Human Services and Counseling

BA - Program Requirements

Jeffrey J. Crane, Ph.D., Dean, School of Professional Counseling

Dr. Robert & Carol Goodin Nursing & Counseling Center, Room 223

(270) 384-8160       

Myra Ford, M.Ed., Director, Human Services & Counseling

Dr. Robert & Carol Goodin Nursing & Counseling Center, Room 224

(270) 384-8153       


Full-time program faculty: Annette Abel, Ph.D.; Holly Abel, Ph.D.; Gregory Bohner, Ph.D.; Andrea Brooks, Ph.D.; Tiffany Brooks, Ph.D.; Kimberly Brown, Ed.D.; Patrice Callery, Ed.D.; Richard Carroll, Ph.D.; Courtney Conley, Ed.D.; Hannah Coyt, Ph.D.; Jeff Crane, Ph.D.; Jodi Crane, Ph.D.; Melissa Doan, Ph.D.; Leon Ellison, Jr., Ph.D.; Leigh Ann Ford, Ph.D.; Myra Ford, M.Ed.; Mona Gallo, Ed.D.; S. Bradley Grot, Ph.D.; Edwin Gunberg, Ph.D.; Patrick Hardesty, Ph.D.; Amy Holsinger, Ph.D.; Amber Hughes, Ph.D.; Warren Lambert, Ph.D.; Holly Mattingly, Ph.D.; Melinda Mays, Ed.D.; Daniel Melear, Ph.D.; David Moran, Ph.D.; Jeffrey Parsons, Ph.D.; Katelyn Richey, Ph.D.; Daniel Romero, Ph.D.; Daya Sandhu, Ed.D.; Daniel Schnopp-Wyatt, Ph.D.; Nicole Schnopp-Wyatt, Ph.D.;Charles Shepard, Ph.D.; Laura Ann Bailey Smith, Ed.D.; Stacy Springston, Ed.D.; Patricia Stewart-Hopkins, Ed.D.; Janet Turner, Ph.D.; Darlene Vaughn, Ph.D.; Marisa White, Ph.D.


School of Professional Counseling Mission Statement

The mission of the School of Professional Counseling 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.


Human Services & Counseling Program Mission Statement

The mission of the human services & counseling (HS) program is to provide Lindsey Wilson College students an academic and experiential foundation that is centered in the helping professions, distinguished by academic excellence, and hallmarked by an empathetic personal orientation and demonstrated respect for humanity.


The Bachelor of Arts degree in human services & counseling is an interdisciplinary program comprised of coursework in psychology, sociology, and social work in combination with broad-based general education courses. (Most human services & counseling coursework 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 human services & counseling program is offered in a variety of locations throughout Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.


Graduation Requirements

Some courses taken for the major will simultaneously fulfill general education requirements. Please see the Graduation Requirements (bachelor’s degrees) section of this catalog for information on the general education program.


Entrance Criteria

The following conditions apply for acceptance to the program:

  • Each student must have completed at least one semester of college coursework with a minimum overall GPA of 2.25 before applying to the program.
  • Each student is expected to complete an Application for Admission to the program prior to or as a part of the requirement for Introduction to Human Services (HS 2103).
  • The application process also requires a letter of recommendation from each of the following people:
  • A Lindsey Wilson College faculty member;
  • A community leader; and
  • An employer (if the student has never been employed, another category will be assigned).
  • The student must have his or her advising file transferred to human services & counseling.
  • A personal interview may be conducted by a committee of human services & counseling faculty and staff. This committee will review each application, letters of recommendation, and interview content. A majority of the committee must have a favorable recommendation for the student to be admitted into the program.
  • Students will be notified in writing when the committee has acted on their application to the program. Possible committee action includes acceptance, probationary acceptance, or denial of admission.
  • If admission is denied, the student may appeal to the associate dean for the School of Professional Counseling. If admission is denied, an alternative program of study will be recommended.
  • Transfer students (as well as others out of the expected course sequence) should consult their advisor regarding the application process.


Program Requirements: 48 hours

Along with the general education program, students must complete the major’s prerequisite and core requirements as indicated.


A.        Prerequisite and Recommended Courses: 3 hours

  • Principles of Psychology (PSYC 1003) is recommended for HS 2103 and is a prerequisite for HS 3103 – 3 hours


B.        Core Requirements: 45 hours

  • Introduction to Human Services (HS 2103) – 3 hours
  • Introduction to Counseling Theory (HS 2903) – 3 hours
  • Life Span Development (HS 3103) – 3 hours
  • Principles & Techniques of Group Counseling (HS 3113) – 3 hours
  • Abnormal Psychology (HS 3153) – 3 hours
  • Case Management, Intake & Referral (HS 3233) – 3 hours
  • Human Services Practicum I (HS 3503) – 3 hours
  • Research Methods (HS 4003) – 3 hours
  • Introduction to Counseling Techniques (HS 4153) – 3 hours
  • Ethics & Multicultural Diversity (HS 4253) – 3 hours
  • Assessment in the Helping Professions (HS 4293) – 3 hours
  • Substance Abuse (HS 4343) – 3 hours
  • Mental Health Administration (HS 4893) – 3 hours
  • Human Services Practicum II (HS 4943) – 3 hours
  • Human Services Practicum III (HS 4953) – 3 hours


Exit Assessment

A comprehensive examination is required for the human services & counseling program. The exam is taken in HS 4953 during the second semester of the senior year. This examination is graded on a 200-point scale. A student must pass each section with 50 percent or better to pass. A passing grade is required for graduation.


Human services & counseling majors are required to earn a 2.25 cumulative GPA.