CACREP Accreditation and State Licensure Information

Jacksonville University’s Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program is accredited through the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) under the 2016 standards. The JU CMHC accreditation is valid through October 2027, at which time an application for re-accreditation will be submitted.   

For answers to common questions about accreditation, please refer to the CACREP FAQ's.


State of Florida Course Requirements for Licensure

JU's CMHC Core Curriculum has a specialization in clinical mental health counseling.  It also offers an emphasis in marriage and family counseling.  This degree meets the academic requirements for licensure as designated in the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling for both Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Marriage and Family Counseling. It is possible to work toward dual licensure.

Students are encouraged to review the state standards and guidelines and notify the faculty advisor of practice preference so that the appropriate site placement can be secured for the practicum and internship.

Not every state grants reciprocity for certification or licensure to applicants lacking prior credentials and/or experience. Students who plan to seek employment as counselors in states other than Florida are advised to contact the school or agency in that state which certifies or licenses counselors in the appropriate setting.

The information below illustrates how JU's CMHC program meets Chapter 491 requirements for licensure in mental health counseling.

Chapter 491 State of Florida Course Requirements & Corresponding JU Courses

Requirement JU CMHC Courses Year Term
Counseling Theories & Practice

MHC 503: Counseling Theories and Practices 

MHC 504: Introduction to Counseling Skills and Practice

1 Fall
Human Growth  & Development MHC 501: Human Growth and Development 1 Fall
Diagnosis and Treatment of Psychopathology MHC 506: Diagnosis and Treatment of Psychopathology 1 Spring
Human Sexuality MHC 511: Human Sexuality Counseling 2 Spring
Group Theories and Practice MHC 507: Group Theories and Practice 1 Spring
Individual Evaluation and Assessment MHC 508: Individual Evaluation and Assessment 1 Summer
Career and Lifestyle Assessment MHC 510: Career and Lifestyle Assessment and Counseling 1 Summer
Research and Program Evaluation MHC 505: Behavioral Research and Program Evaluation 1 Spring
Social and Cultural Foundations MHC 509: Social and Cultural Foundations in Counseling 1 Spring
Counseling in Community Settings MHC 601: Community Based Counseling 2 Fall
Substance Abuse MHC 604: Addictive Behaviors Counseling 1 Summer
Legal, Ethical & Professional Standards MHC 502: Legal, Ethical, and Professional Standards 1 Fall
700 hours of university-sponsored supervised clinical practicum, internship, or field experience

MHC 603 Practicum 

MHC 606 and 609 Internship





Couples, Marriage and Family Concentration Courses

JU CMHC Courses Year Term
MHC 605: Family Systems: Theories and Practice in Marriage and Family Therapy 2 Fall
MHC 610: Family Systems: Introduction to Play Therapy 2 Spring
MHC 607: Family Systems: Couples Therapy 2 Summer
MHC 612: Family Systems: Filial and Family Therapy 2 Summer