College of Staten Island

Graduate Catalog 2013-2014

Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling (MA)

Program Coordinator: Professor Judith Kuppersmith

Building 4S, Room 106

Telephone: 718.982.4185 or 718.982.4186

Email: MHC@csi.cuny.edu

The Department of Psychology offers a 60 credit (2 1/2 year) program leading to the Master of Arts (MA) in Mental Health Counseling and is designed to fulfill the educational needs of those wishing to be licensed as Mental Health Counselors. The program is registered with New York State as a licensure qualifying program and is based on the model recommended by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP). The program is competitive and only a small number of students are accepted to the program each fall. The curriculum is composed of 16 courses as well as one (1) practicum and three (3) internship courses (for a total of 700 hours of fieldwork experience). There is a weekly Pro-Seminar for first year students, and comprehensive examinations after the second year of classes. Through this demanding program of academic coursework and clinical internship training, students learn how to apply mental health approaches to contemporary practice, assessment, and treatment. Upon completion of the program students satisfy the educational requirements for licensure. After graduation and 3,000 hours of supervised experience under a limited-permit in an appropriate workplace setting applicants will be eligible to sit for a state exam in order to become a licensed mental health counselor. Under New York State Education Law Article 163, the practice of mental health counseling includes:

  • the evaluation, assessment, amelioration, treatment, modification, or adjustment to a disability, problem, or disorder of behavior, character, development, emotion, personality or relationships by the use of verbal or behavioral methods with individuals, couples, families, groups, in private practice, or organized settings; and
  • the use of assessment instruments and mental health counseling and psychotherapy to identify, evaluate and treat dysfunctions and disorders for purposes of providing appropriate mental health counseling services.

Mental Health Counseling Admission Requirements

Applicants to the program are expected to have a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree from an accredited institution with a 3.0 undergraduate average, a minimum of 15-19 undergraduate credits in the following areas of psychology:

  • General or Introductory
  • Child or Adolescent or Developmental
  • Psychopathology or Abnormal
  • Personality Theory
  • Methods in Psychology or Experimental Psychology and possibly Statistics for the Social Sciences.

Applicants must also submit a one- to two-page statement of intent detailing interest in the field, background information, academic and related experience, field placements, and the reasons that led the student to choose this field of study; and two letters of recommendation. At least one letter must be from a former professor . If invited, students participate in an on-site interview and complete a writing sample.

The priority deadline for receipt of applications for admission for the fall semester is March 10. Applications are accepted only for the fall term. There are no admissions for the spring term. The department admissions committee will give full consideration to applications received after these respective dates, space permitting.

Clinical Mental Health Counseling Degree Requirements

The curriculum is composed of 16 required courses as well as one practicum and three internship courses.

PSY 701

Foundations of Mental Health Counseling

PSY 702

Psychopathology

PSY 703

Developmental/Lifespan Psychology

PSY 710

Assessment in Counseling

PSY 721

Cognitive/Behavioral and Behavioral Approaches to Counseling

PSY 722

Theories of Psychodynamic, Humanistic/Existential and Experiential Approaches to Counseling

PSY 739

Clinical Instruction

PSY 740

Mental Health Counseling Practicum

PSY 711

Ethics/Child Abuse for Counselors

PSY 712

Social/Cultural Foundations of Counseling

PSY 725

Group Theory and Practice

PSY 781

Mental Health Counseling Internship I

PSY 723

Advanced Multicultural Counseling

PSY 731

Research and Program Evaluation Methods in Mental Health Counseling

PSY 732

Assessment and Counseling Strategies with Couples and Families

PSY 782

Mental Health Counseling Internship II

PSY 745

Career Development

PSY 783

Mental Health Counseling Internship III

Choose Two Classes from the List Below (6 credits)

PSY 724

Immigrant/Family Counseling

PSY 741

Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counseling

PSY 744

Counseling and Grief and Loss

ASD/EDP 701

Autism Spectrum Disorders: Contemporary Issues

ASD/EDP 702

Treatment Approaches, Applications, and Methods for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) – Part 1

ASD/EDP 703

Treatment Approaches, Applications, and Methods for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) – Part 2 (Advanced Topics)

ASD/EDP 704

Contemporary Approaches to Assessment and Intervention of Speech, Language, and Communication Development in Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders

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Graduate Catalog 2013-2014

Message from the President

About the College

Admissions

Registrar

Tuition and Fees

Financial Aid

Academic Policies and Procedures

Academic Services/Student Services

Graduate Degrees and Certificate Programs

CUNY Doctoral Degree Programs

Graduate Programs, Disciplines, and Course Offerings

Master of Science in Accounting (MS)

Autism Spectrum Disorders Advanced Certificate

Master of Science in Biology (MS)

Master of Science in Business Management (MS)

Master of Arts in Cinema and Media Studies (MA)

Master of Science in Computer Science (MS)

Graduate Programs in Education

Master of Arts in English (MA)

Master of Science in Environmental Science (MS)

Master of Arts in History (MA)

Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MA)

Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling (MA)

Master of Science in Neuroscience, Mental Retardation, and Developmental Disabilities (MS)

Graduate Programs in Nursing

Master of Science Degree Programs

Advanced Certificate Programs

Nursing Courses

Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT)

Program Overview

Accreditation Status

Program Goals

Graduation, Enrollment, Licensure Pass Rates

Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) Admission, Application, Progression and Retention Requirements

Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) Degree Requirements

Physical Therapy Courses

PHT 70100 Clinical Anatomy

PHT 70200 Medical Terminology

PHT 70300 Foundations of Patient Care

PHT 70400 Introduction to Physical Therapy Practice & Ethics

PHT 70500 Upper Extremity Kinesiology & Assessment

PHT 70600 Psychosocial Aspects of Clinical Practice

PHT 71000 Research Design

PHT 72000 Human Physiology and Exercise Physiology

PHT 73000 Structure and Function of the Nervous System

PHT 74000 PT Interventions and Preventions

PHT 75000 Physical Modalities - Clinical Decision Making and Application

PHT 76000 Lower Extremity Kinesiology & Assessment

PHT 77000 Directed Research I

PHT 78000 Clinical Medicine for PT

PHT 79500 Integumentary System: Assessment & Intervention

PHT 80000 Introduction to Musculoskeletal Examination

PHT 80100 Pulmonary Evaluation and Interventions

PHT 80200 Clinical Education: Education Theories

PHT 80300 Differential Diagnosis & Intervention in Clinical Orthopedics

PHT 80400 Introduction to Neurological PT

PHT 80500 Musculoskeletal Examination I

PHT 80600 Clinical Affiliation I

PHT 80700 Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation

PHT 80800 Differential Diagnosis in Neurological Evaluation

PHT 80900 Directed Research II

PHT 81000 Neurological Interventions I

PHT 81100 Cardiac Rehabilitation

PHT 82000 Clinical Orthopedics II/Radiology and Imaging

PHT 83000 Orthotics & Prosthetics

PHT 84000 Differential Diagnosis & Intervention in Clinical Neurology

PHT 85000 Musculoskeletal Examination II

PHT 86000 Directed Research III

PHT 87000 Health Promotion through the Life Span

PHT 87200 Topics in PT

PHT 88000 Neurological Interventions II

PHT 88100 Seminar on Organization and Management

PHT 88200 Pediatric Development and Assessment

PHT 88300 Pharmacology and Systems Review

PHT 88400 Musculoskeletal Examination III

PHT 88500 Electroneuromyography and Motion Analysis

PHT 88600 Clinical Affiliation II

PHT 88700 Clinical Decision Making

PHT 88800 Directed Research IV

PHT 88950 Clinical Affiliation III

PHT 89000 Clinical Affiliation IV

PHT 90000 Directed Research V

Clinical Affiliations

Program FAQS

Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT)

Topics Courses and Independent Study

Graduate Courses in Selected Disciplines

American Studies Courses

Art Courses

Biology Courses

Computer Science Courses

Dramatic Arts Courses

Environmental Science Courses

Geography Courses

History Courses

Mathematics Courses

Political Science Courses

Science Courses

Appendix

Travel Information

Index