Join Our High Demand, CACREP Accredited Mental Health Counseling Program
With a Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, you might work in many different environments as a Clinical Mental Health Counselor, reaching people on a very personal level to assist them in understanding themselves. In this rewarding career, you can help others to reach important goals and improve their quality of life. CACREP Accreditation helps ensure the high quality of Hodges’ Clinical Mental Health Counseling Degree and supports a more seamless pathway to state licensure.
Additionally, Hodges is one of the few colleges and universities in Florida offering a CACREP Accredited Clinical Mental Health Counseling Degree.
Did you know that Mental Health Support is one of the Fastest Growing Fields according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics? Choosing the opportunity to use your compassion and understanding in a career can benefit you since employment in the counseling profession is projected to grow 20% over the next 8 years.
Experience A Rewarding and Fulfilling Career!
- CACREP Accredited, which may allow for easier application for state licensing.
- Counseling Degree offered in Online and/or Blended Format.
- Careers in a Clinical Practice including as a Substance Abuse Counselor.
- Fast-track: Complete in just seven semesters.
- Named Top 10 Master’s In Counseling Degrees Online 2018 by Psych Degrees.
- Internship included in the CMHC Program.
- 170 hours of synchronous support in online sessions and on-campus residencies during a student’s academic career which may increase clinical skills and knowledge.
- Competitive, Limited-Enrollment Program with small class sizes.
Hodges Is The Right Choice.
- 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.
- Degree in Mental Health Counseling program focused on a strength-based approach to professional development, identifying and working with what you do best.
- Personalized and individual support for your education, which may enable you to get more from your studies.
- Mental Health Professional
- Substance Abuse Counselor
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) Code: 42.2813
Now enrolling Clinical Mental Health Counseling students!
This is a limited-enrollment program, so Apply Today!
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 skills.
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 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.
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.”
Well done, Jamie. We knew you could do it!