Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Licensed mental health counselors make a difference in the lives of others along with social workers, psychologists and psychiatrists. Careers include work in mental health programs, substance abuse treatment, veteran’s affairs, college counseling centers, youth support programs and private practice. Pursue a master's degree and help people of all ages.
The program is designed to meet the requirements of the New York State License in Mental Health Counseling. You will share a group of core counseling courses with the School Counseling Program and obtain the foundational knowledge that all counselors need. Study substance abuse counseling, rehabilitation counseling for those with disabilities, or complete a combination program of Clinical Mental Health and School Counseling.
You will develop practical clinical skills through lab-based courses, and field experiences, which include an internship. At the end of the program you will have completed all academic requirements for the New York State “limited permit."
The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) accredits both the School and Clinical Mental Health Counseling Programs. CACREP accreditation offers greater recognition of quality professional preparation within the “job market," as well as educational opportunities beyond a master’s degree. Students are also provided with greater reciprocity for state/territory certifications and license beyond New York State.
Both programs provide a common core, and allows students to specialize in school counseling or mental health counseling with further specialization possible in substance abuse counseling or rehabilitation counseling. With some extra coursework, students may meet the requirements of both programs. Please contact your advisor if you have any questions.
Accredited by CACREP – the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs – for maximum degree portability and increased job opportunities with veteran and government agencies.
The Department of Counseling and Human Services is proud to offer professional development seminars that highlight areas of practice within the counseling profession. These seminars are usually scheduled during the fall semester and offer a practical and relevant professional development experience for graduate students, as well as professionals in the field of counseling in WNY.