Masters of Science in Mental Health Counseling

The Masters of Science in Mental Health Counseling (MHC) program provides graduate students with the concepts and beginning clinical competencies required to effectively facilitate and manage the process of intrapersonal and interpersonal change. Through small classes, highly personalized and hands-on curriculum guidance and clinical supervision; and connection with research and the broader Mental Health Counseling community, students are equipped to assist others through a helping relationship in achieving optimal mental health through personal and social adjustment, development and prevention. The Program is designed to provide clinical training for those who intend to serve, or are currently serving the community as counselors in public and private settings including counseling facilities and schools. Consistent with the global mission of the university and its urban location, the Program trains counselors who will work with individuals representing a diverse urban and multicultural population. The Program emphasizes analysis of the social, historical, and cultural contexts that influence well-being and resilience as well as periods of distress and disorder.

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For questions, contact Lawrence Rubin, Program Director, at 305-628-6585

Career Landscape

Upon graduation, MS, MHC degree holders will be:

  1. Eligible to become and work clinically under supervision as a registered MHC intern in the state of Florida
  2. Pursue licensure in Florida as a Mental Health Counselor (LMHC)

Upon Licensure, graduates will be able to work in a variety of clinical settings including community mental health centers, universities and schools, hospitals, EAP’s (Employee Assistance Programs) within organizations, and in private practice.

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Mental Health Counseling Curriculum


CPS 503 Applied Research Methods

CPS 730 Theories of Personality and Therapy

*CPS 733 Introduction to Counseling

An investigation of the profession of counseling and practice in the classroom of various micro-skills as determined by the specific needs of clients. Experimentation with and evaluation of counseling styles as they relate to the counselor’s theoretical orientation, therapeutic skills, general counseling theory, and basic techniques.

*CPS 745 Abnormal Psychology

CPS 750 Introduction to Community Consultation

CPS 663 Occupational and Educational Principles of Guidance

CPS 760 Multicultural Counseling


*CPS 667 Counseling Special and Diverse Populations

An overview of prevention and intervention strategies for special and at-risk student populations. Issues and strategies for English Language Learners and families are approached through a framework that includes the needs of ESOL students in public schools. Topics include identification and assessment, equal access to appropriate programming, equal access to appropriate categorical and other programs for ELL students, monitoring issues, and outcome measures.


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Select three electives in consultation with program advisor:

CPS 720 Life Span Psychology

This course focuses on human biopsychosocial development from conception to death. Major developmental theories will be addressed as will the clinical/counseling issues relevant to each stage of development.

CPS 735 Group Therapy

CPS 736 Legal and Ethical Issues in Counseling

This course is designed to examine the ethical and legal issues that arise in the profession of counseling. Areas of study include legal responsibilities and liabilities, licensure and certification legislation, confidentiality and ethical standards of practice in the State of Florida, and codes of ethics developed by relevant professional organizations.

CPS 744 Substance Abuse and the Family

CPS 745 Abnormal Psychology

Basic concepts of abnormal psychology are examined with attention to scientific evidence as criteria for diagnosis. The DSM-IV is studied in relation to clinical psychopathology. Recognition of major mental disorders are emphasized as are methods of working with such clients and techniques of referral for psychiatric treatment.

CPS 746 Human Sexuality Counseling

CPS 747 Individual Assessment and Treatment Planning

An introduction to qualitative and quantitative methods of individual assessment with special emphasis on standardized measures of ability and personality. Assessment methods examined within the context of intake interviewing and treatment planning.

CPS 749 Intermediate Counseling

CPS 790 Field Experience I

A supervised internship in a public or private community-based setting that primarily provides individual and group mental health services. Field experience requires the advance approval of the student’s Academic Advisor in cooperation with the sponsoring agency. Learning objectives for the supervised practice of mental health counseling must be established by the student and approved by the student’s Academic Advisor prior to registration.

CPS 791 Field Experience II

CPS 795 Field Experience III

*Prerequisite Courses


MHC Weblinks and Documents

“Please note that STU is unable to confirm the licensure and certification requirements of your state of residence. If you intend to pursue such credentialing in your state or elsewhere, we advise you to contact the applicable state credentialing authority to familiarize yourself with its specific requirements and determine if our program meets its eligibility criteria.
For additional information regarding other states’ recognition of the St. Thomas University online Mental Health Counseling degree for licensing or certification purposes, please visit the <> State-by-State Database of licensing or certification requirements.”