​​PhotoDr. Jason Orrock, Assistant Professor, Dr. Sharon Wilburn, Program Director, Clinical Mental Health Counseling​ Program, Dr. Whitney George, Assistant Professor, Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program, and Dr. Larry Wagoner, Clinical Director of Mental Health Counseling Program.

Jacksonville University (JU), Brooks Rehabilitation College of Healthcare Sciences offers a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (MS-CMHC) degree with a specialization in clinical mental health counseling. This degree also offers an emphasis on marriage and family therapy. The MS-CMHC program is SACS approved and JU will be seeking accreditation by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

The Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program has been notified by the Florida Department of Health, Board of Clinical Social Work, Mental Health Counseling, and Marriage and Family Therapy that based on our course descriptions the JU MS-CMHC Program satisfies the statutorily required course content for both Mental Health Counseling and Marriage and Family Therapy licensure. Interested applicants are encouraged to review the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Counseling, and Mental Health Counseling website at http://www.doh.state.fl.us/MQA/491/index.html.

This 60 credit hour degree program meets the educational requirements for State of Florida licensure as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC).  The MS-CMHC also offers the possibility of licensure in marriage and family therapy. Interested applicants are encouraged to review the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Counseling, and Mental Health Counseling website at http://floridasmentalhealthprofessions.gov/​​.

Coaching theories, techniques and practices will be embedded in the curriculum allowing potential for certification as a Board Certified Coach through the Center for Credentialing and Education (CCE) upon completion of clinical supervision and clinical practice hours. Jacksonville University will be seeking approval as a CCE-Approved Board Certified Coach Training Program.

The MS-CMHC degree is a 2 year, full-time cohort-model program that is based on best practice criteria and is practitioner-oriented.  Students will take courses as a cohort and all courses will be offered one time in the late afternoon and evening.

Courses will be taught in a hybrid style and class attendance will be once or twice a week or less.   Students are also required to complete a rigorous 1000 hour community-based clinical field experience as part of their academic training. 

Program core faculty will be graduates of CACREP approved doctoral programs.

View an Information Packet about the MS CMHC Program.


The admissions process for the CMHC program includes the use of a rubric. The rubric categories include cumulative grade point average (CGPA), content and writing style of the personal statement (essay), letters of recommendation, professional and personal experience related to the coursework and field, and an in-person interview.  The review committee consists of four full time faculty members, all holding PhDs and decades of experience within the mental health field.
APPLICATION ​DEADLINE IS April 15, 2017 for a fall-term cohort that begins in August 2017. All admission decisions are scheduled  to be released by April 26, 2017. 



Pamela Adrian
Assistant Director, Graduate Admissions
Phone: 904-256-7245​
Sharon T. Wilburn, PhD
Program Director, Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Phone: 904-256-8930

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James Williams, Director, Human Resources/904-256-7025
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