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Mental health counselors enjoy well-paying, in-demand jobs where they touch lives every day. With the clinical mental health counseling program, you can become a licensed mental health counselor able to practice in counseling positions both private and public.

Clinical Mental Health Counseling Master’s

In addition to learning the knowledge and skills required to be a community health counselor — with an emphasis on counselor ethics — you’ll also acquire advocacy, case management, social and public policy skills. This Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) accredited program was created in 2006 and is approved by the New York State Education Department as a license-eligible academic program.

What Will I Learn?

  • Learn a combination of theoretical and skill-based approaches to serving clients
  • Work at a professional site and with clients and students through our specialized internships
  • Internships are available in a variety of settings specially chosen to match your degree program
  • Gain relevant work experience while completing your degree requirements
  • Learn in a supervised setting

What is Unique About Our Program?

The program focuses on the preparation of professionals who have the commitment, knowledge, skills, attitudes, values and self-awareness to offer quality counseling services. Can be pursued on a full-time or part-time basis up to the point of internship.

The counseling program faculty recognize and stress:

  1. The importance of a multifaceted approach to the preparation of counselor candidates, emphasizing knowledge and skills about self, processes and content in counseling interactions.
  2. An open stance on counseling approaches rather than providing specialization in any one point of view.
  3. Candidates to become professionals in the broadest sense of the term. This includes preparing candidates to take their places as fully contributing members of the counseling profession and of society as a whole.
  4. The inter-relatedness of the individual, the family and social systems.
  5. Excellence in teaching, supervision of students’ clinical practice and scholarly work and faculty advisement.

What Are My Career Opportunities?

What kind of careers does counselor education prepare you for?

The mental health counseling degree allows you to work effectively in a number of work settings such as:

  • Community mental health clinics
  • Child and family counseling centers
  • Youth intervention programs
  • Adventure-based counseling programs
  • Mental health units in regional medical centers
  • Emergency mental health centers
  • Day treatment programs
  • Community residences
  • Halfway houses
  • Therapeutic communities
  • Probation and corrections
  • In-patient treatment facilities for substance abuse and mental health
  • Community education and prevention programs
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