Master’s Degree in Counseling
Choose Saint Rose for your Graduate Degree in Counseling
Practical application lies at the heart of our advanced Counseling programs.
Small class sizes taught by experienced faculty in the afternoon and evenings allow students to progress through the program either part-time or full-time. Classes are held in person during work-friendly hours in the late afternoon and evening with some weekend and online options.
All students put their coursework to the test in supervised internships, while our emphasis on experiential learning, social justice and multicultural perspectives sets the programs apart.
Counseling Program Mission
The mission of The College of Saint Rose Counseling program is to prepare students to become culturally competent and engaged professionals who work with diverse populations across multiple settings. Our students gain the knowledge, awareness, and skills needed to establish themselves as ethical and reflective counselors, leaders, and advocates within their fields.
The Counseling program uses a multi-tiered assessment process to assess its program objectives (PO), key performance indicators (KPI), and dispositions and professional comportment of students as part of its annual program evaluation.
MSED In School Counseling
This program prepares professional school counselors to work effectively in K-12 schools through a combination of challenging coursework and practical field experiences.
The coursework covers such topics as:
- Comprehensive developmental guidance programs
- Counseling children & adolescents in the schools
- Interventions with a focus on advocacy and social justice
- Counseling for college and career readiness
Certificate of Advanced Study in School Counseling
This 12 or 30 credit program is designed for students who have earned their master’s in Counseling or Counselor Education and now seek to:
- Gain permanent certification as a School Counselor in New York State and/or
- Advance their postgraduate training
MSED In Clinical Mental Health Counseling
This program prepares licensed professional counselors to address the clinical needs of children, adolescents, and adults in mental health and community settings. Coursework explores:
- Mental health counseling interventions, with a focus on diversity, advocacy and social justice
- Trauma-informed counseling and family violence
- Family counseling
- Addictions counseling
- Case management and consultation
Certificate of Advanced Study in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
This 18-credit program serves students who:
- Hold a master’s degree in Counseling or a related field (with a minimum of 36 credits) and
- Seek licensure as a mental health counselor in New York State
Our faculty are focused on the development of competent and ethical counseling professionals.
Dr. Michael Bologna began his career at the College of Saint Rose in 1994 as the Internship Coordinator for the undergraduate program in Social Welfare. Dr. Bologna joined the faculty in the Counseling Program in the Fall of 2001 and served as Chairperson from 2004 – 2009.
He continues to work in the field as a social worker, clinician, and administrative consultant to several mental health agencies. His past clinical experience includes work with the developmentally delayed, children, families in crisis, adults with mental health issues, the incarcerated, and persons with HIV/AIDS.
Dr. Lingertat has been with the Counseling program since 2003. As the previous department chair, she led the department through a successful first-time CACREP accreditation self-study process and site visit, resulting in CACREP granting accreditation to the MSED in School Counseling and MSED in Clinical Mental Health Counseling programs at The College of Saint Rose through 2030! Prior to becoming a faculty member at the college, Dr. Lingertat worked extensively in clinical and supervisory capacities in a variety of settings with children, adolescents, and their families. She has worked in inpatient and residential treatment settings, college counseling centers, and both public and private schools for children in grades K-12 as both a counselor and supervisor.
Professionally, Dr. Lingertat has expertise in healing-centered and trauma-informed schools, including a specialty around grief and loss in children and adolescents. Dr. Lingertat consults with schools and businesses on issues related to unconscious bias and education as well as on instructional equity and diversity issues. Dr. Lingertat has served as a Director on the Board at RISSE (Refugee Immigrant Support Services of Emmaus) since 2020 where she also serves as the Chair of the Personnel Committee.
Dr. Lin is a counselor educator who joins the Counseling Department at the Lally School of Education in 2017. Walking from a multidiscipline background, she believes that cultural and social contexts play important roles in individuals’ development and wellbeing. Therefore, she makes sure she incorporates these social/cultural factors in working with people from diverse backgrounds and in teaching and supervising next generation counselor-in-training. Lin hopes that she can bridge counseling research and practice to help people in need through their own life voyages in this complex world.
Before joining the College of Saint Rose, Lin taught several courses and supervised Master-level students at the University of Rochester.
Dr. Thomas Murphy is a licensed mental health counselor in New York, a national-certified counselor, and an approved clinical supervisor. He is certified by EMDRIA as an Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) clinician. He has provided clinical and supervisory services and conducted workshops on clinical supervision, telemental health, and supervision ethics. His teaching philosophy focuses on the development of competent, ethically focused counseling clinicians.
A licensed mental-health counselor in New York State, Yvette Kelly has more than a decade of experience working with children, families, and disenfranchised populations. She has worked in a variety of community-based settings, serving in diverse roles including clinician, clinical supervisor, quality-improvement coordinator, and director of children’s mental health. Her expertise is in assisting organizations in enhancing organizational efficiencies to improve clinical performance, supervision strategies, compliance, and access to behavioral health services. She is responsible for coordinating internships for students in Saint Rose’s counseling programs.
Linda King, CAS School Leadership & Administration, MS Counseling, MS Mental Health Counseling. Linda has over twenty years of experience in school systems serving as a School Counselor, Director of Guidance, Administrator, and Coordinator of College Advising.
She completed her requirements for mental health counseling in Vermont while employed at United Counseling Services. Specifically, she received her advanced degree in School Leadership and Administration at UVM, May 2000 that includes coursework in supervision. She has participated in numerous trainings; DBT, Suicide Assessment, Mental Health First Aid, she’s toured over 200 colleges, attended multiple SAT/ACT updates, attended NACAC in Boston, and continues her professional outreach.
Her multiple roles have included ongoing collaboration with special education staff, 504 plans, student at-risk teams, the comprehensive model and other supportive roles throughout her career. In addition, Linda spent the past five years working as a mental health counselor serving clients with substance abuse disorders and other mental health diagnoses.
She also manages her own business assisting families with college and career readiness using a holistic approach. Linda has been a Visiting Professor in the Counseling Program since 2018. She has advanced degrees in mental health counseling, school leadership and administration, and professional school counseling. She is yoga certified with 200 hrs and is currently enrolled in the Health Coach Institute for wellness training. Linda is a member of the CDCA, NYSSCA,the Rensselaer Chamber of Commerce, and The American School Counseling Association.
25% growth in job outlook through 2029 for Substance Abuse, Behavioral Disorder, and Mental Health Counselors. Among 20 occupations with the highest percent change of employment between 2019-29.
US Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Graduates from our programs get jobs in:
- K-12 public schools
- private schools
- alternative schools
- inpatient settings
- outpatient settings
- college counseling centers
- substance abuse treatment centers
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Dr. Michael Bologna
Lally 222, School of Education