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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.


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

lifelong learning.

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.