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Photo: The inaugural cohort of the Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program started on Tuesday, January 12, 2016.
Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Jacksonville University offers a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (MS-CMHC) in the School of Applied Health Sciences, Brooks Rehabilitation College of Healthcare Sciences. This 60-credit-hour degree program meets the educational requirements for State of Florida licensure as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) and state licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist.
The Florida Department of Health Board of Clinical Social Work, Mental Health Counseling, and marriage and Family Therapy notified us that based on our course descriptions; the JU MS-CMHC Program satisfies the statutorily required course content for Mental Health Counseling and Marriage and Family Therapy licensure.
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The mission of the JU SAHS Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is to provide an academically rigorous and supportive environment in which to prepare professional counselors to work in a variety of mental health settings including but not limited to, private practice, hospitals, community counseling centers, for profit and non-profit agencies, public health departments, and schools that offer therapeutic services. This preparation emphasizes creative learning, excellence in counseling skills and techniques, and ethical and professional integrity.
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 are on target to submit our self-study in September of 2017 with the anticipation of a formal site visit in the spring or summer 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 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 is secured for the practicum and internship.
For more information, please contact:
Pamela D. Adrian, MS
Assistant Director, Graduate Admissions
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- Telephone number (904) 256-7245
Sharon T. Wilburn, PhD
Department Chair, Clinical Mental Health Counseling
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- Telephone number (904) 256-8930