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Mental Health & Wellness

Our Purpose

The mission of the mental health and wellness programs is to prepare counselors to provide caring, compassionate and competent counseling services in a variety of settings to diverse populations. To that end, students will be provided with a current, practical, and ethical education consistent with Harding’s Christian foundations equipping them to be effective counselors/therapists capable of facilitating healthy change, growth and development.

Entry Level Master's Degrees in Counseling

Undergraduate Minor in counseling: This accelerated minor in counseling is available to any student interested in pursuing a graduate degree in counseling. The minor allows students to study topics related to counseling and to begin taking graduate courses (up to 12 hours) in counseling duing their senior year of undergraduate study. This minor allows courses to be shared with a major from the same department.

*Note: Completion of this minor does not guarantee admission to any graduate program.


Educational Specialist in Counseling

The
Ed.S. in counseling prepares candidates to become leaders and practitioners in their field. Building on the master's degree, this program is designed to provide advanced training, licensure support, and credentialing in a related field separate from the 60-hour master's degree. Four concentrations are offered:
  • Marriage and Family Counseling (15 hours)
  • Professional Clinical Mental Health Counseling (15 hours)
  • Professional School Counseling (12 hours)
  • Licensure Proficiency (12 hours)

This degree may provide additional support for professional credentialing as a Licensed Professional Counselor and/or Clinical Mental Health Counselor for individuals seeking licensure.


Certificate in Counseling Skills

The 18-hour certificate program is designed to equip preachers, youth ministers, family ministers, women’s ministers, church leaders, missionaries and lay leaders with the tools necessary for working with and helping those dealing with addictions, marital issues, parenting difficulties and other mental health concerns within a church or ministry related context. 

  • Online delivery 

Church ministers, shepherds and ministry leaders are offered a significantly reduced rate on the counseling skills certificate. The cost is $250 for the first class with a 50% tuition reduction for remaining certificate classes.


Master of Science in Student Affairs

This non-licensure program is designed to meet the needs of people currently working in higher education who desire to move into mid-level positions within the college or university. Harding’s Master of Science in student affairs will be taught from a Christian perspective. A student with a bachelor’s degree in any field will be considered. 


Licensure Endorsements

Learn more about the curriculum plan in the Academic Catalog.

Licensure in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Adding this licensure to your eligible degree prepares candidates in advanced knowledge and skills to become leaders and practitioners in the field of professional counseling/psychotherapy. Practice is given in utilizing current counseling principles in real-world settings through practicum and internship experiences. Candidates are equipped with strategies including cognitive, affective, behavioral or systemic interventions that address wellness, personal growth, crisis and mental health including pathology.

This licensure program will provide candidates with competencies (as defined by CACREP and ACA) designed to positively impact a variety of people across the lifespan. The addition of this licensure to your eligible degree can lead to professional credentialing as a Licensed Professional Counselor and prepares for professional counseling practice in a variety of settings including but not limited to schools, community, mental health, private practice and ministry.

The Licensure in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is for applicants who already possess a master’s degree in counseling or a related field and are pursuing additional coursework for licensure in clinical mental health counseling.

Licensure in Professional School Counseling

The Licensure in Professional School Counseling is open to applicants who already possess a master’s degree in counseling or a related field and are pursuing additional coursework needed to become licensed as a professional school counselor.

Adding the Licensure in Professional School Counseling to your eligible degree helps prepare entrance-level professionals to become competent professional school counselors. Practice is given in utilizing current counseling principles in real-world settings through practicum and internship experiences. Candidates are equipped with strategies including cognitive, affective, behavioral or systemic interventions that address wellness, personal growth, and crises. This licensure program will provide candidates with competencies (as defined by CACREP and ACA) designed to positively impact a variety of people across K-12.

Courses meet current course requirements for K-12 licensure/practice for counseling in public or private schools, including higher education, as approved by the Arkansas Department of Education.


Locations & Delivery Methods

  • Courses will be delivered in person with occasional work and content delivered via digital methods including class meetings. Regardless of where you attend, we have a flexible schedule to accommodate busy working professionals. Most classes are offered between 4:30-7:00pm or 7:00pm-9:30pm Monday through Thursday. Some courses meet on Saturdays a few times per semester.
  • Many students complete the program in about two and a half years, but this can vary depending on a number of factors including how many credit hours a student takes per semester.

Technology Requirements

At a minimum, students should have access to the following:

  • A computer to be used for class assignments and interfacing with our institution’s LMS, Canvas in order to complete assignments.
  • A webcam either with a built-in microphone or a separate webcam and microphone for Zoom meetings (i.e. class meetings, advising sessions, etc).
  • A stable, secure internet connection. Since we will be discussing potentially sensitive and confidential topics, you must be able to have a password protected connection to the internet.
  • Access to your Harding Gmail account. This will be the means of all official email communication to comply with FERPA. You will need to check this at least weekly.

In addition to the above requirements, we also make the following recommendations:

  • We recommend using PC Windows computers. While Mac OS or Chromebooks may be used, students could encounter some issues interfacing with our institution’s LMS and other systems.
  • See the Canvas Tutorial.
  • We recommend students have access to headphones for Zoom meetings to avoid audio issues and feedback.
  • We recommend students have access to a secure broadband connection. Some of the files we use are large and videoconferencing such as Zoom can use a lot of bandwidth.
  • We recommend using a hard wired/ethernet cable connection to your modem/router. If using WiFi 4Mbps upload/4 Mbps download speeds are required. Please check speedtest.net if you are unsure.
  • We recommend either having your Harding Gmail account accessible daily, or perhaps to forward it to another account you check regularly.
  • Microsoft Office is available to all students. We strongly recommend completing papers using MS Word. Those using Mac OS products, should plan on submitting their assignments in .doc, .docx or .pdf format to ensure they can be opened and graded through our institution LMS and to ensure all instructors can open and read submissions on university supplied PC Windows computers.
  • We recommend using Google Chrome or Firefox web browsers for accessing Canvas as many of the functions of our LMS are only supported with those browsers. Other browsers may be used, but students could encounter challenges with some submissions.

Assignment requirements

Canvas, our Learning Management System, has a built-in calendar and will notify you of when assignments are due. Instructors may change these as circumstances arise, but this is usually announced by the Announcements function in Canvas, Canvas messages or email in the case of mostly online courses or in class in the case of on ground, in person courses.

When to Apply

Applications should be submitted by the following dates:

Summer term: March 30

Fall term: July 1

Spring term: November 15

Academic Catalog

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Financial Information

Tuition for the 2022-2023 academic year is listed below. View in the academic catalog.

ENTRY LEVEL MASTER'S DEGREES IN COUNSELING TUITION COST

  • Master of Science in Professional School Counseling (60 hr) $565/hour
  • Master of Science in Marriage and Family Counseling (60 hr) $565/hour
  • Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (60 hr) $565/hour

OTHER MASTER'S & EDS DEGREES TUITION COST

  • Master of Science in Student Affairs (35 hr) $565/hour
  • Educational Specialist in Counseling (15 hr) $565/hour

Additional Fees:
Graduation fee - Master’s $175
Graduation fee - Specialist $185
Program fee - Master’s degrees in the Mental Health &Wellness department $10/hour (up to $100/semester)

Financial Aid
Financial aid is available to most Harding graduate and professional degree students in the form of federal and private loans, graduate assistantships, veterans programs, and vocational rehabilitation programs.

These funds are administered wholly or in part by the Office of Financial Aid Services. Requests for information and assistance should be directed to Harding University, Box 12282, Searcy, AR 72149-5615; telephone 501-279-4081; or email finaidgrad@harding.edu.

To qualify for federal loans, graduate and professional students must be enrolled in accordance with at least half-time status requirements. Half-time status requirements are as follows:

Program/Degree Plan --Required Hours for Half-time Status
Graduate/professional degrees--4 hours per term

Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion of the program, all students will be expected to:

  1. Students will demonstrate an understanding of the history of professional counseling as well as the ethical practice of the profession in a variety of interdisciplinary settings.
  2. Students will demonstrate an understanding of how issues of diversity influences help-seeking behavior as well as how to effectively help a diverse, multicultural client population.
  3. Students will demonstrate an understanding of human development across the lifespan and how deviations can influence behavior.
  4. Students will demonstrate an understanding of the role of career in wellness.
  5. Students will demonstrate knowledge of and the skill to apply counseling approaches to client need.
  6. Students will demonstrate knowledge and skill to provide group counseling to a variety of diverse client populations, concerns and settings.
  7. Students will demonstrate the knowledge and ability to select and utilize appropriate assessment instruments to assist in client care.
  8. Students will demonstrate the ability to read and understand research as well as conduct research necessary to better serve their clients.

For those students enrolled in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling specialty area:
Students demonstrate an ability to provide evidence based CMHC services to diverse clientele in a broad range of clinical settings

For those students enrolled in the Marriage, Couples and Family Counseling specialty area: Students demonstrate an ability to provide evidence based MCFC services to diverse clientele in a broad range of clinical settings.

For those students enrolled in the Professional School Counseling specialty area:
Students demonstrate an ability to provide evidence based School Counseling services to diverse student clientele in a broad range of educational & community settings

Course Schedules

Internships and Practicums

Supervisors and students should contact the Mental Health & Wellness office for a direct link to training materials, handbooks and forms. Please contact Dr. Marc Fager for if you have additional questions.

Mission Statement & Annual Report

Harding University Mission can be found at harding.edu/about/mission

College of Education Mission Statement:Touching hearts and challenging minds through Christ by preparing professionals for Christian service to children, families, and communities.

Mental Health & Wellness Mission Statement: The mission of the mental health and wellness programs is to prepare counselors to provide caring, compassionate and competent counseling services in a variety of settings to diverse populations. To that end, students will be provided with a current, practical, and ethical education consistent with Harding’s Christian foundations equipping them to be effective counselors/therapists capable of facilitating healthy change, growth and development.

Mental Health & Wellness Annual Evaluation Report 2023 pdf

Mental Health & Wellness Annual Evaluation Report 2022 docx

Mental Health & Wellness Annual Report 2021-2022 docx

Mental Health & Wellness Annual Evaluation Report 2021 pdf

Mental Health & Wellness Annual Report 2020-2021 pdf

Professional Counseling Program Annual Report 2019-2020 pdf

Professional Counseling Program Annual Report 2018-2019 pdf

Professional Counseling Program Annual Report 2017-2018 pdf

Professional Counseling Program Annual Report 2016-2017 pdf

Professional Counseling Program Annual Report 2015-2016 pdf

Professional Counseling Program Annual Report 2014-2015 pdf

Professional Counseling Program Annual Report 2013-2014 pdf

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Contact Us

Mental Health & Wellness is part of the College of Education

501-279-4500

mhw@harding.edu

Fax: 501-279-5964

Mailing address:
Harding University
Department of Mental Health & Wellness
HU 12254
Searcy, AR 72149-5615