Lindsey Wilson College has a proud history of service to
individuals who might otherwise not have an opportunity to advance
themselves. For more than a century, the college has been committed
to preparing educated professionals who are dedicated to serve
their communities' needs.
Since its founding by The United Methodist Church in 1903,
Lindsey Wilson has sought to work with stakeholders in underserved
areas to promote community growth and enrichment. The college's
mission and subsequent program development have focused on meeting
an area's educational and uses the college's resources to address
As Lindsey Wilson made the transition from a junior college to a
liberal arts college in 1985, the college confirmed this commitment
to service by implementing the human services major as one of its
flagship baccalaureate programs. The human services program was
created to be an application-oriented, pre-professional degree for
students seeking to serve in the mental health professions.
In spring 1994, the college started a graduate program that
offered a master of education degree in counseling and human
development. In less than five years, the graduate program received
national accreditation from the Council for Accreditation of
Counseling and Related Educational
Programs (CACREP). The graduate
program is one of only 60 mental health counseling programs in
the country accredited by CACREP.
Thanks to strong leadership and exceptional faculty, Lindsey
Wilson has provided a great deal of direction for the mental health
counseling movement in Kentucky. Some examples of the school's
involvement on the state level include:
- Three Lindsey Wilson faculty have been elected president of
Kentucky mental health associations. Two Lindsey Wilson faculty
have been presidents of more than one mental health
- Lindsey Wilson faculty played a key role in getting
several pieces of state legislation -- including the Kentucky
Licensure Law that governs the mental health profession -- passed
by the Kentucky General Assembly.
- The headquarters of the Kentucky Mental Health Counselors
Association -- Kentucky's only professional association dedicated
to professional mental health counseling -- is located on Lindsey
Wilson's A.P. White Campus in Columbia.
- Perhaps most impressive is the overwhelming success of the
School of Professional Counseling. In addition to the A.P. White
Campus in Columbia, the School of Professional Counseling now
offers programs at 24 locations in KY, VA, WV, OH and TN. This is
made possible through an innovative partnership between Lindsey
Wilson College and the Community and Technical College Systems in
the host states.
- The School of Professional Counseling has an enrollment of more
than 850 students. In 2009-2010, the SPC awarded more
than 300 undergraduate and graduate degrees.