Harding University offers the MS/EdS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree on the HST campus located in Memphis, TN. This 68-hour, CACREP-accredited degree allows graduates to pursue licensure as an LPC. Additionally, with just a few additional courses offered on the Memphis campus, students will have the option to pursue dual licensure as an LMFT.
This CACREP-accredited degree is offered by the Professional Counseling Graduate Program in the College of Education at our parent institution, Harding University in Searcy, AR. All courses required for the degree are offered on the HST campus.
Admission to the program is through the College of Education. The application packet is located here.
For program admission information, contact Angela English at 501-279-4500 or by email.
Training Counselors in Memphis
Dr. Ed Gray came to HST in 1993. Dr. Bill Flatt, who had been our registrar and counseling professor, had recently become dean. They both envisioned a new degree that would help students become licensed counselors. Flatt gave Gray the task of developing the Master of Arts in Counseling (M.A.C.) degree. With the faculty’s approval, the M.A.C. began in 1994. Gray served as the chief architect and loving shepherd of that program for the past 23 years. He was joined by Dr. John Kennedy from 2007-13, and in 2014 we added the excellent teaching of Dr. Kevin Shelby. As a result of the work of Flatt, Gray, Kennedy, Shelby, and a number of talented adjunct instructors, 104 graduates are providing Christian counseling in churches and clinics throughout the country. For the past three years, Gray and Shelby have been innovative and worked beyond the call of duty to steadily add to the excellence of our counseling training in Memphis.
From its inception, HST’s M.A.C. has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and by the Association of Theological Schools. However, since 2009 we have been developing our program toward receiving accreditation from the Council for Accrediting Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), a steadily growing organization that accredits hundreds of programs throughout the U.S. Our program has closely tracked CACREP standards for several years now. We have struggled with how to gain this important accreditation.
Now we have a solution. Several years ago, Harding’s Cannon-Clary College of Education received CACREP accreditation for its Master of Science/Educational Specialist in clinical mental health counseling degree. HST’s M.A.C. faculty will merge with the College of Education’s CACREP program this fall. The Memphis location will be a new site for students to receive the Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree. Our students will now be able to graduate with a CACREP accredited degree granted by the College of Education.
On August 4, 2017, the Harding University Professional Counseling program received a letter from the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs approving the expansion of the accredited Clinical Mental Health Counseling program to the HST campus location in Memphis, Tennessee. CACREP is known as the gold standard of accreditation in counseling training and provides the following recognized benefits for our students
- Access to more employment opportunities.
- An advantage when applying to doctoral degree programs.
- A streamlined state counseling licensing application process; assisting with portability of your counseling license.
- 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.
While counseling students will be a part of the Harding University Professional Counseling program, they are invited to participate in the spiritual and social benefits of the Memphis campus.