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Why Choose Saint Rose for a Master's Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling?

The Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (MSEd) program is a 60-credit program intended to prepare licensed professional counselors to address the clinical needs of children, adolescents and adults in a variety of mental health and community settings. Students entering the program are trained in providing psychotherapy to individuals, families and groups from diverse backgrounds. An emphasis is placed on the application of theory to direct practice.

The program is registered as meeting the academic and internship requirements for licensure as a Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in New York State.

Program Highlights

  • Students develop competence in clinical mental health counseling approaches through course work in mental health counseling interventions, assessment and appraisal, case management and consultation, family violence, disaster/crisis/trauma-informed counseling, social and cross-cultural counseling methods, and practicum/internships in a mental health or community agency setting.
  • Practicums and internships provide students with opportunities to develop clinical skills to be effective mental health practitioners.
  • This 60-credit program includes 24 credits of core counseling coursework, 33 credits of specialized mental health counseling coursework, and 3 credits of electives.
  • Included in the specialized coursework is a supervised 100-hour practicum and a 600-hour yearlong internship in clinical mental health counseling with a licensed mental health professional.
  • Graduate Assistantships – Approximately 120 graduate assistantship (GA) positions are sponsored by The College of Saint Rose each academic year. They are meant to provide qualified master’s degree candidates with opportunities to augment their educational experiences.
  • Certificate of Advanced Study – The certificate program is designed for students who have attained a Master’s Degree in Counseling or a related field with a minimum of 36 credits and the appropriate pre-requisites. Each student will need to complete 18 credits to obtain the required graduate coursework leading to licensure as a mental health counselor in New York State (which requires 60 graduate credit hours in counseling). View Gainful Employment information related to this certificate program.

Loan Forgiveness

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Course Requirements and Learning Objectives

Candidates in professional education programs at The College of Saint Rose will:

  • Acquire and apply the knowledge, skills and dispositions of disciplines relevant to candidates’ projected educational or clinical roles.
  • Apply principles and theories of lifespan human development and learning in all of its diversity to education, service learning and clinical practice, and demonstrate a capacity and disposition to continuously update that knowledge and, therefore, practice according to the best emerging research in the field.
  • Plan and implement practice that is rigorous, comprehensive, inclusive, creative and motivating, inviting students’ analytical skills and promoting their dispositions to be lifelong learners.
  • Ensure that evaluation and decision-making are data-driven, multi-faceted, collaborative and recursive, and align instructional/clinical goals, practice, assessments, and standards.
  • Develop and demonstrate personal and professional values that foster the highest ethical standards of the profession; intellectual curiosity and open-mindedness; understanding and responsiveness to multiple social and global perspectives; and collegiality and collaboration among partners in the educational or clinical process that involve children, families, community members, and other professionals.
  • Promote optimal learning opportunities and environments for all individuals in the context of their experiential, cultural, and/or racial/ethnic backgrounds, including, but not limited to learners who are speakers of non-English languages, or who are gifted, have disabilities, are educationally challenged or who have different interests, ambitions or sexual orientations.
  • Demonstrate in their practice that oral and written language is a functional, as well as social and artistic tool, for communication and thought, and as such reflect the multiple literacies of local, national and global cultures.
  • Integrate a variety of technological methods and programs to enhance pupil learning and practitioner effectiveness, facilitate candidates’ acquisition of technological skills, and their dispositions to use them.