Mental Health & Wellness Department
About the Program
This degree, in the professional counseling program, 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 systematic interventions that address wellness, personal growth, crisis and mental health including pathology. This program will provide candidates with competencies (as defined by CACREP and ACA) designed to positively impact a variety of people across the lifespan.
This degree can lead to professional credentialing as a Licensed Professional Counselor and Clinical Mental Health 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.
- Complete the CAS application and submit appropriate fee.
- Request official transcripts from all colleges attended and have them sent to GradCAS:
- GradCAS Transcript Processing Center
PO Box 9217
Watertown, MA 02471
- If directed to do so by the Mental Health and Wellness department, upload unofficial transcripts in the Documents tab.
- Note: An alumnus of Harding University does not need to request an HU transcript; records are on file. You can bypass this requirement in the Academic History quadrant.
- GradCAS Transcript Processing Center
- Request official test results from the MAT or GRE and have them sent to Harding University.
- Request three letters of recommendation and have them sent through the CAS recommender portal.
- Upload a copy of your MMR/immunization record.
- Upload a resume.
For GradCAS application related questions:
For program related questions:
Department of Mental Health & Wellness
When to Apply
Applications should be submitted by the following dates:
Summer term: March 30
Fall term: July 1
Spring term: November 15
To earn a Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree, a student must successfully complete the following: (1) core coursework, (2) written comprehensive exams, and (3) an oral interview. Core coursework required specifically for the specialist degree (excluding master’s degree or qualifying credit equivalent hours) must be taken within eight years of graduation. This 68-hour Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree includes a master’s in counseling or a related field with leveling work to meet the core requirements for counseling as defined by CACREP. Prerequisite: Admittance into the Professional Counseling Program.
Curriculum Plan & Course Schedule
Internships and Practicums
Supervisors and students should contact the Mental Health and Wellness office at 501-279-4500 for a direct link to training materials, handbooks and forms. Please contact Dr. Marc Fager for if you have additional questions.
Why Choose Harding's Professional Counseling Programs?
- The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), has granted accreditation to the following programs in the Professional Counseling Program in the College of Education at Harding University: Professional School Counseling (M.S.), and Clinical Mental Health Counseling (M.S./Ed.S.).
- Practical tools/techniques for developing professional counseling skills
- Faculty members with Christian values and real-world experiences
- Current and up-to-date strategies and content
- Training in a career choice that makes a difference through promoting mental and emotional well-being
- Located in Northwest AR, Searcy, AR or Memphis, TN gives you options for graduate school
Why is CACREP accreditation important?
- CACREP accreditation signals that a program’s content and quality have been evaluated and meet strict, consistent standards set by the profession. Choosing a CACREP-accredited program also means the curriculum contains the academic knowledge necessary for professional licensure in many states.
- CACREP-accredited programs assure students—and the public they will one day serve—that a program’s curriculum includes appropriate counseling coursework and skill development. It also ensures that the program is stable, both professionally and financially.
- Benefits of graduating from a CACREP-accredited counseling program include:
• Access to more employment opportunities.
• An advantage when applying to doctoral degree programs.
• A streamlined state counseling licensing application process.
• The skills and credibility to maximize your impact on the counseling profession.
• The opportunity to sit for the National Counselor Examination (NCE) exam prior to graduation.