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School of Professional Counseling

Mission

The mission of the Lindsey Wilson College School of Professional Counseling is to provide a practitioner-based, community-centered, student-focused mental-health preparation program hallmarked by academic integrity, professional competence, and sound ethical principles.

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Programs

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Services & Counseling is an interdisciplinary program comprised of course work in psychology, sociology and social work in combination with broad-based general education courses. (Most human services & counseling course work is designated by an "HS" prefix.) Each course is taught by faculty with advanced degrees and experience in the course content area. Practicum experiences will equip the student with the skills to enter a variety of work settings.

The Master of Education in Counseling and Human Development is a broad-based generalist degree that exposes students to a variety of skills in mental health counseling. The program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) standards. CACREP is an independent non-profit organization, recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), which grants accredited status to graduate-level programs in the professional counseling field.  The master's degree in Counseling and Human Development with specialization in Mental Health Counseling has been accredited by CACREP since 1996, indicating that it has met or exceeded CACREP standards for counselor preparation.

The program requires a minimum of sixty (60) semester hours. Thirty-nine (39) hours from nine (9) core areas provide foundation course work and clinical experience; in addition to twenty one (21) hours of specialty requirements in mental health counseling provide training in specific areas of counseling techniques and practice.

The Doctoral degree in Counselor Education & Supervision (CES) prepares students for leadership positions within the counseling profession. The CES program is a 72 credit hour Ph.D. program that is designed to meet the needs of working adults by providing a face-to-face learning environment in a convenient weekend format. Emphasizing a unique combination of scholarship, real-world application, and technology, the CES program will challenge and prepare students for employment as counselors, supervisors, educators, researchers, and leaders in the counseling profession. Classes meet monthly at the A.P. White campus in Columbia, KY. Monthly meetings are bridged with online learning opportunities.

The curriculum includes nine (9) credits in theory and assessment, nine (9) credits in teaching and pedagogy, nine (9) credits in academic leadership, nine (9) credits in mental health administration and advocacy, nine (9) credits in internship, eighteen (18) credits in research, and nine (9) credits of dissertation. 

Accreditations

The master of education in counseling and human development is CACREP-accredited and meets the academic licensure requirements for Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio,  Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. Each state licensing board sets the standards for professional counselors to follow in applying, qualifying, and maintaining licensure as a counselor. This includes additional supervised post-master professional experience, a passing score on a licensing exam, and other requirements. For the states in which the program is currently offered (Kentucky, Ohio, Virginia, West Virginia, and Tennessee) the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) credentialing exam is accepted as the licensing exam. Links to licensure-related resources can be found in the School of Professional Counseling Resource Center

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