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The new clinical mental health counseling program (CMHC) is a 60 credit-hour master's degree program begun in January 2006. The clinical mental health counseling program has been approved by the New York State Education Department as a "license eligible" academic program, one that satisfies the state's educational requirements leading toward professional licensure as a mental health counselor. The clinical mental health counseling clinical training program emphasizes the knowledge, skills, ethical, and professional orientation to community mental health field, and assessment, how to use the DSM-IV-TR, write psychosocial histories and treatment plans, and how to evaluate the effectiveness of community mental health programs and services. Professional counselor ethics and multicultural competencies are emphasized. Moreover, advocacy, case management, and social and public policy skills acquisition are addressed.
Upon graduation from the M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program, graduates are:
Upon becoming licensed as a mental health counselor, one can engage in public or private practice, work as a clinician or clinical supervisor in community mental health programs, and in regional and state mental health services, and work as an agency or independent mental health consultant.
This 60 semester credit M.S. degree includes clinical and specialty courses, as well as the counseling core curriculum. The program can be pursued on a full-time or part-time basis, up to the point of internship when a full-time commitment is generally required. A 900 hour internship in a Clinical Mental Health Counseling setting is required.
This program requires the applicant to have twelve undergraduate credits in psychology, human services, education, or closely related areas with specific course work in research, social and cultural foundations, human development across the life span, statistics, and computers. Each program applicant will be evaluated individually to determine which undergraduate course work may be credited toward these prerequisites.
Upon acceptance into the clinical mental health counseling program, each student is assigned an advisor who guides the student in selecting courses to fit the student's program. Courses in the counseling programs are planned to give a balanced selection of academic and experiential education and to encourage each student to achieve maximum professional competence. Academic and professional development evaluations are made of all students each semester to ensure ongoing professional growth.
For more information about the clinical mental health counseling program please contact
Dr. David Stone, Coordinator
Office: Ward Hall 104A
Phone: (518) 564-4178