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Mental Health and Wellness

Mental Health and Wellness Department

Our Purpose

The mission of the mental health and wellness programs is to prepare counselors to provide caring, compassionate and competent counseling services in a variety of settings to diverse populations. To that end, students will be provided with a current, practical, and ethical education consistent with Harding’s Christian foundations equipping them to be effective counselors/therapists capable of facilitating healthy change, growth and development.

Entry Level Master's Degrees in Counseling

Accelerated dual degree B.S. in psychology-M.S. in professional counseling: Qualified students can complete both a Bachelor of Science in psychology and a Master of Science in professional counseling at an accelerated pace by taking up to 14 hours of master’s coursework during their senior year of undergraduate study.


Educational Specialist in Counseling

The Ed.S. in counseling prepares candidates to become leaders and practitioners in their field. Building on the master's degree, this program is designed to provide advanced training, licensure support, and credentialing in a related field separate from the 60-hour master's degree. Three concentrations are offered:
  • Marriage and Family Counseling/Therapy (15 hours)
  • Professional Clinical Mental Health Counseling (15 hours)
  • Professional School Counseling (12 hours)

This degree may provide additional support for professional credentialing as a Licensed Professional Counselor and/or Clinical Mental Health Counselor for individuals seeking licensure.


Certificate in Counseling Skills

The 18-hour certificate program is designed to equip preachers, youth ministers, family ministers, women’s ministers, church leaders, missionaries and lay leaders with the tools necessary for working with and helping those dealing with addictions, marital issues, parenting difficulties and other mental health concerns within a church or ministry related context. 

  • Online delivery 
  • One-week residency on the Memphis campus

Church ministers, shepherds and ministry leaders are offered a significantly reduced rate on the counseling skills certificate. The cost is $250 for the first class with a 50% tuition reduction for remaining certificate classes.


Master of Science in Student Affairs

This non-licensure program is designed to meet the needs of people currently working in higher education who desire to move into mid-level positions within the college or university. Harding’s Master of Science in student affairs will be taught from a Christian perspective. A student with a bachelor’s degree in any field will be considered. 


Three Locations 

Courses are offered at one or more of these locations:

Admission Requirements

Beginning Summer 2020, the Harding University College Education will use GradCAS - a common application. 

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

  • Complete the CAS application and submit appropriate fee.
  • Request official transcripts from all colleges attended and have them sent to GradCAS
    • GradCAS Transcript Processing Center 
      PO Box 9217 
      Watertown, MA 02471 

    • Note: An alumnus of Harding University does not need to request an HU transcript; records are on file. You can bypass this requirement in the Academic History quadrant.
  • Upload current educator license (if applicable).
  • Request official test results from MAT or GRE and have them sent to Harding University.
  • Request three letters of recommendation be sent through the CAS recommender portal.
  • Upload a copy of your MMR/immunization record.
  • Upload a resume.

When to Apply

Applications should be submitted by the following dates:

Summer term: March 30

Fall term: July 1

Spring term: November 15

Academic Catalog

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Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion of the program, all students will be expected to:

  1. Students will demonstrate an understanding of the history of professional counseling as well as the ethical practice of the profession in a variety of interdisciplinary settings.
  2. Students will demonstrate an understanding of how issues of diversity influences help-seeking behavior as well as how to effectively help a diverse, multicultural client population.
  3. Students will demonstrate an understanding of human development across the lifespan and how deviations can influence behavior.
  4. Students will demonstrate an understanding of the role of career in wellness.
  5. Students will demonstrate knowledge of and the skill to apply counseling approaches to client need.
  6. Students will demonstrate knowledge and skill to provide group counseling to a variety of diverse client populations, concerns and settings.
  7. Students will demonstrate the knowledge and ability to select and utilize appropriate assessment instruments to assist in client care.
  8. Students will demonstrate the ability to read and understand research as well as conduct research necessary to better serve their clients.

For those students enrolled in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling specialty area:
Students demonstrate an ability to provide evidence based CMHC services to diverse clientele in a broad range of clinical settings

For those students enrolled in the Marriage, Couples and Family Counseling specialty area: Students demonstrate an ability to provide evidence based MCFC services to diverse clientele in a broad range of clinical settings.

For those students enrolled in the Professional School Counseling specialty area:
Students demonstrate an ability to provide evidence based School Counseling services to diverse student clientele in a broad range of educational & community settings

Course Schedules

Internships and Practicums

Supervisors and students should contact the Mental Health and Wellness office for a direct link to training materials, handbooks and forms. Please contact Dr. Marc Fager for if you have additional questions.

Mission Statement & Annual Report

Harding University Mission can be found at harding.edu/about/mission

College of Education Mission Statement:: “Touching hearts and challenging minds through Christ by preparing professionals for Christian service to children, families, and communities.


Mental Health and Wellness Mission Statement:The mission of the mental health and wellness programs is to prepare counselors to provide caring, compassionate and competent counseling services in a variety of settings to diverse populations. To that end, students will be provided with a current, practical, and ethical education consistent with Harding’s Christian foundations equipping them to be effective counselors/therapists capable of facilitating healthy change, growth and development.

      Harding University Mental Health and Wellness Annual Evaluation Report 2021 pdf

      Mental Health and Wellness Annual Report 2020-2021

Professional Counseling Program Annual Report 2019-2020 pdf

Professional Counseling Program Annual Report 2018-2019 pdf

Professional Counseling Program Annual Report 2017-2018 pdf

Professional Counseling Program Annual Report 2016-2017 pdf

Professional Counseling Program Annual Report 2015-2016 pdf

Professional Counseling Program Annual Report 2014-2015 pdf

Professional Counseling Program Annual Report 2013-2014 pdf

Want more information about our programs?

Fax: 501-279-5964

Mailing Address:
Harding University
Department of Mental Health & Wellness
Box 12254
Searcy, AR  72149-5615