Mental Health Counseling, MS

Graduate Program Information

Pleasantville Campus

This 60-credit program in Mental Health Counseling provides students with a strong foundation in clinical counseling and specialized knowledge in groundbreaking research and prepares graduates to become licensed practitioners in mental health counseling with specialties and emphases on areas ranging from loss and grief counseling, substance abuse, post-traumatic stress and resilience, and positive psychology. The curriculum emphasizes hands-on skills development using role-playing and group exercise, as well as interview techniques, research methods, and internships.

Graduates of this program are eligible for New York State certification in mental health counseling and are prepared for a variety of professional counseling positions as well as advanced training in specific theoretical approaches and training at the doctoral level.

This program also provides the foundational credits for students considering careers in higher education advisement or who might wish to move on to a doctoral program.

Prerequisites:
Admission requirements include a Bachelor’s degree in psychology or a related field. Applicants who haven’t completed such a major may be required to complete General Psychology and Social Psychology prior to beginning graduate study.

Graduate Program Curriculum (60 Credits)

Required Fourteen (14) Core Courses (42 Credits)

PSY 630Helping Relationships: Counseling Theories and Techniques I

3 credits

PSY 631Helping Relationships: Counseling Theories and Techniques II

3 credits

PSY 652Human Growth and Development

3 credits

PSY 658Group Dynamics

3 credits

PSY 672Psychopathology and Personality Disorders

3 credits

PSY 674Integrating Seminar: Professional Orientation and Ethics

3 credits

PSY 675Field Experience: Internship I

3 credits

PSY 676Field Experience in Counseling: Internship II

3 credits

PSY 687Foundations of Mental Health Counseling and Consultation

3 credits

PSY 677Research and Program Evaluation

3 credits

PSY 678Career and Lifestyle Development

3 credits

PSY 679Marriage and Family Systems and Counseling: Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse and Maltreatment

3 credits

PSY 685Social and Cultural Foundations of Counseling

3 credits

PSY 686Appraisal and Assessment of Individuals, Couples, Families, and Groups

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:42

Any Nine (9) Elective Courses (18 Credits)

PSY 638Positive Psychology and Psychotherapy

3 credits

PSY 651WSpecial Topics in Psychology: Couples Counseling

3 credits

PSY 606Clinical Work with Adolescents

3 credits

PSY 693Research Seminar in Mental Health Counseling

3 credits

PSY 651VSpecial Topics in Psychology: Pharmacology

3 credits

PSY 664Building your Ideal Private Practice

3 credits

PSY 650JTopic: Spiritual Issues in Counseling

3 credits

PSY 651JTopic: Post Traumatic Stress and Counseling

3 credits

PSY 651PSpecial Topic: Mental Health: Principles and Practices of Emotional Well-being

3 credits

PSY 632Orientation to Addiction: Etiology, Screening, Treatment

3 credits

PSY 661Grief Counseling

3 credits

PSY 662Loss and Bereavement Counseling Across the Life Span

3 credits

PSY 651MSpecial Topic: Domestic Violence: Intimate Partner Abuse

3 credits

PSY 623Social Psychology

3 credits

PSY 651GTopic: Psychology of Expressive Therapies: Healing Through Music, Art, Movement, and Film

3 credits

PSY 690Counseling 2.0:Counseling in the Digital Age

3 credits

PSY 689Psychological Resilience

3 credits

PSY 651CIssues in Child Psychotherapy

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:18

Total Credits: 60

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