The Lindsey Wilson College Online CHD curriculum covers human growth and development, social and cultural foundations of mental health counseling, counseling theory and practice, psychopathology, group dynamics, lifestyle and career development, assessment, research methods, ethics and professional issues. Graduates from the program are well-prepared to work in a variety of settings including community mental health agencies, hospitals, residential treatment facilities, schools and private agencies. The Lindsey Wilson experience offers an interactive, experiential curriculum that meets the highest and state licensure standards.

Entrance Requirements for the Online Counseling and Human Development

Applicants to the Counseling & Human Development program will need to:

  • Complete the Graduate Admission Application form, which must be submitted online with non-refundable fees of USD 35.00 to the appropriate administrative assistant serving the community campus or site.
  • Send an official transcript of each college or university previously attended to the Lindsey Wilson College Registrar’s Office;
  • Send three letters of recommendation to the appropriate administrative assistant; and
  • Complete an interview with members of the Regional Admissions Committee.

Once the materials for applications are received and a successful interview completed, the student may register for classes.

Classification of Applications

All applicants admitted to the master’s program in Counseling & Human Development are admitted on conditional basis. The status is reviewed by the Regional Admissions Committee at the end of the candidate’s first semester to consider each student’s unconditional acceptance into the program.

A change in status from conditional to unconditional must be accompanied by a successful student review and subsequent recommendation by the Regional Admission Committee.

Note: Admissions decisions are based on academic performance and personal characteristics/ dispositions as reflected in the Graduate Students Review and Recommendation process. Students who receive scores of “Pass” will be granted unconditional admission status. A student who receives one or two “No Pass” scores will meet with the Resident Faculty Supervisor to discuss and formulate a remediation plan. A student who receives three or more “No Pass” scores will meet with the Regional Admissions Committee to plan required remediation or discuss alternatives to the program.

Core Curriculum: 30 hours
    • Personal Growth & Development Group (CHD 5000) – non-credit
    • Lifecycle Development in Individuals & Families (CHD 5003) – 3 hours
    • Multicultural Issues, Human Diversity & Preventive Community Education (CHD 5013) – 3 hours
    • Counseling Theories & Techniques: Affective/Humanistic (CHD 5023) – 3 hours
    • Counseling Theories & Techniques: Cognitive/Behavioral (CHD 5033) – 3 hours
    • Group Counseling Techniques (CHD 5043) – 3 hours
    • Career Education Counseling (CHD 5053) – 3 hours
    • Individual & Group Assessment (CHD 5063) – 3 hours
    • Psychopathology (CHD 5073) – 3 hours
    • Research Methods (CHD 5083) – 3 hours
    • Professional Issues & Ethics (CHD 5093) – 3 hours
    Clinical Instruction: 9 hours
    • Practicum: 150 hours (CHD 6003) – 3 hours
    • Internship: 300 hours (CHD 6013) – 3 hours
    • Internship: 300 hours (CHD 6013) – 3 hours
    Specialization in Mental Health Counseling: 21 hours

    Although a significant emphasis in the core curriculum is the development of a mental health counseling knowledge and skill base, the following specialty coursework and clinical experiences are designed to provide specialized expertise in the area of clinical mental health counseling.

    • Evaluation of Mental & Emotional Status (CHD 6033) – 3 hours
    • Diagnosis of Mental & Emotional Disorders (CHD 6023) – 3 hours
    • Theories of Addiction and Pharmacology (CHD 6173) – 3 hours
    • Treatment of Mental & Emotional Disorders (CHD 6203) – 3 hours
    • Mental Health Administration, Supervision & Consultation (CHD 6513) – 3 hours
    • Systemic Family Therapy (CHD 6613) – 3 hours
      • Play Therapy (CHD 6253) or
      • Adolescent Intervention (CHD 6283) or
      • Counseling Procedures and Strategies; Legal Issues; and Prevention Strategies with Addicted Populations (CHD 6174) or
      • Assessment, Diagnosis and Treatment of Addiction(CHD 6183) or
      • Relationship Counseling, Group Process and Techniques with Addicted Populations (CHD 6193)
    Certificate in Substance Abuse Counseling:

    A Certificate in Substance Abuse Counseling is available for students concurrently enrolled in the program. To earn the Certificate, students must complete the following specialized coursework:

    • Theories of Addiction and Pharmacology (CHD 6173) – 3 hours
    • Prevention Strategies with Addicted Populations (CHD 6174) – 4 hours
    • Assessment, Diagnosis and Treatment of Addiction (CHD 6183) – 3 hours
    • Relationship Counseling, Group Process and Techniques with Addicted Populations (CHD 6193) – 3 hours

    TOTAL: 60 credit hours