The Mental Health Counseling program is a dual Masters (M.Ed.) and Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) degree program offering coursework on all common core areas of counseling as outlined by CACREP standards for mental health counseling programs. This includes coursework in trauma and crisis, community counseling, counseling diverse populations, substance abuse, and other mental health areas.
The entry-level 72-credit hour Mental Health Counseling program prepares students for positions as Mental Health Counselors in community, state, federal, and private social service agencies and for EAP positions in business and industry. Graduates provide services, such as child, youth, couple, family, employment, health, gerontological, substance abuse, and wellness counseling.
The M.Ed./Ed.S. and MAE/Ed.S. program in Mental Health Counseling is designed to equip students with the pre-professional competencies required for Registered Intern status and, after a minimum number of years of post-degree supervised clinical experience, (a) licensure in the State of Florida as Mental Health Counselors and (b) clinical membership in NBCC’s Academy of Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselors. Additionally, some students may choose to continue their studies in a doctoral program.
Students who complete the program are eligible to take the National Counselor Examination (NCE) offered by the National Board For Certified Counselors (NBCC) in order to qualify for National Certified Counselor status. They are also eligible to become members of the American Counseling Association (ACA) and the American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA).