Mississippi College

Department of Psychology & Counseling

About the Program

Last Updated: 
August 22, 2013

The Department of Psychology and Counseling offers three CACREP-accredited programs: M. Ed. in School Counseling, M. S. in Mental Health Counseling, and M. S. in Marriage and Family Counseling. The specialized Marriage and Family Counseling (MFC) program prepares graduates for the Licensed Professional Counselor credential. Graduates acquire competencies needed to treat parent-child problems, marital conflict, sexual dysfunction, substance abuse and other family problems within a multicultural context.


Program Overview

Program Administrator: 
Dr. Stephen Southern (chair)
Department Emphasis: 
Area Percentage
  Clinical Instruction25%
  Family Therapy20%
  Child/Human Development15%
  Family Counseling15%
  Family Studies15%
  Diagnosis & Assessment10%
Campus Enrollment: 
Programs Options: 
Master's, Doctoral

Graduate Program

Dr. Stephen Southern
Courses Offered: 
  • Legal, Ethical and Professional Issues in Counseling
  • Theories of Personality and Counseling
  • Helping Relationships
  • Research-Methods and Procedures
  • Multicultural Counseling
  • Lifespan Development
  • Use and Interpretation of Tests
  • Techniques of Group Counseling
  • Consultation: Theories, Models, and Practices
  • Lifestyle and Career Counseling
  • Systems Theory and Intervention Strategies
  • Addictions Counseling
  • Foundations, Contextual Dimensions, and Knowledge and Skills of Marriage and Family Counseling
  • Couple Dynamics and Counseling
  • Family Dynamics and Counseling
  • Internship in Counseling I & II


Master's Level

Program Options: 
  • Marriage & Family Counseling
  • Mental Health Counseling
  • School Counseling

Graduates acquire basic knowledge in the areas of legal, ethical, professional issues in counseling; social and cultural foundations; human growth and development; career development; helping relationships; group work; appraisal; research; and program evaluation. Graduates prepare for a career in counseling with individuals, couples, and families. Students in the Marriage and Family Counseling program also learn skills in diagnosis, addictions counseling, and other mental health domains.


Doctoral Level

Program Options: 
  • Doctoral of Professional Counseling (DPC)

The DPC is intended to prepare master counselors for successful practice in a variety of clinical settings and leadership in professional organizations.

 Educational Advantages:

The DPC is based on a practitioner-scholar model of training in which there is an emphasis upon applications of research and evidence-based best practices in the counseling profession.  Instead of a dissertation, the concluding or capstone course is a Project Demonstrating Excellence (PDE) in which there is a substantial contribution to clinical service to the community.


Students satisfy degree requirements for the program in two years by completing 4 scheduled courses or 12 semester hours each semester.

 Professional Cohorts:

Applicants for the Doctor of Professional Counseling degree program will be evaluated by the Doctoral Program Review Committee.  Students will be selected to represent diversity and specialization within professional counseling.  A cohort of 12 students will be admitted to a group entitled Collective to Achieve Degree Requirements and Experiences (CADRE).

This is an exciting one-of-a-kind degree program, offered only at Mississippi College!


Faculty at Mississippi College