Hello and thank you for your interest in our Mental Health Counseling program!
The Mental Health Counseling program is a 72 hour program in which students graduate with both a M.Ed. and Ed.S. degrees in Mental Health Counseling. The Counselor Education Program at the University of Florida has been consistently ranked in the top 10 counseling programs as reported by U.S. News & World Report since the ranking system began in 1998. Some of the coursework is common among our three tracks of mental health, school, and marriage and family counseling; while some courses are specifically geared towards a specialization in mental health. Students enter the Mental Health Counseling program as part of a cohort, and when following the full-time cohort model, can finish the degree in two and a half years. As part of the program of study, students engage in two clinical experiences at one or more mental health sites: a 400 hour practicum, and a 600 hour internship, which is often split between two semesters. These clinical experiences are supervised at the mental health site, and on campus by a professor in the counseling program. Upon completion, students are poised to earn a license at a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Florida.
The Mental Health Counseling program admits students once per year, with applications, interviews, and admittance occurring in the spring for the following fall semester. Typically 20-25 students are admitted per year to the mental health counseling program, and admittance is competitive. After beginning the program, students are assigned a faculty member within the counseling program to act as advisor and assist them in making and completing professional goals and plan of study while working on their degree. Students often attend and present at professional conferences, become members and leaders in Chi Sigma Iota, the counseling honor society, and engage in community service and volunteer work around Gainesville. We are proud of the wonderful things our students accomplish during their time in the Mental Health Counseling program and after graduation!
Please feel free to contact Ms. Patty Bruner for questions related to admissions, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Questions related to the mental health counseling program can be emailed to myself at email@example.com.
Hope Schuermann, Ph.D.
Clinical Assistant Professor of Counselor Education
Mental Health Program Coordinator