Psychology Department

Counseling Graduate Program

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Counseling Graduate Program > M.S. in Mental Health Counseling

Degree Requirements (60 credits)  Degree Plan of Study Form

All classes are three credits except where indicated.

Mental Health Counseling Requirement (36 credits)

  • COU510 Counseling Theories
  • COU515 Counseling Skills
  • COU520 Career Development, Counseling, and Assessment
  • COU525 Multicultural Counseling
  • COU530 Foundations of Mental Health Counseling (four credits)
  • COU540 Psychopathology
  • COU545 Group Dynamics and Counseling
  • COU550 Couple and Family Counseling
  • COU555 Assessment
  • COU771 Ethics and Professional Orientation: MHC Internship 1 (four credits)
  • COU772 Ethics and Professional Orientation: MHC Internship 2 (four credits)

Methodology Requirement (six credits)

  • PSY501 ANOVA or PSY503 Correlation and Multiple Regression
  • PSY507 Research Methods

Human Growth and Development Requirement (three credits)

  • PSY527 Human Growth and Development

Human Growth and Development Electives (six credits)
Choose two:

  • PSY516 Organizational Psychology
  • PSY528 Infancy and Childhood
  • PSY529 Adulthood
  • PSY531 Middle Childhood and Adolescence
  • PSY556 Contemporary Social Psychology
  • PSY560 Cognitive Processes
  • PSY570 Cognitive Neuroscience

Electives (nine credits)
Three courses to be chosen from the following:

  • ANY other three-credit courses from the lists above which have NOT been used to fulfill one of the above requirements.
  • ANY other three-credit Counseling (COU) or Psychology (PSY) graduate courses not listed above.
  • Thesis of three or six credits

Child Abuse Identification Workshop

  • Must be taken on or off campus and documentation submitted to SUNY New Paltz so that proof of having completed this training can appear on the student’s transcript.
  • For the on-campus workshop, pick up a registration form at SCB 105. For more information, contact Deb Gould in SCB 105 at 845-257-2874. She will assist students in making sure that proof of workshop completion is documented on their transcripts once the workshop is completed.
  • Otherwise, take the workshop online at www.childabuseworkshop.com and enter the registration code NewPaltz9 for the same rate as on-campus. This code only works for SUNY New Paltz students. 
  • Students who take the workshop online or off-campus from an approved provider should have proof of workshop completion put on their transcript by sending copies of their workshop certificates of completion to Records & Registration in HAB 19 or faxing them to the attention of Elizabeth Shuipis at 845-257-3103.

Two-Year Plan of Study (60 credits)

Fall 1 (12 credits)

  • PSY501 ANOVA (3) or PSY503 Correlation & Multiple Regression (three credits)
  • COU510 Counseling Theories (three credits)
  • COU515 Counseling Skills (three credits)
  • COU520 Career Development, Counseling, and Assessment (three credits)
  • Complete Child Abuse Identification Workshop [must be completed before taking COU530]

Spring 1 (13 credits)

  • PSY507 Research Methods (three credits)
  • COU525 Multicultural Counseling (three credits)
  • COU530 Foundations of Mental Health Counseling (four credits)
  • COU540 Psychopathology (three credits)

Summer 1 (six credits)

  • Elective (three credits)
  • Elective (three credits)

Fall 2 (13 credits)

  • COU545 Group Dynamics and Counseling (three credits)
  • COU771 Ethics & Professional Orientation: MHC Internship 1 (four credits)
  • PSY527 Human Growth & Development (three credits)
  • Human Growth & Development Elective (three credits)

Spring 2 (13 credits)

  • COU550 Couple and Family Counseling (three credits)
  • COU555 Assessment (three credits)
  • COU772 Ethics & Professional Orientation: MHC Internship 2 (four credits)
  • Human Growth & Development Elective (three credits)

Summer 2 (three credits)

  • Elective (three credits)

Three-Year Plan of Study (60 credits)

Fall 1 (nine credits)

  • COU510 Counseling Theories (three credits)
  • COU515 Counseling Skills (three credits)
  • COU520 Career Development, Counseling, and Assessment (three credits)
  • Complete Child Abuse Identification Workshop [must be completed before taking COU530]

Spring 1 (10 credits)

  • COU525 Multicultural Counseling (three credits)
  • COU530 Foundations of Mental Health Counseling (four credits)
  • COU540 Psychopathology (three credits)

Summer 1 (three credits)

  • Elective (three credits)*

Fall 2 (nine credits)

  • COU545 Group Dynamics and Counseling (three credits)
  • PSY501 ANOVA (3) or PSY503 Correlation & Multiple Regression (three credits)
  • PSY527 Human Growth & Development (three credits)

Spring 2 (nine credits)

  • COU550 Couple and Family Counseling (three credits)
  • COU555 Assessment (three credits)
  • PSY507 Research Methods (three credits)

Summer 2 (three credits)

  • Elective (three credits)*

Fall 3 (seven credits)

  • COU771 Ethics & Professional Orientation: MHC Internship 1 (four credits)
  • Human Growth & Development Elective (three credits)

Spring 3 (seven credits)

  • COU772 Ethics & Professional Orientation: MHC Internship 2 (four credits)
  • Human Growth & Development Elective (three credits)

Summer 3 (three credits)

  • Elective (three credits)*

* Electives can also be completed during fall or spring semesters if the student does not wish to take summer courses or simply prefers the courses offered during those semesters.