• M.A. in Clinical Counseling and
    Marriage and Family (CCMF)

    This program is designed to prepare counselors for job opportunities in clinical settings including in-patient, out-patient, church counseling centers, university counseling centers, community mental health agencies and social services organizations and private practice. Students receive education and training to provide mental health services to individuals (children, adolescent, and adults), couples, and families. Diverse educational perspectives, distinctive pedagogy, and significant clinical experiences enable our graduates to develop a wide array of clinical skills which can be utilized with diverse client populations in a variety of settings. Since the ability to assess, monitor and modify one’s strengths and weaknesses is a valued component to becoming a competent and effective counselor, our program includes various classroom opportunities that encourage our graduate students to enhance their self-awareness and growth. The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Programs (CACREP), a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education (CHEA), has granted accreditation to the following program in the Department of Psychology and Counseling at Hardin-Simmons University: Clinical Mental Health Counseling (M.A.).

    Mission Statement

    The mission of the Clinical Counseling & Marriage and Family graduate program is for faculty and students to collaborate in the pursuit of knowledge, clinical skills, and personal growth in an environment enlightened by faith, so that students will be prepared to provide the highest standard of professional counseling services to diverse populations.

    CCMF Goals

    • Prepare students in understanding diverse views and cultures and promote ethical counseling with clients in a variety of work settings.
    • Provide students with knowledge and skills in counseling theory, developmental issues, assessment, empirically-based research (including interventions), helping relationships and basic skills, and a holistic model in providing mental health services for individuals, couples, families, and groups.
    • Promote and model a strong sense of professional identity, ethical clinical practice, and lifelong learning.
    • Model and encourage integration of self, theory and practice.

    CCMF Environment

    In the CCMF program at Hardin-Simmons University, you know you will receive top quality education and care. All of the faculty in the CCMF program are doctoral level educators who are licensed mental health professionals. Their vast cumulative experiences and resources allow you to gain a diversity of knowledge. The small class sizes allow you to get to know your professors and for them to give you the individual attention you need. And with the continued growth of the mental health field (according to the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics) your future will look bright when you graduate from the CCMF program.

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