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Program Overview

Program Overview

Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) Accredited

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.

Admissions Requirements

Admissions Requirements

Please submit:

  • Lipscomb University's online application
  • An essay of purpose
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Official transcripts from all schools attended
  • GRE scores (waived if you already hold a master's degree)
  • Interview

    Deadline to apply for spring 2020 is Oct. 1, 2019. Deadline to apply for fall 2020 will be March 15, 2020. 
Courses

Courses

Core Courses (46 Hours):

  • COUN 5103 - Theories of Counseling and Personality
  • COUN 5113 - Introduction to Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • COUN 5203 - Introduction to Psychopathology and Adaptive Behavior
  • COUN 5303 - Lifespan Development
  • COUN 5603 - Research Methods and Statistics
  • COUN 5703 - Ethics and Professional Issues in Counseling
  • COUN 5803 - Integration of Psychology and Christianity Seminar
  • COUN 5903 - Introduction to Counseling Skills
  • COUN 6053 - Multicultural Issues in Counseling
  • COUN 6103 - Group Dynamics and Group Counseling
  • COUN 6253 - Career Counseling
  • COUN 6303 - Substance Abuse Counseling
  • COUN 6603 - Trauma and Advanced Psychopathology
  • COUN 6653 - Assessment Techniques
  • COUN 6703 - Effective Counseling and Treatment Planning
  • COUN 6951 - Capstone Seminar in Counseling

Practicum Courses (9 Hours)

  • COUN 6803 - Practicum
  • COUN 6903 - Internship I or COUN 6963 - Internship I in Play Therapy
  • COUN 6913 - Internship II or COUN 6973 - Internship II in Play Therapy

Elective Courses (select 6 Hours/2 courses):

  • COUN 6003 - Grief and Crisis Counseling
  • COUN 6153 - Marriage and Family Counseling
  • COUN 6A23 - Introduction to Play Therapy
  • COUN 6223 - Advanced Play Therapy & Expressive Arts
  • COUN 6363 - Assessment, Diagnosis & Treatment Planning for Substance Use Disorders
  • COUN 6373 - Prevention, Intervention & Counseling for Substance Use Disorders
  • COUN 6403 - Psychopharmacology
  • COUN 6453 - Gerontology
  • COUN 6503 - Human Sexuality
  • COUN 675V - Psychological/Counseling Topics
  • PSG 6933 - Thesis I
  • PSG 6943 - Thesis II
  • Electives from other Lipscomb graduate programs may be substituted upon approval by the Graduate Director.


Required course sequence for a first year full-time student in M.S. in CMHC

First Semester:
Introduction to Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Introduction to Psychopathology and Adaptive Behavior
Theories of Counseling and Personality

Second Semester:
Introduction to Counseling Skills
Trauma & Advanced Psychopathology
Ethics & Professional Issues in Counseling

Third Semester:
Multicultural Issues in Counseling
Effective Counseling & Treatment Planning
Substance Abuse Counseling or Foundations of Substance Use Disorders Treatment*

Specializations

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:

  • COUN 5213  Foundations of Substance Use Disorders Treatment (*replaces COUN 6303)
  • COUN 6363  Assessment, Diagnosis & Treatment Planning for Substance Use Disorders (as Elective One)
  • COUN 6373  Prevention, Intervention & Counseling for Substance Use Disorders (as Elective Two).

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:

  • COUN 6A23  Introduction to Play Therapy (as Elective One)
  • COUN 6223  Advanced Play Therapy & Expressive Arts (as Elective Two)
  • COUN 6963  Internship I in Play Therapy or COUN 6973 Internship II in Play Therapy (as a part of the clinical year sequence).

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/).

Tuition & Aid

Tuition & Aid

Program tuition is currently $962 per credit hour.

Types of Aid

100%

LPC Exam pass rate

Networking

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.

Small Class Sizes

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.

Nashville

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.

92%

Job placement rate

Our Faculty

  • Jake Morris

    Jake Morris

    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...

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  • Melanie Morris

    Melanie Morris

    Associate Professor

    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...

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  • Douglas Ribeiro

    Douglas Ribeiro

    Associate Professor

    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...

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  • Denis' Thomas

    Denis Thomas

    Associate Professor

    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,...

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  • DeAndrea Witherspoon

    DeAndrea Witherspoon

    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...

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Career Paths

Clinical Mental Health Counselor

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.

Play Therapist

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.

Alcohol & Drug Addictions Counselor & Clinical Mental Health Counselor

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.