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The certificate in clinical mental health counseling prepares you for work in a broad range of positions calling for counseling expertise in private and public agencies. It is a bridge program that lets students who already hold master’s degrees in related counseling areas (e.g. school counseling, student affairs counseling, substance abuse counseling) become eligible for licensure as clinical mental health counselors in the State of New York.
This program is not open to holders of the master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling.
The certificate program requires a minimum of 24 credit hours of graduate-level course work and internship. Upon acceptance into the C.A.S. program, a course of study will be determined by counselor education faculty, based on your transcripts. In some cases, based on your transcript, you may need to complete additional coursework in order to qualify to become eligible for licensure. This approach allows the certificate program to be flexible in meeting your needs while at the same time assuring both the student and the Office of the Professions that you have met all licensure requirements.
The State of New York Office of the Professions identifies the following competencies as necessary for mental health licensure:
Typically, graduates of 48-60 credit hour counseling programs have fulfilled requirements 1-8 in their initial master’s degree work. For our C.A.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at SUNY Plattsburgh, a review of each applicant’s master’s degree transcripts (including course syllabi and course descriptions if necessary) will be conducted by department faculty and will establish if each specific competency/requirement has been met. If a curriculum criterion has not been met, it can be remediated by completion of one of SUNY Plattsburgh’s core courses in addition to the certificate course requirements.
Our Advanced Certificate in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is a minimum of a 24 credit hour program with the following curriculum:
Applications for spring matriculation are due by October 15th of each year. Applications for fall matriculation are due by February 15th.
Admission requirements include:
If you would like more information about the certificate in clinical mental health counseling, please contact:
Dr. Beverly Burnell, Program Coordinator
Office: Ward Hall 106C
Phone: (518) 564-4177