Counseling & Human Services
The Counseling and Human Services Department is now offering an Undergraduate Minor in Counseling! Click here for details!
Welcome prospective students to the Counseling and Human Services (CHS) Department! The CHS Department offers a Master’s of Science degree in counseling with three specialty tracks in school, clinical mental health, and addictions counseling. We are very proud to announce that our school and clinical mental health program tracks were accredited in 2014 by CACREP, the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs. In addition to the MS degree, our program also offers a graduate certificate degree in alcohol and drug counseling and several licensure patches for those practitioners seeking additional licenses to practice in the State of Indiana. For further information on any of our programs please contact the Education Advising Office at (574) 520-4845 or any of the CHS program faculty members listed above.
The mission of the IU South Bend Counseling and Human Services Program is to prepare knowledgeable, ethical, and multiculturally competent school counselors, clinical mental health counselors and addictions counselors. Faculty members embody diversity of experience and provide students with a rigorous exploration of theoretical orientation and evidence-based practices in an environment that promotes personal growth and reflection. Graduates exemplify the learning, skills training, and dispositions that reflect both career-readiness and the highest standards of the counseling profession.
CHS PROGRAMS OVERVIEW
The CHS Program offers several distinct courses of study catering to students at different points in their careers. The following programs in counseling are available through CHS:
- MS in Counseling - School Counseling Track
- MS in Counseling - Mental Health Counseling Track
- MS in Counseling - Addictions Counseling Track
- Graduate Certificate Program in Alcohol and Drug Counseling
- Licensure Patches in School, Mental Health, and Addictions Counseling
- Undergraduate Minor in Counseling
The CHS Master’s degree program follows a cohort model with students being admitted in the summer sessions of the academic year. In the cohort program you will take many of your classes with the same students, with whom you will establish strong relationships while in the program. Our program is rigorous and you will draw much support and assistance from your fellow students. The CHS faculty sees this as a distinctive feature of our MS program, setting us apart from other mental health training programs in the Midwest.
The graduate certificate degree program in alcohol and drug counseling admits students on a continual basis. This program was first launched in Fall of 2009 and was designed to meet the needs of an increasingly large population of persons in need of substance abuse treatment. Courses in the program are small and you will get lots of hands on training and experience as you develop your counseling skills.
Lastly, the CHS program licensure patches are designed to assist practicing professionals to attain further training and career goals. Our licensure patches assist students fulfilling educational requirements to become licensed in the areas of school counseling, clinical mental health counseling, and addictions counseling in Indiana. The patches were created for practitioners who desire to change their career focus as well as those counselors who are relocating from out of state and need assistance with state license transfer.
The CHS program of IU South Bend is well known in the northern region of Indiana. Our graduates have gone on to serve as counselors and administrators in various institutions in the surrounding area as well as all over the state and the country. All of our CHS programs lead to licensure or certification in school, mental health, and addictions counseling, thereby preparing students to achieve all of their career goals in the helping professions.
You can find out more about our programs and the counseling profession below. Please take a look around these pages to see all that our program has to offer and do not hesitate to contact us with any questions.
Our 48 credit hour Master’s of Science program track in school counseling has been accredited by CACREP since 2005. Students in the school counseling program complete traditional classroom work, take part in online instruction, and engage in extensive field work during their time in the program. The school counseling track can be completed in 3 years of study and leads to school counseling licensure in Indiana.
Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Our Master’s of Science program track in clinical mental health counseling is 60 credit hours. The program track has been accredited by CACREP since 2005. Students in the clinical mental health track counseling program complete coursework in various areas related to counseling and mental health. These students also engage in four extensive field experiences while in the program. The clinical mental health counseling track can be completed in 3 years of study and leads to licensure as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the States of Indiana.
Addictions Counseling – MS program track
The CHS Master’s of Science program track in addictions counseling is 60 credit hours. Students this track complete coursework in various areas related to counseling, mental health, and addictions. Students in the addictions counseling MS track students also engage in four extensive field experiences while in the program. The addictions counseling track can be completed in 3 years of study and leads to licensure as a Licensed Clinical Addictions Counselor in the States of Indiana.
Addictions Counseling – Graduate Certificate Degree Program
The CHS graduate certificate degree program in alcohol and drug counseling is 15 credit hours and can be completed in one academic year. Students in this program complete addictions specific coursework and take part in one clinical field experience. The graduate certificate program in alcohol and drug counseling satisfies many of the requirements for licensure and/or certification in the area of addictions counseling.
CHS licensure patches are offered in the areas of school, clinical mental health, and addictions counseling. These patches are not degree programs and do not lead to a certificate, diploma, or degree. Rather, there are designed to help professionals to get further training and credentials in the counseling field. Patches are variable credit and are unique to the individual student. The course of study for a patch is created in collaboration with program faculty and advisors.
What do Counselors Do?
Counselors seek to help others. As trained competent professionals, counselors help people explore feelings, thoughts, and concerns, to examine options, and to assist in achieving personal goals.
At IU South Bend, you can earn a Master of Science in counseling and human services. Our program provides an excellent professional education to graduate students seeking counseling careers in education, mental health services, business, and community or government agencies. The curriculum provides theoretical courses and supervised professional experiences. Internship experiences are also offered for those seeking state licensure.Special Opportunities
Students can participate in the Annual Counseling and Human Services Conference, which features a luncheon, nationally known speakers, and discussion sessions. In addition, the Annual Networking Session lends opportunity for students to meet potential employers, gather information about local mental health service providers, explore practicum and internship possibilities, and gain information about employment opportunities.
Counseling graduates find careers in the following areas: institutions of higher education, personnel departments, administrative positions in social agencies, and public and private counseling agencies. School counseling graduates are prepared to serve K-12 and have obtained positions in surrounding area schools.
Potential students are not required to have a human services background or degree in any social science discipline to be considered for the program.
The CHS Master’s Program admits students during the Summer 1 session. Applications for the Master’s program are due April 1 of each year. Admissions to the certificate program are made at multiple points during the year and applications are accepted for Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters and sessions. To find out more about the application process, or to obtain application materials, please contact the Education Advising Office at (574) 520-4845.
* there is a different application process for licensure patches, which can be found on the licensure patch page
- Application for Admission to Graduate Study (on-line through Admissions Office).
- An undergraduate degree from an accredited university. Applicants may apply to the program prior to the completion of the undergraduate degree provided that the degree is earned by May of the admission year.
- GPA requirements:
- Applicants to graduate programs in the School of Education must have an overall CGPA of 3.0 or have earned a CGPA of 3.5 in the last 60 hours of their undergraduate degree and meet all other admission requirements to be fully admitted to graduate programs in the School of Education.
- Those who do not meet the GPA requirement must complete the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) and score at least 150 on the Verbal Reasoning and at least a 3.5 on the Analytical Writing section. Information can be found online at www.ets.org/gre.
- Written personal statement:
- List and describe your work and volunteer experiences related to the field of counseling and human services.
- List and describe education and training related to the field of counseling and human services beyond your formal coursework which you have attained as a result of participation in workshops, seminars, professional meetings, etc.
- Why have you selected Counseling and Human Services as a preferred area of study?
- What characteristics do you have that you believe would make you a successful counselor?
- What additional information do you wish to bring to the awareness of the screening committee regarding your application?
- Official transcripts documenting all degrees earned or in progress, and any other academic work
- Three letters of recommendation from professional and/or academic sources
- An interview with resident faculty member. Submission of all required application materials is required to schedule an interview.
- CHS Program Manual
- CHS School Counseling Program Handbook
- CHS Addictions Programs Handbook
- CHS Clinical Mental Health Counseling Practicum Manual
- CHS Clinical Mental Health Internship Manual
- CHS Addictions Counseling Practicum and Internship Manual
- Graduate Certificate Program in Alcohol and Drug Counseling Manual
- MS in School Counseling Program Advising Sheet
- MS in Mental Health Counseling Program Advising Sheet (54 credit hour program - closed to new students)
- MS in Mental Health Counseling Program Advising Sheet (60 credit hour program)
- MS in Addictions Counseling Program Advising Sheet
- Graduate Certificate Program in Alcohol and Drug Counseling Advising Sheet
- School Counseling Licensure Patch Advising Sheet
- Clinical Mental Health Counselor Licensure Patch Advising Sheet
- Clinical Addictions Counselor Licensure Patch Advising Sheet
- State Counseling Licensure Transfer Patch Advising Sheet
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.
- State of Indiana Professional Licensing Agency
- LMHC sample application Form C
- LMHCA sample application Form C
- LAC sample application Forms C and P
- LCAC sample application Forms C and P
Program Data and Assessment Information
Click on the links below to learn more about program data and assessment results.
- 2010 Three Year IU South Bend Assessment report
- 2011 Annual IU South Bend Assessment report (coming soon)
- 2012 Annual IU South Bend Assessment report
- CACREP Mid-cycle Accreditation Report
- 2012 Survey of Alumni (coming soon)
- 2013 Survey of Employers (coming soon)
- 2014 Survey of Site Supervisors (coming soon)
Degree Completion Statistics
In 2013 there were 7 graduates of Indiana University South Bend’s Clinical Mental Health Counseling program and 8 graduates of our School Counseling Program. This represents a 95% graduation rate for those completing the degree in the expected amount of time. Graduates of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program must take and pass the National Mental Health Counselor Exam after completing 3000 post degree supervised clinical hours. Information on the pass rates of IU South Bend graduates on the NMHCE are forthcoming.
Year Number of Graduates Completion Rate
2013 15 95%
2014 16 100%
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