Advanced Certificate in Mental Health Counseling (Respecialization Program)
The 24-credit Advanced Certificate Program in Mental Health Counseling is for students who already have a master’s degree in counseling and wish to meet the educational requirements to become licensed as a mental health counselor. To enter this program, students’ graduate transcript in counseling must reflect coursework in professional issues and ethics, counseling theories, human development, counseling skills, group work, assessment, and career development. Building upon these core content areas, the mental health counseling advanced certificate program focuses specifically on the development of knowledge and skills necessary to work in a variety of clinical settings, such as: foundations of mental health counseling; research; evidence-based practice; program evaluation; psychopathology and psychopharmacology. The program satisfies the educational requirements for the New York State Mental Health Counselor License. To receive licensure, students must complete the education requirements, 3,000 hours of supervised experience in the practice of mental health counseling and receive a passing grade on the National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Examination.