To be licensed as a Mental Health Counselor in Florida you must have:
1. (a) Minimum of an earned master’s degree from a mental health counseling program accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) that consists of at least 60 semester hours or 80 quarter hours of clinical and didactic instruction, including a course in human sexuality and a course in substance abuse. [Note: CACREP accredited programs that are not mental health counseling programs do not meet this requirement, i.e., community counseling, school counseling, counselor education.]
(b) Minimum of an earned master’s degree from a program related to the practice of mental health counseling that consists of at least 60 semester hours or 80 quarter hours and meets the following requirements:
Different states have difference titles for their counselors. Below are some common ones that you will find.
||Clinical Mental Health Counselor
||LIcensed Professional Conselor
||Licensed Mental Health Counselor
||LIcensed Professional Clinical Counselor
||Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor
||National Certified Counselor
The American Counseling Association has a broad focus on all counselors regardless of their specialty. This can mean rehabilitation counselors, school counselors, employment counseling, and many more. The FMHCA Mental Health Counselors Association focuses all of it's efforts on just clinical mental health counselors and educators. All of our advocacy, continuing education and research is entirely about clinical mental health counseling. Read a history of FMHCA here.
You can join FMHCA on our website. Scroll over the “MEMBERSHIP” header at the top of our site, then click on “Join/Renew” or just click here.
There are numerous benefits to joining our organization. Here is a list of just some of the benefits of joining us:
If you are a registered FMHCA member, click on the “Forgot username/password” link under the login box at the top of our pages. An e-mail will be sent to the e-mail address you registered with prompting next steps.
FMHCA offers a plethora of opportunities including being connected to a network of individuals who care about the clinical mental health counseling profession and the ability to become involved in advocating and lobbying for your profession. FMHCA Student Section has useful listings, links, and general information to assist your academic and professional activities. And, if you get involved with the Graduate Student Committee, you've got a great resume builder!
Our Annual Conference is held every year in February. You can find out information on our Annual Conference, by clicking on the “CONFERENCE” link at the top of our main page. Our 2017 Annual Conference will be held February 2nd-4th in Orlando, FL.
Click here for more information on our Annual Conference.
You can earn CEUs with FMHCA though our webinars. You can also check our website for other new opportunities to earn CEUs.
Scroll over the “ABOUT US” header at the top of our site, then click on the “Local Chapters” link. . You will be find a directory for your local chapter contact information. You can contact them and find more information on how to network.
CACREP stands for the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs. They promote excellence in professional preparation through the accreditation of counseling and related educational programs. They are the accrediting body of counseling programs in colleges and universities in the United States. They are committed to developing standards for preparing practitioners, encouraging the excellence of a program and the accreditation of professional preparation programs.
More information about CACREP and it's mission can be found at www.cacrep.org.
What colleges and universities are CACREP certified?
You can find a list of all CACREP certified colleges and universities on CACREP’s website, here
The NCE is the National Counselor Examination for Licensure and Certification. The NCMHCE is that National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Examination.For more information on these two exams visit www.nbcc.org.
The National Counselor Examination for Licensure and Certification (NCE) is a 200-item multiple-choice examination designed to assess knowledge, skills and abilities determined to be important for providing effective counseling services. The NCE is a requirement for counselor licensure in many states and for the National Certified Counselor (NCC) certification. The NCE is also used by the military health systems.
The National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Examination (NCMHCE) consists of 10 clinical simulations designed to sample a broad area of competencies, not merely the recall of isolated facts. The NCMHCE is a requirement for counselor licensure in many states and for the Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor (CCMHC) national certification. The NCMHCE is also used by the military health systems.
The choice is completely yours. The NCE is taken most often by final year graduate students, in the pursuit of becoming a National Certified Counselor. Many of your peers nationwide seek this credential, but it is by no means a requirement of the field per se. If you choose to take it, most likely your program has a person designated as the ‘NBCC Campus Coordinator'. Ask your Advisor who this person is. If you are no longer a student, you may contact NBCC directly at www.nbcc.org.