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

    (Formerly known as Family Psychology Graduate Studies)

    The graduate program is currently undergoing extensive revision and enhancement as part of the process of 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) 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 Christian 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.

    Family Psychology Center
    The Family Psychology 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 Family Psychology Center provides our graduate students with an extensive opportunity to gain experience in providing a wide range of clinical services. Beginning in their second or third semester in the program, 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, at least 250 hours of which are direct client hours.

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