Huntington University is a Christian liberal arts college in Indiana

Cutting-Edge Delivery for Ease of Access


The Townsend Institute is committed to make this quality and affordable training model accessible to everyone. Both residential and online programs will provide everything the student needs to be equipped. The Institute is engaged in continuous development of all best-fit technologies.

Licensure Standards

Because Indiana's licensure requirements are more stringent than most other states, students who complete their degree at Huntington often have fewer roadblocks in state-to-state licensure mobility. Huntington's M.A. in Counseling meets or exceeds all of Indiana's standards for licensure as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC). Students should know the requirements of the state in which they want to practice.

Students from other states needing to complete licensure requirements can do so at HU. Learn more.


Students may take classes in a residential setting at the Huntington main campus or on the Fort Wayne campus. Most classes meet once a week in the afternoon or evening for 14 weeks.


With the development of sophisticated technology, online education at the Institute is robust and effective. Students have access to the same material that the residential students have. Each online course will be facilitated by a qualified faculty member who understands the competency-plus character-based growth model. Online courses will involve pre-recorded video and audio presentations by Dr. Townsend, weekly readings, discussion boards and written assignments

The online courses are to be completed in 7-8 weeks. Full time students take two at a time. Part time students take just one.

How Distance Learners will Complete Other Program Requirements

The completion of Personal Development Skills Process Group courses require in person face-to-face interaction. The Institute will arrange for this course to be taken as a 3-day intensive on the Huntington campus. It will meet during the last week in August (in 2015, August 25-27, Tuesday through Thursday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.). The course includes the opening orientation day (August 28 from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.) when all the Institute’s students and faculty gather as Dr. Townsend kicks off the year.

Online students also will complete 20 hours of individual therapy with an approved therapist in their area.

Students will complete practicum and internship experiences in their state at an approved site. Each state has licensing and placement regulations related to therapy practice, internship placements and mental health licensing. Students should become familiar with regulations in their state of residence. Students are responsible for finding their practicum and internship sites. The University will provide some general assistance on how students go about this process.