Matthew Stach MS ’14
License in Mental Health Counseling Program ’15
Coordinator for Butler University Early College Program
Previously an advisor in Butler’s Learning Resource Center, Matt has also worked in college and career counseling for high school students and adult learners.
Why did you decide to get a License in Mental Health Counseling?
I feel Butler’s LMHC certificate expands the scope of opportunities for my career. With the current shortage of licensed mental health counselors, this certificate gives me options to work in community mental health agencies or private practice. The License in Mental Health Counseling also adds to the value of my school counseling degree, giving me the skills and knowledge for early detection, intervention, and referral of emerging mental health issues.
How do you intend to use your License in Mental Health Counseling?
In my current position or in a clinical setting, I see opportunities to develop my professional knowledge, skills, and experience working with a caseload of clients. The LMHC program helps me feel confident about my work with students in any setting.
Why did you choose to take these classes at Butler?
I’m familiar with and value the way the Butler College of Education does graduate programming. I prefer to learn in Butler’s small group settings, and I appreciate being taught by professionals with decades of experience. I felt equipped for any internship environment I walked into.
In my LMHC courses, I met working professionals in clinical and administrative positions at behavioral health agencies, who have provided great insight into the way managed health works. They discussed client and therapeutic relationships, helping me understand the process of diagnosis and treatment planning—what the day- to-day operation of mental health counseling requires.
Butler License in Mental Health Counseling candidates complete the 300-hour advanced internship required by the Indiana Behavioral Health Licensing Board. Tell us about your internship.
I interned at Fairbanks, Indianapolis, working with men ages 19–23 on addiction recovery and other issues.
The LMHC interns get together once a week to talk about our experiences with an experienced faculty supervisor. It’s a really supportive environment. My cohort members offered good feedback and suggestions of how to approach particular situations.
The content of the License in Mental Health Counseling program is about managing relationships. Is it important that this program is an in-person experience, rather than online instruction?
I believe some subjects are best learned in person; I would not have gotten nearly as much out of it if the program were online.
The other students in my cohort brought a wealth of experience and diversity to class. The classroom was enriched by the broad range of work experience and settings represented by my classmates.
Program Coordinator Susan Kleinman provides expertise, guidance, and an understanding of the present and future of mental health counseling. She’s supportive of students while continuing to be in the community, developing partnerships at organizations and agencies that offer internship opportunities.
Butler is the best place locally for somebody in my position to obtain really strong counselor education.