Clinical Mental Health Counseling Graduate Student Handbook


Welcome to the University of North Florida Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program, a CACREP accredited program. The University of North Florida (UNF) is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate, masters, and doctorate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of the University of North Florida. Individual contact to the Commission on Colleges about the University of North Florida accreditation status should occur only if there is evidence that appears to support significant noncompliance with a requirement or standard.


Whether you have already been admitted or are just investigating various programs, this Student Handbook has been designed to provide you with specific information about the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program.   


Once you have been admitted to the Program please make a hard copy and save a file of the Handbook that is current when you begin your studies.  Because the Handbook is revised on a regular basis the version with the date noted on it will be your guideline throughout your tenure in the program. If there are any curricular or other program changes you will be notified sufficiently in advance. If policy changes are made in the Handbook at a later date, you should not be affected by them and we will do our best to honor policies made when you entered the program.  


NOTE: It is important that you familiarize yourself with the entire Handbook at the beginning of your program and you keep it as a reference throughout your graduate studies. 


The Clinical Mental Health Counseling Handbook does not replace the UNF Graduate Catalog or other official University documents, but rather supplements them. The Clinical Mental Health Counseling Faculty in the UNF Brooks College of Health make every effort to maintain clear and consistent communication with students through the new student orientation, personal mentoring, timely email correspondence, announcements, practicum and internship seminars, and classroom discussions and other means of communication.


In addition to this guide, you are advised to read the Graduate School Student Handbook as it provides general information applicable to ALL graduate students regardless of their programs of study.  While this handbook contains valuable information specifically related to graduate studies in clinical mental health counseling at UNF, the Graduate School Student Handbook addresses policies, procedures and resources related to graduate studies in general at UNF.  It is your responsibility to review the information both in this handbook and in the Graduate School Student Handbook as you will be held responsible for abiding by its content.  

  • 1. Professional Orientation
    • 1.1 Professional Identity
    • 1.2 Professional Affiliations and Service
    • 1.3 Professional Skills and Limitations
    • 1.4 Professional Attitudes and Independent Thinking
    • 1.5 Research
    • 1.6 Disseminating Professional Knowledge
    • 1.7 Demonstrating Leadership
    • 1.8 Ethical Accountability
    • 1.9 Professional Counseling Post Graduate Requirements
    • 1.10 Program Guiding Principles
  • 2. Admissions
    • 2.1 GPA
    • 2.2 Official Transcripts
    • 2.3 GRE
    • 2.4 Letter of Intent
    • 2.5 Letters of Professional Recommendation
    • 2.6 Acceptance Notification
    • 2.7 Course Transfers
    • 2.8 Undergraduate Courses
    • 2.9 Non-admitted Students Seeking Course Enrollment
    • 2.10 Second Master's Degree
    • 2.11 Statement of Understanding
  • 3. Program of Study and Curriculum
    • 3.1 Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program Description
    • 3.2 Accreditation
    • 3.3 Curriculum and Degree Requirements
    • 3.4 Sample Timeline for Clinical Mental Health Counseling
    • 3.5 Practicum and Internship
    • 3.6 Electives
    • 3.7 Independent Study
    • 3.8 Time Limits for Program Completion
    • 3.9 Continuous Enrollment
    • 3.10 Incomplete Grades
    • 3.11 Course Validation
    • 3.12 Student Evaluation
    • 3.13 Application for Graduation
  • 4. Student Progress Assessment
    • 4.1 Portfolio Structure
    • 4.2 Sections of the Portfolio
    • 4.3 Assessment of the Portfolio
    • 4.4 Grade Requirements
    • 4.5 CPCE Examination
    • 4.6 Remediation
    • 4.7 Program Dismissal
    • 4.8 Appeals Process
  • 5. Policies
    • 5.1 Diversity and Inclusiveness Recruitment Policy
    • 5.2 Ethical/Legal Awareness
    • 5.3 Student Endorsement Policy
    • 5.4 Program Endorsement Policy
    • 5.5 Non-Discrimination Policy Regarding Persons with Disabilities
    • 5.6 Background Check and Professional Liability Insurance
  • 6. Student Opportunities
    • 6.1 Personal Counseling for Students
    • 6.2 Professional Organizations
    • 6.3 Chi Sigma Iota
    • 6.4 Data Analysis, Word Processing, and the Help Desk
    • 6.5 Library Facilities and Holdings