Maintaining the vision of the founder, Dr. Jerry Falwell, Liberty University develops Christ-centered men and women with the values, knowledge, and skills essential to impact the world. Through its residential and online programs, the University educates men and women who will make important contributions to their workplaces and communities, follow their chosen vocations as callings to glorify God, and fulfill the Great Commission.
The University’s mission to develop “Christ-centered men and women with the values, knowledge, and skills essential to impact the world” is achieved, in significant measure, through offering rigorous academic programs. Consistent with the mission of the institution, the Center for Counseling and Family Studies seeks to educate the whole person within a framework of a reasoned Christian worldview.
A new background check policy is being implemented as a requirement for students entering the program and for students entering the practicum/internship phase of Liberty University’s Graduate Counseling degree programs. Background checks have become a requirement in our partnerships and affiliation agreements with practicum/internship sites. Because of this change in climate, background check receipts from ADB (American Data Bank) will now be a required part of the application process for the practicum and internship. In order to be eligible for practicum or internship application, please submit your application now to ADB by visiting: www.libertyCOUNbackground.com
Additionally, some state licensure boards require background checks and have stringent background requirements that determine an individual’s eligibility for licensure. Therefore, the Leadership Team of the Center for Counseling and Family Studies believes it to be unethical to allow students through the Graduate Counseling licensure degree programs to later find they would be ineligible to become licensed or find employment in their state.
We pray that you will view these changes as a personal benefit to you. These improvements will help to enhance the value of your degree and ultimately contribute to increasing the quality of the program.
Questions concerning the background check may be sent to COUNbackground@liberty.edu.