Summary of the Changes:
The new stand-alone degree program to a MS in Mental Health Counseling was submitted to and approved by the Faculty Association on December 4, 2008, approved by Academic Affairs on December 10, 2008, and approved by the UNF Board of Trustees on April 16, 2009.
The request to create a separate stand-alone degree is based on the fact that Mental Health Counseling students are required to learn a different set of skills and graduate with a different body of knowledge than education-based counseling programs (e.g., School Counseling). Moreover Mental Health Counseling graduates are employed in clinical and not educational settings. Thus, the Mental Health Counseling Program is much more ideologically and programmatically aligned with other health-based clinical programs, like those that exist in the BCH.
The Mental Health Counseling Program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Programs (CACREP). It is a 60 credit hour program (51 required hours and 9 electives hours) which meets the educational and clinical requirements for licensure as a Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in the state of Florida (see attached Program of Study).
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