Advanced Certificate in Mental Health Counseling (Respecialization Program)
Mental Health Counselors are highly skilled professionals who provide a full range of services including: assessment and diagnosis, psychotherapy, treatment planning and utilization review, brief and solution-focused therapy, alcoholism and substance abuse treatment, psycho-educational and prevention programs, and crisis management. If you are interested in a challenging career working with individuals, groups, couples, families, the young and the elderly, and you want to help people lead more fulfilling lives, you will find a career in mental health counseling to be enjoyable and gratifying.
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: foundations of mental health counseling, research, evidence-based practice, program evaluation, psychopathology, and psychopharmacology. Along with a master’s degree in counseling, our 24-credit Advanced Certificate Program in Mental Health Counseling satisfies the educational requirements for the New York State mental health counselor license (LMHC). Upon completion of these educational requirements, 3,000 hours of supervised experience in the practice of mental health counseling and a passing grade on the National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Examination (NCMHCE) are required for licensure.