Master's In Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Experience A Rewarding and Fulfilling Career!
- CACREP Accredited, which meets licensure requirements to become a Clinical Mental Health Counselor.
- Online Counseling Degree.
- Fast-track: Complete in just seven semesters.
- Students will create an individualized professional career plan in conjunction with licensed faculty.
- Internship included in the Hodges U CMHC Program.
- Through the required fieldwork experience, students identify their unique individual focus area and population specialty.
- Competitive, Limited-Enrollment Program with small class sizes.
Hodges Is The Right Choice.
- The Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at Hodges University is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).
- Our Master’s Degree Program may help prepare you for the Licensing Board Exam.
- Flexible learning choice for Adult Students.
- Personalized and individual support for your education, which may enable you to get more from your studies.
- Students receive education for careers in a Clinical Practice including as a Substance Abuse Counselor.
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Benefits of Mental Health Counseling
Why Clinical Mental Health Counseling?
Counseling is a professional relationship that empowers diverse individuals, families, and groups to achieve mental health, wellness, education, and career goals through individualized treatment plans.
You will do well in the program at Hodges if you have the personality and skills of a “helper.” These skills are professionally developed through our emphasis on role play, practical learning, and personal growth. If you have the prerequisite skills and heart, our program will provide additional education, practicum, and internship experience to hone and advance your expertise.
What Can I Do With This Degree?
With a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, you may be equipped to pursue counseling positions in private practice, mental health centers, life-coaching (requires separate credential), and more. In such positions, you could be entrusted with professional relationships that help others achieve mental health, wellness, education, and career goals. The best part – you can enjoy opportunities to improve your community and make a positive difference in people’s lives.
Accreditation and Licensure
Licensure in Florida
The Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is designed so that graduates are eligible candidates for licensing as Licensed Mental Health Counselors (LMHC) in the state of Florida after graduation. Each graduate must first register with the state as a Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern, and complete specified requirements before obtaining full licensure as a LMHC. Florida’s regulations can be accessed online at: http://floridasmentalhealthprofessions.gov/.
The graduate, in order to obtain his/her license, must have two years of full-time work experience under the supervision of a Qualified Supervisor for Registered Mental Health Counselor Interns in Florida. If a Qualified Supervisor is not available at the agency that the student is hired at post-master’s, then the student will have to hire and pay a Qualified Supervisor for MHC Interns as a consultant. More information on this process, as well as all other licensing requirements, can be found at: http://floridasmentalhealthprofessions.gov/?s=Qualified+Supervisor.
In Florida, the student must also pass the NCMHCE exam administered by the National Board for Certified Counselors. The student will become familiar with the exam process while in the CMHC program. Most states now require the NCMHCE exam for state licensure, although some states may require the National Counselor Exam (NCE) for licensure. Check the licensure information in your state for exam requirement information. More information about the NCMHCE can be found at: http://www.nbcc.org/Exams/NCMHCE.
Graduates Prepared for Licensing in Florida
Graduates of Hodges University’s Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program are eligible for candidacy for licensing as Mental Health Counselors in the State of Florida.
Licensure in Other States
For students who reside in states other than Florida, please consult that particular state’s licensing board to review their regulations. Contact information for each state’s licensing board is provided on the American Counseling Association’s (ACA)’s website at: https://www.counseling.org/.
Most states have a similar provisional licensing period that lasts 2 years post-master’s degree before you can be fully licensed as a counselor in that state. As we are a CACREP-accredited program, the master’s degree coursework in this program is designed to align with the educational requirements of most states’ licensing boards. No graduate program, however, can guarantee licensure after graduation. If you reside outside of Florida or may move after graduation, review your state’s licensing requirements and contact the state licensing board if you have questions about the coursework standards for your state.
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What Will I Learn?
What Will I Learn?
The Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program of study consists of three parts, all designed to assist the student to be able to apply for Florida State Licensing as a Mental Health Counselor.
- The Content Component provides the essential coursework necessary for a master’s degree prepared therapist. Please check with the state for License requirements.
- The Internship Component allows the student to experience the profession in a community setting with supervision.
- The Elective Component allows the student to select additional courses that will provide further specialization and the continued building of a professional identity.
These three components prepare the student to apply as a Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern with the State of Florida upon graduation. Students will also complete a professional portfolio as a requirement to graduate.
Students are expected to take nine credits per semester and can achieve a degree in seven semesters. The program is open for admission in the fall semester of each year. There are three, 16-week semesters per year.
Hodges University Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program Mission
The Hodges University Clinical Mental Health Counseling program prepares the student for entry-level professional counseling positions in the mental health and substance abuse fields, as well as eligibility for candidacy for licensing as a Mental Health Counselor.
Jamie Carioggia Changes Lives Every Day With Her Applied Psychology & Clinical Mental Health Counseling Degrees From Hodges
Jamie decided to attend Hodges University because of the flexibility we offer working students. “The classes were flexible and teachers understood we were all working as well as going to school. I also liked the idea of getting more individualized attention from the professors because I saw many people get lost in the shuffle at public colleges,” she said.
Regarding her experience at Hodges U, Jamie says, “The education I received at Hodges had a huge impact on my career and helped me to become a successful counselor. It helped me achieve my personal and professional goals. Without my education, I would not be where I am today.”