There is no doubt that stress, burnout, anxiety, depression, and other mental-health-related issues are on the rise. The National Institute of Mental Health reports that one in four adults suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder and five percent of children ages 4 – 17 experience emotional and behavioral difficulties. Our society is in need of skilled counselors to provide a source of healing and restoration to a hurting world. At Indiana Wesleyan University, students are trained to provide mental health services as highly competent counselors who constantly strive to facilitate change in the lives of the people whom they serve.
The 60-credit-hour Master of Arts with a major in Counseling and specialization in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is a licensure track that prepares students to assess and treat individuals, groups, families, and organizations within their ecological context. Students learn to consider the dimensions of wellness and mental health as well as pathology as they develop and implement effective treatment strategies. Faith, learning, and professional practice are interwoven throughout the curriculum of study.
This program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)*, 1001 N. Fairfax St., Suite 510, Alexandria, VA 22314, 703-535-5990. Students completing the program are eligible to take the NCE (National Counselor Examination) during their last semester of coursework. They will be prepared to work in a variety of agency and mental health settings, to become Licensed Mental Health or Professional Counselors, or to pursue doctoral studies in counselor education and related disciplines.
Courses and practicums are completed at our Marion or Indianapolis (West) sites.
*The Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at Indiana Wesleyan University is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). The accreditation runs through October 31, 2013. (Note: The Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is currently accredited under the 2001 standards for Community Counseling as a Community Counseling program. The current curriculum is designed to meet the 2009 standards, which combined Community Counseling and Mental Health Standards into standards for Clinical Mental Health Counseling programs. The Division of Graduate Counseling intends to seek accreditation for its Clinical Mental Health Counseling program when reaccreditation is necessary, per CACREP guidelines.)