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)


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).

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