Department of Counseling

Be the light that helps improve lives 

Logo graphic from cacrepOur CACREP-accredited, standards-based graduate counseling programs prepare students to take on society’s big issues and improve quality of life for individuals and communities.

With strong demand for clinical mental health counselors and school counselors in every community, our students have the opportunity to make a widespread impact. Because the calling is so vital, we prepare our graduate students with a high degree of counseling competence, technological skills, and a minimum of 8700 hours of field experience addressing issues like autism, depression, cyberbullying and substance abuse in local facilities — and soon in our on-campus Marriage and Family Counseling Clinic (scheduled to open in 2019).

Your clinical and field experiences will help you identify a need in the community that is going unmet. As your capstone project — known as the Closing the Gap project — you’ll meet that need, giving you the self-driven leadership skills required to shine as your career progresses. Our cohort-based model, in addition to our passionate faculty, will give you the support you need to remain balanced as you move through this challenging and rewarding program. Because our students are so well prepared, 100% are employed within three months of earning their degree. 

Learn about our programs

  CLINICAL MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING M.A.  SCHOOL COUNSELING M.A.

 


Post-Master's Certificates

Enhance your professional qualifications with one of our three programs 

Transition to Mental Health Counseling CertificateTRANSITION TO SCHOOL COUNSELINGRELATIONSHIP AND FAMILY COUNSELING

  • Certificate overview

 Meet our team


Gain greater career flexibility with our dual majors

Earn a single master's degree with both the Clinical Mental Health Counseling major and the School Counseling major by meeting initial admissions requirements of both programs. You may elect the dual major any time prior to the receiving your M.A.

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  • More information on dual majors

Department of Counseling Recent News

Florida Gulf Coast University is expanding access to mental and behavioral healthcare for underserved populations in Southwest Florida. The university officially broke ground on its Student and Community Counseling Center. 

Advising

Counseling students progress through the program as a cohort established each fall. Every student is provided with a plan of study that specifies their course sequence and when each course will be completed. These are signed by the student and a program advisor, and copies are maintained in the student's file.

All courses are offered in sequence and most are available once per year. Students whose lives force change or interruptions from the program schedule or plan of study to which they have committed are required to work with an advisor to revise their plan of study. This revised plan of study must be signed by the student and a program advisor. Students are assigned an faculty advisor i teh department upon admission.

  • All students must apply to graduate early in the term in which they plan to graduate and are responsible for monitoring the application. Students must be registered for at least one course during their graduation semester. 
  • All students must complete a comprehensive exit exam during the fall of their final year. 
  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling graduates are eligible to apply for registered intern status upon graduation and identification of a post-graduate supervisor.  For more information contact the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling. 

Counseling Student Handbook

Find information about policies, procedures and expectations. Students are required to use the handbook and periodically review it for updates.

Student Handbook

Field Experience

Counseling students will be required to obtain field experience through out their degree.

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Department of Counseling

Merwin Hall
10501 FGCU Boulevard South
Fort Myers, Florida 33965

239-745-4273

800-590-3428