Jacksonville University’s Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program is seeking accreditation through the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). We are currently following the necessary protocol in program implementation. Concurrently, we are preparing the essential documents for submission of the CACREP required self-study. While this process takes several years, we submitted our self-study in October of 2017 with the anticipation of a formal site visit in the Fall of 2018. As a new program, we are required to submit our application under the new 2016 CACREP standards recently published.
While the current program is not yet accredited, it does meet the state requirements for licensure.
For answers to common questions about what our status means for students, please refer to the CACREP Program FAQs:
- What if we have students who graduate before the program becomes accredited?
- How long does the accreditation process take?
- Or, review the full FAQ on the CACREP website.
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 therapy. 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 Therapy. It is possible to work toward for 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 secured for the practicum and internship.
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
|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||2||Spring|
|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||Summer|
|Counseling in Community Settings||MHC 601: Community Based Counseling||2||Fall|
|Substance Abuse||MHC 604: Addictive Behaviors Counseling||1||Spring|
|Legal, Ethical & Professional Standards||MHC 502: Legal, Ethical, and Professional Standards||1||Fall|
|1,000 hours of university-sponsored supervised clinical practicum, internship, or field experience||
MHC 603: Practicum (330 hrs)
MHC 606 and 609 Internship: (670 hrs)
Marriage and Family Dual Licensure Requirements
These courses have been approved by the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy and Mental Health.
|Requirement JU CMHC Courses||Year||Term|
|MHC 602: Family Therapy: Counseling Children & Adolescents||2||Fall|
|MHC 605: Theories and Practice in Marriage and Family Therapy||1||Summer|
|MHC 607: Marriage and Family Systems: Couples Therapy||2||Summer|
|MHC 608: Counseling Military Families||2||Summer|