Additional program requirements:
Students should be aware that admission into any graduate program is granted on a competitive basis. Students meeting minimum requirements may be denied admission based on such factors as program capacity or academic discretion. Likewise, students may be considered for admission as an exception if stated admissions criteria are not met.
The Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program (CMHC) is fully accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). The CMHC Program is a practitioner-scientist program consisting of 60 credit hours including 1,000 hours of clinical experience (100-hour practicum & three 300-hour internships). This program meets the educational requirements for licensure in the state of Florida as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC). The program also offers elective courses required for licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT).
The program is designed to provide comprehensive training for individuals who wish to counsel diverse populations in a variety of mental health settings. Curricular experiences encompass opportunities to explore the life-span, social, and cultural foundations of behavior; practice psychotherapeutic and diagnostic skills; and complete extensive field experiences in order to apply knowledge and skills in professional settings
Students enrolled in the Clinical Mental Health program receive joint clinical training and supervision from University of North Florida faculty and clinical directors at over 30 different mental health and addictions service providers. In addition, faculty and students are connected to the Jacksonville community by collaborating with local mental health initiatives and organizations (e.g. Behavioral Health Network of Northeast Florida, Mental Health America of Northeast Florida, Safe and Healthy Duval Coalition) to advocate for increased clinical care of the mentally ill and to create community mental wellness.
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