Clinical Counseling and Marriage & Family Therapy
Dr. Gail Roaten, Program Director
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.
CCMF MISSION STATEMENT
The mission of the Clinical Counseling & Marriage and Family Therapy 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.
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
Model and encourage integration of self, theory and practice.
CCMF Overarching Program Objectives
Students will demonstrate knowledge of theoretical foundations of counseling,
systematically articulating one’s own professional counseling philosophy and theory, and
integrating this into practice.
Students will articulate how personal faith informs individual professional identity and
practice as a therapist.
Students will demonstrate ethical decision-making grounded in awareness of personal
values, ethical standards of practice, and Texas legal statutes.
Multiple Mental Health Credentials
Course work and clinical experience requirements are designed to allow the student to pursue the
following mental health credentials: Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Licensed Marriage
and Family Therapist (LMFT) in Texas. The Clinical Counseling and Marriage & Family
Therapy Program also prepares students who desire to pursue a doctoral degree in the future.