This 60-hour, hybrid, cohort program represents a two-year commitment each candidate is making to her or his education and cohort colleagues. Once admitted to the clinical cohort, all candidates are expected to meet all program requirements including but not limited to:
- Class attendance, participation, and timeliness
- Homework, in-class work, and group projects
- Practicum and internship demands
- A minimum grade point average of 3.0 (B) with no more than two grades of C throughout their coursework
Additionally, candidates are expected to meet professional dispositions, which include but are not limited to:
- Professionalism - respects the accepted legal and ethical norms and values of their profession.
- Leadership - effectively interacts and collaborates with others and fosters similar behaviors among students.
- Multiculturalism - respects diversity through equitable treatment of all individuals.
- Wellness - exhibits personal management behaviors expected within the profession.
- Theoretical Knowledge - knowledge of theoretical counseling theories and the development of one’s own counseling perspective and style
- Advocacy - knowledge of advocacy and the need for social justice in the counseling field and practice of self-advocacy.
- Counseling skills - application of counseling skills to the treatment and conceptualization of client concerns and disorders.
- Critical thinking - Application of critical thinking skills to the treatment of client concerns and disorders.
Students must also demonstrate professional and ethical behavior consistent with the counseling profession when in practicum and internship. Any student who fails to maintain the appropriate level of professionalism can be immediately dismissed from the program, even if in good academic standing.
Licensure is important for professional practice as a mental health professional and the Mental Health Counseling Program is designed to prepare graduates to meet the educational requirements for licensure as a Mental Health Counselor in Indiana and many other states (The MMHC Program does not currently meet requirements for licensure for the state of Kentucky); however, if accreditation is granted by CACREP the MMHC Program would meet licensing requirements for Kentucky. For students who are interested in applying for licensure in other states, the faculty will provide assistance in locating and understanding the licensing regulations for those states.