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Mental Health Counseling


The UNF Master's Program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling provides comprehensive training for individuals who wish to counsel diverse populations in a variety of mental health settings. 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. The program prepares mental health counselors to provide direct counseling services to individuals, groups and families. Counselors will be equipped to become leaders in community agencies and advocate for clients' rights through participation in community, state and national organizational efforts.

Work Settings:

Community mental health centers

Psychiatric hospitals

Residential treatment facilities

Outpatient mental health clinics

Rehabilitation agencies

Social service agencies

Employee assistance programs

Treatment centers

Correctional institutions

Crisis centers

College counseling centers

Private practice

Job Titles:

Require a counseling degree

Mental Health Counselor

Counseling Specialist

Adolescent Counselor


Assessment Coordinator/Counselor

Career Counselor

Pastoral Counseling (business or church)

College Instructor

Vocational/Rehabilitation Counselor

Employee Assistance Program Counselor

Prefer a counseling degree

Academic Advisor

Case Manager

Adoption Specialist

Social Services Counselor

Trainer/Training Coordinator

Human Resources Manager/Specialist

Admissions Counselor

International Center Coordinator

Family Arbitrator/Mediator

Non-Profit Management

Research Coordinator

Student Services Manager

Life Coach

Local Companies:

Ascension/St. Vincent's

Baptist Behavioral Health

Catholic Charities Family and Addictions Counseling & Adoption Services

Child Guidance Center

Christian Healing Ministries

CNS Healthcare

COJ/Victim Services Div. Community Services

Community Hospice

Daniel Memorial

First Coast Family Center

Florida Counseling and Evaluation Services

Focus Healthcare

Gateway Community Services

Jacksonville Center for Clinical Research

Jewish Family & Community Services

Lutheran Social Services

Marsh Landing Behavioral Group

Mayo Clinic

Mental Health Resource Center

North Jacksonville Women's Resource Center

Northwest Behavioral Health Services

Orange Park Medical Center

PACE Center for Girls

Renaissance Behavioral Health

River Point Behavioral Health

Right Path Behavior Health Services

The Women's Center of Jacksonville

UF Health

United Way of Northeast Florida

University Counseling Centers - FSCJ/SJRCC/UNF/JU

Vocational Rehabilitation Services

Youth Crisis Center


The median wage for Mental Health Counselors in Florida is $40, 320

(Data from the US Department of Labor on www.

Professional Organizations and Career Information:

American College Counseling Association

American Counseling Association

American Psychological Association

Association for Addiction Professionals

Association of Faith Churches and Ministers

Brain Injury Association of America


National Association of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapists

Occupational Outlook Handbook: Mental health counselors and marriage and family therapists