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MS in Counselor Education: Clinical Mental Health Counseling Track

The Master of Science in Counselor Education prepares students for professional counseling in different settings blending research and theory with practical applied experience. This track provides core classes that include personality theories, cross-cultural counseling, psychopathology and clinical experiences. 

Program Coordinator:   Dr. Maureen Kenny 
E-mail:   kennym@fiu.edu  
Phone:   (305) 348-3506 

Mission
Our mission is to prepare competent clinical mental health counselors to significantly impact diverse individuals in a variety of settings (e.g., hospital, agencies, private practice). Our program trains counselors to meet the challenges involved in working in a multiethnic, multicultural, and urban environment. The second part of our mission is to provide both educational experiences that emphasize multiculturalism in practice and theory as well as opportunities for professional and personal growth. Finally, it is our intent to produce ethical and responsible clinical mental health counselors who function to help others achieve positive personal change.

Clinical Mental Health Track Objectives
To prepare competent and ethical mental health counseling professionals who:

  1. Understand and act according to the ethical principles of the American Counseling Association
    (2014) and the legal guidelines of Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy & Mental Health Counseling:
    • Chapter 491: Clinical, Counseling, and Psychotherapy Services
    • Chapter 456: Health Professions and Occupations: General Provisions
    • Chapter 120: Administrative Procedure Act
    • Chapter 39: Proceedings Related to Children
    • Chapter 90: Evidence Code
    • Chapter 394: Mental Health
    • Chapter 397: Substance Abuse Services
    • Chapter 415: Adult Protective Services
    • Florida Administrative Code (FAC): 64B4: Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy & Mental Health Counseling
  2. Recognize the value and importance of on-going self-reflection, life-long learning, and professional development.
  3. Understand, master, and apply subject matter from the following areas:
    1. Personality and counseling theories and practice
    2. Human development theories
    3. Psychopathology, diagnosis, and treatment planning
    4. Community counseling and consultation
    5. Human sexuality theory
    6. Group theories and practice
    7. Measurement and appraisal/assessment
    8. Research and program evaluation
    9. Career and vocational counseling
    10. Crisis counseling and interventions
    11. Substance abuse
    12. Legal, ethical, and professional standards
    13. Multicultural and counseling diverse populations (i.e., ethnic, racial, cultural, gender, sexual/affectional, class, age, disability, and/or spiritual/religious) 
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Career Outlook

Career Outlook

Check out the facts and job outlook for clinical mental health counselors on the Bureau of Labor Statistics website.

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