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 Opportunities

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.

Curriculum Highlights

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.

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 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 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 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 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 790 Field Experience in Mental Health Counseling 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


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Course Requirements 60 Credits

Foundation Courses 24 credits

CPS 503 Applied Research Methods 3
CPS 720 Life Span Psychology 3
CPS 730 Theories of Personality and Therapy 3
CPS 735 Group Therapy 3
CPS 736 Legal and Ethical Issues in Counseling 3
CPS 745 Abnormal Psychology 3
CPS 746 Human Sexuality Counseling 3
CPS 747 Individual Assessment and Treatment Planning 3

Specialization 27 credits

CPS 733 Introduction to Counseling 3
CPS 744 Substance Abuse and the Family 3
CPS 749 Intermediate Counseling 3
CPS 750 Introduction to Community Consultation 3
CPS 663 Occupational and Educational Principles of Guidance 3
CPS 667 Counseling Special and Diverse Populations 3
or
CPS 760 Multicultural Counseling 3
CPS 790 Field Experience I 3
CPS 791 Field Experience II 3
CPS 795 Field Experience III 3

Electives 9 credits

Three courses chosen from either the following or from courses in other graduate programs:

CPS 710 Play Therapy in Counseling 3
CPS 734 Therapeutic Issues of Infancy and Childhood 3
CPS 737 Therapeutic Issues of Adolescence 3
CPS 739 Therapeutic Issues of Aging 3
CPS 740 Introduction to Family Therapy and Evaluation 3
CPS 741 Transitions in Family Life 3
CPS 742 Intermediate Family Therapy 3
CPS 743 Theory and Practice of Counseling Couples 3
CPS 752 Selected Topics in Psychotherapy 3
CPS 789 Directed Readings

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