Program in Professional Counseling
We offer an M. S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling designed to meet the academic requirements for licensure as a Professional Counselor with Mental Health Service Provider designation (LPC MHSP). This credential allows students to provide counseling services in a variety of settings in the community such as mental health centers, private practices, churches, and parachurch organizations. Our program’s emphasis on faith integration would be especially helpful for those who wish to practice in faith-related settings (although students are not limited to only these settings).
The degree would require a core set of classes that are required for all students seeking LPC licensure, 9 hours of practicum and internship experience that would help students develop their skills as a counselor, and elective hours that allow students to acquire the minimum of 60 graduate hours needed for this licensure.
For descriptions of each of these courses, click here.
If you'd like to download a copy of the graduate catalog, click here.
For a detailed description of the LPC guidelines in Tennessee, click here.
Core Courses (43 Hours):
Counseling Theories and Techniques
Introduction to Counseling Skills
Introduction to Psychopathology and Adaptive Behavior
Theories of Human Behavior, Learning, and Personality
Research Methods and Statistics
Ethics and Professional Issues in Counseling
Integration of Psychology and Christianity Seminar
Multicultural Issues in Counseling
Group Dynamics and Group Counseling
Effective Counseling and Treatment Planning
Capstone Seminar in Counseling Psychology
Practicum Courses (9 Hours):
Elective Courses (select 9 Hours):
Child and Adolescent Counseling
Marriage and Family Counseling
Substance Abuse Counseling
Grief and Crisis Counseling
Psychology of Religion and Spirituality
Survey of Psychology (for students who did not major in psychology)
Thesis I and II (recommended for students applying to doctoral programs)
Electives from other departments