College of Education

Licensed Mental Health Counselor Certification

Butler University is excited to announce a new opportunity for counselors to earn a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) Certification through a graduate non-degree seeking program.

The LMHC track is a licensure program specifically designed to meet the needs of school counseling graduates that currently hold a 48 credit hour master's degree.  The LMHC program builds on the 48 hour curriculum of the school counselor, but admission is not limited to school counselors.  This 12 credit hour track aligns with the State of Indiana standards for the LMHC license.  The program consists of three content courses, each 3 credits, and an advanced internship placement (300 hours/3 credits) in a mental health site.  Applications are now being accepted for the next cohort of 24 students for Spring and Fall 2015.  Internship placement may occur in Spring or Summer 2015, depending on student preference and site availability.  Students may need to travel for internship sites.  The student may become eligible for the LMHC-A license in either May or August 2015; depending on the semester the student completes internship.

For further information, contact the coordinator of the LMHC program, Susan Kleinman, at

*To be licensure eligible (LMHC-A), students will need to complete the below 12 credit hours and pass the NCE (National Counselor Examination).


General Information for Applicants
Now Accepting Applications!

To be considered for graduate non-degree seeking certification admission to the LMHC track program, all applicants must complete the items listed below:

  • The application for graduate admission.
  • A personal statement
  • An official transcript from the university where Masters in Counseling was completed must be mailed directly from the issuing institution. The institution must be a regionally accredited college or university and the transcript must indicate the date the Master's degree was conferred.
  • A graduate GPA of 3.5 or above (if GPA between 3.0 - 3.5, candidate may be admitted conditionally upon approval of department)
  • An interview with faculty of the program.  These interviews will be scheduled with applicants beginning in January each academic year. Students who have graduated from Butler's School Counseling program within the last 5 years will not be required to interview.


Required Courses

ED 677:  Foundations of Mental Health Counseling (Fall)
Course Description: This course addresses professional practice issues in mental health counseling. It includes history, identity, roles, and trends affecting the field and practice of mental health counseling.

ED 678: Diagnosis and Treatment Planning (Fall)
Course Description: This course provides an intensive study/analysis of selected counseling cases to enhance assessment competencies in case description, problem appraisal, assessment, diagnostic classification, psychopharmacology, intervention strategies as well as case consultation and presentation skills. Emphasis is given to the principles and practices that relate to psychopathology, DSM diagnosis, etiology and assessment, systematic treatment planning, interviewing, and short- and long-term interventions.

ED 679: Contextual Dimensions of Mental Health Counseling (Spring)
Course Description: This class will provide an overview of community agency counseling, the role of the counselor in communities, prevention, outreach, systemic issues, multicultural issues in community agency counseling, advocacy and social change, and service delivery programs. The course will also focus on the application of community counseling theories and problem solving within the community and agency setting.

ED 725: Advanced Internship (Pre-requisites: ED 677, ED 678. ED 679) (Spring/Summer)
Course Description: An intensive practical opportunity for the counseling student in a selected mental health field setting; internship involves daily observation and personal implementation of counseling theory, strategy, and programming. A supervised seminar (individual and group supervision) will compliment this on-the-job training program.

 Note: Depending on demand, the LMHC classes may add additional sections.

Frequently Asked Questions

 Will I be assigned a clinical site for my Advanced Internship?

No, you will work collaboratively with the clinical supervisor to select an internship.  We will assist you in the process of reviewing sites, applying and interviewing for mental health internship placements.  We have an ever-evolving list of potential placements, but the responsibility for finding a suitable internship is the student's.  We also encourage you to share with us any potential sites that you may be interested in or may have a personal contact at.

 What would be the hours of my internship?

The required hours will be determined by your specific site placement.  However, most mental health placement sites will require daytime hours.  There may be limited opportunity to complete internship hours in evenings or weekends. Most sites will ask that you are there a minimum of 2 days per week throughout the semester. 

When is internship?

Approximately 12 students will be placed in Spring internship and the remaining 12 students will be placed in Summer internship.  Students may need to travel to internship sites.

 Where can I learn more about the State of Indiana requirements for LMHC licensure?

It is important to read all the requirements for licensure at the State of Indiana Professional Licensing Agency.