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You have a passion for helping those who are hurting. You want to help those who are searching for answers, find them. So learn how to touch lives in meaningful ways that only a trained counselor can. We’ll help you achieve your goal to help those in need.
Look at therapy through the lens of an individual's psyche. Learn to walk with clients as they navigate life's challenges. And with specializations in play therapy, addictions or integrative behavioral health, you'll be fully prepared to enter whichever field of counseling matches your interests.
Our small class sizes mean you'll get the personalized guidance you need to advance. With curriculum built around licensure expectations and a 100 percent pass rate, you'll be prepared to excel. Study in the first faith-based, CACREP accredited program in Tennessee to arrive at the intersection of caring and competent.
Fall 2020 Deadline has passed. We are now accepting applications for Spring and Fall 2021. Deadline for Spring 2021 (start in January) will be October 1, 2020. Deadline for Fall 2021 will be March 15, 2021.
Electives from other Lipscomb graduate programs may be substituted upon approval by the Graduate Director.
Introduction to Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Introduction to Psychopathology and Adaptive Behavior
Theories of Counseling and Personality
Introduction to Counseling Skills
Trauma & Advanced Psychopathology
Ethics & Professional Issues in Counseling
Multicultural Issues in Counseling
Effective Counseling & Treatment Planning
Substance Abuse Counseling or Foundations of Substance Use Disorders Treatment*
Addiction Counseling Specialization - Students must apply and are admitted specifically into this specialization for a January start only. Students in this specialization complete the standard clinical mental health counseling coursework with the addition of specialized coursework and practicum/internship in substance use addiction at a local residential addictions facility. Specifically, students take the following specialized courses:
The M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with Addiction Counseling Specialization is designed to meet the academic requirements for Tennessee licensure as Licensed Professional Counselor with Mental Health Service Provider designation (LPC-MHSP) and Licensed Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor (LADAC).
Play Therapy Specialization - Students interested in this specialization complete specialized coursework and one internship in play therapy. Students admitted in either fall or spring semesters may choose this specialization. Specifically, students take the following courses:
The M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with Play Therapy Specialization is designed to meet the academic requirements for Tennessee licensure as Licensed Professional Counselor with Mental Health Service Provider designation (LPC-MHSP) and to meet partial requirements for credentialing as a Registered Play Therapist (RPT; check out Association for Play Therapy for more details regarding credential. http://www.a4pt.org/).
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Both our deeply connected faculty and our experiential learning opportunities offer myriad ways for you to form relationships with leaders in the industry. These connections will serve and support you throughout your career.
You’ll have opportunities to engage in meaningful discussion, receive one-on-one faculty mentorship and ask difficult questions in our small class sizes. Plus, you’ll feel supported in a tight-knit learning community.
A big city. An even bigger opportunity. We consider Nashville an extension of our classroom, and as a leading city in many industries, that means you’ll gain experience and insight you won’t find anywhere else.
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Director, Graduate Counseling
Morris joined the psychology and counseling faculty in July 2009, after 10 years of teaching in the psychology and counseling programs at Freed-Hardeman University. His received his doctorate in Educational...Learn More
Melanie Morris coordinates the Practicum and Internship process for the M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program and supervises practicum/internship students. Morris received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from University...Learn More
Ribeiro joined the psychology and counseling faculty in Fall 2012 after completing his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Georgia State University. He teaches Introduction to Psychopathology and Adaptive Behavior, Multicultural...Learn More
Denis' (pronounced Denise) Thomas is the faculty director of the Center for Play Therapy and Expressive Arts. She has been at Lipscomb since 2012 teaching graduate courses in the psychology,...Learn More
Assistant Professor of Psychology and Counseling
DeAndrea Witherspoon Nash earned her M.S. in Counseling Psychology from Tennessee State University and her Ph.D. in Clinical Counseling from Trevecca Nazarene University. She is licensed as a professional counselor-mental...Learn More
Clinical mental health counselors advise people who suffer from alcoholism, drug addiction, eating disorders, anxiety, or other mental or behavioral problems. They provide treatment and support to help clients heal.
After becoming a licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor or Marriage and Family Therapist, you can become a registered play therapist. A registered play therapist will use play therapy to help clients (regardless of age) find healing and achieve the growth they desire.
With our addictions specialization, you can become dual-licensed as a LADAC & CMHC. This unique perspective allows a counselors to simultaneously treat an addiction while also treating the underlying cause of the addiction. This is a highly marketable skillset that can easily transfer to helping a variety of problems, not just addiction.