our mission to raise servant leaders is true and I appreciate the genuineness, honesty, and integrity of the people who make up this community. I love being able to train future counselors.”

She also noted the strength of our Master of Science in Counseling (MSC) program.

“One of the strengths of our program is that we place students into internships. In this area that is highly saturated with students, it can be hard for them to find an internship on their own. Dr. Rebecca Sapp, our field placement director, is very connected to the community and is able to find internships that match student interest to available internship sites.”

Students role-play counseling sessions with their classmates in order to help them learn appropriate counseling skills.

“It’s fun to see students come out of their shells in this exercise,” said Browning. “They go from thinking ‘I can’t do this with a classmate’ at the beginning of the semester to being more confident and actually using their knowledge and skills to practice before they begin their practicum and internships.”

In addition to a strong academic foundation, Milligan’s MSC graduates are highly successful finding jobs.

According to Browning, there is a 99% success rate for job placement when they leave the program. Several students are hired directly from their place of internship. Some examples of the fields that students enter are mental health counseling, school counseling, substance abuse program workers, and, for students with additional education requirements, chaplaincy.

Browning will present a lecture based on her book, Psalms of My Heart (published December 2016), as part of the Faculty Lecture Series on February 12, 2018. The title of the lecture is, “The Redeeming Love of God – A Personal Testimony.”

Are you interested in serving others through counseling? Learn more about our MSC program here.