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MS in Counselor Education: Clinical Mental Health Counseling

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

Counselor Education: Clinical Mental Health Counseling (60 credits):

Students seeking admission to the major in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with an "out of field major" are required to successfully complete 9 hours of prerequisite psychology courses prior to acceptance. Out of field majors are students who do not hold a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology (or a related field). The student should consult with an advisor with reference to these courses. Required prerequisite courses for "out of field" majors applying for admission to the graduate program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling include:

  • An introductory course in Psychology (e.g., PSY 2012 Introduction to Psychology),

A course in either:

    • Educational Psychology (e.g., EDP 3004 Educational Psychology), or
    • Abnormal Psychology (e.g., CLP 4144 Abnormal Psychology),
    • or Personality Theories (e.g., PPE 3003 Personality Theory), and
    • A Research/Statistics course (e.g., STA 2122 Research-Statistics).

NOTE: The course numbers of the above prerequisite courses are those used at FIU. All prerequisite courses must be completed with a minimum grade of a "C" in each course and a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 for all courses taken.

The courses in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Major are as follows:

Counseling Core: (27 credits)

  • EDP 6277 - Human Development: Across the Lifespan (3)

  • MHS 5400 - Counseling Skills and Techniques (3)

  • MHS 6802 - Personality Theories (3)

  • MHS 5350 - Educational Vocational Counseling (3)

  • MHS 6428 - Cross Cultural Counseling (3)

  • SDS 5460 - Crisis Counseling and Interventions (3)

  • SDS 6411 - Counseling Children and Adolescents (3)

  • MHS 6511 - Group Counseling (3)

  • MHS 6700 - Ethical, Legal, and Professional Issues in Counseling (3)

Measurement and Research: (6 credits)

  • EDF 5481 - Foundations of Educational Research (3)

  • MHS 6200 - Measurement and Appraisal in Counseling (3)

Specialization: (15 credits)

  • MHS 6020 - Foundations of Mental Health Counseling (3)
  • MHS 6411 - Counseling and Consultation in Community Settings (3)
  • MHS 6427 - Adult Psychopathology (3)
  • MHS 6470 - Human Sexuality Counseling (3)
  • MHS 6450 - Substance Abuse Counseling (3)

Clinical Experiences: (12 credits)

  • MHS 6800 - Advanced Practicum in Counseling and Consultation (3)
  • MHS 6820 - Supervised Field Experience Counseling (9)
    Note: This program of study is subject to change at any time.

Applying to the Counselor Education Program: Mental Health Counseling Major is a three-part process.

  1. You must file an application with the Office of Graduate Admissions, MMC, SASC 126, Miami, Florida 33199. To contact the Office of Admissions Office call (305) 348-7442.
  2. All of the following documents must also be submitted to the Office of Graduate Admissions, P.O. Box 659004 Miami, FL 33265-9004:
    • Academic transcripts (with an upper division GPA of 3.2 or above)
    • Three letters of recommendation, at least one from an academic source and one from work or volunteer experiences. A reference may use the form provided in the application or supply a typed letter on professional letterhead discussing the applicant's ability to succeed in graduate school and their chosen profession.
    • An autobiographical sketch including a record of work or volunteer experiences
    • A resume (curriculum vitae)
  1. Personal Interview with the Admissions Committee. After applications are completed by admissions deadlines, applications will be reviewed by the Counselor Education Admissions Committee and applicants will be contacted for interviews.

Important: Please be advised that applications with materials submitted after the admissions deadline will not be considered. Such applications will automatically be deferred to the following semester.

Criteria for Acceptance:

Candidates are judged on the basis of multiple criteria. These include:

  • Grade point average. A minimum of 3.2 or better for the last two years (60 semester hours) of undergraduate work is required.
  • Quality of Written Letters of Recommendation. The committee carefully reads all submitted letters of recommendations. A recommendation is considered excellent if it demonstrates strong support. A recommendation is considered as marginal if the candidate was recommended with reservations. A recommendation is considered inappropriate if it spoke of personal characteristics unrelated to the area in which the student is applying. A recommendation would be considered poor if a negative recommendation came from a faculty member who had knowledge of the candidate's work or ability as a potential graduate student.
  • Evidence of Related Educational Background and Experiences
  • Autobiographical Sketch. Evidence of applicant’s clarity in presenting their ideas and thoughts in the autobiographical sketch.
  • Available Time Commitment. Willingness to commit oneself to the time (including time for field experience) necessary for training.
  • Evidence of Professionalism and Maturity.
  • Recent resume or curriculum vitae.
  • Personal Interview. The Admissions Committee considers the interpersonal qualities and responses of each candidate during the personal interview. During the interview, the Committee makes a decision based on a set of established criteria as to the candidate's competence and potential as a future practitioner in counseling.

All stated admissions requirements are to be considered minimums. A student who meets these minimum requirements is not automatically assured admissions. Program admissions requirements are subject to change, therefore it is the responsibility of the student to assure that he/she has met the requirements. Admissions decisions are made once the applicant's file is complete. Since it is the student's responsibility to assure that all admissions materials are in the file, they are advised to contact the Department of Leadership and Professional Studies (305-348-3418) to check on the status of their application.

Admissions deadlines are as follows:

  • Fall semester: June 1
  • Spring semester: October 1
  • Summer semester: March 1

Tuition, Scholarships, and Assistantships
For university-wide tuition rates and fees please see the following page: http://finaid.fiu.edu/index.php?id=1572. For information about College of Education scholarships please see http://education.fiu.edu/scholarships.html and for graduate assistantships see http://education.fiu.edu/ogs/ga.html

 

The clinical field experience consists of a full-time practicum consisting of 400 hours (MHS 6800) and a full-time internship consisting of 600 hours (MHS 6820) and is completed over the course of two consecutive semesters. These field experiences are intended to be conducted in a mental health counseling setting. The nature of this experience should be similar to that of a regular counseling position, but with closer supervision. The field experiences will occur at the end of the training program, and the intern is expected to put into practice the knowledge and skills acquired in the program. A major criterion for placement is the credentials of the agency’s on-site supervisor, namely possession of at least a master’s degree in counseling, psychology, or clinical social work as well as licensure in such discipline. Students must have completed the majority of their coursework (to include the following courses) prior to enrolling in MHS 6800--the practicum that precedes the internship: MHS 5400, MHS 6700, MHS 6802, MHS 6428, MHS 5350, MHS 6511, MHS 6020, MHS 6427, MHS 6450, SDS 6411, and SDS 5460. Students must have completed all course work prior to enrolling in MHS 6820--the internship. All students must have the approval of their advisor to enroll in the field experiences. Applications are available from the Clinical Coordinator of Field Experiences. 

Placement Deadlines and Procedures

  • Fall Placement: June 15th for MH and Rehab Tracks; March 15th for School Track
  • Spring Placement: October 1st for for MH and Rehab Tracks; July 1st for School Track
  • Summer Placement: March 1st for MH and Rehab Tracks; There is no summer placement for School Track

 In terms of placement sites, a notebook of agency profiles is available in the office of the Clinical Coordinator of Field Experiences and may be seen during his/her regular office hours. The Counselor Education Student Website will also list the agency profiles. The student must consult with his or her faculty advisor about their placements at least four months prior to the expected time of placement. At this time, matters related to placement will be discussed and the necessary paperwork initiated. Students must apply to both practicum and internship by submitting a completed application package.

The completed packet includes:

Applicants must prepare and submit copies of the completed packet to the individuals or offices shown below by the deadline. Original and two copies to the Clinical Coordinator of Field Experiences, Dr. Maureen Kenny, in room ZEB  247A, one copy for the student.

 

1st Year: These courses should be taking during your first year

MHS 5400 Counseling Skills and Techniques

MHS 6700 Ethical Legal and Professional Issues in Counseling

MHS 6020 Foundations of Mental Health

MHS 6802 Personality Theories

EDF 5481 Foundations of Educational Research

EDP 6277 Human Development: Lifespan

2ND and 3rd years: All of these courses require MHS 5400 Counseling Skills and Techniques as a pre-requisite

MHS 6411 Counseling and Consultation in Community Setting

MHS 6427 Adult Psychopathology

MHS 6470 Human Sexuality Counseling

MHS 6450 Substance Abuse Counseling

SDS 5460 Crisis Counseling and Intervention

SDS 6411 Counseling Children and Adolescents

MHS 5350 Educational and Vocational Counseling

MHS 6511 Group Counseling

MHS 6428 Cross Cultural Counseling

MHS 6200 Measurements and Appraisal in Counseling

3rd Year: The last two semesters of the final year is mostly spend in clinical experiences. One semester of practicum (400 hours) and one semester of internship (600 hours)

MHS 6800 Advanced Practicum in Counseling

MHS 6820 Supervised Field Experience in Counseling