This is a full-time, accelerated program, which includes two summers and 12-credit hours each fall and spring semester. This format includes the practicum during the first summer and an internship during the second year. Graduate assistantships are available in this accelerated program.
MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
School of Social and Behavioral Sciences
A Distinctive Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program
The MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Marist is a distinctive behavioral health care program designed to prepare you to become a licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor. Harnessing your desire to help those in need of mental health care, the program emphasizes the personal and professional growth of its students, fostering self-awareness and a deeper understanding of others. With diverse faculty possessing extensive clinical experience, and a thorough curriculum that exceeds state requirements, Marist’s Master of Clinical Mental Health Counseling prepares you for a successful and meaningful career in this fast-growing field.
Choose Your Program Timeline
This is a more flexible and less time-intensive option. This program includes two summers, 9-credit hours during the fall and spring semesters of the first two years, then 6-credit hours during fall and spring of the third year. This also includes practicum in the second summer and internship during the third year.
Expert Faculty With Diverse Backgrounds
Our highly experienced licensed mental health practitioners are committed to providing high-quality education and training to the next generation of behavioral health care providers. Our faculty come from a diverse range of clinical and educational backgrounds, and our students are exposed to every corner of the mental health counseling field. View all faculty >
Peter Del Rosario, PhD
As a New York licensed psychologist and a counselor educator, Dr. Del Rosario is dedicated to training the next generation of licensed professional counselors to help prevent, and promote recovery from, the psychological damage resulting from socially oppressive forces. In his research work, he collaborates with small groups of undergraduate and graduate students on projects involving diversity issues and professional counseling training standards.
Thomas Killian, PhD
A National Certified Counselor, Dr. Killian has worked in a variety of settings with clinical work and academic training in individual and group counseling, play therapy, and career and academic counseling. Dr. Killian’s broad research interest focuses on advancing multiculturalism in mental health counseling training and practice, while his primary research interest focuses on the pedagogical practices that best promote multicultural competency and social justice advocacy for counselors-in-training.
Michele Rivas, PhD
Dr. Rivas is a NYS Licensed Mental Health Counselor with a Ph.D. in Counseling and Counselor Education and a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, as well as a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Disability Studies. Her scholarly interests include multicultural counseling competencies, disability counseling competencies, counselor development, and disability rhetoric within the counseling discourse.
Marist Clinical Mental Health Counseling By the Numbers
Alumni of Marist’s Master in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program are employed in their field within six months to a year of graduation.
With over 50 established clinical sites for internship and practicum placements, students in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program can focus on their ideal career placement.
The field of clinical mental health counseling is anticipated to grow by 23% by 2030, much faster than average, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Top-Tier Career Placement in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
At Marist, we are focused on providing our Clinical Mental Health Counseling students with the tools and experience they need to pursue successful and meaningful careers in their field. Our students enter into a variety of areas in the mental health field, and their experience at Marist prepares them for success in every facet of mental health care. Below is just a glimpse at the career opportunities that await you after completing the MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Marist.
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