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Careers in Counselor Education

What Kind of Careers Does Counselor Education Prepare You For? 

Mental Health Counseling 

Clinical Mental Health Counseling programs prepare graduates to work with clients across a spectrum of mental and emotional disorders, as well as to promote mental health and wellness.  Clients may be seen individually, in couples, families, or group settings. Clinical Mental Health Counselors are knowledgeable in the principles and practices of diagnosis, treatment, referral and prevention and often work in interdisciplinary teams with other health professionals (e.g., psychiatrists, social workers, MDs).  Employment opportunities may include private practice, community-based mental health centers, hospitals and other treatment centers. 

School Counseling 

School Counseling programs prepare graduates to work with students ranging from kindergarten through high school. School counselors are prepared to promote the academic, career, and personal/social development of all K-12 students through understanding how to design and implement comprehensive school guidance and counseling programs that include time for individual counseling, group counseling, classroom guidance, family and teacher consultations within the school setting. School counselors work with in both private and public school systems at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. 

SUNY New Paltz Career Resource Center 

The  Career Resource Center at SUNY New Paltz  provides services, resources, and programs designed to help students and alumni to better understand the career development process, and to enhance their professional preparation and employability. 

Questions, Comments, Suggestions? 

If you would like more information about counselor education at SUNY New Paltz please contact: 

Dr. Melanie HillDirector 
Office: Wooster Hall 351 
Phone: (845) 257-3475 
Email: hillm@newpaltz.edu