Mississippi College

Department of Psychology & Counseling
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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
  • 25% Clinical Instruction
  • 20% Family Therapy
  • 15% Child/Human Development
  • 15% Family Counseling
  • 15% Family Studies
  • 10% Diagnosis & Assessment
Campus Enrollment
Program Options
  • Master’s
  • Doctoral
Areas of Study
  • Counseling (Child, Couples, or Family) - Doctoral
  • Counseling (Child, Couples, or Family) - Master's
Department Address

Box 4013
Clinton, MS 39058
United States

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Graduate Program
Graduate Director
Dr. Stephen Southern
Graduate 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 CounselingFamily Dynamics and Counseling
  • Internship in Counseling I & II
Graduate Accreditations/Approval
Master's Level
Masters Program Options
  • Marriage & Family Counseling
  • Mental Health Counseling
  • School Counseling
Masters Comments

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
Doctoral Program Options
  • Doctoral of Professional Counseling (DPC)
Doctoral Comments

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!

CFLE Information

NCFR recognizes schools offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs with course work that follows the Standards and Criteria required for approval as a Provisional Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE). NCFR approval allows the school to offer their graduates the opportunity to apply for Provisional Certification using the Abbreviated Application process. The CFLE Checklist represents the courses that meet the CFLE criteria at that school. Students must complete all the courses on a checklist in order to qualify to apply for the CFLE designation through the Abbreviated Application process.