Huntington University offers unique Indiana counseling licensure completion

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2013-05-29
HUNTINGTON, Ind. — People have benefited from Huntington University’s unique Indiana counseling licensure completion program for Licensed Mental Health Counselors (LMHC) for five years. Today, the program is continuing to serve more and more students.

“We started this program in the fall of 2008 with just a handful of participants,” said Dr. Jerry Davis, director of the graduate counseling program and professor of counseling. “If an individual needs licensure in Indiana, we are willing to work with them and the state to see what classes they need to complete their requirements.”

The licensure completion program caters to individuals who have completed a master’s degree in counseling outside of Indiana and who now wish to become certified in the state.

“Indiana has one of the toughest requirements,” Davis said. “Sixty credit hours are required for a master’s degree plus 1,000 hours of clinical practice, whereas other states usually require 48 credit hours and 700 hours of clinical practice.”

Davis stated the idea of the program started because of calls he received from individuals needing more credentials.

“I started to get calls from people in various states really in a fix,” he said. “These people are licensed in other states and have counseling experience.”

Davis said that we live in a mobile society and people move around frequently. Different licensure requirements in different states make practicing in another state nearly impossible.

“These people are desperate to get help,” he said. “I have been able to help pretty much everyone who I’ve talked to.”

The licensure completion program is unique because of its Christian aspect.

“We offer the Christian aspect that makes us very unique in comparison to other schools,” he said. “It is what attracts students to our program.”
Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S. News & World Report ranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest, and Forbes.com has listed the university as one of America’s Best Colleges. Additionally, Princeton Review has named the institution a “Best Midwestern College.” Founded in 1897 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, Huntington University is located on a contemporary, lakeside campus in northeast Indiana. The university is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).
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