Mission and Goals
Lindsey Wilson College Mission Statement
The mission of Lindsey Wilson College is to serve the
educational needs of students by providing a living-learning
environment within an atmosphere of active caring and Christian
concern where every student, every day, learns and grows and feels
like a real human being.
School of Professional Counseling Mission
The mission of the Lindsey Wilson College School of Professional
Counseling is to provide a practitioner-based, community-centered,
student-focused mental-health preparation program hallmarked by
academic integrity, professional competence, and sound ethical
1. The Human Services and Counseling program will provide students
with a foundational knowledge base and skills for entry-level
positions within the helping professions.
2. The Human Services and Counseling program will provide a
capstone experience whereby students may apply, under supervision,
helping skills to a human services field placement, thereby gaining
experience while exploring vocational choices.
3. Provide graduate level education and skill development in
4. Provide a graduate program distinguished by academic excellence
in accordance with educational requirements for professional
entry-level credentials in the area of counseling.
5. Develop in students the value of advocating in the best interest
of supporting mental health initiatives, the mentally ill and their
families, and the education and professional parity of mental
6. Provide a state-of-the-art practice-oriented program designed to
build an applied, theoretical knowledge base while assisting
students in the development of professional/clinical
7. Provide specialized instruction and training in individual adult
counseling, marriage and family counseling, adolescent counseling,
play therapy counseling, substance abuse counseling, and mental
health counseling as indicated by student interests and
8. To provide local, weekend-based programs that offer a guaranteed
course sequence leading expeditiously to the baccalaureate degree
in Human Services and Counseling and the master's degree in
Counseling and Human Development in areas with needs for
professionals with these credentials.
1. To provide students with a foundational overview of the human
services field through an introduction course.
2. To provide students with clinical skills appropriate for a
bachelor's-level human services helper through a case management
3. To provide students with an understanding of and respect for
cultural differences, in particular those in Appalachia and
4. To provide theoretical and social interaction through an
experiential foundation for individual and group counseling through
5. To provide an understanding of the stages and issues
throughout the life span through a course in development.
6. To develop an understanding of assessment, diagnosis and
treatment of abnormal behavior within the context of culture and
individual differences through course work and DSM-IV-TR
7. To introduce the student to the utilization of assessment
instruments and develop a working language to understand the impact
of assessment on careers in the human services field through an
8. To provide a solid value base which will enable a student
to function in a professional, ethical and legal manner through
9. To provide necessary basic research skills to enable the
student to comprehend and evaluate quantitative and qualitative
research studies in APA style through course work.
10. Each student in the Human Services program will take
Practicum I following Human Services coursework which entails 120
clock hours of field experience whereby students learn to make
application of knowledge and skills learned throughout the program
and develop a clinical experience portfolio.
11. Each student in the Human Services program will take
Practicum II which entails 120 clock hours of field experience, a
human services comprehensive exam, a mock career interview, a
career portfolio and a clinical experience portfolio.
12. Each student in the Human Services program will take Practicum
III which entails 120 clock hours of field experience, a human
services comprehensive exam, a mock career interview, a career
portfolio and a clinical experience portfolio.
13. Offer all coursework necessary to fulfill licensure
requirements for a licensed professional counselor in the state of
14. Employ a four semester-long field practicum and
internship experience utilizing both individual and small-group
supervision where students can apply, within their proven levels of
competence, clinical skills necessary to apply efficacious
15. Provide a capstone clinical experience.
16. Identify areas of need for mental health professionals.
17. Identify and coordinate programs through community
18. Format and implement SPC courses and instruction into the
weekend model while maintaining academic rigor and excellence in
19. Partner with local human services and mental health agencies
for field placements, internship opportunities, and qualified
supervision of students.
Community Campus Initiative
The current community campus
initiative expands the Lindsey Wilson College
commitment to services and education by extending both bachelors
and graduate degrees to Appalachian and other areas
- In spite of improved higher educational opportunities, on-going
needs assessment continues to indicate a severe shortage of
credentialed mental health professionals throughout areas of the
Commonwealth of Kentucky, Appalachia, and bordering states.
This shortage has grown to such import that the
Kentucky General Assembly passed legislation (HB 843) in the 2001
General Session ordering a statewide assessment and remediation
plan of the commonwealth's mental health needs. The remediation
plan was funded and continued by the 2002 General Assembly.
As expected, the shortage of mental health
professionals, especially in the Appalachian areas, was confirmed
as a paramount concern.
It was determined that stakeholders must find ways
to "grow our own professionals" who are committed to
Due to its mission, geographic location, and
programmatic strengths, Lindsey Wilson College has been approached
by several community mental health agencies to assist in addressing
this serious shortage of professionals.
In response, a plan was developed by Lindsey Wilson
College to open community campus sites which would utilize the
existing strength of the community college system by offering he
bachelors degree to students who have completed or are near
completion of their Associates course work, and the masters
The resulting model is locally offered,
weekend-based programs that will offer a guaranteed course sequence
leading expeditiously to the bachelor's degree, then to the