Clinical Mental Health Counseling, MSED
Program Director: Christopher Siuta, Ph.D.
This degree is designed for individuals who wish to serve as counselors in community-based agencies - for example, mental health, social services, college counseling and probations. The degree provides extended research-based knowledge and skill development in the areas of group and individual counseling, testing, diagnosis and treatment planning.
Information About Mental Health Counselor License & School Counselor Certification
Students who successfully complete the CMH program are eligible to apply for the license for mental health counselors. Consult this website for the details regarding all of the license requirements: http://www.op.nysed.gov/prof/mhp. For the mental health license, there are additional state requirements beyond the degree. Please check the above website for specific information.
Students in the clinical mental health track wishing to also obtain the provisional certification in school counseling may take the required school electives during their course of study or on a non-matriculated basis post-graduation. They then need to independently apply to BOCES [Board of Cooperative Educational Services] for the provisional school counseling certificate. Note, decisions regarding the school counseling certification are the domain of the state, not SBU.
The degree in Counselor Education - Clinical Mental Health Counseling Does Not meet the criteria for professional teaching certification in the state of New York; the degree in School Counseling Does meet such requirements.
The admission committee reviews the following in considering candidates for this program:
- Application for admission
- Statement of Intent/writing sample (questions provided)
- Transcripts from all colleges previously attended
- Two References — Ability to do graduate work
- Additional information, if requested by program director
In this degree program, students are expected to complete two semester-long internships of 300 clock hours each, with a certified counselor in an agency setting. This experience is arranged with the adviser and takes place during the final year of the program. This experience should be discussed with the adviser early in the program so the appropriate arrangements can be made.
Clinical Mental Health Counseling to Earn Master of Science
Students (usually those anticipating a research-oriented doctoral program or those with significant research interests) may elect to write a thesis. These thesis students will then add CE-699 to the 60- credit-hour program.
|RESEARCH METHODS IN THE EDUCATION PROFESSION|
|INTR TO THE PROFESSION OF COUNSELING|
|ADVANCED HUMAN GROWTH & DEVELOPMENT|
|THEORIES AND TECHNIQUES OF COUNSELING|
|PSYCH TESTING & ASSESSMENT|
|PRACTICUM IN COUNSELING|
|INTERNSHIP I:CLIN MENTAL HEALTH COUNSEL|
|INTERNSHIP II: CMHC|
|INTRVEN FOR SCHOOL & CMH COUNSELING|
|SEM IN CLINICAL MENTAL HEALTH COUNS.|
|MGMT CLINICAL MENTAL HEALTH COUNS PROGS|
|INTRODUCTION TO ADDICTIONS|
|INTRODUCTION TO CRISIS COUNSELING|
|FAMILY & COUPLES COUNSELING|
|GRIEF COUNSELING COPING WITH LOSS & UNDERSTANDING THE GRIEF PROCESS|
A variety of electives are available including two courses on trauma, and two related to addictions. The two addictions courses fulfill the 85 continuing education clock hours required by OASES for those pursuing the CASAC (Credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor) credential. The full extent of the additional requirements for this credential may be found at: https://www.oasas.ny.gov/sqa/credentialing/casacprocess.cfm
Note: St. Bonaventure University is a certified education and training provider for OASES
In order to be awarded the degree in Counselor Education — Clinical Mental Health, student will be evaluated on the following exit criteria:
- A cumulative GPA of at least 3.0
- Successful completion of the internship
- Submission of a portfolio showing professional growth and accomplishments
- Successful completion of the comprehensive examination