What’s New: Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling

13th March 2018

What’s new at IU Southeast?

Our new Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling program provides coursework and clinical experience that enable graduates to become licensed mental health counselors in the State of Indiana and most other states. Graduates will have career opportunities in a wide variety of organizations, such as community agencies, nonprofit mental health agencies, child and family counseling centers, substance abuse centers, employee assistance organizations, and schools.

When is it offered?

Fall 2018.

What does it look like?

The Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling consists of 60 credit hours—49 didactic and 11 clinical—that are taken over a period of two years, including summers. Clinical courses include 100 supervised hours of clinical practicum and 900 supervised hours of internship This is a multi-campus, cohort, collaborative hybrid degree program, with roughly half of the degree credits offered face-to-face, and half online. First year courses provide foundations in psychological assessment, principles of psychopathology, multicultural counseling, addiction counseling and other areas. Second year courses move through child psychopathology, group counseling, career counseling and other areas, as well as internships.

Who benefits?

Candidates with strong interpersonal skills and strong academic credentials. An undergraduate degree in psychology is not required, but some prior psychology courses will help.

What can you do with a master’s degree in mental health counseling?

The program prepares graduates to provide evaluations, referrals and short-term counseling services to help people prevent or remediate personal programs, conflicts and emotional crises. Though centered in Indiana, the faculty will provide assistance in developing an educational plan of study that will allow students to compile a portfolio that can be submitted to the licensing board in other states.

Words of wisdom:

“The program will be an excellent opportunity for IU Southeast graduates and others to begin a career in mental health counseling and make a positive impact on the community.”

—Dr. Todd Manson, associate professor of psychology and interim psychology program coordinator

Learn more:

For more information, please contact Dr. Todd Manson, associate professor of psychology and interim psychology program coordinator, at tmanson@ius.edu or 812-941-2861.

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