To become a registered mental health counselor intern in Florida you must have:
- A minimum of an earned master’s degree from a mental health counseling program or a program in a closely related field that is CACREP and/or REGIONALLY ACCREDITED
- For graduates of a CACREP mental health counseling program, you will need to complete a 3 semester or 4 quarter hour course in (1) human sexuality and (2) substance abuse. For graduates of a non-CACREP mental health counseling program or a program in a closely related field, you will need to complete 60 semester or 80 quarter hours of graduate level coursework to include 3 semester or 4 quarter hours of the following course content areas: (1) Counseling theories and practice, (2) Human growth and development, (3) Psychopathology, (4) Human sexuality, (5) Group theories, (6) Individual evaluation and assessment, (7) Career and lifestyle assessment, (8) Research, (9) Social and cultural foundations, (10) Counseling in community settings, (11) Substance abuse and (12) Legal, ethical and professional standards
- Completed a practicum. For graduates of a CACREP mental health counseling program, the letter must indicate you met the required CACREP practicum hours. For graduates of a non-CACREP mental health counseling program or a program in a closely related field, the letter should indicate you met a minimum of a 1000 hour university-sponsored clinical practicum
- Obtained a mental health counselor qualified supervisor
You may become a registered intern having met 7 of the 12 course content areas if one of the 7 courses was in psychopathology. If you do not meet the practicum requirement, the hours may be obtained as a registered intern. Any remaining courses and practicum hours must be met prior to obtaining exam approval and licensure.
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