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 designed to meet the needs of school counseling graduates that currently hold a 48 credit hour master's degree. The licensure track is a 12 credit hour program specific for licensure for mental health.  The program consists of three content courses, each 3 credits, and an Advanced internship placement (300 hours/3 credits) in a mental health site.  The first cohort of 24 students will begin Summer 2013.  Internship placement may occur in the fall or spring following course work depending on site availability.  Students may need to travel for internship sites.  The LMHC license will be earned either December 2013 or May 2014 depending on the semester the student completes internship.

*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 3.0 or above
  • 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.


Tuition and Financial Aid

Tuition for the 2012-2013 school year for COE Graduate credit is $466/credit hour.  This price may rise slightly for the 2013-2014 school year.  For information on financial aid please visit their webpage or contact their office at (317)940-8200.  Currently, there are no scholarships available for non-degree seeking graduate students.

Required Courses

ED 677:  Foundations of Mental Health Counseling (Summer)
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 (Summer)
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 (Fall)
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) (Fall/Spring)
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, the clinical coordinator will work with you to secure a site.  We are currently building a list of potential placements. We will work together with you through the process of applying and interviewing for mental health internship placements.  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 fall internship and the remaining 12 students will be placed in spring internship.  Students may need to travel to internship sites.