Other Career Resources
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You can find career and professional development information on the Indiana Counseling Association (ICA) Web site. ICA is the largest organization in the state representing those who work in the field of mental health. For national career information on counseling—in addition to the latest in education and research trends—explore the American Counseling Association site.

  
Licensure
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After graduation from the mental health counseling program, you will be prepared for and eligible to meet Indiana’s requirements for licensure as a professional mental health counselor (LHMC). You must complete post-graduate supervised counseling with a licensed professional and earn a passing score on the National Counselor Exam (NCE) to qualify for completing the LHMC process.

  

Career Outlook

Demand for graduates of the Indiana University Master of Arts (MA) in Mental Health Counseling program at IUPUC is good throughout south central Indiana. An education and training needs assessment conducted by the Community Education Coalition identified a strong need for the program in IUPUC’s service region.

Mental health counseling is also one of the healthcare career clusters identified by the Economic Opportunities 2015 (EcO15) initiative in southeastern Indiana, with five of 10 counties in EcO15’s service area identified as mental health professional shortage areas (MHPSA) by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.

This need has also been confirmed by leading organizations providing behavioral healthcare in the region, including Centerstone, the largest provider of behavioral healthcare in the U.S.

As a graduate of this Indiana University program, you will be prepared to work in a variety of settings, like behavioral healthcare centers, private practice, psychiatric hospitals, social service agencies, managed care operations, correctional facilities, group homes, religious organizations, state and county agencies, health maintenance organizations, and public and private school systems.