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Clinical Mental Health Counsel


Official Name of Program

Clinical Mental Health Counsel

Plan Code


Department(s) Sponsoring Program



Degree Designation

MA - Master of Arts



NYSED Program Code

32872 - MEHECO-MA

CIP Code


The Department of Psychology offers a 60 credit (2 1/2 year) program leading to the Master of Arts (MA) in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and is designed to fulfill the educational needs of those wishing to be licensed as Mental Health Counselors. The program is registered with New York State as a licensure qualifying program and is accredited by the Masters in Psychology and Counseling Accreditation Council (MPCAC) for the period of August, 2016 through August, 2026.
The curriculum is composed of 16 courses as well as one (1) practicum and three (3) internship courses (for a total of 700 hours of fieldwork experience). There is a weekly Pro-Seminar for first year students, and comprehensive examinations after the second year of classes. Through this demanding program of academic coursework and clinical internship training, students learn how to apply mental health approaches to contemporary practice, assessment, and treatment. Upon completion of the program students satisfy the educational requirements for licensure. After graduation and 3,000 hours of supervised experience under a limited-permit in an appropriate workplace setting applicants will be eligible to sit for a state exam in order to become a licensed mental health counselor. Under New York State Education Law Article 163, the practice of mental health counseling includes:

  • the evaluation, assessment, amelioration, treatment, modification, or adjustment to a disability, problem, or disorder of behavior, character, development, emotion, personality or relationships by the use of verbal or behavioral methods with individuals, couples, families, groups, in private practice, or organized settings; and

  • the use of assessment instruments and mental health counseling and psychotherapy to identify, evaluate and treat dysfunctions and disorders for purposes of providing appropriate mental health counseling services.