You have a passion for helping those who are hurting and finding answers for those who are searching. Learn how to touch lives in meaningful ways only a licensed mental health counselor can. We’ll help you achieve your goal to help those in need through clinical mental health counseling.
Today’s therapy job landscape involves looking through the lens of an individual's psyche. When researching mental health counseling programs, you need a degree that trains you to walk with clients as they navigate life's challenges. Lipscomb offers just that through our Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. In addition to our generalist track, we have specializations in play therapy and addiction, that fully prepare you to enter whichever field of counseling matches your interests.
Lipscomb’s small class sizes mean you'll get the personalized guidance necessary to advance. The curriculum is built around licensure expectations, and our 100 percent pass rate ensures 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 competence.
For more information about accreditation, mission, goals, and policies of the program, see our documentation.
- Number of graduates in the past year: 40
- Completion Rate: 78%
- Licensure or certification examination pass rate: 100%
- Job placement rate: 80%
Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program Outcomes
A Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Lipscomb equips you with imperative skills to help others in their mental health journey. This includes training to develop your ethical competence, grow dispositions essential to counseling such as empathy, engage in personal and professional growth, and embrace interprofessional collaboration.
- Lipscomb University's online application
- A 500-700 word essay that explains more about you and why you're applying to this program. Please include reflections on experiences with helping others and engagement with diversity.
- Three letters of recommendation
- Official transcripts from all schools in which a degree conferred was received
- GRE scores (waived if you already hold a master's degree, optional if you have a 3.0 or above undergraduate GPA)
- Optional-you may submit a 45-60 second video that answers the following question: What do you do for fun?
Deadline for Spring 2023 will be October 1 and deadline for Fall 2023 will be March 1.
The Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is a 6-7 semester program. All students take the following course sequence their first year, as a full-time student:
- COUN 5113 - Introduction to Clinical Mental Health Counseling
- COUN 5203 - Introduction to Psychopathology and Adaptive Behavior
- COUN 5103 - Theories of Counseling and Personality
- COUN 5903 - Introduction to Counseling Skills
- COUN 6603 - Trauma and Advanced Psychopathology
- COUN 5703 - Ethics and Professional Issues in Counseling
- COUN 6053 - Multicultural Issues in Counseling
- COUN 6703 - Effective Counseling and Treatment Planning
- COUN 6303 - Substance Abuse Counseling or COUN 5213 Foundations of Substance Use Disorders Treatment (*replaces COUN 6303)
These are general, core credit courses offered for this M.S., along with the elective options:
When a student is ready to start integrating specializations into their schedule, they can pursue three paths - Generalist, Addiction or Play Therapy.
Addiction and Play Therapy tracks require specific electives (see accordions below). If you follow the Generalist track, you can choose any electives and follow the courses previously listed.
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
The M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with Addiction 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.
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/).