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Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (M.A.)

Personal Transformation. Professional Growth. Powerful Impact.

Huntington University’s counseling program takes a holistic approach to counselor training. Students in our Master of Arts in clinical mental health Counseling program learn how to integrate cognition, emotion, behavior, and Christian spirituality, not just for the sake of their future clients but for their own growth as well.

Personal Transformation

Stellar faculty, also practicing counselors, encourage students to engage in their own healing and growth process through Christian spiritual formation exercises and group experiences built into the curriculum.

Professional Growth

We encourage our students to take a comprehensive approach to counseling. Through training in Scriptural teachings, sound clinical theories, and the best evidence-based approaches, our students are equipped to deal with symptoms and explore the underlying issues driving these symptoms.

Powerful Impact

Students learn how to bring hope and healing to a broken world. Along the way, they begin to understand the breakthrough power of authentic relationship, which is the foundation of all healing and growth.

What is counseling?

According to the American Counseling Association, counseling is a professional relationship that empowers diverse individuals, families, and groups to accomplish mental health, wellness, education, and career goals.

What is clinical mental health counseling?

Clinical mental health counseling is a distinct profession with national standards for education, training, and clinical practice (American Mental Health Counseling Association).

Is Huntington University Accredited?

Huntington University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.  

Our Mission Statement

We will provide Christ-centered, quality counselor training that promotes both scholarship and service. Our students will redeem the world, one client, at a time through understanding and applying our core values of grace, truth, awareness, reconciliation, and community.

Grace

We believe that God offers grace (underserved mercy and favor) through the person and work of Jesus Christ. We strive to grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus and freely offer this grace to our clients.

Truth

We believe that God is the author of all truth. God’s truth is revealed through His word (the Bible) and His world (the sciences such as psychology, counseling, etc.). We will diligently pursue truth by applying it to our lives and the clients we serve.

Awareness

We constantly strive to be more aware of our clients, our God, and ourselves. We are most effective when we are fully aware, so we strive for self-awareness while being fully present with our clients. We will respect and work with the diverse life experiences and values of our clients.

Reconciliation

We believe that we were created for relationship and have a need for healthy attachment. We will work toward reconciliation in the relationships of our clients. When reconciliation is not possible, we will help our clients work toward forgiveness.

Community

Because of our need for healthy attachment, we grow best with the support and challenge (accountability) of a community. Both scripture and research support the truth that people grow and sustain growth with appropriate social support. We will commit to the influence of community in our lives and in the clients we serve.

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Program Objectives

Upon completion of the Master of Arts degree in clinical mental health counseling, students will demonstrate understanding of...

  1. Professional Counseling Ethics. Accurately apply the codes of ethics to a wide range of counseling dilemmas, clients, and contexts.
  2. Diversity. Demonstrate proficient cross-cultural counseling skills with diverse clients and in diverse contexts.
  3. Human Development. Apply selected developmental concepts to diverse counseling scenarios.
  4. Career Counseling. Apply career counseling models, skills, and assessment with diverse clients.
  5. Counseling Models. Develop a sufficient counseling model for working with a broad range of clients.
  6. Counseling Skills. Demonstrate proficient counseling skills in working with a broad range of clients.
  7. Group Work. Demonstrate proficient leadership skills in the facilitation of a group.
  8. Assessment. Design and conduct several selected assessment processes for counseling scenarios.
  9. Research. Design counseling-oriented research or program evaluation.
  10. Integration. Develop an initial, integrated counseling model. Evidence ethical integration of Christian faith in working with diverse clients and in diverse contexts.
  11. Spiritual Formation. Develop a secure attachment with God.

Program Distinctives

The Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Difference

The master of arts in clinical mental health counseling program is designed to lead to a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in the state of Indiana and may also meet licensure requirements outlined by individual state boards of counseling. Before enrolling in the master of arts in clinical mental health counseling program at Huntington University, students should consult the rules and regulations regarding Mental Health Counseling or Professional Counseling for their particular state. The program is offered in two different formats: 60 hours or 48 hours.

In order to be licensed in Indiana, students must complete 60 hours in the clinical mental health counseling program. Students who plan to practice in another state besides Indiana or who choose another ministry or career that does not require licensure have the option to complete 48 hours in the clinical mental health counseling program. A campus-owned free clinic for the community provides practical clinical experiences for all counseling students.

Courses are offered year-round online or in a residential setting on the Huntington University main campus. See the graduate clinical mental health counseling section of the catalog for details.

60 Hour Counseling Program

•     Meets or exceeds all Indiana state requirements for licensure as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) and meets requirements for many other states.
•     Provides training and supervision from a variety of theoretical perspectives
•     Emphasizes the integration of Christian faith and practice in all classes including a required course in Spiritual Formation
•     Features faculty who are actively engaged in offering counseling services
•     Includes a minimum of two hours of weekly supervision while seeing clients
•     Provides real-life clinical experience in working with clients.

48 Hour Counseling Program

•     Meets requirements for licensure in some states but not in Indiana.
•     Provides training and supervision from a variety of theoretical perspectives
•     Emphasizes the integration of Christian faith and practice in all classes including a required course in Spiritual Formation
•     Features professors who are actively seeing clients
•     Includes a minimum of two hours of weekly supervision while seeing clients

Credentialing Programs

•     The credential program in counseling are available for students that do not want to do the traditional master’s degree but still want the training. Students will be educated in areas of scriptural teachings, theory, and research.

Student Readiness Evaluation

In the semester prior to a student’s scheduled registration for CN 650 Supervised Practicum, the director of clinical experiences will send out a Student Readiness Evaluation to all faculty, full-time and adjunct. Students will receive feedback after the initial review process has been conducted. If a concern has been indicated, the student will be notified.  If remediation is necessary, the student will be required to meet with the program director, or the director of clinical experiences, to review the remediation process.  For more information regarding the Student Readiness Evaluations for CN650, please see the Student Handbook.

Licensure Standards

Huntington University's Master of Arts degree in clinical mental health counseling (60 credit hours) meets or exceeds all of Indiana's standards for licensure as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC). Additionally, since Indiana's licensure requirements are more stringent than most other states, students who complete their degree at Huntington University often meet or exceed requirements for licensure in most states and have fewer roadblocks in state-to-state licensure mobility. Since some states require only 48 credit hours for licensure, we also offer a 48 credit hour option.

You can view more state licensure information on our state licensure page.

LifeSpring Counseling Center

LifeSpring Counseling Center is a fully-functioning counseling clinic. Operated through the clinical mental health graduate counseling program at Huntington University, the Center provides comprehensive counseling services through graduate interns on a donation basis. The Center is open to the public and serves individuals, couples, families, and children. Graduate interns address all types of mental health issues, including adjustment, anxiety, depression, trauma, marital, and other relationships.

The Center contains seven furnished counseling rooms, a playroom, and a waiting area. All sessions are videotaped, which allows for the best supervision and instruction possible in a graduate counseling program. Licensed, practicing counselors supervise our graduate interns and meet with them for weekly supervision. Our Center receives frequent referrals from doctors, schools, pastors, other mental health facilities, and the courts.

Those seeking counseling services can contact LifeSpring Counseling Center by calling (260) 454-5500 to schedule an appointment.

LifeSpring Counseling Center
479 Campus St.
Huntington, IN 46750

Hours:
9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. on Monday through Thursday
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on Friday

Counseling Student Handbook and Course Syllabi

Counseling Student Handbook
CN600 - Personal Development Process Group
CN601 - Human Growth and Development
CN602 - Legal, Ethical, and Professional Issues
CN603 - Theory and Techniques of the Helping Relationship
CN604 - Theory and Practice of Assessment
CN605 - Social and Cultural Foundations
CN606 - Theory and Practice of Groups
CN607 - Career and Lifestyle Development
CN608 - Methods and Practice of Research and Evaluation
CN609 - Models and Application of Integration of Christianity and Counseling
CN610 - Foundational and Contextual Dimensions of Mental Health Counseling
CN611 - Knowledge and Skills of Mental Health Counseling
CN612 - Clinical Psychopathology and Diagnosis
CN613 - Foundations of Spiritual Formation
CN625 - Advanced Evaluation and Diagnosis of Mental and Emotional Disorders
CN640 - Foundations of Marriage and Family Counseling
CN641 - Foundation of Addiction Counseling
CN649 - Foundations of Crisis and Trauma Counseling
CN650 - Supervised Internship 
CN651 - Supervised Internship
CN652 - Supervised Internship

You have questions. We have answers.

If you have any questions, please contact graduate@huntington.edu or (800) 600-4888.

Visit our FAQ page for additional information!