As a student, and later as a mental health professional, it is
imperative that you understand the limits of your own abilities, knowledge,
skills, and authority,
so you can communicate and present yourself
accurately in an ethical and professional way that reflects the standards of
The American Counseling Association, The American Mental Health Counseling
Association, andtheFloridaStateStatutesrelated tothe Professionalof Clinical Mental HealthCounseling
(or those of any state in which you reside).
As with those who are already working in the field, students areethicallyaccountableto
theProfession, to thepublic,and toeach other.
In order to be licensed by the state
of Florida, students completingtheClinical
Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) Program must meet
all the State educational
requirements forlicensure as aMental Health Counselor (LMHC).
As ofJanuary1, 2001, all
individualsapplying forlicensureor post-graduate counselinginternship status in the State of Florida are required tohave
a total of 60 hours of combined academic and clinical instruction (1000 total clinical
A foundational guiding principle in the Clinical Mental
Program and mental health counseling profession is that personal exploration
and awareness is an integral part of the process, not only as a student but
also as a lifelong practice.
The followingprinciples haveserved
ofthe CHMC program’s mission, policies
and procedures,curriculum, course
1. Professional Orientation
3. Program of Study & Curriculum
4. Student Progress Assessment
6. Student Opportunities
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