The Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program is a 60-credit program leading to a Master of Science in Education degree.
The Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program is a 60 credit program leading to a Master of Science in Education degree. The New York State Department of Education Office of Professions has approved the program as license qualifying and thus it meets the education requirement for Licensed Mental Health Counselor. The Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program (CMHC) is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs. In addition it should be noted that the degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling has been approved by the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) as a qualifying curriculum for the Certified Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor in Training (CASAC-T).
Admission to the graduate program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling requires:
Fall Deadline for Counseling MSEd: April 1
Advanced Certificate applications in counseling are available for Spring Only, Masters admission in counseling is Fall only.
The School of Education's Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is accredited by The Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP). CACREP is a programmatic accreditor of counseling education programs at colleges and universities in the United States. It is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.
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Courses with * must be completed before taking field courses. Students taking PSY 627 get to take an extra elective. Students taking PSY 726 must take 727 to complete psychopathology requirement.
Students applying to the CMHC program at St. John’s University should recognize that the Mental Health Counseling profession is distinct from other mental health professionals, such as social workers or psychologists. Counselors have a unique counseling identity, specifically,
“Counseling is a professional relationship that empowers diverse individuals, families, and groups to accomplish mental health, wellness, education, and career goals.” Source: counseling.org
“Clinical mental health counseling is a distinct profession with national standards for education, training and clinical practice. Clinical mental health counselors are highly-skilled professionals who provide flexible, consumer-oriented therapy. They combine traditional psychotherapy with a practical, problem-solving approach that creates a dynamic and efficient path for change and problem resolution.” Source: amhca.org
According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH), the job outlook for mental health counselors is expected to grow 20% from 2014-2024. For more information on the work environment, training, and other components of the job, visit the OOH website: bls.gov/ooh/community-and-social-service/mobile/mental-health-counselors-and-marriage-and-family-therapists.htm
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the median salary for Mental Health Counselors in 2015 was $41,880, with a range of $26,300 - $68,790. New York State is one of the top five states with the highest level of employment of Mental Health Counselors in the country, and the New York City metro region offers the highest employment of Mental Health Counselors out of any metropolitan region in the country. For more information on salary, employment, and geographic outcomes for mental health counselors, visit the BLS website.
The CMHC program at St. John’s University is approved as a license-qualifying education program for New York. The St. John’s program fulfills the educational coursework required to become a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in New York state. In order to become fully licensed in New York, applicants must complete three components:
Please note that licensing requirements are established by the Office of Professions of New York state and are subject to change per state requirements. For the most up to date information on licensing requirements, visit the Office of Professions website for Mental Health Counseling License Requirements: op.nysed.gov/prof/mhp/mhclic.htm.
Students admitted to our Counselor Education programs are highly successful in the classroom. The majority of our students are eligible to join our counseling honor society, indicating that they have an academic GPA of 3.5 or higher (see “Current Students” for more information on our honor society). In recent years, the Counselor Education program has had 100% passing rate on the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE), a national exit exam required for graduation. St. John’s University’s Counselor Education program also participates in the Graduate Student Option for the National Counseling Exam (NCE). Many of our students decide to take this optional national counseling exam offered by the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC). Reports from NBCC indicate that St. John’s students enjoy a nearly 100% passing rate on the exam, which allows them to utilize the title, Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) upon graduation. Several states (although not New York) utilize the NCE as their counseling licensing exam. Thus students who take and pass the NCE while at St. John’s have an opportunity to expand their job and licensure opportunities in other states.
St. John’s Alumni are reporting successful outcomes in their clinical practice post-graduation. Of CMHC graduates surveyed in 2016, 100% of responses indicated that they began working in the Mental Health Counseling field within one to two months post-graduation, with the majority of respondents indicating that they were hired prior to graduation by their internship site. Alumni report working in a multitude of settings including inpatient settings, outpatient settings, PROS programs, community clinics, university settings, and private practice. A sample of recent CMHC alumni employers include: Northwell-Zucker Hillside, Calvary Hospital, York College, Lutheran Social Services, and New York Psychotherapy and Counseling Center (NYPCC). Additionally, a majority of our CMHC alumni report passing the NCMHCE on their first attempt. More information on our alumni career outcomes can be found in the CMHC Coordinator’s Report (PDF) as well as out Stakeholder Report.
Current students are responsible for reviewing the following information.
Thank you for agreeing to host a St. John’s CMHC student at your field placement site, including internship and/or practicum. The student should have provided you with the following items prior to their starting field work.
Site supervisors may also be interested in reviewing the Stakeholders Report or the CMHC Coordinator’s Report (PDF) for information on program and alumni outcomes.
St. John’s University’s Counselor Education program hosts a vibrant and active chapter of Chi Sigma Iota, a national counseling honor society. Our university chapter is the Sigma Tau Upsilon Chapter. Information on CSI events is posted on the CSI bulletin board next to the elevator on the G Level of Sullivan Hall. Information and events can also be found on our Sigma Tau Upsilon Chapter of Chi Sigma Iota social media sites including a LinkedIn© page, Facebook© group, and Instagram© account. For more information, contact the CSI chapter advisor, Dr. Robertson at [email protected].
St. John’s University’s Counselor Education program hosts in a variety of events throughout the academic year, including social events, professional development events, advocacy events, and CSI events. Examples of student events during the last year include: hosting a Crisis Intervention workshop on campus, hosting a Substance Abuse in Adolescence workshop in conjunction with the American Counseling Association of New York (ACA-NY), attending state counseling conferences with faculty including the New York Mental Health Counselors Association (NYMHCA) and the New York State School Counselors Association Conference (NYSSCA), walking in the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) NYC Metro Walk, as well as the Overnight Walk for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Other events included bake sales, t-shirt sales, end of the year socials, and comprehensive examination preparation workshops with alumni involvement. For information on Counselor Education program events, see the bulletin boards on the Ground Level of Sullivan Hall, including the CSI board, the School Counseling board, and the Mental Health Counseling board. Information is also disseminated via faculty to their classes, posted in Sullivan G-6 and Sullivan G-9, as well as on the Sigma Tau Upsilon Chi Sigma Iota Chapter’s social media pages.
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