Program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
We offer an M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling designed to meet the academic requirements for Tennessee 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, and churches. Our program’s emphasis on faith integration is especially helpful for those who wish to practice in faith-related settings (although students are not limited to only these settings). Our M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree has been accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).
The degree requires a core set of classes that are required for all students seeking LPC licensure in Tennessee as well as elective hours that allow students to acquire the minimum of 60 graduate hours needed for this licensure. Students are also required to complete one year of practicum and internship totaling 750 hours of supervised clinical experience; this experience helps the students develop their skills as counselors, preparing them for the counseling profession. Students may also choose to specialize in play therapy by taking two play therapy electives and one semester of Internship in play therapy. Students also have the option of completing a thesis if they are considering a future doctorate degree.
Last academic year, there were 34 graduates of Lipscomb University’s Clinical Mental Health Counseling program. Our graduates consistently achieve high pass rates on licensing examinations. The pass rate for graduates taking the NCE examination in the 2017 – 2018 academic year was 100%. Of the admitted students, 56% graduate from the program in the expected time period** and 92% of those program graduates responding to surveys who are actively seeking jobs are employed.
Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program
|Year||Number of Graduates||**Completion Rate||LPC Exam Pass Rate||Placement Rate|
*represent the percentage of graduates actively seeking employment
**Represents the percentage of students completing the program within 11 semesters
For course descriptions and a copy of course syllabi, 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 (46 Hours)
- COUN 5103 Theories of Counseling and Personality
- COUN 5113 Introduction to Clinical Mental Health
- 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 Advanced Psychopathology
- COUN 6653 Assessment Techniques
- COUN 6703 Effective Counseling and Treatment Planning
- COUN 6951 Capstone Seminar in Counseling
Clinical Experience Courses (9 Hours)
- COUN 6803 Practicum
- COUN 6903 Internship I
- COUN 6913 Internship II
- COUN 6910 Internship Continuation (if needed)
Elective Courses (select 6 Hours)
- COUN 6003 Grief and Crisis Counseling
- COUN 6153 Marriage and Family Counseling
- COUN 6203 Child and Adolescent Counseling
- COUN 6403 Psychopharmacology
- COUN 6453 Gerontology
- COUN 6503 Human Sexuality
- PSG 6553 Psychology of Religion and Spirituality
- COUN 675V Psychological/Counseling Topics (Introduction to Play Therapy, Advanced Play Therapy, Internship II in Play Therapy)
- PSG 6933 Thesis I
- PSG 6943 Thesis II
Courses from other Lipscomb graduate studies may be used as electives as approved by the graduate director (e.g., Conflict Management, Theology).