Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Clinical Mental Health Counseling is a distinct profession with national and state standards for education, training, and clinical practice. Clinical Mental Health Counselors provide a full range of professional mental health services for individuals, couples and families, and groups.

The Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program and its Core Counseling Faculty is the academic unit solely responsible for the preparation of students in the program. The Counseling Program is housed within the Psychology Department of the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences and provides the academic preparation necessary to become a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in NY State. The 60-credit Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program emphasizes the personal and professional growth of its students, fostering self-awareness and a deeper understanding of others. The Program curriculum is rich in coursework stressing the theory and practice of evidence-based counseling and underscores the importance of a multicultural approach throughout the training process. Counselors-in-training will gain the knowledge and skills necessary to provide quality mental health care to help their clients function effectively in all aspects of their lives.

There are two program tracks to choose from. The Program can be completed in a two-year, advanced/accelerated schedule, full-time, including two summers; or a less intensive three-year schedule, including two summers.

Joe Cook, LMHC, MA '15

Joe Cook, MA '15Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation
Addiction Counselor

The best experience I had as a student was participating in a research study with my classmates and program director Peter del Rosario and then presenting this research to my future peers at the NYMHCA convention in Albany. This experience further demonstrated the Marist faculty's dedication to the field and the MHC program specifically. 

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