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Mental Health Counseling

A Master of Science Degree in Mental Health Counseling will help you promote good mental health in a range of individuals, from those coping with an emotional life challenge, to those suffering from more serious mental illness. Our multidisciplinary curriculum will train you to serve as a counselor for people of all ages and cultural backgrounds. Coursework is designed to prepare you for the professional licensure exam.

Your practicum and internship experiences will help further develop your counseling skills and hone your expertise as an individual, group, or family counselor. This training and your coursework provide the educational requirements needed for licensure as a mental health counselor in New York State.

Graduates of the program, upon successful completion of the NYS license examination, may find employment in hospitals, mental health clinics, and private practice.

Required Courses - 60 Credits

  • CLD 540 - Theories of Career Counseling 3 cr.
  • CLD 547 - Methods and Tools of Assessment 3 cr.
  • GSC 505 - Research Methodology 3 cr.
  • GSC 584 - Introduction to Theories of Counseling 3 cr.
  • GSC 619 - Group Counseling 3 cr.
  • GSC 784 - Ethics in Counseling 3 cr.
  • PSY 565 - Introduction to Professional Counseling 3 cr.
  • PSY 571 - Human Growth and Development 3 cr.
  • PSY 581 - Interviewing and Counseling 3 cr.
  • PSY 585 - Interviewing & Counseling Practicum 3 cr.
  • PSY 586 - Counseling the Culturally Diverse 3 cr.
  • PSY 588 - Family Process and Therapy I 3 cr..
  • PSY 615 - Psychopathology 3
  • PSY 685 - Differential Diagnosis & Treatment Planning 3 cr.
  • PSY 692 - Family Process and Therapy II 3 cr.
  • PSY 710 - Mental Health Counseling Internship I 3 cr.
  • PSY 711 - Mental Health Counseling Internship II 3 cr.
  • Three Elective Courses 9 cr.

Mental Health Counseling with Concentration in Thanatology - 18 Credits

Students in the Mental Health Counseling Program may apply for the Graduate School's Advanced Certificate in Thanatology if they have satisfactorily completed the following requirements:

  • GSC 584 - Introduction to Theories of Counseling, 3 cr.
  • GSC 692 - Children, Adolescents, Loss and Death, 3 cr.
  • PSY 581 - Interviewing and Counseling,3 cr.
  • GRT 614 - Dying and Death, 3 cr.
  • GRT 615 - Grief, Mourning, and Bereavement, 3 cr.
  • GRT 703 - Field Experience: Internship in Thanatology, 3 cr. *

*Field experience in Thanatology may be incorporated into the Mental Health Counseling Internships upon approval of the faculty.