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Michael P. Hardin

Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy

BA, Lubbock Christian University
M.Ed, Texas Tech University
PhD, Texas Tech University

Courses Taught

F1510 Integration Formation Group
FS501 Gender & Sexuality
FT508 Psychopathology & Family Systems
FT533 Vulnerable Family Systems
FT550C Practicum Consultation

Areas of Expertise

Experiential family therapy, family systems theory, marital therapy, bereavement counseling, human sexuality

We are all looking for an authentic connection. With the advent of technology and digital media, there are new and increasingly invasive distractions pulling our focus away from the relationships closest to us. We are a generation less practiced in navigating the complexities of intimate face-to-face relationships, defaulting to interactions that provide us a safety barrier. Our creator calls us into relationship and created us for connection. Part of our spiritual journey will certainly be to understand better how to enter into the lives of others.

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Dr. Michael Hardin

Bio

Michael P. Hardin serves as a professor of marriage and family therapy. He came to Fuller in 2020 with 16 years of teaching experience at Lubbock Christian University (LCU), in Lubbock, Texas, and over 22 years of experience counseling couples, families, and individuals. Dr. Hardin has partnered with churches by leading marriage retreats and marriage seminars for the past 15 years. He began his employment at LCU in the fall of 2004, chairing the Department of Psychology & Counseling from 2007–2020. In his tenure as department chair, he established the Bullard Institute for Strong Families, and founded the Healthy Families Conference. Prior to joining the LCU faculty, Hardin worked 14 years in supervisory positions in various nonprofit and government agencies.

His clinical and research focus with families coping through grief began in his years working with Hospice of Lubbock. As his clinical concentration has grown torward couple work, his research interests have developed to explore a need for ongoing sex education for married couples, as well as the impact on marriage when one in the couple leaves the Christian faith.

He is a licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT) in California and Texas, and a Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE). He is the founder and director of LIVeConnected Relational Therapy, where he maintains a private practice. He is a Clinical Fellow in the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), a member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT), a founding member of the Texas Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (TAMFT), and a member of the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR).