Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

The Graduate Studies in Counseling program prepares clinical mental health counselors to engage with clients in cultivating and increasing freedom in their lives. The core guiding principles of our graduate program are academic excellence, transformative education, social justice and advocacy, diversity, ethical practice and leadership. We strive to build an inclusive community of learners who value personal and intellectual growth through collaborative relationships among students, faculty, and staff. 

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Emphasizing the core values of multiculturalism and social justice, Rollins' 63-credit hour, CACREP-accredited program provides you the clinical skills, practical experience, and ethical foundation essential for a successful career in counseling.  As a result, you will graduate among the most qualified, sought-after job candidates in the region.

Our program offers:

  • More Rigorous Fieldwork Requirements: In addition to your practicum and internship during your final year, you’ll participate in 100 hours of non-clinical service activities at a mental health agency and engage in 100 hours of social justice advocacy to promote social change.
  • Personalized Attention & Support: Our average professor to student ratio is 1:10, with typical class sizes of 12-15 students. You’ll receive individualized attention from faculty.
  • Multicultural & Social Justice Infusion: The Rollins curriculum infuses multi-cultural counselor education in every course.
  • Shared Learning in a Cohort Model: Our program is a lock-step curriculum, meaning all students on the full-time track take the same courses during the same semester as their peers. This model fosters close and support peer relationships and ongoing shared learning experiences.
  • Unique Capstone Experiences: Rollins students participate in a Master Therapist Series consisting of three all-day learning seminars taught by nationally-recognized experts in their field. Instead of taking a standardized exit exam, you will write a paper on your theory of counseling in your final year.
  • Late Afternoon and Evening Classes: Designed for working adults, most classes are offered one night per week from either 4:00-6:30 or 6:45-9:15 at our beautiful Winter Park campus.

Fall 2016 Application Deadlines:

  • Early Decision: January 15, 2016
  • Regular Decision: March 15, 2016
Click here for application instructions.

Program Length:

3-4 years

Tuition Cost:

Based on 2015-16 tuition rates of $591 per credit hour, the total tuition cost for the program is approximately $36,050.


curriculum

CACREP AccreditationThe Rollins Graduate Studies in Counseling Program offers an interactive, experiential curriculum that meets the highest and most recent CACREP accreditation and state licensure standards. Late afternoon and early evening classes, structured for 12 to 15 students, provide individualized instruction. In accordance with the requirements for licensure as a mental health counselor in the state of Florida, the program requires completion of a 63-semester-hour curriculum which may be completed on a full-time three-year track, a four-year part-time track, or a five-year part-time track (with department approval).

The program is a lock-step curriculum, meaning all students on the full-time track take the same courses during the same semester as their peers. This model fosters close and support peer relationships and ongoing shared learning experiences. The Rollins curriculum infuses multi-cultural counselor education in every course. In addition to your practicum and internship during your final year, you’ll participate in 100 hours of non-clinical service activities at a mental health agency and engage in 100 hours of social justice advocacy to promote social change.

Currently enrolled degree-seeking students of the Rollins Graduate Studies in Counseling Program are also eligible to apply for admission to the Certificate Program in Family and Relationship Therapy.

For course descriptions and additional program information, please visit the Rollins catalog >>

Core Curriculum

CPY 510                 Foundations in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

CPY 515                 Fundamentals of Statistics, Research, and Program Evaluation

CPY 520                 Group Dynamics and Process

CPY 525                 Counseling Theories and Practice

CPY 530                 Theories of Personality

CPY 535                 Career and Lifestyle Development

CPY 538                 Multicultural and Social Justice Counseling

CPY 540                 Advanced Theory and Practice of Group Counseling

CPY 545                 Legal, Professional, and Ethical Issues in Counseling

CPY 550                 Dynamics of Marriage, Relationship, and Family Systems

CPY 555                 Family and Relationship Counseling: Theory and Therapeutic Modalities

CPY 560                 Community Counseling and Crisis Intervention

CPY 565                 Individual/Group Assessment and Treatment Planning

CPY 601                 Human Sexuality: Therapy, Counseling Theory, and Techniques

CPY 602                 Human Growth and Development

CPY 603                 Addictive Disorders

CPY 699                 Master Therapist Series

PSY 551                  Psychopathology: Diagnosis and Assessment of Abnormal Behavior

PSY 660                  Pre-practicum in Mental Health Counseling

PSY 661                  Pre-practicum in Social Justice and Advocacy

PSY 680                  Practicum and Internship I in a Clinical Mental Health Setting

PSY 695                  Internship II in a Clinical Mental Health Setting

Certificate Program in Family and Relationship Therapy

The Certificate Program in Family and Relationship Therapy is designed to provide specialized training and supervision for mental health counseling students and graduates who are interested in gaining further knowledge and skills in working with families and couples from a systemic perspective. The program requirements also prepare certificate holders with the coursework and pre-degree internship experience required for licensure in marriage and family therapy as defined by the Florida Department of Health’s Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy, and Mental Health Counseling (491 Board).

The Certificate Program in Family and Relationship Therapy can be completed concurrently with the master's degree program and requires students to complete 20 semester hours of credit. These include 10 hours of core courses in family and relationship therapy and 10 hours of internship at a site that offers the opportunity to counsel families and couples from a relationship or systemic perspective as described by Florida Statute 491 and Florida Administrative Code 64B4.

Core Curriculum

CPY 550                Dynamics of Marriage, Relationship, and Family Systems*

CPY 555                Family and Relationship Counseling: Theory and Therapeutic Modalities*

CPY 557                Couples and Marriage Therapy: Theory and Techniques

CPY 559                Professional Seminar in Family and Relationship Therapy

PSY 695                 Internship II in a Clinical Mental Health Setting*

*These courses are also part of the core curriculum for the mental health counseling degree program.

faculty

The Rollins Graduate Studies in Counseling Program professors are nationally certified and licensed professional counselors who are committed to providing students with active learning and real-world experience.

CORE FACULTY

Kathryn L. Norsworthy, Ph.D.
Professor of Counseling
B.S., Georgia Southwestern College; Ph.D., University of Minnesota; Post-Doctoral respecialization, University of Georgia; Licensed Psychologist, National Certified Counselor.

Dr. Norsworthy’s clinical specialties include trauma therapy, health/wellness counseling, and family and relationship therapy. Additional areas of research and practice are social justice and transnational feminist applications in international counseling; social change, and peace building in South and Southeast Asia; mindfulness in counseling and counselor education; and LGBTQ+ affirmative counseling and civil rights activism.

Alicia M. Homrich, Ph.D.
Professor of Counseling
B.S., M.S., Florida International University; M.A., Rollins College; Ph.D., University of Georgia
Licensed Psychologist, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, National Certified Counselor.

Dr. Homrich is a 1992 graduate of the counseling program. Her areas of professional interest include group work, solution-focused brief therapy, and family strengths and resiliency. Dr. Homrich’s recent scholarship focus is on gatekeeping in the clinical professions as well as determining standards for students’ personal and professional conduct. She oversees the Certificate in Family and Relationship Therapy program.

Derrick A. Paladino, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Counseling
B.S., M.Ed., Ed.S., University of Florida; Ph.D., University of Arkansas
Licensed Mental Health Counselor, National Certified Counselor.

Throughout his training, Dr. Paladino gained experience in crisis and emergency services, college counseling, addictions, and has worked in community/agency settings with adolescents and adults. His clinical specialties are in crisis/suicide assessment and intervention, college student development, and multiracial identity. Research interests fall in the areas of the multiple heritage population and college student adjustment.

Samuel Sanabria, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Counseling
B.S., M.Ed., Ph.D., University of Florida
Licensed Mental Health Counselor, National Certified Counselor.

Dr. Sanabria completed his doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision at the University of Florida with an emphasis in sexuality and diversity issues. He has extensive experience counseling couples, families, adults, and adolescents regarding sexual and gender identity concerns. His research interests include ethical practices in counseling, moral psychology, human sexuality, and Latino concerns.

Kyle D. Baldwin, Ed.D.
Clinical Practice and Assessment Coordinator; Supporting Professor of Counseling
B.A., University of South Florida; M.A., Rollins College; Ed.D., Argosy University/Sarasota
Licensed Mental Health Counselor, National Certified Counselor.

Dr. Baldwin’s clinical experience includes working in private practice, community mental health agencies, and school settings.  Her clinical interests include Mood and Anxiety Disorders, Career Counseling, and Couples Counseling. Additional areas of interest include Counselor Wellness and Counselor Education and Supervision. Dr. Baldwin graduated from the Graduate Studies in Counseling program in 2002.


SUPPORTING FACULTY

The Graduate Studies in Counseling supporting faculty are adjuncts who have extensive clinical experience in private practice, agency work, supervision, and consultation. As clinical professionals active in the community, they bring specialized expertise to the classroom, supporting the learning experience of mental health counseling students.

Burt Bertram, Ed.D.
Supporting Professor of Counseling
B.S., Florida Atlantic University; M.Ed., Counseling, University of Central Florida; Ed.D., University of Florida
Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.

Dr. Bertram has been in private practice in the Orlando area for 35 years and supporting professor at Rollins since 1994. His professional efforts focus on assisting individuals, couples, families and workgroups to productively identify, understand, and address the issues that are affecting their lives. He is co-author of The Counselor and the Law. Dr. Bertram teaches a range of courses, including the family and relationship therapy series, ethics, and skills courses.

Michelle Rivera-Clonch, Ph.D.
Supporting Professor of Counseling
B.A., University of Central Florida; M.A. Rollins College; M.A., Ph.D. Pacifica Graduate Institute
Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, National Certified Counselor

Dr. Rivera-Clonch comes to Rollins from Antioch College in Yellow Springs, OH where she was Assistant Professor of Psychology. Her research interests include anti-psychological colonization practices, women’s grassroots leadership training models, and peace and conflict resolution praxes.  As a practitioner, she worked in Central Florida community agencies, served as Assistant Director of Rollins CAPS, and maintained a small private practice.

Judy Galloway, Ed.D.
Supporting Professor of Counseling
B.A. and M.A., University of West Florida; Ed.D., University of Sarasota
Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Dr. Galloway has been teaching at Rollins intermittently since 2002. She has taught a range of courses, including Psychopathology, Practicum, Theories of Personality, Human Growth and Development, Community Counseling and Crisis Intervention, and Dynamics of Marriage, Relationship, and Family Systems.  Her special professional interests include couples therapy, adolescents, grief, college counseling, personality disorders, and teaching!

Karen F. Griner, Ph.D.                                                                                                      
Supporting Professor of Counseling
B.S., Florida Southern College; M.A., Rollins College; Ph.D., The George Washington University
Licensed Mental Health Counselor, National Certified Counselor.

Dr. Griner is a 2000 graduate of the counseling program. Her areas of professional interest include interpersonal trauma and resiliency, vicarious trauma and compassion fatigue, and adoption. Dr. Griner’s scholarship focus is on integrating personal counseling with career counseling, and the field of compassion fatigue. She serves as the Faculty Advisor to the Graduate Student Committee with the American Mental Health Counselors Association.

Anthony J. Schefstad, Ph.D.
Supporting Professor of Counseling
B.A., M.A., Rollins College; M.S.W., Ph.D., University of Maryland
Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Dr. Schefstad has been an adjunct faculty member for Rollins College since 2000. He has provided direct clinical services and administration for not-for-profit community-based programs in addictions, mental health, foster care, employee assistance, homelessness, and trauma since 1984. He teaches Addictive Disorders, Group Dynamics and Process, and Practicum and Internship. Dr. Schefstad is in private practice in Altamonte Springs, Florida.

Tiffany Schiffner, Ph.D.
Supporting Professor of Counseling
B.A., DePauw University; M.A., & Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
Licensed Psychologist in Florida and North Carolina

Dr. Tiffany Schiffner has been an adjunct faculty member for Rollins since 2012. Clinically, Dr. Schiffner is a generalist and her interest areas include clinical training and supervision, multicultural counseling, Latina/o mental health in counseling, complementary and alternative medicine in psychology, and clinical hypnosis. She has worked at several settings such as academia, counseling centers, and private practice.

Valorie Thomas, Ph.D.
Supporting Professor of Counseling
B.A., M.A., University of Central Florida; Ed.S., Ph.D. University of Florida
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Licensed Mental Health Counselor, National Certified Counselor

Dr. Valorie Thomas has been a supporting faculty member for Rollins since 2001. She gained her clinical experience in managed mental health care where she utilized solution-focused brief therapy emphasizing client strengths. Her interests include counselor education and supervision, legal, ethical, and best practice issues in counseling, group work, and infertility and early pregnancy loss. She has co-authored Sexuality Counseling: An Integrative Approach.

careers

After receiving their degrees, most graduates follow Florida state procedures and register as a counseling intern and complete the 3,000 hours of supervised clinical experience required to be licensed as a Florida Mental Health Counselor.* During this time period, counseling interns may work in a variety of mental health settings, but may not practice on their own without an approved supervisor in that practice.

The following are examples of employers and settings for licensed and license-eligible graduates:

  • Managed care organizations
  • Hospice
  • Mental health centers/agencies
  • Day treatment programs
  • Inpatient treatment programs
  • Partial hospital hospitalization programs
  • Outpatient programs of psychiatric and mental facilities
  • Juvenile justice residential programs
  • School-based mental health programs for children and families
  • Family counseling centers
  • Church-based counseling centers
  • Addictions treatment facilities – inpatient, day, outpatient, school-based
  • Medical hospitals for terminal illness
  • Wellness centers and programs
  • Home-based counseling programs
  • EAPs (Employee Assistance Programs)
  • Alternative schools (BETA, PACE, etc.)
  • Specialized centers – e.g., centers for grieving families, people with HIV
  • College counseling centers
  • Rape and abuse centers and shelters
  • Residential treatment programs for children and adolescents
  • Private or group practices
  • Practice within physicians’ offices, part of team
  • Victim advocacy programs

Additional sources of employment for graduates not pursuing licensure:

  • Human resources – working in profit and nonprofit organizations
  • Consultation
  • Mediation
  • Communications training, conflict management (either by freelancing or within a corporation)
  • Teacher in community colleges, some four-year colleges

Hear more from our current students and alumni in the 2015 issue of the MAC Today newsletter.

*In 2015, there were 24 graduates of Rollins College’s Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program. Approximately 69% of admitted students graduate from the program in the expected time period (3-5 years). Of alumni responding to our survey (which includes those who sought a career in the mental health field and those who did not) 67% of those graduating between 2000 – 2010 reported that they are licensed (after having completed the two year post-graduation supervised clinical experience requirement). Those who chose alternatives to licensure report careers as teachers, academic advisors, school counselors, and case managers. Of those graduates who actively sought jobs in the counseling field, 99% found in-field employment after graduation.

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