Welcome to the Counseling Graduate Program website, which provides detailed information about all aspects of the program. The Counseling Graduate Program currently offers 60-credit Master of Science degrees in mental health and school counseling and a 24-credit Advanced Certificate program in mental health counseling:

Master of Science: Mental Health Counseling / School Counseling
Advanced Certificate Bridge Program: Mental Health Counseling

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Mission Statement

The Counseling Graduate Program at SUNY New Paltz trains highly skilled mental health and school counselors knowledgeable in both the practice and science of counseling. The program’s climate combines rigorous academic standards along with a collegial and supportive mentoring environment that conceptualizes students as emerging professionals. The program is committed to academic and personal development of counseling trainees within an atmosphere that values cultural and intellectual diversity. The program’s goal is to prepare mental health and school counselors who:

  • Possess the knowledge and skills necessary to practice as highly competent counselors
  • Demonstrate intellectual curiosity and a commitment to continually expanding their counseling knowledge and proficiency
  • Understand and model the professional standards and ethics of their profession
  • Attend to their own personal growth, as well as that of their clients, through utilizing supervision, valuing interpersonal feedback, and engaging in ongoing self-evaluation
  • Show mastery of the research process and understand its central role in counseling practice and conducting program evaluation
  • Are open-minded and respectful of multicultural and intellectual diversity
  • Use their counseling knowledge to function as compassionate and caring practitioners, advocates, and leaders within their profession and within the communities they serve

Contact Us

Counseling Graduate Program
Location: JFT 302
Hours: 8-11:45 a.m. Monday-Friday
Phone: 845-257-3467
e-mail: counsgradprogram@newpaltz.edu

Mailing Address:
Counseling Graduate Program
JFT 302 
SUNY New Paltz
600 Hawk Drive
New Paltz, NY 12561-2440

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Mission of the Counselor Education Program

General Mission
Clinical Mental Health Counseling Mission
School Counseling Mission

General Mission

The Counseling Graduate Program at SUNY New Paltz trains highly skilled mental health and school counselors knowledgeable in both the practice and science of counseling. The program’s climate combines rigorous academic standards along with a collegial and supportive mentoring environment that conceptualizes students as emerging professionals. The program is committed to academic and personal development of counseling trainees within an atmosphere that values cultural and intellectual diversity. The program’s goal is to prepare mental health and school counselors who:

  • Possess the knowledge and skills necessary to practice as highly competent counselors
  • Demonstrate intellectual curiosity and a commitment to continually expanding their counseling knowledge and proficiency
  • Understand and model the professional standards and ethics of their profession
  • Attend to their own personal growth, as well as that of their clients, through utilizing supervision, valuing interpersonal feedback, and engaging in ongoing self-evaluation
  • Show mastery of the research process and understand its central role in counseling practice and conducting program evaluation
  • Are open-minded and respectful of multicultural and intellectual diversity
  • Use their counseling knowledge to function as compassionate and caring practitioners, advocates, and leaders within their profession and within the communities they serve

Clinical Mental Health Counseling Mission Statement

In addition to the criteria outlined in the general mission statement, the mission of the Mental Health Counseling program is to produce graduates who:

  • Function as highly skilled and ethical counselors in individual, couples, and group settings
  • Demonstrate mastery of major counseling theories and skills and show the ability to utilize them therapeutically in clinical settings
  • Have strong foundational knowledge in the area of human growth and development and are able to use this knowledge to inform their therapeutic work with individuals, couples, and groups
  • Value and respect diversity and demonstrate multicultural competency working with therapy clients from diverse backgrounds
  • Show mastery of skills necessary to work therapeutically with clients who have experienced crises, disasters, and trauma
  • Possess an adjustment-oriented approach that emphasizes not only diagnosis and remediation of pathology, but also prevention, wellness, early intervention, and advocacy.

School Counseling Mission Statement

In addition to the criteria outlined in the general mission statement, the mission of the School Counseling program is to produce graduates who:

  • Function as highly skilled and ethical counselors able to work effectively in a variety of school settings with students of different ages
  • Demonstrate mastery of major counseling theories and skills and show the ability to utilize them appropriately and effectively within schools
  • Have strong foundational knowledge in the area of human growth and development and are able to use this knowledge to inform their understanding of the students with whom they work
  • Value and respect diversity and demonstrate multicultural competency working with students from diverse backgrounds
  • Attend to and understand the system of teachers, parents, administrators, and community members that makes up a school setting and are able to work with these various constituencies effectively
  • Are able to utilize data to effectively assess and evaluate student academic achievement, career, and personal/social development as well as the school counseling program as it relates to their school’s broader mission
  • Possess an adjustment-oriented approach that emphasizes not only addressing administrative responsibilities of school counselors, but also their role as counselors providing intervention and advocacy in both preventative and remedial forms for the students they serve.

The 60-credit Master of Science in School Counseling prepares students for certification as school counselors. The degree includes a core curriculum and specialization courses. The curriculum covers school counseling practice and research, in addition to necessary coursework in human growth and development, social and cultural foundations, helping relationships, group work, career and lifestyle development, appraisal, research and program development, and professional orientation. Practicum and internship experiences provide unique, varied, and intense hands-on school counseling training. The degree satisfies New York State Education Department (NYSED) requirements for provisional/permanent certification in school counseling, with SUNY New Paltz recommending graduates for certification. The degree can be completed full time in two years, including summer classes. Students may attend part time, but all degree requirements must be completed within five years after admission to degree candidacy.

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Mission Statement

The mission of the School Counseling program is to produce graduates who:

  • Function as highly skilled and ethical counselors able to work effectively in a variety of school settings with students of different ages
  • Demonstrate mastery of major counseling theories and skills and show the ability to utilize them appropriately and effectively within schools
  • Have strong foundational knowledge in the area of human growth and development and are able to use this knowledge to inform their understanding of the students with whom they work
  • Value and respect diversity and demonstrate multicultural competency working with students from diverse backgrounds<
  • Attend to and understand the system of teachers, parents, administrators, and community members that makes up a school setting and are able to work with these various constituencies effectively
  • Are able to utilize data to effectively assess and evaluate student academic achievement, career, and personal/social development as well as the school counseling program as it relates to their school’s broader mission
  • Possess an adjustment-oriented approach that emphasizes not only addressing administrative responsibilities of school counselors, but also their role as counselors providing intervention and advocacy in both preventative and remedial forms for the students they serve

 

Contact Us

Phone: 845-257-3467
e-mail: counsgradprogram@newpaltz.edu

Office location and hours available on counseling program home page.

Additional information on the Certification of School Counselors in New York State is available from the New York State Education Department (NYSED).

 

 

In the online version of this handbook, the following are direct links to the attachments listed in this handbook; many are the forms you will need as you progress through the program.

Required Disclaimer

The information on this website is provided to aid students in their graduate studies in counseling. It is meant as a guideline, not the law. Policies and procedures are always being examined and reexamined. This means that they may be changed or modified at any time. Further, some online information may be missing or need updating. We will try to keep students informed of changes/corrections to the information posted on this site as they occur.