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Graduate Psychology and Counseling

Graduate Psychology and Counseling

Graduate Psychology and Counseling

If you’re interested in pursuing a graduate degree that will help you change the lives of other people, you have come to the right place. In our graduate programs, we help equip you to strengthen families and marriages, resolve conflicts between people and groups, assist individuals in overcoming addictions and other destructive behaviors, and help clients deal with emotional and spiritual problems. 

At Lubbock Christian University, you will enjoy small classes taught by experienced professionals who are still involved in their professions. All of our faculty members hold doctorates and continue to work as counselors, diagnosticians, human service professionals, and consultants. Our professors will help you examine professional research and theory from a Christian worldview, while continuing to write and contribute to scholarly research.

In our graduate programs, we provide students with an online writing center with a doctorate level writing coach. Our programs will encourage you to implement cutting edge technology in your learning experience, so you will be able to implement technology effectively as a professional. We have student service coordinators who will check in with you to make help you manage the day-to-day challenges of graduate school. We also have an online chapel and a prayer room available to assist you with your spiritual growth and development.

Departmental Mission

The Department of Psychology and Counseling is committed to the idea that science and faith do not oppose each other, but in fact, complement one another. Our mission is to produce academicians, clinicians, practitioners, and scholars who are solidly grounded in the science of human behavior, the ethics of their chosen profession and the principles of their faith. The Department provides personal access to exemplary teaching, Christian mentorship, and challenges student centered academic progress. Opportunities will be provided to all students for professional, community-based experiences and development of scholarly contribution to their field of study. 

Additional Information

The MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and MS in School Counseling programs have a two-phase process for admissions. The first phase is the standard application process for Graduate Studies and has the following requirements:

  • Undergraduate degree in phsychology or related field
  • Graduate Application
  • $35 application fee – if not submitted with the application, may be paid online, by calling 806-720-7599, or by mailing a check or money order made out to “LCU.”
  • Credit Agreement – Students may fax (toll-free: 1-866-784-5663)
  • Official undergraduate transcript(s), showing a regionally accredited bachelor’s degree awarded, and any previous post-baccalaureate or graduate work. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required for unconditional admissions consideration.
    • To be considered official, all transcripts must arrive sealed in the university’s envelope, bearing official marks/seals. E-scripts are considered official only when sent directly from the university to GraduateAdmissons@lcu.edu.
    • Courses taken for the degree must include a minimum of 39 upper level hours. Hours awarded for life or work experience will not satisfy upper level requirements. Vocational courses will not be counted toward the 120 academic hour requirement. Evidence of grade point averages, degrees, and test scores must be on official transcripts or official score reports. Students on probation or suspension at other institutions are not eligible for admission.
  • Three letters of reference are required. See admissions coordinator for details regarding reference requirements. Applicants will personally complete the first section of the electronic form.
    • Academic Reference
    • Personal Reference
    • Professional Reference
  • Proof of meningitis vaccination. Applicants who will be 22 years old or older by the first day of the start of the semester are exempt from this requirement. Please see Meningitis Vaccine Requirements for more information.

Application items should be submitted no later than four weeks prior to the beginning of a session. Any items that need to be mailed should be submitted to Lubbock Christian University, Attn: Marcia Crabtree, Department of Psychology and Counseling, Graduate Programs, 5601 19th Street, Lubbock, TX 79407.

Approved applicants proceed to the departmental interview phase of the admissions process. This second phase has the following requirements: 

  • Personality assessment and $25 testing fee. Applicants can pay online and forward the receipt to the admissions coordinator, who will set up the personality assessment and send completion instructions.
  • Two short counseling essays. Questions provided upon approval to move onto the departmental interview phase.
  • Professional résumé.
  • 20-minute interview with graduate faculty panel.

After both phases of the admissions process are completed, applicants will be notified of their admission status. Applicants are not accepted until an official letter of acceptance is issued. For further information regarding the application process, please contact us at 806-720-7823.

Future Students Considering Our Programs

  • Program Requirements or Program Admissions
  • contact Beth Robinson

Current Students

Advising: Registration, scheduling conflicts, changes in program

  • contact your assigned faculty advisor
  • Practicum/Internship students will be advised by the Clinical Experiences Advisor

Residency: dates, meal plan, accommodations, additional information 

  • contact Lana Robinson (Graduate Residency Coordinator)

Human Services program

School Counseling and Clinical Mental Health Counseling program

  • contact Dr. Chris Hennington (CMHC/MSCOU Program Coordinator)

CMHC Practicum, Internships, Sites or Supervision 

  • contact Dr. Ronda Eade (CMHC Clinical Supervisor)
  • contact Saundra Pounds (Academic Coordinator)

Faculty

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Dr. Byars is a National Certified Counselor, Licensed Professional Counselor, and Certified Group group fitness instructor. Her counseling specialties include substance abuse, eating disorders, postpartum depression, family and group counseling, and exercise psychology. In addition to a private practice, she has run two fitness programs in Lubbock geared towards the mental wellness of women. Her book is entitled "The effectiveness of group counseling and exercise in the lives of graduate students". She has also contributed dozens of columns to local publications about the mental and wellness of moms with young children.
Dr. Byars research interests include group counseling, eating disorders, postpartum depression, addictions and other women's issues.
Dr. Byars enjoys teaching because she is committed to the field of counseling and the self growth of counselors. She believes counseling changes lives and the best counselors are willing to work on themselves and their own growth.
She is married to Tim Byars in the Humanities Department. They have three wonderful children Laura, Jacob, and Mary.

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Dr. Frisbie holds the following licenses and certifications:
Licensed Professional Counselor
Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor
National Certified Counselor
Certified Eating Disorders Specialist
Certified Family Life Educator

Teaching in the graduate counseling program at LCU enables me to bring my clinical experience into the classroom. I maintain a private practice in which I specialize in the treatment of eating disorders and related issues such as anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, trauma, and self-harm in adolescents and adults.
An integrative, holistic approach to treatment best describes my work, integrating cognitive behavioral, interpersonal, and mindfulness based approaches. In addition, I have extensive experience with EMDR treatment for trauma.

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Dr. Perez received his PhD from Texas Tech University in Marriage and Family Therapy. Research interests and areas of preference include couple interaction and dynamics in therapy, post-affair relationship maintenance, emotional intelligence in relationships, and influence of religious faith in marital forgiveness. Dr. Perez is a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Associate. Currently, Dr. Perez is an assistant professor of Family Studies in the Behavioral Science department of LCU.

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Dr. Waltz is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Lubbock, Texas. She has previously worked as an adjunct instructor, research assistant and student assistant at Texas Tech University. She has years of experience working with different campus organizations and ministries. Dr. Waltz has a passion for developing strong leaders in the community. She worked with United Future Leaders, the Wesley Foundation, and Foundation, a camp for incoming freshman, throughout her time at Texas Tech. She is currently counsels at First United Methodist Church Counseling Center and a local non-profit organization. Dr. Waltz specializes in providing Biblical counseling, crisis counseling, and counseling postpartum depression. She works with children (6 ), individuals, couples, and families. Dr. Waltz is completing her first level of certification through the Association of Biblical Counselors.  She is currently the President-Elect of the West Texas Counseling Association.

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