Frequently Asked Questions
When are the residential courses offered?
Courses generally meet Mondays through Thursdays from either 2:30 p.m. until 5 p.m. or from 6 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. Each class meets one time each week for two-and-a-half hours.
Does the Townsend Institute run on a semester schedule?
Yes. The academic year includes a fall semester, spring semester and two summer terms. Fall and spring semesters are 14 weeks, and each summer term is seven weeks. We believe that this provides the best opportunity for students to achieve skill and knowledge, acquisition and application.
What is the cost of the Townsend Institute's programs?
The 2015-2016 tuition has not been determined yet. It will be similar as other graduate programs at Huntington University. The cost is $480 per credit hour for the 2014-2015 academic year. This cost is comparable to or lower than other graduate programs in the area. We attempt to keep additional fees to a minimum. There are a few courses that require a minimal lab fee. The Group Counseling course requires a minimal fee to cover the cost of student involvement in a process group with a licensed counselor.
Learn More: Graduate Counseling Tuition and Financial Aid
How much counseling experience will I actually receive in the Graduate Counseling Program?
In Townsend Institute graduate 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 the 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.
During your 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 group supervision.
How does graduate work differ from undergraduate work?
In the Townsend 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-level 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?
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 more than $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.
Beginning in the fall of 2012, classes were 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.