Huntington University is a Christian liberal arts college in Indiana

graduate counseling program faqs

What makes Huntington University's Graduate Counseling Program so different?

When 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 may be 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 Indiana
  • The integration of theology and psychology/counseling is pursued in all classes, with an additional class on the models and practice of integration
  • 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

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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. 

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.
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.

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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.  

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