Mental Health Counseling – M.S.Ed.

Educational and Psychological Studies

Mental Health Counseling


The Mental Health Counseling Program develops students’ skills in assessment, prevention, and treatment of behavioral and emotional difficulties, as well as career and lifestyle issues. Mental Health Counselors assist individuals and groups in finding ways to lead more satisfying lives. The program allows students to meet the academic requirements for licensure as a Mental Health Counselor in the State of Florida. Licensure allows for the independent practice of Mental Health Counseling, including private practice or practice in mental health counseling agencies, clinics, hospitals, public and private schools, and a range of other settings. Many of our students also go on to obtain doctoral degrees in related fields.

The curriculum includes 15 content courses and a practicum year. Students can complete the program in 2 years, 3 years, or 4 years. Additional requirements include a self-examination, Personal Growth Experience and a Comprehensive Examination prior to completing the program.

Required Coursework

This variable 60 credit hour program provides the academic and pre-degree supervision requirements for licensing as a Mental Health Counselor in the State of Florida.

EPS 667: Professional, Legal and Ethical Issues in Counseling
Professional, legal, ethical, and licensing issues in the counseling profession.

EPS 668: Social and Cultural Diversity and Counseling
Interrelationship between psychology and sociology in understandingdevelopment of diversity in human social systems. Implications for counseling and therapy.

EPS 669: Psychopathology for Counselors
In depth introduction to abnormal human behavior patterns of concern to mental health professionals. Clinical conditions will be examined within the context of currently most viable theory and research relating to etiology, assessment, diagnosis and treatment.

EPS 676: Counseling Process and Practice
The development of basic communication and clinical skills necessary for establishing the counseling relationship and conducting therapy.

EPS 677: Assessment Strategies for Counselors I
This course places emphasis on diagnosis, appraisal, assessment, and testing for individual and interpersonal disorders. It addresses statistical procedures and psychometric principles necessary for responsible test use and exposes the student to a variety of test and non-test assessment techniques in marriage and family, and mental health counseling.

EPS 678: Counseling Theories and Practice
Counseling Theories and Practice

EPS 679: Lifespan Human Development
Theories and research relating to the biophysical, cognitive, and psychosocial domains of human lifespan development.

EPS 680: Theory and Practice with Children and Adolescents
Course prepares students to provide preventive and therapeutic interventions with children and adolescents including theory, research, and practice.

EPS 681: Counseling and Sexuality
Emphasis is placed on self-awareness and acceptance of all dimensions of human sexuality. Readings and classroom activities focus on biological aspects of sexuality, an understanding of sexual dysfunctions, and their treatment.

EPS 684: Research and Program Evaluation in Counseling
Course focuses on the interpretation and application of research data as applied to clinical practice. Skills in using behavioral research-based literature to identify, evaluate and interpret appropriate interventions are also emphasized.

EPS 685: Substance Abuse and Addictions: Theories and Counseling
Theories and research on individual, systemic causes, and outcomes of substance abuse, and concomitant practices in counseling and therapy.

EPS 673: Counseling in Community Settings
Exploration of a variety of perspectives on community services relevant to mental health counselors. Topics include: the variety of community settings; community, national, and international diversity in mental health services; diversity of clients (e.g., cultures, religions, GLBT, elderly, social classes, disabilities); mental health funding; the role of politics, policy, advocacy, and research; interviewing across cultures.

EPS 674: Lifestyle and Career Counseling
An introductory course in career development and career counseling, focusing on theories of career development, counseling tools, strategies, and sociological, economic, and psychological influences on the American worker.

EPS 675: Therapeutic Group Procedures
This course examines both the theory and practice of group counseling. The course covers therapist issues, patient selection criteria, group structuring as we ll as basic therapeutic techniques. The course prepares students to design structured counseling groups, to prepare group counseling materials, and to lead counseling groups of various types.

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EPS 682: Practicum in Counseling I
Supervised Practicum at the Institute for Individual and Family counseling and other appropriated clinical settings relating theoretical formulations to intervention strategies appropriate to specialization.

EPS 683: Practicum Laboratory I
Individual, dyad, and small group supervision at approved Practicum sites.

Admission Requirements

The Master’s in Counseling programs begin each Fall semester. We accept and process applications throughout the year, but only accept new students each Fall semester. Applicants are strongly encouraged to have all their materials in by December 1st. For information about the application process click here.

The typical applicant admitted to our graduate programs has:

  • Grade point average of over 3.3 (on a 4.0 scale)
  • On the GRE general exam: combined total of at least 1100, with scores of at least 500 on Verbal and 600 on Quantitative. On the recently revised GRE scoring system this would be estimated as a score of 153 on Verbal, and 148 on Quantitative. On the Analytical Writing section a score of 4.5. GRE general test scores are required for all applicants, even if you are a transfer student or have a prior degree. We do not require the GRE subject test.
  • Coursework in psychology; most majored in psychology, or human and social development as undergraduates.
  • Previous experience in human service activities, whether paid or volunteer, is a plus.
  • Strong letters of recommendation (three). Letters are primarily from academic sources and describe academic performance, fund of psychological knowledge, writing skills, interpersonal skills, and/or knowledge of research and statistics. Letters may also be from professional settings, such as supervisors or project directors with whom you worked or volunteered for. These letters should address your interpersonal skills, verbal and writing skills, leadership ability and/or motivation for a degree in counseling. We do not consider letters from relatives nor personal contacts.

Strong applicants will be interviewed. The admissions interview is a required part of the admissions process.
We recognize that not every applicant will meet all of these criteria. We review applications in their entirety including the admissions interview, and do not make decisions based on specific scores.

International Students:
International or foreign student applications are also processed through our International Admissions Office. For this reason, international students are encouraged to apply earlier due to additional processing time. Applicants are strongly encouraged to have all their materials in latest by December 1st.

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Program Contact

Anabel Bejarano

Clinical Assistant Professor, and Director, Master's Programs in Counseling

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