The Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program (CMHC) is a 60 credit hour program that meets the educational requirements for licensure in the state of Florida as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC). This program is practitioner-oriented in the sense that students are required to complete 1,000 hours of field-based experience before graduation. The counseling curriculum offers a unique blend of courses to provide the skills and knowledge necessary for becoming a competent counseling professional. Solid academic performance and experiential mastery are required.
The mission of the UNF Master's Program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is to provide comprehensive training for individuals who wish to counsel diverse populations in a variety of mental health settings. This program provides students with an intellectually stimulating and supportive environment which encompasses academic rigor and promotes excellence, ethical and professional integrity, and effective interpersonal communication and therapeutic skills. Curricular experiences include 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.
UNF undergraduates in Psychology, Sociology, and Public Health can apply through the Express Application portal on the Graduate School Website. Applicants are required to submit the below documents directly to the graduate
program director via e-mail before the application deadline. Questions should be directed to the graduate program
Program Description for Clinical Mental Health Couns
Major: Clinical Mental Health Couns
Degree: Master of Science
Please note the following:
- Refer to the UNF graduate catalog for prerequisites to individual courses.
- Unless a course is identified as repeatable for credit, you may receive credit for a course only once. However, your GPA will reflect all repeated courses.
- Program Director approval is required prior to registering for course work at another institution.
- With Program Director approval, graduate level course work may be transferred from another regionally accredited institution.
- All students in the Brooks College of Health programs will be held accountable to the most recent Code of Ethics, Guides for Professional Conduct and/or Position Statements as developed by their respective disciplines. Refer to your program handbook.
- It is mandatory to follow the program course sequence. You must contact the program director for any changes in course sequence to be considered.
- To qualify for the Thesis option student must:
- have satisfactorily passed MHS6876 Clinical Research and Outcome Evaluation with a grade of B or better.
- have a GPA of 3.3 or higher in their first 2 semesters of the program, and
- identify and receive written approval from their Thesis Advisor, Second Reader, and Program Director.
Major Requirements (51 credits)
MHS6430 Intro to Family Counseling (3 Credits)
MHS6486 Human Dev Across Lifespan (3 Credits)
MHS6404 Theories in Clinical MHC (3 Credits)
MHS6700 Legal, Prof, Eth in Counseling (3 Credits)
MHS6941 Clinical Counseling Skills (3 Credits)
MHS6876 Clinical Research Evaluation (3 Credits)
MHS6405 Advanced Counseling (3 Credits)
MHS6428 Counseling Diverse Populations (3 Credits)
MHS6510 Group Counseling (3 Credits)
MHS6205 Clin. Assessment and Diagnosis (3 Credits)
MHS6305 Career Counseling (3 Credits)
MHS6800 Prac:Mental Health Counseling (3-6 Credits)
MHS6401 CMHC in Community Settings (3 Credits)
MHS6450 Addictions Counseling (3 Credits)
MHS6470 Sexual Issue in Counseling (3 Credits)
MHS6830 Intern in Mental Health Counse (3 Credits)
Electives or Thesis (9 credits)
ELECTIVES Select 3 courses
- MHS6402 Overview of Brief Counseling
- MHS6431 Advanced Seminar in Family Counseling
- MHS6436 Counseling Military Families
- MHS6500 Advanced Practice in Group Counseling
- MHS6610 Clinical Supervision in Counseling
- MHS6916 Conceptual/Research Independent Study in CMHC
- MHS6930 ST: Special Topics in Counseling
- MHS6930 ST: Psychotherapy with Children and Adolescents
- MHS6930 ST: Animal Assisted Therapy
- MHS6930 ST: Grief and Loss
THESIS take 9 credits
- MHS6970 Thesis A
- MHS6971 Thesis B
Even though each individual thesis course could be taken for 6 credits, the total credit hours for both courses cannot exceed 9 credits.