School of Professional Counseling
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
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.
of Education in Counseling and Human Development in 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
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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