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Master of Science in Education Clinical Mental Health Counseling


Course Description

The Master of Science in Education Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is a 60 credit program intended to prepare licensed professional counselors to address the clinical needs of children, adolescents and adults in a variety of mental health and community settings. The College of Saint Rose also offers a Certificate of Advanced Study in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.

Students entering the MS program are trained in providing psychotherapy to individuals, families and groups from diverse backgrounds. An emphasis is placed on the application of theory to direct practice.

The MS program is registered as meeting the academic and internship requirements for licensure as a Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in New York State.

The Mental Health Counseling (Community) program is intended to prepare licensed professional counselors to address the clinical needs of children, adolescents and adults in a variety of mental health and community settings. Competencies in working with individuals, groups, families, organizations and communities are developed through a combination of course work in theory, application, and internship experiences. Coursework introduces students to current theory and research in counseling across the life span, as well as a variety of psychological disorders.

Students develop competence in mental health counseling approaches through course work in mental health counseling interventions (with a focus on advocacy and social justice), assessment and appraisal, case management and consultation, family violence, social and cultural foundations, counseling methods, and internships in a mental health or community agency setting. The internships in mental health counseling provide students with opportunities to develop additional skills related to effective community mental health counseling practice. Interns are supervised by a licensed mental health professional at their internship sites and a faculty liaison. Electives may be taken in child, adolescent or adult development, school or college counseling, special education, or any special topics courses in counseling.

About Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC)
Students develop competence in clinical mental health counseling approaches through course work in mental health counseling interventions, assessment and appraisal, case management and consultation, family violence, disaster/crisis/trauma-informed counseling, social and cross-cultural counseling methods, and internships in a mental health or community agency setting. The internships in mental health counseling provide students with opportunities to develop clinical skills to be effective mental health practitioners. Electives may be taken in child, adolescent or adult development, school or college counseling, special education, or any special topics courses in counseling.

This 60 credit program includes 24 credits of core counseling coursework, 33 credits of specialized mental health counseling coursework, and 3 credits of electives. Included in the specialized coursework is a 100 hour practicum and a 600 hour year long internship in clinical mental health counseling with a licensed mental health professional.

Entry Requirements

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