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Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Mental Health Counseling, MS


MASTER OF SCIENCE IN MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING

Ideally suited for those who wish to expand their professional capabilities and opportunities, these programs stress an understanding of many different approaches to counseling rather than emphasizing one tradition.

In addition to a foundation of advanced psychology, program provides specialized knowledge and skill development to individuals who want to pursue careers in the areas of general counseling, substance abuse counseling, and loss and grief counseling or to become licensed mental health counselors.

As graduates of the 60 credit program, students will be eligible for New York State certification in mental health counseling and fully prepared for a variety of professional counseling positions, as well for advanced training in specific theoretical approaches and training at the doctorate level. With additional paid work experience in the field, graduates are eligible for New York State certification in substance abuse counseling.

Our emphasis is on hands-on skills development, using role-playing, group exercise, and videotaping and other tools, in addition to a supervised counseling internship, which provides up to 600 hours of experience in an approved setting within commuting distance.

Prerequisites: Bachelor’s degree in psychology or a related field. If students have not completed courses in general, social, abnormal and experimental psychology, and research methods, they may be required to complete two General Psychology and Social Psychology prior to beginning graduate study.

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MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING
Master of Science (PLV)

The M.S. in Mental Health Counseling 60-credit program is offered to students who wish to become licensed mental health counselors. It features the same 21-credit core curriculum in counseling, along with those courses needed to meet licensing requirements, and some elective courses to round out one's professional interests. Graduates of this program will be prepared for a variety of professional counseling positions as well as for advanced training in specific theoretical approaches and training at the doctoral level.

As part of the counseling core, all students take a three-credit integrating seminar at the end of their course of study. This capstone experience promotes students’ integration of theory and practice and examines professional ethics and practices in the counseling field. In addition, all students engage in supervised experience (for academic credit), beginning as early as the third semester of study.

 

Credits

Required Courses:  (42  credits)

42

PSY

630

Helping Relationships: Theories and Techniques of Counseling I (3)

 

PSY

631

Helping Relationships: Theories and Techniques of Counseling II (3)

 

PSY

652

Human Growth and Development (3)

 

PSY

658

Group Dynamics (3)

 

PSY

672

Psychopathology and Personality Disorders (3)

 

PSY

674

Integrating Seminar: Professional Orientation (3)

 

PSY

675

Field Experience: Counseling Internship I (3)                                 

 

PSY

676

Field Experience: Counseling Internship II (3)

 

PSY

677

Research and Program Evaluation (3)

 

PSY

678

Career and Lifestyle Development (3)

 

PSY

679

Working with Families & Recognizing/Reporting Child Abuse/Maltreatment (3)

 

PSY

685

Social and Cultural Foundations of Counseling (3)

 

PSY

686

Assessment and Appraisal of Individuals, Couples, Families, and Groups (3)

 

PSY

687

Foundations of Mental Health Counseling and Consultation (3)

 

 

 

 

 

Elective Courses: (18 credits)  

Students choose from special topics courses, substance abuse courses, grief and loss courses, and other specialty courses.  A sample listing of these courses follows:

18

PSY

623

Social Psychology (3)

 

PSY

632

Orientation to Addiction (3)

 

PSY

650

Domestic Violence: Practical and Psychological Perspectives (3)

 

PSY

651C

Child Psychotherapy and Psychopathology (3)

 

PSY

651K

Pharmacology and Supervision (3)

 

PSY

660

Death and Bereavement: Fund. Perspectives (3)

 

PSY

661

Grief Counseling (3)

 

PSY

662

Loss and Bereavement Counseling (3)

 

PSY

668

Spiritual Issues in Counseling (3)

 

PSY

669

Couples Counseling (3)

 

PSY

688

Sex Education & Counseling: Intimacy & Sexuality (3)

 

 

 

Total Credits:

60

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