Graduate Academic Learning Compacts

Year: 2007-2008
College: Education and Human Services
Department: Ldrship, Sch Counsel, Spt Mgmt
Major: Counselor Education
Concentration: Mental Health Counseling

Mission Statement:

The mission of the UNF Master's Program in Mental Health Counseling is to provide comprehensive training for individuals who wish to counsel diverse populations in a variety of mental health settings. This program provides students with an intellectually stimulating and supportive environment which encompasses academic rigor and promotes excellence, ethical and professional integrity, and effective interpersonal communication and therapeutic skills. Curricular experiences include opportunities to explore the life-span, social, and cultural foundations of behavior; practice psychotherapeutic and diagnostic skills; and complete extensive field experiences in order to apply knowledge and skills in professional settings. The Mental Health Counseling program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs and graduates of the program are eligible to apply for licensure as Mental Health Counselors by the Florida Board of Social Work, Marriage and Family and Mental Health Counseling.
Student Learning Outcomes:


To achieve a comprehensive understanding of counseling theories and research.


To apply a variety of counseling skills and intervention techniques needed for the delivery of effective services to individuals, groups, and families and to assist clients in making responsible decisions and in developing skills of self determination.


To demonstrate abilities to integrate and apply counseling knowledge, research and skills in conceptualizing clients' problem areas and strengths and to formulate effective treatment plans.


To serve as responsible and ethical models and mentors to clients as they pursue optimum levels of mental health.

Curriculum Map:

Assessment Approaches:

The Mental Health Counseling graduate program assesses the achievement of each Aforementioned Master of Education outcomes in the following ways: a) administration of the Student Progress Assessments (SPAs) after students complete individual counseling theories and skills courses; practicum and internship evaluations, and b) a content-based exit examination administered prior to graduation. Individualized remediation plans are developed when problem areas are noted for the student on SPAs, practicum and internship evaluations and results of the exit examination.