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M.S. In Mental Health Counseling

The 60-credit Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling serves both students looking to become licensed as mental health counselors and those seeking to eventually proceed into doctoral programs. The curriculum covers mental health 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 mental health counseling training experiences under supervision of licensed professionals. The degree is registered with the New York State Education Department (NYSED) as meeting the educational requirements for mental health counseling licensure in New York. The M.S. in mental health counseling 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.

» Admissions Requirements
» Degree Requirements
» Practicum and Internship
» Information for Newly Accepted Students *
» Counseling Graduate Program Handbook *
» Mental Health Counseling Licensure in New York


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


Contact Us

Email: counsgradprogram@newpaltz.edu

Full contact information available on counseling program home page.

Additional information on the Licensure and Practice of the Mental Health Professions in New York State – including laws, rules, and regulations – is available from the Office of the Professions (OP).