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.
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.
All students are required to take a 3-credit graduate-level course relevant to the field of counseling1.
1 See Graduate Academic Advisor for guidance.
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.
Outplacement Practicum Overview
Educational & Psychological Studies
Our Master’s students complete a one-year outplacement practicum at an off-campus facility. They may complete this outplacement training during the same year they are at the IIFC, or they have the flexibility of splitting their practicum training over two years. Obtaining an outplacement is a competitive process. Our students compete with each other, as well as with graduate students from other Master’s programs in South Florida, for placements of their choice. It is completely up to the student to decide on the type of setting for their training, though we are here to assist them in making that decision. We have affiliations with over 25 facilities including community-based clinics, hospitals with psychiatric inpatient units, research-focused centers, treatment centers for addictions, counseling centers serving the LGBTQ community, and more. Annually, we host an on-campus “Practicum Open House” when representatives from the facilities meet our students, as our students decide on sites that seem like a good fit with their clinical interests. Our students are typically highly regarded by our colleagues in the training community. Our Practicum Coordinator is Dr. Monica Page. For more information about Outplacement Practicum please contact Dr. Page @ email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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, a total score of at least 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, including transfer students. We do not require the GRE subject test.
- Coursework in psychology; in the absence of coursework in psychology, previous experience in human and social development as undergraduates, especially for those making a career change.
- Previous experience in human service activities, whether paid or volunteer, is a plus.
- 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 student applications are also processed through our International Student and Scholar Services. International students are encouraged to apply before December 1 due to additional processing time.