College of Professional Studies

Mental Health Counseling

Counselor Education Program Mission

We in the Counselor Education program at Purdue Fort Wayne strive to be a premiere training institution where we prepare clinically skilled, research-informed, compassionate, and reflective professional counselors. We are committed to providing  a multidimensional training philosophy that involves an emphasis on mental "health" (vs. pathology), the value attached to understanding common developmental themes occurring throughout the lifespan, and an orientation in which counselors conceptualize individuals as embedded interactionally within multiple systems. We believe that an understanding and appreciation of multiculturalism, diversity, and social justice are integral to the preparation of professional counselors. As such, we are committed to developing professionals who are advocates for both individual and systemic change at local through global levels.

 

Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program Objectives

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 such as moral, social, cultural, racial, sexual, political, and economic issues in counseling-related contexts.
  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.

Photo of IPFW counseling students participating in their internship.Purdue Fort Wayne counseling students participating in their internship.