CMHC Class

The Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) Program

The Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program at LCU prepares individuals to become counselors who can serve in a variety of clinical settings such as mental health or social services agencies or private practice. The CMHC program fulfills the academic requirement for licensure as a professional counselor in Texas and other states. The program is delivered in both a face-to-face and online format.

Mission of the CMHC Program

The Mission of the Clinical Mental Health Program Aligns itself with the mission of LCU and the Department of Psychology and Counseling by training ethically- and spiritually-aware mental health counselors who possess the knowledge, values, skills, and personal disposition to promote the mental health and holistic wellness of clients across diverse populations.

Graduates from this program will receive the academic and experiential foundations that will enable them to specialize in a variety of counselor roles, such as community mental health counselors, pastoral counselors, drug and alcohol counselors, trauma counselors, college counselors, and relationship counselors. The program has the goal of providing educational foundations that enable its graduates to enter professionally-satisfying careers, serve others to the best of their abilities, and develop a capacity for intellectual, professional and personal growth.

CMHC Goals

The CMHC program promotes the following goals:

  • To attract diverse, outstanding graduate students.
  • To help students attain a scholastic competency in all coursework.
  • To facilitate the acquisition of, and ability to, apply counseling skills with a diverse population to a standard acceptable by licensed professional counselors including: a) Demonstration of emotional and mental stability and maturity in interaction with others b). the ability to maintain healthy boundaries, c). communicate appropriately, d). successfully manage personal anxiety or uncomfortable feelings, e). work collaboratively with others and f). resolve interpersonal conflict.
  • To encourage an understanding and commitment to the scientist practitioner model.
  • To assist students in their adherence to the Professional Identity and Standards outlined by the American Counseling Association’s Code of Ethics and Lubbock Christian University’s Code of Community Standards, and
  • To encourage the ability to integrate faith and spirituality into counseling where appropriate in an ethically competent manner. 

CMHC Objectives

The CMHC program promotes the following objectives:

  • To increase the knowledge base of the counseling profession and other related helping professionals.
  • To increase knowledge and practice of the ACA Professional Code of Ethics.
  • To increase knowledge and skills in counseling for culturally diverse populations, including assessment, treatment planning, treatment, and outcome evaluation.
  • To increase knowledge and skills in advocating for culturally diverse populations.
  • To increase knowledge of the theories of counseling and psychotherapy, personality, lifespan development, career development, group dynamics, and diagnosis and treatment planning.
  • To increase knowledge of a wellness model of mental health.
  • To increase knowledge in the foundations of research and inquiry including assessment, treatment planning, treatment, and outcome evaluation.
  • Develop leadership skills to better serve the counseling profession including teaching, training, researching and development of counseling plans.