Welcome to the Florida Mental Health Counselors Association

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What is a LMHC?

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:

  • Minimum of 3 semester hours or 4 quarter hours of graduate-level coursework in each of the following 12 content areas: counseling theories and practice, human growth and development, diagnosis and treatment of psychopathology, human sexuality, group theories and practice, individual evaluation and assessment, career and lifestyle assessment, research and program evaluation, social and cultural foundations, counseling in community settings, substance abuse, and legal, ethical, and professional standards issues. Courses in research, thesis or dissertation work, practicums, internships, or fieldwork may not be applied toward this requirement
  • The equivalent of at least 1,000 hours of university-sponsored supervised clinical practicum, internship, or field experience as required in the standards for CACREP accredited mental health counseling programs. This experience may not be used to satisfy the post-master’s clinical experience requirement


What do all those acronyms mean?

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 

What is the difference between FMHCA and ACA?

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.


How do I join FMHCA?

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.

What benefits do I receive as a member of FMHCA?

There are numerous benefits to joining our organization. Here is a list of just some of the benefits of joining us:

  • Help shape public policy - FMHCA is a powerful advocate for our profession
  • Keep abreast of legislative and rule making efforts through our interactions with the 491 board
  • Receive current legislative alerts on issues in the mental health counseling field
  • Improve your skills and experience by taking advantage of educational opportunities through FMHCA’s continuing education programs
  • Connect with fellow professionals on LinkedIn through our online groups such as the LinkedIn Member Group, Qualified Supervisor Group or Chapter Leadership Groups.
  • Gain valuable access to career and job postings
  • Gain access to malpractice liability insurance at special reduced rates
  • Receive our free monthly newsletter
  • Receive discounts on CE Broker
  • Enjoy reduced fees at FMHCA Conferences

Here for more information on memberships benefits.


I forgot my username and/or password.

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.

Why is it beneficial for me to become an FMHCA member now, while I'm still in school?

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!

Professional Development

How do I find out about the annual conference?

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.


How can I earn CEUs with FMHCA?

You can earn CEUs with FMHCA though our webinars. You can also check our website for other new opportunities to earn CEUs.

Careers, Jobs, Networking, Roles

What Chapter do I belong to?

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. 

What is CACREP? 

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

What is the NCE and the NCMHCE?

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 NCE was first used in 1983, as part of the NCC application process, and continues to undergo regular review and development to ensure it represents the current reality of practice and research in the counseling profession.

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.

Should I take the NCE or the NCMHCE?

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.

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