Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Graduate: Master's, Advanced Certificate
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 or advanced certificate and help people of all ages.
The Master's 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.
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."
Advanced Certificate in Mental Health Counseling
This course of study (typically, 12-18 credit hours) is for candidates who already have a Master’s degree in counseling, but do not meet the required coursework and experience for the NYS mental health-counseling license (LMHC). In order to qualify for this “Bridge Program,” candidates should have a Master’s degree in school counseling, community agency counseling, college counseling, rehabilitation counseling, and older general counseling degrees.
In most cases, Bridge Program students enter the program having completed graduate level counseling courses in professional issues and ethics, counseling theories, human development, counseling skills, group work, assessment, research and program evaluation, social and cultural issues in counseling, and career development.
If any of these courses have not been completed, a student will be required to take them as part of their Advanced Certificate program. Candidates who have completed Psychopathology and/or Chemical Dependency as part of their Master’s Degree in Counseling may complete their certificate with fewer Advanced Certificate credits.
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.
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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.