- Getting Licensed
To get licensed as a Mental Health Counselor in the state of Florida, follow these steps:
- Complete a Master’s degree, including at least 1000 hours of pre-master's supervised clinical practicum and internship and consists of at least 60 credit hours in the 12 required content areas.
- Register with the Florida Board as an MHC Intern. For more information, please click on the following link: http://floridasmentalhealthprofessions.gov/licensing/registered-mental-health-counselor-intern/
- Begin the two-year post-master's supervised experience in mental health counseling. Make sure to use the following guidelines:
- Two years' experience is defined as 1500 direct client contact hours and 100 hours of supervision.
- The hours must be completed over two years, no less than 100 weeks (i.e. they may not be completed in one year, but may be completed in more than 2 years).
- These hours must be completed in a mental health setting where there is a licensed mental health counselor (or the equivalent) on staff.
- Register for and take the National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Examination (NCMHE). More information about the NCMHCE can be found in the NCMHE Handbook.
- From the Board approved CEUs provider, complete (1) an eight-hour Laws and Rules course, (2) a three-hour course on Human Immunodeficiency Virus and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, and (3) a two-hour Domestic Violence course.
- Complete an application for licensure.
Please review the laws and rules to determine eligibility. The laws and rules can be found on our website at http://floridasmentalhealthprofessions.gov/licensing/licensed-mental-health-counselor/ and clicking on “Statutes and Rules”, Mental Health Counseling s. 491.005(4), F.S., and Rule Chapter 64B4, F.A.C.