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. Details about the program requirements are available in the Master’s in Counseling Program Handbook.
Programs offered in counseling and counseling psychology are characterized by intensive clinical supervision by faculty members in an on-campus clinic, by strengths in the areas of family systems and health psychology, and by the rich multi-ethnic composition of the community, students and clients.
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.
Please meet with your advisor to obtain his/her approval signature and submit a copy of the signed Course Sequence Plan to the Associate Dean’s office, MB 312, no later than the end of your second semester of study. This program of study and course sequence plan is subject to change.
PS 667 Professional, Legal and Ethical Issues in Counseling
EPS 668 Social and Cultural Diversity and Counseling
EPS 669 Psychopathology for Counselors
EPS 676 Counseling Process and Practice
EPS 677 Assessment Strategies for Counselors I
EPS 678 Counseling Theories and Practice
EPS 679 Lifespan Human Development
EPS 680 Theory and Practice with Children and Adolescents
EPS 681 Counseling and Sexuality
EPS 684 Research and Program Evaluation in Counseling
EPS 685 Substance Abuse and Addictions: Theories and Counseling
EPS 673 Counseling in Community Settings
EPS 674 Lifestyle and Career Counseling
EPS 675 Therapeutic Group Procedures
EPS 682 Practicum in Counseling I
EPS 683 Practicum Laboratory I
The Master’s in Counseling programs begin each Fall semester. The deadline for receiving completed applications is December 1st. The application process is all online. Questions about application materials can be submitted to our admissions coordinator, Lois Heffernan, at email@example.com or (305) 284-2167.
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. When requesting to have GRE scores sent, our school code is 5815 and our department code is 2005.
- TOEFL: For international students, a minimum score on the TOEFL of 80 for internet based test, and 550 for paper-based 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.