Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Photo: 2019 CMHC cohort
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 CACREP accredited, 60-credit-hour degree program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling 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 (LMFT).
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 Jacksonville University's School of Applied Health Sciences Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) program is to provide an academically rigorous, inclusive, 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 occurs in an atmosphere of fairness, equity, and justice, emphasizing creative learning, excellence in counseling skills and techniques, ethical and professional integrity, and social justice, advocacy and multicultural competencies.
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. All JU CMHC program graduates have been recognized as having graduated from a CACREP accredited program.
For answers to common questions about accreditation, please refer to the CACREP FAQs.
State of Florida Course Requirements for Licensure
JU’s CMHC Core Curriculum has a specialization in clinical mental health counseling. It also offers a concentration in Couples, 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 Therapy.
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.