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.
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.
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:
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:
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.
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Human Services program
School Counseling and Clinical Mental Health Counseling program
CMHC Practicum, Internships, Sites or Supervision
Dr. Chris Hennington completed his BA in Psychology at Lubbock Christian University, Master's in educational psychology, a Master's in Counseling at Texas Tech University, and Ph.D. in Counselor Education at Texas Tech University. Dr. Hennington serves LCU as an associate professor in Counseling and Psychology. He has been the director of the school counseling program since 2012 and serves as the CMHC counseling program coordinator. His specialization is school counseling, child and adolescent counseling and ethics. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC-Supervisor, Nationally Certified Counselor, and Certified School Counselor. He has previously worked as a supervisor for Richard Milburn Academy and helped jumpstart the program between RMA and LCU. Dr. Hennington worked at Sunrise Canyon Hospital, was a school counselor in LISD and special education counselor at Slaton ISD.
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.
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.
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.
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.