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Counseling & Human Development

Jacquelyn G. Montgomery, MA, Associate Dean for the School of Professional Counseling
Dr. Robert & Carol Goodin Nursing & Counseling Center, Room 218
(270) 384-8121

Jeffery J. Crane, PhD, Director, Counseling & Human Development Program
Dr. Robert & Carol Goodin Nursing & Counseling Center, Room 223
(270) 384-8160

School of Professional Counseling Mission Statement

The mission of the School of Professional Counseling (SPC) is to address the diverse academic and community needs of Appalachia and other regions through dedication to academic excellence and professional integrity where students obtain a solid professional knowledge and skills base.

Counseling & Human Development Program Mission Statement

The mission of the Counseling & Human Development (CHD) program is to provide a practitioner-based, community-centered, student-focused mental health preparation program hallmarked by academic integrity, professional competence, and sound ethical principles.  

In addition to its programs on the A.P. White Campus in Columbia, the School of Professional Counseling collaborates with community colleges within Kentucky and surrounding states to provide local, community-based programs at 26 sites.  The bachelor's and master's degrees are offered at these locations, allowing associate's degree graduates to earn these higher-level degrees through the Lindsey Wilson College School of Professional Counseling.

The School of Professional Counseling programs are offered in the following locations:  Ashland, KY at Ashland Community & Technical College; Big Stone Gap, VA at Mountain Empire Community College; Cincinnati, OH at the Cincinnati State Technical & Community College; Cumberland, KY at Southeast Kentucky Community & Technical College; Danville, KY and Lexington, KY at Bluegrass Community & Technical College; Elizabethtown, KY at Elizabethtown Community & Technical College; Gallatin, TN at Volunteer State Community College; Hazard, KY at Hazard Community & Technical College; Henderson, KY at Henderson Community College; Hillsboro, OH and Washington Court House, OH at Southern State Community College; Hopkinsville, KY at Hopkinsville Community College; Logan, WV at the Southern West Virginia Community & Technical College; London, KY and Somerset, KY at Somerset Community College; Louisville, KY and Shelbyville, KY at Jefferson Community & Technical College; Madisonville, KY at Madisonville Community College; Maysville, KY at Maysville Community & Technical College; Paducah, KY at the Western Kentucky Community & Technical College; Prestonsburg, KY at Big Sandy Community & Technical College; Radcliff, KY at Regional Education Center; Richlands, VA at Southwest Virginia Community College; Scottsville, KY at the Scottsville campus of Lindsey Wilson College; and Wytheville, VA at the Wytheville Community College.  

Master of Education

The MEd in Counseling & Human Development, with specialization in Mental Health Counseling, is an application-oriented experience designed to enhance the skills of bachelor-level practitioners presently employed or planning a professional career in counseling. The program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP).  CACREP grants accredited status to graduate-level programs in the professional counseling field.

Through Lindsey Wilson College's accreditation with CACREP, students are eligible to sit for the National Board of Certified Counselors examination during their last semester of study to certify as a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC).  In most circumstances, graduates also are immediately eligible for provisional or temporary licensure in the state where they received coursework.

Employment opportunities for Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors are diverse and abundant. In addition to private practice settings, possible employment opportunities for graduates of the program include city and state human services departments, community mental health centers, correctional departments, drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs, residential foster care agencies, hospice programs, the military, counseling agencies, psychiatric hospitals, rape crisis centers, and vocational services. 

This degree does not lead to P-12 school counselor certification or satisfy requirements for the MEd in Teacher as Leader.



The Master of Education in Counseling & Human Development, with specialization in Mental Health Counseling, requires a minimum of 60 semester hours and participation in a non-credit group experience of not less than ten hours facilitated by the program.  Requirements include 39 hours from nine core areas (human growth and development, social and cultural foundations, helping relationships, group work, career and lifestyle development, appraisal, research and program evaluation, professional orientation, and abnormal), nine hours of clinical instruction, and an additional 21 hours of specialty requirements in Mental Health Counseling.

A.  Core Curriculum:  30 hours

  • Personal Growth & Development Group (CHD 5000) -- non-credit
  • Lifecycle Development in Individuals & Families (CHD 5003) -- 3 hours
  • Multicultural Issues, Human Diversity & Preventive Community Education (CHD 5013) -- 3 hours
  • Counseling Theories & Techniques: Affective/Humanistic (CHD 5023) -- 3 hours
  • Counseling Theories & Techniques: Cognitive/Behavioral (CHD 5033) -- 3 hours
  • Group Counseling Techniques (CHD 5043) -- 3 hours
  • Career Education Counseling (CHD 5053) -- 3 hours
  • Individual & Group Assessment (CHD 5063) -- 3 hours
  • Psychopathology (CHD 5073) -- 3 hours
  • Research Methods (CHD 5083) -- 3 hours
  • Professional Issues & Ethics (CHD 5093) -- 3 hours

B.  Clinical Instruction:  9 hours

  • Practicum: 150 hours (CHD 6003) -- 3 hours
  • Internship: 300 hours (CHD 6013) -- 3 hours
  • Internship:  300 hours (CHD 6013) -- 3 hours


C.  Specialization in Mental Health Counseling: 21-22 hours

Although a significant emphasis in the core curriculum is the development of a mental health counseling knowledge and skill base, the following specialty coursework and clinical experiences are designed to provide specialized expertise in the area of clinical mental health counseling.

In addition to the 39 hours of core and clinical experiences above, each student who specializes in mental health counseling must complete the following coursework within the specialty area.  This coursework provides an introduction to clinical mental health counseling, contextual dimensions, knowledge and skills for the practice of mental health counseling, and clinical instruction.

  • Diagnosis of Mental & Emotional Disorders (CHD 6023) -- 3 hours
  • Evaluation of Mental & Emotional Status (CHD 6033) -- 3 hours
  • Substance Abuse Treatment (CHD 6163) or Theories of Addiction & Pharmacology (CHD 6173) -- 3 hours
  • Treatment of Mental & Emotional Disorders (CHD 6203) -- 3 hours
  • Mental Health Administration, Supervision & Consultation (CHD 6513) -- 3 hours
  • Systemic Family Therapy (CHD 6613) -- 3 hours
  • Choose one course from the following:
    • Counseling Procedures & Strategies, Legal Issues & Prevention Strategies with Addicted Populations (CHD 6174) -- 4 hours
    • Assessment, Diagnosis & Treatment of Addiction (CHD 6183) -- 3 hours
    • Relationship Counseling, Group Process & Techniques with Addicted Populations (CHD 6193) - 3 hours
    • Play Therapy (CHD 6253) -- 3 hours
    • Adolescent Intervention (CHD 6283) -- 3 hours

Exit Assessment

The master's program has the same academic policies and standards as the undergraduate program except where specifically stated.  All degree requirements must be completed within seven years of initial acceptance into the program.  Graduation from the Master of Education in Counseling & Human Development degree program requires:

  • A cumulative quality point average of 3.00 or higher;
  • Completion of a program evaluation survey;
  • Filing an Application for Graduation form with the Registrar's office following the specific guidelines set forth in this catalog;
  • Recommendation of the graduate faculty; and
  • Completion of the Comprehensive Professional Counseling Examination (CPCE).



Program Application Procedure

Applicants to the Counseling & Human Development program will need to:

  1. Complete the Graduate Admission Application form, which must be submitted online with non-refundable fees of USD 35.00 to the appropriate administrative assistant serving the community campus or site;
  2. Send an official transcript of each college or university previously attended to the Lindsey Wilson College Registrar's office;
  3. Send three letters of recommendation to the appropriate administrative assistant;
  4. Complete an interview with members of the Regional Admissions Committee.

Once the materials for applications are received and a successful interview completed, the student may register for classes.

Classification of Applications

All applicants admitted to the master's program in Counseling & Human Development are admitted on conditional basis.  The status is reviewed by the Regional Admissions Committee at the end of the candidate's first semester to consider each student's unconditional acceptance into the program.

A change in status from conditional to unconditional must be accompanied by a successful student review and subsequent recommendation by the Regional Admission Committee.

Note:   Admissions decisions are based on academic performance and personal characteristics/ dispositions as reflected in the Graduate Students Review and Recommendation process.  Students who receive scores of "Pass" will be granted unconditional admission status.  A student who receives one or two "No Pass" scores will meet with the Resident Faculty Supervisor to discuss and formulate a remediation plan.  A student who receives three or more "No Pass" scores will meet with the Regional Admissions Committee to plan required remediation or discuss alternatives to the program.

Non-Degree Admission

Upon application, non-degree admission may be granted to those who wish to enroll in courses but who do not intend to pursue a degree.  Such coursework may aid in completing certification requirements, enriching professional development, or similar objectives.

If a student who is enrolled in the non-degree category subsequently wishes to seek a degree, he or she must make application to the program requesting a change in status and must meet all criteria for admission.  If approved, a student may carry forward no more than 12 hours of credit earned as a non-degree student.

Transfer of Credit

All master's students who wish to transfer graduate credit from other institutions to be applied to Lindsey Wilson College's Counseling & Human Development degree should be aware of the following criteria:

  • Transfer credit must carry a grade of A or B and must be earned at the graduate level.
  • Transfer credit must be consistent with the program's curriculum, which comprises the required CHD program structure.
  • Normally no more than 15 credit hours may be transferred into the CHD program. Exceptions must be approved by the Director of the Counseling & Human Development program.
  • The Director of the Counseling & Human Development program reviews all requests for transfer credit.
  • In cases where a graduate degree has been earned in a related field from a regionally accredited college or university, the graduate faculty may accept credit earned, provided these courses satisfy requirements of the program to which the student is applying.  The CHD Admissions Committee may require a student to retake any course in an area where there are questions regarding the content of the curriculum or the student's competence in a given area.

Graduate Credit without the Bachelor's Degree

The following criteria apply to those students who wish to enroll in master's coursework but who have not earned a Bachelor of Arts degree:

  • Undergraduates must have senior status, and
  • Cumulative quality point average of at least 3.00.

No coursework applied toward undergraduate graduation requirements may be counted toward requirements for a graduate degree.  A maximum of nine graduate credit hours may be taken by an undergraduate.

International Students

International students applying to a graduate program must take and submit scores for the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or the IELTS (International English Language Testing System).  The minimum acceptable score for the TOEFL is 550 for the paper-based test or a total score of 79 or above with section scores of 21 on writing and 19 on reading on the Internet-based test (iBT).  The minimum acceptable composite score for the IELTS is 6.5.  



The CHD graduate assistant (GA) placement is designed as a learning milieu for the master's student while assisting academic unit faculty in providing a comprehensive program with academic integrity.  Each assistantship requires 25 hours per week.  Contact the Director of the Counseling & Human Development program or the community campus coordinator for more information. 

The duties of the CHD GA will vary.  CHD GAs at community campus locations work closely with campus coordinators, faculty supervisors, and the Director of the Counseling & Human Development program.  An additional responsibility of the CHD GAs at the community campuses is to facilitate the operation of the Counseling Skills Lab. 


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