Mental Health Counseling Program New York
Mental health counselors work alongside psychiatrists, psychologists, and social workers to provide counseling services to people from all walks of life.
Our 60-credit MS program lays the groundwork for aspiring mental health counselors to begin work in a highly competitive and rewarding field in service of patients and clients in need of help.
Mental health counselors provide sensitive and structured support to clients in areas such as substance abuse counseling, career counseling, marriage counseling and family counseling. An MHC degree will get you started.
Course of Study
The curriculum includes a 700-hour clinical internship and wide-ranging courses that cover research analysis, ethical issues, crisis intervention, and the psychology of aging. Most students complete the program in three years.
Courses are offered on weekday evenings and during the day on Sundays.
After sucessfully completing the 60-credit program, graduates who wish to apply for licensure as Mental Health Counselors in New York State must secure placement for 3, 000 post- Master’s hours of training and, upon completion of these post-Master’s hours, must pass the National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Examination (NCMHCE).
We encourage interested candidates to carefully review the New York State Education Department (NYSED) regulations governing licensure, available online through the NYSED’s Office of the Professions.
Students who wish to practice Mental Health Counseling outside of New York State should familiarize themselves with the requirements of those venues. Some states may require additional coursework and may impose alternative or additional requirements. Please also visit the National Board of Certified Counselors for information on different national counselor education certification options.