College of Professional Studies

Mental Health Counseling

Student talking to a client on a couch.

The Counselor Education program at Purdue University Fort Wayne strives to be a premiere training institution that prepares compassionate, clinically-skilled, research-informed, and self-reflective clinical practitioners. Our multidimensional training philosophy emphasizes mental health over pathology, the value of recognizing developmental themes across the lifespan, and the ability to view individuals as embedded within complex, interactive systems. We believe that an understanding and appreciation of multiculturalism, diversity, and social justice are integral to professional practice. We are committed to training professionals who advocate for individual and systemic change from local through global levels.

The Clinical Mental Health Counseling Track further prepares students to demonstrate the requisite knowledge, skills, and practices necessary to address a variety of clinical concerns among individuals, couples, and families in community mental health settings. Counselors from the CMHC track serve as therapeutic change agents and social justice advocates in accordance with the Purdue Fort Wayne Counselor Education Mission.

Purdue Fort Wayne Clinical Mental Health Counseling Track Students and Graduates will:

  1. Demonstrate mastery of core counseling knowledge and practical skills necessary for licensure as a Mental Health Counseling (LMHC) in the state of Indiana.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of, and effectiveness in, working with issues of diversity across social, cultural, racial, sexual, political, moral and economic contexts in clinical environments.
  3. Demonstrate effective skills as a scholar-practitioner such as investigating, critiquing, evaluating, and understanding the research base in the counseling field in addition to the ability to assess the effectiveness of their own work with clients and agencies.
  4. Demonstrate a professional counseling identity through an understanding of the foundations of the field, ethics, legal issues, and licensing standards, in addition taking on leadership roles and being vocal advocates for their clients and the profession of counseling.

Student Testimonial

Franchesca DeLucenayMy experience in the Counselor Education Program at Purdue Fort Wayne has been transformative for me in a multitude of ways. First and foremost, the program has amazing professors and staff who help to make the learning environment both challenging and rewarding. Secondly, I have grown extensively by working alongside my fellow cohort members as we learn a vast array of skills and techniques, which impact not only our work in the counseling field, but promote growth within us as human beings as well. Lastly, I have found the incredible experience of practicum to be the most valuable part of my training. Here, we can not only practice our skills in counseling by providing services in the Purdue Fort Wayne Community Counseling Center, but also have our peers and professors guide us and prepare us more extensively for the field upon graduation.

Franchesca DeLucenay, Clinical Mental Health Counseling Graduate Student