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Licensed Mental Health Certification

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

The LMHC track is specifically designed to meet the needs of school counseling graduates who currently hold a 48-credit-hour master's degree. The LMHC program builds on 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 four content courses, each three credits each.

Applications are now being accepted for fall 2018.  The student may become eligible for the LMHC-A license in either May or August 2019; depending on the semester the student completes internship. Please refer to the Indiana Professional License Agency for details about the LMHC license requirements.  Behavioral Health and Human Services Licensing Board:  https://www.in.gov/pla/social.htm

  • Currently accepting applications for fall 2018.
  • Internships for spring and summer 2019.
  • Completion of certificate by May or August 2019.

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General Information for Applicants

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

  • An application for graduate admission
  • An official transcript from the university where master's 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).
  • One  letter of recommendation from an academic institution and/or place of professional work.
  • 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 five years will not be required to interview.

Questions about the LMHC program can be directed to Susan Kleinman skleinma@butler.edu.

Required LMHC Courses

ED 677: Foundations of Mental Health Counseling (Fall only)

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 only)

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 only)

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 503: Topics and Experiences in mental Health Counseling (Pre-requisites: ED 677 and ED 678) (Currently offered Summer 2018)

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

Questions about the LMHC program can be directed to Susan Kleinman skleinma@butler.edu.