Master of Arts in Clinical Counseling & Marriage and Family Therapy

The Clinical Counseling & Marriage and Family (CCMF) Master’s Program is a 60-hour residential graduate program designed to meet the standards set forth by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). CACREP, a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education (CHEA), has granted accreditation to the Clinical Mental Health Counseling (M.A.) track for an eight-year period through March 31, 2025.

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, social services organizations and private practice. Students receive education and training to provide mental health services to children, adolescents, and adults individually, as well as couples, families, and groups. Diverse educational perspectives and significant clinical experiences enable our graduates to develop a wide array of clinical skills which can be utilized with diverse client populations.

Students attend classes only on Monday afternoon and evening. Students will be enrolled in both traditional and hybrid courses that combine the convenience of online education with the dynamic face-to-face interaction of a traditional classroom environment. Students continue to attend classes in the hybrid course format on Mondays in the second year, but also complete the practicum and internship requirements by seeing clients in the campus clinic and at an off-campus site in the community. Most students complete the program in a full-time cohort format, but part-time enrollment is also an option.

Contact Us

Dr. Sherry Rosenblad

Director of the Clinical Counseling & Marriage and Family Therapy Graduate Program 325-671-2271

Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Clinical Counseling & Marriage and Family Therapy (CCMF) (M.A.)

Why Should You Choose HSU?

National Accreditation

Our Clinical Mental Health Counseling track of the CCMF program meets the standards set forth by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). CACREP is the national accrediting agency for counselors. With this accreditation, you are assured of a quality academic program according to national professional standards. Research shows that CACREP graduates perform better on the National Counselor Examination (NCE), the current exam used for licensure of counselors in Texas.

Photo of a student speaking to an HSU counselor

Faith & Service

In addition to providing training in classical theories, our faculty have developed and adopted innovative approaches that treat the client as a whole person: biologically, psychologically, socially, and spiritually. We know that in times of distress, people struggle with issues of meaning, purpose, and value. We encourage our students to be sensitive to these issues and walk with clients in their struggles. Another important facet of a complete education is a diversity of experience and learning to give back. As a result, we give students many varied opportunities to serve our community and others through service projects and mission trips.

Student receiving National Certified Counselor License

100% Licensure Pass Rate

The CCMF program has a 100% pass rate on the licensure exam for graduates who have completed exams to become a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), and a National Certified Counselor (NCC).

Program Details

Fall – 1st Year

  • CCMF 6303 Individual, Family & Group Assessment
  • CCMF 6358 Vocational Development & Choice
  • CCMF 6345 Advanced Group Therapy

Spring – 1st Year

  • CCMF 6340 Advanced Psychopathology I
  • CCMF 6304 Basic Skills
  • CCMF 5310 Personality & Counseling Theories

May Term – 1st Year

  • CCMF 6302 Professional Orientation & Ethics

Summer – 1st Year

  • CCMF 6350 Advance Ethics II
  • CCMF 6338 Theories of Marriage, Family, & Couple Counseling
  • CCMF 6306 Practicum

Fall – 2nd Year

  • CCMF 6341 Advanced Psychopathology II
  • CCMF 6354 Child & Adolescent Counseling
  • CCMF 6370 Internship I

Spring – 2nd Year

  • CCMF 6351 Premarital & Marital Counseling
  • CCMF 6305 Advanced Research
  • CCMF 6370 Internship II

May Term – 2nd Year

  • CCMF 6356 Counseling Diverse Populations

Summer – 2nd Year

  • CCMF 6360 Addictions
  • CCMF 6339 Developmental
  • CCMF 6362 Counseling in Community Settings

Electives

  • CCMF 6363 Advanced Play Therapy
  • CCMF 6099 Recreational Therapy
  • CCMF 6099 Play Therapy Using Sandtray
  • CCMF 6353 Advanced Human Sexuality

Applicants for the graduate program in Clinical Counseling and Marriage & Family (CCMF) must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university. A committee made up of Clinical Counseling and Marriage & Family Program (CCMF) faculty will make admissions decisions based upon a comprehensive review of applicants. The degree-seeking student will submit an application (including the required fee) electronically.

There are two options in the CCMF Program to select from:

  • Students may choose the option for the M.A. in Clinical Counseling & Marriage and Family.
  • Students have the option to complete the Dual Degree: M.A. in the CCMF Program and M.A. in Family Ministry from Logsdon Seminary. Applicants do not have to apply to both programs, but this option must be selected for proper processing of the application by both the CCMF and Family Ministry Programs. Applicants must be admitted to both programs to obtain the dual

Students may pursue both the LPC and the LMFT as well as the NCC in either the M.A. in CCMF or Dual degree. The electronic application on the HSU website is sent to the Office of Admission and processed. All required items must be submitted to the Office of Admission, or if applicable, uploaded to the applicant’s account before the completed application will be sent to the CCMF Program for review.

Required Items (Academics)

1. Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended; official transcripts must be sent directly from the applicant’s college/university to the Office of Admission. The following are minimal recommendations to be considered for admissions to the CCMF Program:

  • A grade point average of 3.0 overall (undergraduate) or a 3.2 for the last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework.
  • Twelve undergraduate hours in psychology or a related field are required perquisites. All undergraduate prerequisites and/or transfer work (graduate) must be approved by the CCMF Program Director and the Dean of Graduate Studies. Some leveling courses may be

2. GRE test. The GRE requirement may be waived for students with strong performance in their undergraduate program.  The following are minimal recommendations to be considered for admissions to the CCMF Program:

  • A Verbal Reasoning score of 152
  • A Quantitative Reasoning score of 149
  • An Analytical Writing score of 9

3. Three letters of recommendation from references that can validate your potential for graduate study in counseling, as well as your appropriateness for the counseling profession. Two references are required from former professors; students applying from HSU are required to provide letters from professors who are outside of the CCMF Program and Psychology Dept. The third reference should be from a professional other than a family member. Students applying for the Dual Degree must provide letters that address the counseling component of the program; letters for the MA in Family Ministry are not

4. A writing sample will be required either before an interview or at the time of the interview (if applicant is invited for interview).

Applicants will apply and send all required items in by the semester deadline for entrance. Faculty will review all required components for each applicant, and those who are to be considered for admissions will be invited to campus for an interview with CCMF Program faculty. A completed application does not guarantee an interview.

Interview

Interviews may be in both group and/or individual format. Social interaction skills, questions focused on a) interest and motivation for a career as a licensed therapist; b) related work and life experience; c) awareness of applicant’s own issues related to family and personal growth;  dealing with others with different beliefs or values; and d) integration of spirituality in counseling may be covered in the interview. Upon completion of the interview, admission decisions will be made based on a comprehensive review of all admissions information. An interview does not guarantee admission into the program.

In the CCMF program at Hardin-Simmons University, you know you will receive top quality education and care. All 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.

 

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.

The Clinical Counseling & Marriage and Family (CCMF) Master’s Program is a 60-hour residential graduate program designed to meet the standards set forth by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). CACREP, a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education (CHEA), has granted accreditation to the Clinical Mental Health Counseling (M.A.) track in the Department of Psychology and Counseling at Hardin-Simmons University for an eight-year period through March 31, 2025.

The CCMF program meets the educational requirements 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.

Assessment

Each year, a comprehensive report is created based on the following assessment tools used to evaluate the CCMF program: CACREP Course Objectives, Current Student Survey, Alumni Survey, Alumni Employer Survey, and Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Exam Scores for graduating students. The CCMF program has a 100% pass rate on the licensure exam for graduates who have completed the exam.  According to the assessment report for the 2016-2017 year (ALOC), all program objectives were met.

One of the joys of teaching at Hardin-Simmons University is that it is truly an education enlightened by faith. Thus, our faculty 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 mental health professions have 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.

Service

The CCMF program is very involved in serving our community and the world.

  • Friendship Club – A social skills development program for children in the Abilene area.
  • Career Counseling at Area High Schools as part of the course Career and Vocational Development
  • Prison Ministry – CCMF students and faculty joined with Mercy Heart Ministries to lead a “Day with Dad” event for inmates, caregivers, and children.
  • Club Courage – CCMF students and graduates facilitate a six-week support group for children and teens experiencing loss.
  • Mission Trip – As part of the course, Counseling Diverse Populations, students can choose to use and develop their counseling skills in different settings such as Vancouver, New York City, or Northern Ireland.

Each student accumulates 700 hours of clinical experience which includes counseling (individual, couple, family, and group), assessment, consultation, supervision, case review, and other types of internship activities. This clinical work is to be accomplished by providing services to clients at the Psychology and Counseling Center on the HSU campus, and also by engaging in clinical work through an internship at an agency in the community.

Internship Sites

HSU Psychology & Counseling Clinic
Students in the program have the opportunity to work with not only HSU students but also individuals, couples, families, children and adolescents in the community. Under the close supervision of program faculty, graduate interns provide affordable counseling in the clinic housed on the HSU campus. (More information located in Counseling Center tab below.)

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 our program places students in the local clinics, organizations, and mental health facilities that we believe will provide optimal experiences for professional growth.

The CCMF program meets the educational requirements for licensure in multiple mental health professions in the state of Texas. In the Clinical Mental Health track, you will meet the requirements to become a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).  By taking one additional elective and meeting specific internship conditions, you can choose the Marriage and Family track and meet the requirements to be a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT).  Hardin-Simmons is a participating university in the National Certified Counselor (NCC) early application process.  This means that you can apply for your LPC licensure exam and to become an NCC before you even graduate.  The CCMF program also provides the educational opportunities necessary to become a Registered Play Therapist after you are fully licensed.

HSU also offers a unique opportunity to obtain two master’s degrees in three years in our Dual Degree program. Graduates of this program earn a degree in Clinical Counseling & Marriage and Family as well as a degree in Family Ministry.  The dual degree offers extensive integration of faith and counseling.

As a service to our community and students, Hardin-Simmons University’s CACREP accredited graduate program in clinical counseling maintains a counseling clinic on campus in the historic Cowden-Paxton building.  Graduate students who have successfully completed the pre-clinical courses are able to work with clients under the supervision of fully-licensed doctoral level counselors.  We provide a full range of services including*:

  • Individual Therapy
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Family Therapy
  • Marital Therapy
  • Child & Adolescent Therapy
  • Career Counseling

Hardin-Simmons University Psychology and Counseling Center
1317 Vogel St.
Phone: 325-670-1531
Fax: 325-670-1458

*Not an exclusive list.  The clinic maintains a list of referral resources for issues or needs beyond the scope of our clinic.

Fees

  • Session Fee: $10 (HSU students covered under student services fee)
  • Testing: – Vary by assessment
  • Prepare & Enrich Pre-Marital Course $45 (5-6 sessions) $35 HSU student

Clinic Hours

Fall and Spring Term

  • Monday – By appointment
  • Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Friday – CLOSED

Summer Hours

  • Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Monday & Friday: CLOSED

The clinic is closed during school holidays and between academic terms.

Mailing Address
Hardin-Simmons University
Psychology and Counseling Center
Box 16115
Abilene, TX 79698-6115