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Department of Counseling

Department of Counseling



Welcome to the Department of Counseling

CACREP LogoThe Counseling Department offers two programs that are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP): an MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and an MA in School Counseling. Our School Counseling programs are additionally approved by the state of Florida DOE for initial and added certification and are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation, CAEP (formerly the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education or NCATE.)

The Counseling Programs at FGCU have a long history of graduates in Southwest Florida dating back to 1991 through the USF at Fort Myers branch campus. In these last two decades at FGCU, the program has grown and evolved to meet local and national needs and practices and has always provided its graduates with high levels of skill, professionalism, and integrity. Our Southwest Florida community has many opportunities to serve its children, adults and families in its schools, community agencies, advocacy groups, health care, and other providers of support and clinical services. Our faculty, have varying expertise areas, research interests, and backgrounds as school and mental health counselors and often bring their professional experiences and research interests to the classroom to ensure that we create an engaging and realistic learning environment.

The FGCU MA program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling fully prepares students to be eligible for registered intern status on the way to licensure as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Florida. Graduates from this program work in community agencies, mental health settings, and private practices after graduation and most seek and achieve licensure.

Our MA program in School Counseling provides students the opportunity to become certified educators in School Counseling (PK-12). Students who do not have prior teacher certification or educator preparation are required to enroll in two courses to meet state certification requirements as part of their plan of study. The program prepares school counseling leaders who can design, deliver and evaluation curriculum and programming in academic, career, and personal/social development according to American School Counselor Association's National Model and other key educational standards.

As of Fall of 2016, students may elect to earn their MA degree in both specialty areas by applying for a dual major. These students will meet all requirements for both mental health counseling licensure and school counseling certification. Students take all common and specialty courses required for both programs and it will typically add a year or more to degree completion.

Finally, the department has been adding post-master’s certificates to its curriculum array, currently there are three opportunities for people who already have a master’s degree in counseling to gain the competencies and field experiences required to be licensed (mental health) or certified (school) in a new specialty area. The most recent addition is a 12 credit post-master’s certificate in Relationship and Family Counseling.

We welcome your interest in our counseling programs and hope you will contact me or Dr. Abbe Finn (Clinical Mental Health Program Director; or Dr. Russ Sabella (School Counseling Program Director, to discuss your interests and goals.

On behalf of the Counseling faculty, go Eagles,

Dr. Madelyn Isaacs
Department Chair