CACREP Accreditation and State Licensure Information

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:

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

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
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 2 Spring
 MHC 607: Marriage and Family Systems: Couples Therapy 2 Summer
 MHC 608: Counseling Military Families 2 Summer