College of Staten Island

Graduate Catalog 2012-2013

Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling

Program Coordinator: Professor Judith Kuppersmith

Building 4S, Room 106

Telephone: 718.982.4185 or 718.982.4186


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 the 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


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


Autism Spectrum Disorders: Contemporary Issues


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


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


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

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Graduate Catalog 2012-2013

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About the College



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Master of Science in Accounting (MS)

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Master of Science in Business Management (MS)

Master of Arts in Cinema and Media Studies (MA)

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Graduate Programs in Education

Master of Arts in English (MA)

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Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling

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Nursing Courses

BIO 670 Pathophysiological Concepts in Health and Illness

NRS 682 Advanced Pharmacology (Effective Fall 2009)

NRS 700 Transcultural Concepts and Issues in Health Care

NRS 701 Theoretical Foundations for Advanced Practice Nursing

NRS 702 Advanced Health Assessment

NRS 703 Teaching and Learning for Cultural Competence Development

NRS 704 Cultural Competence in HealthCare: Project Development

NRS 705 Health Organizations, Policy, Financing, and Ethics

NRS 706 Applied Statistical Thinking and Methods in Health Research (Effective Fall 2009)

NRS 711 Health Care Program Development

NRS 712 Nurse as Educator

NRS 720 Advanced Practice Nursing with Adults in Community Settings (Effective Fall 2009)

NRS 721 Role Practicum: Adults in Community Settings

NRS 722 Advanced Practice Nursing with Adults in Acute Care Settings (Effective Fall 2009)

NRS 723 Role Practicum: Adults in Acute Care Settings (Effective Fall 2009)

NRS 724 Case Management for Advanced Practice Nursing

NRS 725 Primary Health Care with Young and Middle-aged Adults (Effective Fall 2009)

NRS 726 Primary Health Care with Older Adults

NRS 727 Role Practicum: Primary Health Care I (Effective Fall 2009)

NRS 728 Role Practicum: Primary Health Care II (Effective Fall 2009)

NRS 730 Nursing Research for Advanced Practice Nurses

NRS 750 Curriculum in Nursing

NRS 754 Evaluation in Nursing Education

NRS 755 Application of Leadership Models in Professional Practice

NRS 758 Teaching and Learning in Nursing Education

NRS 760 Practicum in Nursing Education

NRS 799 Thesis Option (Effective Fall 2009)

Physical Therapy Department

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