Mental Health Counseling, MS

Campus: Westchester

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.

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.   

Core Courses
PSY 630Helping Relationships: Counseling Theories and Techniques I3
PSY 631Helping Relationships: Counseling Theories and Techniques II3
PSY 632Orientation to Addiction: Etiology, Screening, Treatment3
PSY 652Human Growth and Development3
PSY 658Group Dynamics3
PSY 672Psychopathology and Personality Disorders3
PSY 674Integrating Seminar: Professional Orientation and Ethics3
PSY 675Field Experience: Internship I3
PSY 676Field Experience in Counseling: Internship II3
PSY 687Foundations of Mental Health Counseling and Consultation3
PSY 677Research and Program Evaluation3
PSY 678Career and Lifestyle Development3
PSY 679Marriage and Family Systems and Counseling: Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse and Maltreatment3
PSY 685Social and Cultural Foundations of Counseling3
PSY 686Appraisal and Assessment of Individuals, Couples, Families, and Groups3
PSY 694Practicum in Mental Health Counseling3
Elective Track
Select one of following tracks:12
Total Credits60

General Track

  • Select four PSY 600-level electives with assistance of department advisor

Trauma and Loss Track

PSY 601Death, Meaning and Counseling3
PSY 613Current Perspectives on Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Counseling3
PSY 614Current Perspectives on Grief Counseling3
PSY 622Trauma and Loss: Empirical Perspectives3

Substance Abuse Track

PSY 640Addiction Counseling I: Individual and Group3
PSY 641Addiction Counseling II: Family and Group3
PSY 654Appraisal: Assessment, Reporting and Treatment Planning3
PSY 670Case Management in Treating Addictions3

Total Credits: 60