Graduate Catalog 2020-2021

Clinical Mental Health Counseling (MA)

Program Coordinator: 

Professor Frances A. Melendez

Building 4S, Room 106

Telephone: 718.982.3960

Email: frances.melendez@csi.cuny.edu

 

Clinical Mental Health Academic Specialist

Lorianne Delahunt, M.A.
Building 4S, Room 106
718.982.4031
Email: lorianne.delahunt@csi.cuny.edu

The Department of Psychology offers a 60 credit (2 1/2 year) program leading to the Master of Arts (MA) in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and is designed to fulfill the educational needs of those wishing to be licensed as Mental Health Counselors. The program is registered with New York State as a licensure qualifying program and is accredited by the Masters in Psychology and Counseling Accreditation Council (MPCAC) for the period of August, 2016 through August, 2026.
The curriculum is composed of 16 courses as well as one (1) practicum and three (3) internship courses (for a total of 700 hours of fieldwork experience). There is a weekly Pro-Seminar for first year students, and comprehensive examinations after the second year of classes. Through this demanding program of academic coursework and clinical internship training, students learn how to apply mental health approaches to contemporary practice, assessment, and treatment. Upon completion of the program students satisfy the educational requirements for licensure. After graduation and 3,000 hours of supervised experience under a limited-permit in an appropriate workplace setting applicants will be eligible to sit for a state exam in order to become a licensed mental health counselor. Under New York State Education Law Article 163, the practice of mental health counseling includes:

  • the evaluation, assessment, amelioration, treatment, modification, or adjustment to a disability, problem, or disorder of behavior, character, development, emotion, personality or relationships by the use of verbal or behavioral methods with individuals, couples, families, groups, in private practice, or organized settings; and
  • the use of assessment instruments and mental health counseling and psychotherapy to identify, evaluate and treat dysfunctions and disorders for purposes of providing appropriate mental health counseling services.

Clinical Mental Health Counseling Admission Requirements

Applicants to the program are expected to have a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree from an accredited institution with a 3.0 undergraduate average, a minimum of 15-19 undergraduate credits in the following areas of psychology:

  • General or Introductory
  • Child or Adolescent or Developmental
  • Psychopathology or Abnormal
  • Personality Theory
  • Methods in Psychology or Experimental Psychology
  • Statistics for the Social Sciences.

Applicants must also submit a one- to two-page statement of intent detailing interest in the field, background information, academic and related experience, field placements, and the reasons that led the student to choose this field of study; and two letters of recommendation. At least one letter must be from a former professor . If invited, students participate in an on-site interview and complete a writing sample.

The priority deadline for receipt of applications for admission for the fall semester is March 10. Applications are accepted only for the fall term. There are no admissions for the spring term. The department admissions committee will give full consideration to applications received after these respective dates, space permitting.

Clinical Mental Health Counseling Degree Requirements

The curriculum is composed of 16 required courses as well as one practicum and three internship courses.

Required Courses

PSY 701Foundations of Mental Health Counseling

3

PSY 702Psychopathology

3

PSY 703Developmental/Lifespan Psychology

3

PSY 710Assessment in Counseling

3

PSY 721Cognitive/Behavioral and Behavioral Approaches to Counseling

3

PSY 722Theories of Psychodynamic, Humanistic/Existential and Experiential Approaches to Counseling

3

PSY 739Clinical Instruction

3

PSY 740Mental Health Counseling Practicum

3

PSY 711Ethics/Child Abuse for Counselors

3

PSY 712Social/Cultural Foundations of Counseling

3

PSY 725Group Theory and Practice

3

PSY 781Mental Health Counseling Internship I

3

PSY 723Advanced Multicultural Counseling

3

PSY 731Research and Program Evaluation Methods in Mental Health Counseling

3

PSY 732Assessment and Counseling Strategies with Couples and Families

3

PSY 782Mental Health Counseling Internship II

3

PSY 745Career Development

3

PSY 783Mental Health Counseling Internship III

3

Two courses chosen from the following:

PSY 724Immigrant/Family Counseling

3

PSY 726Advanced Cognitive Behavioral Approaches to Counseling(RLA)

3

PSY 741Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counseling

3

PSY 744Counseling and Grief and Loss

3

ASD 701Autism Spectrum Disorders: Contemporary Issues

3

ASD 702Treatment Approaches, Applications, & Methods for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) Part I

3

ASD 703Treatment Approaches, Applications, & Methods for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) Part 2

3

ASD 704Contemporary Approaches to Assessment & Intervention of Speech, Language, & Communication Development in Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders

3

Total Credit Hours: 60

Clinical Mental Health Counseling Suggested Semester Sequence

 

Fall Year One

PSY 701Foundations of Mental Health Counseling

3

PSY 702Psychopathology

3

PSY 703Developmental/Lifespan Psychology

3

PSY 710Assessment in Counseling

3

Professional Seminar

Spring Year One

PSY 721Cognitive/Behavioral and Behavioral Approaches to Counseling

3

PSY 722Theories of Psychodynamic, Humanistic/Existential and Experiential Approaches to Counseling

3

PSY 739Clinical Instruction

3

PSY 741Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counseling

3

Professional Seminar

Summer Year One

PSY 740Mental Health Counseling Practicum

3

Fall Year Two

PSY 711Ethics/Child Abuse for Counselors

3

PSY 712Social/Cultural Foundations of Counseling

3

PSY 725Group Theory and Practice

3

PSY 781Mental Health Counseling Internship I

3

Spring Year Two

PSY 723Advanced Multicultural Counseling

3

PSY 731Research and Program Evaluation Methods in Mental Health Counseling

3

PSY 732Assessment and Counseling Strategies with Couples and Families

3

PSY 782Mental Health Counseling Internship II

3

Fall Year Three

PSY 724Immigrant/Family Counseling

3

PSY 726Advanced Cognitive Behavioral Approaches to Counseling(RLA)

3

PSY 744Counseling and Grief and Loss

3

PSY 745Career Development

3

PSY 783Mental Health Counseling Internship III

3

Total Credit Hours: 106