The 60 credit hour Master of Science in Education in Mental Health Counseling program is based on the American Counseling Association’s Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice and Indiana Health Professions Bureau requirements for mental health counselors. Faculty members of the program are committed to establishing a thoughtful environment that promotes counselor competence, strong professional ethics and values, personal integrity and a sense of responsibility towards meeting the needs of individuals and families from diverse populations. As part of this CACREP accredited program, you will develop competencies in advocacy, counseling, consulting, professional development, managing, supervising and leading the mental health field. You will learn how to collaborate and interact with a variety of mental health professionals as a leader and consultant. You will gain experience in implementing culturally appropriate counseling techniques and develop general knowledge of and experience with treatment modalities for a broad range of mental health recipients. You will evaluate research and apply it to your practice and establish a professional identity. As such, candidates graduating from Purdue University Northwest’s mental health counseling program will be eligible for state licensure as a mental health counselor once they have fulfilled all state requirements.
Below is a list of courses that students in the CACREP accredited Mental Health Counseling program will take. For the most up to date class listing and descriptions, please visit the Course Catalog:
|EDPS 50000 – Group Counseling Theories and Techniques||3|
|EDPS 50300 – Introduction to Mental Health Counseling||3|
|EDPS 50500 – Foundations of Career Development and Assessment||3|
|EDPS 50700 – Counseling Multicultural and Diverse Populations||3|
|EDPS 52100 – Counseling and Psychopathology||3|
|EDPS 52200-Crisis Intervention and Emergency Management||3|
|EDPS 52800 – Research in Counseling||3|
|EDPS 53100 – Introduction to Measurement & Evaluation||3|
|EDPS 53900 – Ethics and Professional Identify for Mental Health Counselors||3|
|EDPS 52300 – Human Growth & Life Span Development||3|
|EDPS 62000 – Addictions||3|
|EDPS 60000 – Counseling Theories and Techniques||3|
|EDPS 60100 – Counseling Techniques Lab||3|
|EDPS 61000 – Counseling Practicum||3|
|EDPS 69500 – Internship – 900 clock hours||9|
Electives may be taken within the Addictions Certificate or Expressive Arts Certificate.
Additional electives are available, including Crisis Intervention & Emergency Management and Psychopathology.
The program’s faculty is committed to establishing a thoughtful environment that promotes counselor competence, strong professional ethics and values, personal integrity and a sense of responsibility towards meeting the needs of individuals and families from diverse populations. As a result, any student receiving a grade of “C” in any two courses will be dropped from the program.
The state of Indiana now grants licensure to mental health counselors, an important professional advancement for those obtaining their master’s degree. The program at Purdue Northwest is designed to put students in the position to apply for licensure once they have completed all requirements outlined by the state. In brief, a candidate for licensure in Indiana must fulfill the following requirements:
- Receive a master’s degree in an area related to mental health counseling from an accredited institution of higher education. Purdue University Northwest is such an institution.
- Complete the following educational requirements (all are met through Purdue’s program in mental health counseling):
- complete 60 semester hours of graduate coursework in counseling. There are 12 areas of focus for the coursework, such as human growth and development, lifestyle and career development, and clinical instruction, to name a few.
- not less than one supervised clinical practicum, internship, or field experience in a counseling setting. This must total a minimum of 1,000 clock hours consisting of one practicum of 100 hours, one internship of 600 hours, and one advanced internship of 300 hours with at least 100 hours of face to face supervision.
3. Obtain 3,000 post-master’s hours of clinical experience over a two-year period. 3000 hrs equals approximately 1 1/2 years of full time work in a counseling setting. Included in this is 100 hours of supervision by a licensed mental health counselor or equivalent.
4. Satisfactorily complete an exam provided by the board. All mental health counselors must obtain licensure if they are to use the title of “mental health counselor.” This is required by law. It will not be mandatory that everyone seeking employment in community mental health settings have the licensure and use the mental health counselor title. What jobs will require it is not well defined at this point, but it is safe to say that it will be necessary for most counseling/therapy oriented positions in clinical and/or hospital settings, and for private counseling. Youth agencies, shelters, and career counseling offices are examples of settings that may not require licensure. Required or not, It is probably advisable for most graduates of the mental health counseling program to strongly consider obtaining licensure.
The advantages of licensure are many. Foremost, it puts mental health counselors in competitive positions with other mental health providers, such as psychologists, social workers, and marriage and family therapists. It offers the opportunity to have greater autonomy, such as private practice. Licensure also maintains the profession at a higher standard which gives it more respect and acceptance in professional and public communities. Finally, licensure could afford mental health professionals the opportunity to use insurance companies for reimbursement of payment (this advantage is still not clearly spelled out by the law).
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