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Discover our Master’s in Mental Health Counseling (MHC) program, designed to meet the mental health needs of a diverse client population.  Join our esteemed faculty and dedicated cohort, where award-winning scholars and practitioners guide your training and development using the scientist-practitioner approach.  As an MHC graduate, you will have access to a range of professional opportunities, from private clinical practices to community organizations, hospitals, and government-based service settings.  Immerse yourself in a culturally responsive, research-informed, and ethically grounded learning environment, integrating theory, research, and skills derived from our science-based education. Start your journey toward a rewarding career in Mental Health Counseling today at the University of Miami.

Accreditation and Admissions Update
Here is an update on program accreditation and Fall 2024 admission:

  1. We completed a site visit from the Masters in Psychology and Counseling Accreditation Council (MPCAC) on January 23. The visit was very congenial and positive. We expect a written evaluation from the site visitors sometime in February.
  2. This means that we have taken another step toward the accreditation of the MHC program. Although there are no guarantees, the pathway looks clear for the accreditation of the program during 2024.
  3. The ability to apply for a Mental Health Counseling license is contingent on the MHC program being accredited before July 2025. We believe that we are on track to meet that deadline, but we cannot guarantee that.
  4. Given the positivity of the site visit and the manageability of the areas the site visitors suggest we improve, we will proceed with Fall 2024 admissions in the coming weeks.
  5. Feel free to email Dr. Fowers if you have questions or concerns about this.


To nurture the development of mental health counseling graduate students and faculty as reflective practitioners committed to promoting psychological well-being in a multiculturally complex world based on an integration of theory, clinical skills, and science-based training.

Student Learning Outcomes

Objective 1. Knowledge and Application of DSM-5-TR: Students will demonstrate in-depth understanding of the DSM-5-TR criteria for diagnosing mental disorders. They will be proficient in identifying clinical symptoms and providing corresponding diagnoses in alignment with DSM-5-TR guidelines.

Objective 2. Cultural Responsiveness: Students will display cultural humility, responsiveness, and sensitivity in all aspects of their work as counselors-in-training, including (but not limited to) cultural and individual differences related to age, race, ethnicity, language, national origin, culture, religion/spirituality, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, social class, disability, and geographic background. This responsiveness will be integrated into all aspects of students’ interactions and work.

Objective 3. Comprehensive Case Conceptualizations and Treatment Plans: Students will develop the competence to create theoretically based, comprehensive case conceptualizations and treatment plans that are individualized to each client's unique needs and circumstances.

Objective 4. Competent Providers of Treatment: Students will become proficient in implementing evidence-based treatments. They will skillfully integrate assessment, case conceptualization, and treatment planning to provide holistic and effective therapy services.

Objective 5. Ethical Practice: Students will exhibit an in-depth understanding and adherence to the ethical guidelines governing the practice of mental health counseling, showcasing professionalism and integrity in all aspects of their practice.