• Clinical Counseling & Marriage and Family Therapy (CCMF) Graduate Studies

    The graduate program is currently seeking accreditation from the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

    The Clinical Counseling & Marriage and Family Therapy (CCMF) Master's Program is designed to prepare students for licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and/or as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), National Certified Counselor (NCC) and for job opportunities that involve therapeutic services for individuals (including children, adolescents and adults), couples, and families. It is built upon the philosophical and theoretical tenets inherent in the rich heritage of individual, couple, and family therapy. This multi-dimensional approach to understanding human beings is greatly enhanced through the use of the unique Hardin-Simmons Four-Dimensional Model, depicted by a visual pyramid-shaped structure. This model, developed by former faculty, has allowed our students to more fully appreciate the biological, social, psychological, and existential-spiritual dimensions of their clients, thus facilitating the integration of these aspects into their clinical work.

    The HSU Four-Dimensional Model incorporates the following:

    1. Biological - recognizing the heritable, developmental, and functional aspects of being physically human
    2. Social - recognizing the generational, organizational, and transactional aspects of relationships among human beings within systems
    3. Psychological - recognizing the intra-psychic cognitive (thinking), affective (feelings/emotions), and behavioral (actions/doing) aspects of being human
    4. Meaning - recognizing the existential and spiritual need of human beings for connection, mastery, and valuing themselves and others

    Integration of Faith & Education
    One of the joys of teaching at Hardin-Simmons University is that it is truly an "education enlightened by faith." Thus, our faculty enjoys the opportunity to purposefully weave their Christian faith into the courses that they teach. This intentionality exemplifies our belief that one's faith cannot be separated from anything that we do in life, including earning a graduate degree.

    For our graduate program in CCMF, this integration means continually asking ourselves and our students, "How as Christians do we counsel our clients while also incorporating the very best theories and interventions psychology has to offer?" We understand the process of therapy to be one of counseling others in a responsible manner that integrates faith, and that involves the knowledge gained from the field of counseling and psychology. As one might expect, the balancing and blending of these two areas is not achieved without a great deal of questioning and discussion. The answers achieved through this quest for integration are as unique and individualized as our students. The joy comes, then, not in our total agreement but in the rich discussions that arise from our striving to attain such integration.

    This faith-based educational experience is embedded into our commitment to helping our students understand their role in eliminating biases, prejudices, and processes of intentional and unintentional oppression and discrimination while upholding high ethical standards for working with populations that are culturally diverse.

    Psychology and Counseling Center
    The Psychology and Counseling Center, located on the campus of Hardin-Simmons University, offers counseling for individuals (including children, adolescents and adults), couples and families. Our clientele consists of HSU students as well as individuals and families from the greater Abilene community. Our Center routinely receives referrals from local mental health agencies, such as MHMR, various in-patient psychiatric facilities, and various private out-patient facilities.

    The Psychology and Counseling Center provides our graduate students with an extensive opportunity to gain experience in providing a wide range of clinical services. Our graduate students, under intensive individual, group and live supervision provided by our licensed faculty, engage in clinical work with clients who have accessed the center. By the end of their graduate work in our program, our graduate students will have accumulated a minimum of 700 clinical hours.

    Off Campus Internship Sites
    Graduate students will also be assigned an off-campus internship site. Students have the opportunity to learn more about our approved sites and request a placement that supports their interests and strengths. Many programs require students to find their own internship site, but in our program we place students in the local clinics, organizations, and mental health facilities that we believe will provide optimal experiences for professional growth.

    Fall and Spring Admission
    The program course rotation is set up so students can start in either the fall or spring. It is advisable to begin the admission process early in the last semester of your undergraduate program.

    Course Scheduling
    Our students have the opportunity to take traditional, online, and hybrid courses that blend the face-to-face classroom experience with innovative and flexible online learning activities. These courses make it easier for our students to schedule clients and internship responsibilities around their class schedules. The “commuter friendly” course scheduling enables students who do not live in Abilene to complete the program.

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