graduate counseling program faqs
What makes Huntington University's Graduate Counseling Program so different?
looking for a Master's Degree in Counseling, there are a number of
factors to consider. Being a Christian university, Huntington differs
from non-Christian institutions in our approach to integrating
theology with psychology and counseling. While some Christian colleges
similar in this regard, we work hard to provide students with a greater
breadth of theory and depth in spiritual formation than others. The
following are just a few of our program distinctives:
- Huntington's counseling program meets or exceeds all of state
requirements for licensure as a mental health counselor (LMHC) in
- The integration of theology and psychology/counseling is pursued in
all classes, with an additional class on the models and practice of
- A strong emphasis is placed on spiritual formation: students don't just get to know about God; they get to know God
- The theoretical breadth explored (i.e. psychodynamic,
schema-focuses, client centered, etc) within the program is beyond that
of most other institutions
- A strong emphasis is placed upon self-awareness and how it can be used to enhance the therapeutic relationship
- The majority of faculty are actively seeing clients, providing an up-to-date context from which to teach
- Students receive a minimum of two hours of weekly supervision, for
more than a year, during the clinical portion of their training
When are the courses offered in the Graduate Counseling Program?
Our Master's in Counseling courses generally meet Mondays through
Thursdays from either 2:30 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. or from 6:00 p.m. until
8:30 p.m. Each class meets one time each week for two and a half hours.
Does the Graduate Counseling Program run on a semester schedule?
Yes. The Master's in Counseling academic year includes a fall
semester, spring semester and two summer terms. Fall and spring
semesters are 14 weeks and each summer term is six weeks. We believe that
this provides the best opportunity for students to achieve skill and
knowledge, acquisition and application.
Learn More: Graduate Counseling Course Schedule
What is the cost of the Graduate Counseling Program?
The tuition for the Graduate Counseling Program is $466 per credit
hour for the 2013-2014 academic year, which is comparable to or lower
than other graduate programs in the area. We attempt to keep additional
fees to a minimum. There are a couple of courses that require a small
lab fee due to the use of testing manuals. The Group Counseling course
requires a small fee to cover the cost of student involvement in group
counseling with a licensed counselor.
Learn More: Graduate Counseling Tuition and Financial Aid
What can I expect from Graduate Counseling faculty?
The professors for the Graduate Counseling Program are, at minimum,
master's level trained (though most hold doctoral degrees). The majority of the
professors are practicing licensed counselors in one or more of the
following speciality areas: Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC),
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Licensed Mariage and Family
Therapist (LMFT), and/or Human Service Providers in Psychology (HSSP).
As a result, faculty are able to bring real life experience into the
classroom. Professors are also deeply committed to the task of
integrating theology and psychology/counseling, energizing course
materials with personal clinical examples.
Learn More: Graduate Counseling Faculty
Does the Graduate Counseling Program have a particular theoretical orientation?
Huntington University's Graduate Counseling program will present each student with all
of the major theoretical approaches to counseling. The full-time and
adjunct program faculty practice from a variety of theoretical
frameworks including: Psychodynamic, Person-Centered, Schema-Focused,
Cognitive-Behavioral, Adlerian, Gestalt, Family Systems, and
Solution-Focused, among others. We encourage each student to be open to a
variety of theoretical orientations and evaluate each one based upon
scripture, his/her gifts and abilities, and his/her individual style and
preferences. The faculty are not interested in the training and
development of "cookie cutter" counselors. We strive to understand and
work with student's unique giftedness and calling and expand their
knowledge and skills to better prepare them to participate in that
calling. We believe that a student's calling is where his/her passion
meets the world's pain.
Learn More: Graduate Counseling Distinctives
How much counseling experience will I actually get in the Graduate Counseling Program?
In Huntington University's Master's Counseling Program, you will begin to practice your
counseling skills with individuals during your first semester in the
Helping Relationships class. After a set number of the
foundation courses are completed, you will begin to see clients
in LifeSpring Counseling Center. This Counseling Practicum will be 100
hours of practice with 50% being direct client contact through
individuals, couples, families or groups.
Following your successful completion of Practicum, you will secure an
internship site off campus for your three Supervised Internships. Each
of these three Internships will take place over a period of one semester
and will include 300 hours of clinical practice with 50% direct client
contact. Students will receive some assistance in locating an Internship
site but ultimately this is the students' responsibility. The Practicum
and three Internships meet the state requirement of 1,000 hours of
clinical practice in your graduate program.
Practicum, you will receive one hour of weekly individual supervision
and two hours of weekly group supervision. This exceeds the state
licensure requirements. During your three semesters of Internship, you
will receive weekly supervision from both your site supervisor and a
university supervisor. The university supervision may be individual or
How does graduate work differ from undergraduate work?
In the Graduate Counseling program, you will expand your knowledge of
a particular discipline as well as expand your knowledge of
self. Master's level work will cover more breadth and depth of subject
matter with more attention given to original sources such as Freud,
Jung, Adler, Skinner, etc. Graduate work also encourages higher-level
critical thinking including analysis, synthesis, and evaluation.
Master's Counseling students are required to take more responsibility
for their own learning in conjunction with considerably more reading and
writing than undergraduates do. Most classes will require more than
1,000 pages of reading for the course. Likewise, your writing skills
will be expanded and enhanced in your graduate program in order to
prepare you for your postgraduate work.
Upon graduation, you
will be writing case summaries and reports for insurance companies,
psychiatrists/psychologists, social workers, other counselors, school
corporations, the courts, etc. Additionally, you may be writing research
proposals or dissertation proposals for your doctoral program.
Where is Huntington University located?
Beginning in the fall of 2012, Huntington University's Graduate
Counseling Program will be offered both on the university's main campus,
and in a new location in Fort Wayne, Indiana’s second largest city.
Students in Fort Wayne will meet in a newly renovated space at Parkview
Hospital’s Randallia campus, on the northeast side of Fort Wayne.
Huntington University’s main campus is located approximately 25 minutes
from Fort Wayne. Our park-like, contemporary campus encompasses 160
acres and hosts excellent academic/research facilities (HU has invested
over $30 million in new facilities since 1990). Students enrolled in
practicum will meet with clients in the Graduate Counseling Program's
free clinic, LifeSpring Counseling Center. Because of our proximity to
Fort Wayne, students have clinical internship opportunities in both
urban and rural settings.