Online Clinical Mental Health Counseling Master's Degree: Earn Requirements for Licensure in NYS Online or On Campus

Online Clinical Mental Health Counseling Master's Degree: Earn Requirements for Licensure in NYS Online or On Campus

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Clinical Mental Health Counseling (MA)

Build a thorough foundation in advanced principles of mental health counseling at a graduate level, while earning the educational requirements necessary for licensure in New York State. Offered online and at our Buffalo and Rochester campuses. Meet our counseling & clinical psychology faculty.

Mental health counselors combine traditional psychotherapy with a problem-solving approach that creates a dynamic and efficient path for change and problem resolution.

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About the Program

Medaille’s Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is designed to provide students with a thorough foundation in advanced principles of mental health counseling at a graduate level, and provide an understanding of the tools of counseling that is suitable for building careers in private and public mental health agencies. Available in both weekend and online formats, this program meets New York State Office of Professions educational requirements for licensure as a mental health counselor. For out-of-state students, please consult your professional counseling organization for specific licensure requirements.

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Our master's in clinical mental health counseling is right for you if ...

You hope to work one-on-one with individuals and desire to develop an understanding of the tools of counseling the are suitable for building careers in private and public mental health agencies.

You need the flexibility of a program that fits your busy schedule — you don’t have time to put your life on hold. In Medaille’s weekend CMHC program, you’re a full-time student, but you meet only one weekend per month until starting practicum and internship. You may also earn your master’s degree online, receiving the same student-centered, practitioner-based learning as you would on campus.

You know your future lies in the mental health field and are interested in specializing in specific areas, such as self-esteem, stress management, grief and loss, advanced helping, and family, parenting and marital problems.

 

Program Specs

Credits:
60 credits 

Program Length:
2 years

Formats/Scheduling:

Weekend Program: One weekend each month (Friday, 6 - 10 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; and Sunday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.), each course meets for two weekends. 10 on-campus weekend courses and six online courses, plus three semesters of supervised internship.

Online Program: Offered in a recommended sequence of 16 courses, plus three semesters of supervised internship. All online students are expected to visit the campus for residency placement (five days on two occasions) to complete part of their coursework.

Practicum: 100 hours; includes 40 direct (face-to-face) hours

Clinical Internship: 600 hours (minimum); students will complete 240 direct hours in individual and group counseling

Supervised Clinical Internship: Nine credit hours

Comprehensive Examination: Format same as licensure exam in effort to prepare students

You will meet the requirements for New York State licensure as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) after completing at least 3,000 hours of post-degree supervised experience in clinical mental health counseling, two years of practice and passing the National Clinical Mental Health examination.

What can you do with a clinical mental health counseling master's degree?

The job market for clinical mental health counseling is strong, giving counselors the opportunity to work in a variety of settings, including:

Hospitals

Managed care organizations

Employee assistance programs

Community agencies

Substance abuse treatment centers

Career centers

Colleges, universities and schools

Specialty clinics and programs

Nonprofit agencies and government institutions

 

Mental Health Counselor

 

2019 Medaille Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program

  • Students Enrolled in 2019: 175
  • Employment Rate in the field for 2018-2019: 88%
  • Number of Graduates: 84
  • Completion Rate: 74%
  • Comprehensive Exam Pass Rate: 100%
  • NCMHCE Pass Rate for 2018 (not yet available for 2019): 54% (national average ~50s)
  • Faculty-to-Student Ratios:  1:12

 

Admission Requirements

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Medaille took the time to help me figure out what program would best suit the career I was looking for. Better yet, they accommodate working adults with flexible programs. I truly enjoyed my time in the clinical mental health counseling program as it gave me the opportunity to keep my full-time job while still receiving a quality education in the field of my choice. 

Kara Patricko ’16

A State-of-the-Art Training Experience

The Medaille Family Counseling Center serves as a counselor-in-training facility for students enrolled in Medaille College’s CMHC program. Collaborating with BestSelf, Inc., this mental health clinic satellite is fully licensed by the New York State Office of Mental Health, offering families and individuals evidence-based mental health therapy, as well as affording graduate-level students an in-depth, firsthand learning experience that is unparalleled in Western New York.

Clinical Mental Health Counseling Mission Statement

The mission of the Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree program at Medaille College is to provide students with a thorough grounding in advanced principles of mental health counseling at a graduate level; provide students with an understanding of the tools of counseling that are suitable for building careers in private and public mental health agencies; provide students with advanced research-based knowledge in the area of group and individual counseling, counseling techniques and testing and diagnosis; provide students with a full understanding of the professional and ethical issues relevant to mental health counseling and consultation; provide students with detailed knowledge of multicultural and career issues in counseling; and most importantly to provide students a clear professional identity as a future counselor.

 

Clinical Mental Health Master's Program Objectives
The program objectives for the Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree are:

Professional Orientation and Ethical Practice
Value all aspects of professional functioning, including history, roles, organizational structures, ethical standards, legalities, advocacy, and credentialing.

Social and Cultural Diversity
Interpret and apply core theory and research of the nature and needs of individuals at all developmental levels and in multicultural contexts.

Human Growth and Development
Interpret and apply core theory and research of the nature and needs of individuals at all developmental levels and in multicultural contexts.

Career Development
Apply core theory and research of career development, the psychology of work, and related factors in career planning and decision-making.

Helping Relationships
Deliver ethical and effective counseling and consultation services consistent with professional research and practice across a range of settings in a multicultural society.

Group Work
Apply methods, skills, and other group approaches in a multicultural society using theories of group counseling, principles of group dynamics, facilitation styles, and direct experiences.

Addresses Assessment
Analyze principles of testing and measurement, and incorporate social, ethical, and cultural factors in both individual and group methods of assessment and evaluation.

Research and Program Evaluation
Apply research methods, statistical analysis, needs assessment, and program evaluation to inform ethical and culturally relevant evidence-based practice and to advance the counseling profession.

Clinical Mental Health Counseling Specialty Areas
Students understand the theories and models of clinical mental health counseling and are able to effectively use client case conceptualizations to assess, diagnose, and identify and apply appropriate treatment modalities to a wide range of client situations.

Professional Dispositions
Students demonstrate the interpersonal capacity to relate to others in the appropriate and professional manner as expected of professional counselors.

Master's in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Curriculum (60 credits)

MHC 650 Professional Orientation and Practice (3)

MHC 600 Counseling Theory and Practice (3)

MHC 631 Human Growth and Development (3)

MHC 640 Cultural and Social Diversity (3)

MHC 605 Group Work (3)

MHC 630 Professional, Ethical, and Legal Issues in Counseling (3)

MHC 649 Child Abuse Mandated Reporter Training (0)

MHC 669 Psychopharmcology/Microskills Counseling (6)

MHC 620 Psychopathologies (3)

MHC 622 Assessment and Evaluation (3)

MHC 670 Helping Relationships (3)

MHC 677 Practicum in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (3)

MHC 652 Research and Program Evaluation (3 credits)

MHC 634 Grief, Trauma, and Crisis Counseling and Therapy (3)

MHC 678 Internship in Clinical Mental Health Counseling I (3)

MHC 610 Introduction to Substance Abuse Counseling (3)

MHC 680 Family Counseling and Therapy (3)

MHC 679 Internship in Clinical Mental Health Counseling II (3)

MHC 660 Career Development (3)

MHC 727 Supervision Theory and Practice (3)

MHC 800 Clinical Counseling Comprehensive Examination (0)

Note: Online students are required to successfully complete INT 010 Online Prep prior to beginning their course sequence.

 

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Additional Resources for Students:

American Counseling Association (ACA)
The American Counseling Association is the flagship organization and the largest counseling organization in the world with some 57,000 members and 18 divisional affiliate organizations. ACA has written a comprehensive Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice that all professional counselors are expected to read and understand. There are currently 17 Divisions comprising ACA. ACA was founded in 1952.

American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA)
The American Mental Health Counselors Association was founded in 1978 and is the ACA Division representing the profession of Mental Health Counselors. The AMHCA also has a separate Code of Ethics from ACA, though the two Codes are consistent on major issues.

Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA)
The Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA) is a national and bilingual organization dedicated to the enhancement of the counselling profession in Canada. This dynamic site provides information about the profession of counselling to CCPA members, to those of you who are interested in joining the national counselling association and to members of the public who wish to learn more about the association and the counselling profession in Canada.

College of Registered Psychotherapists and Registered Mental Health Therapists of Ontario
The College of Registered Psychotherapists and Registered Mental Health Therapists of Ontario (CRPRMHTO) will be the governing body for psychotherapists and mental health therapists in Ontario.

The CRPRMHTO was established by the Psychotherapy Act in 2007 and is represented by its transitional council. In July 2009, staff of the Office of the Fairness Commissioner (OFC) provided the Registrar of the transitional council with an overview of the OFC's work and with the requirements for compliance with the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991, as amended, that the CRPRMHTO will eventually have to meet. The CRPRMHTO is developing its regulations and setting standards of practice that will enable it to become fully operational. The OFC will work closely with the transitional council.

National Board for Certified Counselors, Inc. (NBCC)
The National Board for Certified Counselors is the national credentialing board for professional counselors. Mental Health Counselors seeking national certification may take the National Counselor Examination (NCE) in order to become a Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor (CCMHC). While national certification differs from state licensure, most states use the NCE as their counselor licensure examination.

New York Mental Health Counselors Association (NYMHCA)
The New York Mental Health Counselors Association is the advocacy organization representing the clinical counselors of New York State, They work to obtain licensure, and our continuing role is to protect and enhance the rights of counselors to practice the profession.

New York State Office of Professions
Practitioners, called mental health counselors, are trained in counseling and psychotherapy to treat individuals with mental and emotional disorders and other behavioral challenges. Mental health counselors address mental health, human relationship, education and career concerns within ethical, developmental, preventive and treatment contexts. Mental health counselors demonstrate a concern for the short-term and long-term well-being of individuals, couples, families, groups and organizations.

Medaille’s (Clinical) Mental Health Counseling program is designed to meet the academic licensure requirements and to prepare graduates to sit for the licensing exam required by New York State Office of Professions. That licensing exam is National Clinical Mental Health Counselor Examination (NCMHCE) and applicable to many states. 

Medaille (Clinical) Mental Health Counseling Faculty can provide guidance on out-of-state licensure, education, and internship criteria; however, it remains the charge of the student to evaluate requirements for the state or country in which he or she intends to work. Student’s will want to save all syllabi, books and material from the (Clinical) Mental Health Counseling Program as the out-of-state licensing boards often need copies of these materials. Medaille makes no guarantee that the completion of a degree or coursework for graduate credit will permit the student to obtain licensure in their particular location. 

For Non-NYS Students
American Counseling Association: Licensure & Certification - State Professional Counselor Licensure Boards

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