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Counseling Licensure Patches

The Counseling and Human Services program is committed to helping practitioners in our region meet their career goals. To this end, the CHS faculty has created several course sequences – or “patches” – designed to help practitioners meet educational requirements for additional licenses in school, mental health, and addictions counseling in the state of Indiana. In total, CHS offers four patches which are described in detail below. Applicants for licensure patches should be aware that these patches are not formal educational programs and no degree, diploma, or certificate is earned upon patch completion. The following licensure patches are currently being offered:

  1. School Counseling Licensure Patch
  2. Mental Health Counseling Licensure Patch (LMHC)
  3. Licensed Clinical Addictions Counselor Patch (LCAC)
  4. State Counseling Licensure Transfer Patch (LMHC)

For further information on any of our programs, including application instructions, please contact our Education Student Services office at (574) 520-4845. You can also feel free to contact specific program faculty with questions about counseling and our curriculum. 

LICENSURE PATCH ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

In order to pursue a licensure patch with the CHS program, potential students must apply to become a non-degree seeking student with the School of Education. Applications can be completed at any time during the year. Contact Education Student Services Office. Requirements to obtain permission to enroll in a licensure patch course sequence are as follows:

  1. Complete a non-degree seeking student application. Applications can be obtained with the Education Student Services Office
  2. Provide official transcripts documenting all degrees earned or in progress, and any other academic work. Applicants must possess a Master’s degree in counseling, social work, psychology, or some other mental health discipline, as documented on an official transcript, in order to pursue a licensure patch.
  3. Applicants must possess a current license in Indiana or another state to practice in a mental health discipline
  4. Provide a brief personal statement detailing licensure goals
  5. An individual interview may be required upon request of the CHS faculty

SCHOOL COUNSELING LICENSURE PATCH

This patch is designed to serve the needs of those mental health professionals who are licensed as a counselor, social worker, marriage and family therapist, psychologist, or some related profession, and desire to transition in the school counseling profession.

Course of Study:

Students will meet with an advisor and/or program faculty member to finalize a course of study. This course of study will address deficiencies in the student’s previous counseling training relative to school counseling licensure standards. At a minimum, students will be required to complete:

  1. G562: School Counseling: Intervention, Consultation & Program Development
  2. G542: Organization and Development of Counseling Programs
  3. At least three credit hours of G550: School Counseling Internship. More may be required at the discretion of program faculty.

Other courses may be required at the discretion of program faculty. In addition, students must meet several prerequisites in order to complete the school counselor licensure patch. The prerequisites must cover the areas of study listed below.

  1. Counseling ethics
  2. Counseling theory and skills
  3. Psychopathology
  4. Multiculturalism and diversity
  5. Lifespan development
  6. Individual appraisal
  7. Group techniques
  8. Substance abuse
  9. Research methods
  10. Career development
  11. Supervised practicum or internship in a mental health or related setting

Students may be required to submit course syllabi or official bulletin descriptions as proof of study in these prerequisite topical areas. An advising sheet indicating this course of study will be kept in the School of Education Student Services Office. All course work must be passed with a grade of B or better. Once all requirements are successfully completed the student will be eligible for school counseling licensure. Because the IU South Bend school of Education provides to final approval for school counseling licensure, all course work for the school counseling licensure patch must be completed at IU South Bend.

MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING LICENSURE PATCH

This patch will serve the needs of those licensed school counselors who possess a master’s degree in school counseling and want to gain licensure as a clinical mental health counselor (LMHC) in the State if Indiana (requirements for mental health counseling licensure in other states may also be met in this patch).

Course of Study:

Students will meet with an advisor and/or a program faculty member to finalize a course of study. This course of study will address deficiencies in the student’s previous counseling training relative to mental health counseling licensure standards. In order to obtain mental health licensure in Indiana, practitioners must possess a minimum of 60 graduate credit hours in the study of counseling, including a Master’s degree in counseling with a minimum of 48 required credit hours. At a minimum, students will be required to complete the following courses to transition from school to mental health counseling:

  1. G563: Foundations of Mental Health Counseling 
  2. G585: Contemporary Issues in Counseling
  3. At least three credit hours of G550: Internship in Mental Health Counseling or G525: Advanced Practicum in Counseling
  4. Elective course as needed to reach 60 total graduate credit hours.

Other courses may be required by state licensure guidelines for the LMHC license (e.g., group counseling, psychopathology, more internship credits, consultation, assessment). Students may access the state licensure application. A sample section of the LMHC licensure application (Form C), which includes the titles of CHS courses that meet each requirement, has been created to assist students in identifying deficits in their application materials. Click on the LMHC hyperlink to review this document.

Advisors and faculty will work with students to develop a plan that will meet state counseling licensure requirements. An advising sheet indicating this course of study will be kept in the School of Education Student Services Office. All course work must be passed with a grade of B or better.Once a sequence of study is created for an individual student, that student should check with the licensure board in their state to assure that their plan will satisfy state LMHC licensure requirements. The state licensure board is responsible for approving final licensure applications. The Counseling and Human Services program provides this licensure patch as a path to licensure but does not provide the final approval of licensure applications. In addition to the course work completed with IU South Bend, the state licensure board may have other requirements that applicants need to fulfill. IU South Bend faculty can assist students in identifying possible requirements. However, applicants for licensure should check with the state board for official information on these requirements.

LICENSED CLINICAL ADDICTIONS COUNSELOR PATCH

This patch is designed to serve the needs of those licensed mental health professionals who possess a master’s degree and want to gain licensure as a clinical addictions counselor (LCAC) in the state if Indiana.

Course of Study:

Students will meet with an advisor and/or program faculty member to finalize a course of study. This individualized plan will be designed to fill in any missing requirements in the student’s addictions licensure application. Depending on the student’s educational history, this plan could involve completing as few as one course, or several courses and a field experience. Information on required areas of study LCAC licensure can be found on the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency website. A sample section of the LCAC licensure applications (Forms C and P), which includes the titles of CHS courses that meet each requirement, has been created to assist students in identifying deficits in their application materials. Click on the LCAC hyperlink to review this document.

An advising sheet indicating this course of study will be kept in the School of Education Student Services Office. All course work must be passed with a grade of B or better. The CHS program offers the following addictions specific courses (course work in other licensure content areas is also available) that can be applied to requirements to become a LCAC in Indiana:

  1. G510: Introduction to Alcohol and Drug Counseling
  2. G511: Screening and Assessment of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Problems
  3. G512: Counseling Approaches with Addictions
  4. G513: Legal and Illegal Drugs of Abuse
  5. G514: Practicum in Alcohol and Drug Counseling

Once a sequence of study is created for an individual student, that student should check with the licensure board in their state to assure that their plan will satisfy state LCAC licensure requirements. The state licensure board is responsible for approving final licensure applications. The Counseling and Human Services program provides this licensure patch as a path to licensure but does not provide the final approval of licensure applications. In addition to the course work completed with IU South Bend, the state licensure board may have other requirements that applicants need to fulfill, including post training supervised employment. IU South Bend faculty can assist students in identifying possible requirements. However, applicants for licensure should check with the state board for official information on these requirements.

STATE COUNSELING LICENSURE TRANSFER PATCH

This licensure patch is designed to serve the needs of professional counselors who either earned their degree or are licensed in another state, and desire to obtain LMHC licensure in Indiana.

Course of Study:

Students will meet with an advisor and/or program faculty member to finalize a course of study. This individualized plan will be designed to fill in any missing requirements in the student’s licensure application. State LMHC licensure requirements are available on the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency website. In order to obtain mental health licensure in Indiana, practitioners must possess a minimum of 60 graduate credit hours in the study of counseling, including a Master’s degree in counseling with a minimum of 48 required credit hours. Depending on the student’s educational history, this plan could involve completing as few as one course, or several courses and an internship. A sample  section of the LMHC licensure application (Form C), which includes the titles of CHS courses that meet each requirement, has been created to assist students in identifying deficits in their application materials. Click on the LMHC hyperlink to review this document. An advising sheet indicating this course of study will be kept in the School of Education Student Services Office. All course work must be passed with a grade of B or better.

Once a sequence of study is created for an individual student, that student should check with the licensure board in their state to assure that their plan will satisfy state licensure requirements. The state licensure board is responsible for approving final licensure applications. The Counseling and Human Services program provides this patch program as a path to licensure but does not provide the final approval of licensure applications. In addition to the course work completed with IU South Bend, the state licensure board may have other requirements that applicants need to fulfill, including post training supervised employment. IU South Bend faculty can assist students in identifying possible requirements. However, applicants for licensure should check with the state board for official information on these requirements.

Handbooks and Helpful Documents

  1. CHS Program Manual 
  2. CHS School Counseling Program Handbook
  3. CHS Addictions Programs Handbook
  4. CHS Clinical Mental Health Counseling Practicum Manual
  5. CHS Clinical Mental Health Internship Manual
  6. CHS Addictions Counseling Practicum and Internship Manual
  7. Graduate Certificate Program in Alcohol and Drug Counseling Manual


Program Advising Sheets

  1. MS in School Counseling Program Advising Sheet
  2. MS in Mental Health Counseling Program Advising Sheet (54 credit hour program - closed to new students)
  3. MS in Mental Health Counseling Program Advising Sheet (60 credit hour program)
  4. MS in Addictions Counseling Program Advising Sheet
  5. Graduate Certificate Program in Alcohol and Drug Counseling Advising Sheet
  6. School Counseling Licensure Patch Advising Sheet
  7. Clinical Mental Health Counselor Licensure Patch Advising Sheet
  8. Clinical Addictions Counselor Licensure Patch Advising Sheet
  9. State Counseling Licensure Transfer Patch Advising Sheet


Sample State Licensure Forms
The documents at the links below are taken from the State of Indiana licensure applications forms for mental health and addictions counseling licensure. Each form details where our courses fit into the required educational content areas for licensure.

  1. State of Indiana Professional Licensing Agency
  2. LMHC sample application Form C
  3. LMHCA sample application Form C
  4. LAC sample application Forms C and P
  5. LCAC sample application Forms C and P



SCHEDULE OF CHS COURSE OFFERINGS

Courses Offered during Fall Semesters:

  1. G510: Introduction to Alcohol and Drug Counseling
  2. G511: Screening and Assessment of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Problems
  3. G575: Cross-Cultural Counseling
  4. G506: Personality Development: Growth of Normal and Deviant Styles
  5. G562 School Counseling: Intervention, Consultation & Program Development
  6. G563: Foundations of Mental Health Counseling 
  7. G532: Introduction to Group Counseling
  8. G550: Internship in Counseling and Guidance (prerequisite: G524)
  9. G585: Contemporary Issues in Counseling (prerequisite: G563)

Courses Offered during Spring Semesters:

  1. G512: Counseling Approaches with Addictions
  2. G513: Legal and Illegal Drugs of Abuse
  3. G522: Counseling Theory
  4. P514: Life-span Development
  5. G524: Practicum in Counseling (course has prerequisites)
  6. G567: Introduction to Marriage and Family Counseling
  7. G550: Internship in Counseling and Guidance (prerequisite: G524)
  8. G596: Counseling Supervision
  9. G542 Organization and Development in Counseling Programs (prerequisite: G562)

Courses Offered during Summer 1 Sessions:

  1. G500: Orientation to Counseling
  2. G514: Practicum in Alcohol and Drug Counseling (meets over Summer Sessions 1 and 2) (prerequisite: G510, G511, G512, G513)
  3. G525  Advanced Practicum (meets over Summer Sessions 1 and 2) (prerequisite: G524)
  4. G592: Seminar in Drug/Alcohol Use Prevention
  5. G590: Research in Guidance and Counseling

Courses Offered during Summer 2 Sessions:

  1. G523: Laboratory in Counseling
  2. G505: Individual Appraisal
  3. G507: Lifestyle and Career Development
  4. G595: Topical Seminar in Counseling

SCHOOL OF EDUCATION POLICY ON NON-DEGREE SEEKING STUDENTS’ COURSE OF STUDY

It is important to note that the School of Education has a policy regarding the transfer of credits taken as a non-degree seeking student towards a degree program to which a student is later admitted. The policy, which can be found in the Campus Bulletin, reads as follows:

Any person wanting to take a GRADUATE level course in the School of Education for licensure requirements, continuing education, personal interest, or any other reason may do so as a non-degree seeking student. Persons wanting to enroll in a graduate course as a non-degree seeking student must possess a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution AND OBTAIN APPROVAL OF THE COURSE INSTRUCTOR PRIOR TO ENROLLMENT. No other School of Education admissions requirements need to be met or documented in order to take a graduate course as a non-degree seeking student. A non-degree seeking student may apply up to 6 credit hours towards a graduate degree program graduation requirements if they are later admitted to a graduate program. Enrollment in courses as a non-degree seeking student does not guarantee admission to a graduate program and all program admission requirements must be met for admission into a program as a degree seeking student.

Questions about this policy can be directed to the Education Student Services Office



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