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The Department of Psychology offers a 60 credit (2 1/2 year) program leading to the Master of Arts (MA) in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and is designed to fulfill the educational needs of those wishing to be licensed as Mental Health Counselors. The Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is registered with New York State as a licensure qualifying program and is accredited by the Masters in Psychology and Counseling Accreditation Council (MPCAC) for the period of August, 2016 through August, 2026.
Mental health counseling is a field within the practice of professional counseling. Mental health counselors work with individuals, families, and groups to address and treat emotional and mental disorders and to promote mental health. The settings in which mental health counselors work are diverse and include the following: hospitals, private and public outpatient facilities, schools, agencies, employee assistance, industrial and organizational settings, advocacy, substance abuse treatment facilities, criminal justice, and private practice.
The core faculty who teach and supervise student progress are concerned about the vicissitudes, the challenges, and the difficulties inherent in the human condition; our curriculum reflects these concerns as well as fulfills New York State requirements for licensure as a mental health counselor.
We continually address cultural and social problems as they emerge and change in our diverse and challenging world. We teach our students to carry out their professional responsibilities in ways that promote social justice. We intend to prepare students to work with children, adolescents, adults, families, groups, and organizations using their highly developed cognitive and affective skills. We believe that counseling professionals ought to have a lifelong learning commitment that will support their continual inquiry into new ways of helping people.