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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, addiction 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.

Program statistics:

  • Number of graduates in the past year: 40
  • Completion Rate: 78%
  • Licensure or certification examination pass rate: 100%
  • Job placement rate: 80%

Admissions Requirements

Admissions Requirements

Please submit:

  • 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?
  • Interview

Deadline for Fall 2022 has passed.  We are accepting applications for Spring '23 (January). 

Deadline for Spring '23 will be October 1 and deadline for Fall '23 will March 1.



Core Courses (46 Hours):

Practicum Courses (9 Hours)

Elective Courses (select 6 Hours/2 courses):

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*


Addiction 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 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.

Tuition & Aid

Tuition & Aid

Program tuition is currently $962* per credit hour.

*Note: The graduate tuition rates may increase annually, effective each summer semester.

Types of Aid


LPC Exam pass rate


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.


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.


Job placement rate

Our Faculty

  • Jake Morris headshot

    Jake Morris

    Professor and 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...

    Meet Jake Morris
  • Melanie Morris headshot

    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...

    Meet Melanie Morris
  • Damian McClintock headshot

    Damian McClintock

    Assistant Professor

    Meet Damian McClintock
  • Douglas Ribeiro headshot

    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...

    Meet Douglas Ribeiro
  • DeAndrea Witherspoon Nash

    Deandrea Witherspoon Nash

    Assistant Professor

    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...

    Meet Deandrea Witherspoon Nash
  • Kasie Lee headshot

    Kasie Lee

    Assistant Professor

    Dr. Lee completed her bachelors and master's degrees at Vanderbilt University and doctoral degree at the University of North Texas where she specialized in play therapy and trained with world-renowned...

    Meet Kasie Lee

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, 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 addiction specialization, you can become dual-licensed as a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor (LADAC) & Licensed Professional Counselor with a Mental Health Service Provider (LPC-MHSP) designation. 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.