• Master of Arts in Counseling Faculty

  • CCU Spotlights

    Dr. Candace McLain

    Dr. Candace McLain

    M.A. Counseling Program Director
    Social Sciences and Humanities Division

    • Ed.D. Counselor Education and Supervision (Argosy University Denver)
    • M.A. Counseling (Colorado Christian University)
    • B.A. Youth Ministry (Colorado Christian University)

    Email: cmmclain@ccu.edu

    Phone: 303-963-3054

    Dr. Candace McLain has been with CCU's Master of Arts in Counseling (MAC) program since January 2010 – intially as full-time faculty, and currently as MAC Program Director. In addition to teaching graduate counseling classes at CCU and providing supervision for students, she specializes in research and evaluation of student competencies, assessments and gatekeeping practices, and in evaluating goodness of fit for program expectations.

    Dr. McLain’s early work in the mental health field focused on early childhood education and residential community mental health, as well as substance abuse. She also worked with homeless youth, geriatric clients and children with developmental disabilities; and served as an affiliate faculty at numerous universities.

    A main focus of Dr. McLain’s career has been on counselor education and supervising student developmental processes. She has worked extensively with rural communities in the Midwest with limited mental health services. Her professional interests include the application and evaluation of complex trauma as it impacts relationships; teaching, supervision and training of counseling students; and program development.

    Dr. McLain is a licensed professional counselor in both the State of Michigan and in the State of Colorado and also holds an Approved Clinical Supervisor licensure. In addition, she is a professional member of the American Counseling Association (ACA), Association of Spiritual, Ethical, and Religious Values in Counseling (ASERVIC) and the Colorado Counseling Association (CCA).

  • Faculty Members

    The CCU Master of Arts in Counseling program employs both full-time professors and affiliate faculty. Some of the faculty members currently involved in the M.A. in Counseling program include:

    Dr. LaVerne Jordan, Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences
    Ph.D., Counselor Education and Supervision (Purdue University)

    Full-Time Faculty

    Ryan Burkhart, Assistant Professor
    Ed.D. Candidate, Counselor Education and Supervision (Argosy University)

    Dr. Steve Cappa, Assistant Professor
    Psy.D., Clinical Psychology (Rosemead School of Psychology)

    Dr. Cheryl A. Downey, Assistant Professor
    Ph.D., Clinical Psychology (University of Hawaii)

    Deborah Fenton-Nichols, Assistant Professor
    Ed.D. Candidate, Counselor Education and Supervision (Argosy University)

    Joelle France, Assistant Professor
    Ed.D. (ABD), Counselor Education and Supervision (Argosy University)

    Mark Aaron Mayfield, Assistant Professor
    Ph.D. Candidate, Counselor Education and Supervision with an emphasis in Non-profit Leadership and Management (Walden University)

    Dr. Candace M. McLain., Assistant Professor
    Ed.D., Counselor Education and Supervision (Argosy University)

    Dr. Dale A. Piper, Assistant Professor
    Psy.D., Psychology (Pepperdine University)

    Dr. Russell A. Thye, Assistant Professor
    Ph.D., Counseling Psychology (University of Missouri Columbia)

    Affiliate Faculty

    Dr. Lia Billington – Clinical Psychology
    Ph.D. (Fuller Seminary)

    Dr. Bill Bray – Practical Theology
    Ed.D. Candidate
    D.Min. (Phillips Theological Seminary)
    M.A. (Colorado Christian University)

    Andrea Cartwright – Counseling
    M.A. (Colorado Christian University)

    David Cartwright – Counseling
    M.A. (Colorado Christian University)

    Dr. Joannie Debrito – Psychology
    Ph.D. (The Fielding Institute)

    Dr. Yvonne DeMoss – Psychology
    Ph.D. (North Central University)

    Grethchen Flores – Psychology
    M.A, (Western Michigan University)

    Dr. David Garcia – Clinical/Forensic Psychology
    Psy.D. (University of the Rockies)

    Dr. John Gowins – Religion and Psychological Studies; Clinical Track
    Ph.D. (University of Denver / Iliff School of Theology)

    Mike Grabill – Counselor Education
    M.Ed. (Pennsylvania State University

    Krystal Holz – Counseling
    M.A. (Denver Seminary)

    Dr. Lori McKinney – Psychology
    Ph.D. (University of Illinois – Chicago)

    Dr. David Morrow – Counseling Psychology
    Ph.D. (Virginia Commonwealth University)

    Dr. Starla Quinn – Counseling Psychology
    Ph.D. (Liberty University)

    Shannon Rants – Counseling
    M.A. (Grace College)

    Sara Ronhovde – Clinical Psychology
    Pursuing Ph.D. (Walden University)

    Eric Sandras – Human Development & Family Studies
    Ph.D. (Oregon State University)

    Dr. William Saxby – Psychology
    Ph.D. Psychology (University of Vermont)

    Shari Simmons – Social Work
    M.A. (Denver University)

    Dr. Yvonne Bissonnette Tate – Counseling
    Ph.D., Counselor Education and Supervision (College of William and Mary)

    Dr. Lisa Templeton – Clinical Psychology
    Ph.D. (California School of Professional Psychology)

    Dr. Sandra Varley – Counseling
    Ph.D. (Pacifica Graduate Institute)

  • Spotlight


    Ryan Burkhart

    Assistant Professor
    Social Sciences and Humanities Division

    Understanding one’s own faith and culture creates a greater sense of self-awareness. This heightened level of self-awareness is generally accepted to be an important facet of any ethical, effective, and competent counselor’s skill sets. CCU’s counseling program prepares counselors in training to enter the field with a better understanding of their own belief systems and culture, and of how to successfully work with clients who have varying backgrounds, beliefs, challenges, and cultures.
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