​​Photo: Dr. 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.

The Brooks Rehabilitation College of Healthcare Sciences at Jacksonville University 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.

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​​.

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.

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