Post Graduate License Information
Next Steps: Applying For Licensure
Now that you've graduated, it’s time to apply to the State of Florida as either a Registered Marriage & Family Therapist Intern, a Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern, or both! Here are some important resources. Please read carefully to ensure you complete all steps and requirements.
First, apply for your State Registered Internship status at the state board. The contact information is shown below. Second, request your official letter on Stetson letterhead that verifies you have completed your Practicum and Internship. We will prepare your letter and send it to the state board.
- Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy, and Mental Health Counseling (491 Board)
- Licensing and Registration
Florida Statutes and Administrative Codes
- Chapter 491: 491, Clinical, Counseling, and Psychotherapy Services
- Chapter 456: Health Professions and Occupations: General Provisions
- Chapter 120: Administrative Procedure Act
- Chapter 39: Proceedings Related to Children
- Chapter 90: Evidence Code
- Chapter 394: Mental Health
- Chapter 397: Substance Abuse Services
- Chapter 415: Adult Protective Services
Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.)
- Rules: Chapter 64B4: Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy & Mental Health Counseling
Licensing in States other than Florida
Like in other professions, counseling does not have national reciprocity. It is up to each state to determine the type of requirements needed for becoming a clinical mental health counselor and/or a marriage and family therapist (LMFT). Both of our programs are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation for Counseling and Related Educational Programs, also known as CACREP, aligned with the American Counseling Association. The good news is that Florida's standards are very high and so you should be very well prepared to get certified or licensed in other states. The reverse is not true. People who come to Florida from other states typically must take several courses before earning their credential, especially in clinical mental health counseling. Also, know that we have various alumni from both programs who are fully credentialed in other states, and they have told us that it was not that difficult to obtain those credentials, that they just had to take that state's exam. The one exception may be seeking an LMFT license in states that more closely align with the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education, also known as COAMFTE, an accrediting body and part of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. These states are normally in the western section of the U.S. While we do our best to ensure that our coursework meets all standards in these states, there have been rare occasions where a student was required to take an additional course as part of the licensing process.
If you are moving to another state, please go to the appropriate board for that state for requirements.