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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. 


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)

Degree requirements include 16 required core courses and four elective courses (from one of three elective tracks). Close advisement from the department advisor is necessary for this program because courses typically require completion of prerequisite courses in a strict specified order and additionally require passing grades of "B" or better and  department approval.   

Sixteen (16) Core Courses (48 Credits)

Students take all of the following PSY 600-level courses.

PSY 630Helping Relationships: Counseling Theories and Techniques I

3 credits

PSY 631Helping Relationships: Counseling Theories and Techniques II

3 credits

PSY 632Orientation to Addiction: Etiology, Screening, Treatment

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

PSY 694Practicum in Mental Health Counseling

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:48

One of Three Elective Tracks (12 Credits)

 Students choose one of three elective tracks (12 credits):

 General Track:

 Four PSY 600-level electives with assistance of of department advisor:

 PSY ____

 PSY ____

 PSY ____

 PSY ____


 Trauma and Loss Track:

 PSY 601  Death, Meaning & Counseling

 PSY 613  Current Perspectives on PTSD Counseling

 PSY 614  Current Perspectives on Grief Counseling

 PSY 622  Trauma & Loss: Empirical Perspectives


 Substance Abuse Track:

 PSY 640  Addiction Counseling I: Individual & Group

 PSY 641  Addiction Counseling II: Family & Group

 PSY 654  Appraisal: Advisement, Reporting & Treatment

 PSY 670  Case Management in Treating Addictions


Total Credit Hours:12

Total Credits: 60

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