Molloy Launches Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Molloy College officially welcomes its inaugural class for the Master of Science (M.S.) in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) program.

The program will combine academically rigorous courses and clinical skills training with evidence-based counseling principles.  The CMHC program has an approach based in counseling and mental health theory with a solid foundation of empirical research and practice paradigms.  Courses and training will be provided within a multicultural context to ensure that graduates will be able to provide care to the traditionally underserved members of our population within a wide range of service delivery contexts. 

The program is offered part-time and at night, allowing students to work during the day.  The 60-credit program fulfills the education requirements for licensure as a Mental Health Counselor established by the New York State Education Department, Office of the Professions.

"Molloy places heavy emphasis on service to the community, especially to those in need," said Laura B. Kestemberg, Ph.D., Chair, Associate Dean and Director of the program.  "The Clinical Mental Health Counseling program captures the essence of this mission, and it is our intention and hope that the students we prepare for the counseling profession will dedicate much of their energies and activities to helping those in need and serving their communities."

The M.S. in CMHC program can be completed in three years (part-time with summers included) and requires a final comprehensive examination.  Graduate coursework will include, but not be limited to, each of the following content areas: human growth and development; social and cultural foundations of counseling; counseling theory and practice; psychopathology; group dynamics; lifestyle and career development; assessment and appraisal of individuals, couples, and families and groups; research and program evaluation; professional orientation and ethics; foundations of mental health counseling and consultation; and clinical instruction.  A practicum (100 clock hours) course and a one-year supervised internship in mental health counseling in a Molloy College approved mental health setting are required.  Successful graduates of the CHMC program will be eligible for licensure as mental health counselors in New York State upon completion of 3,000 post-master's hours of supervised mental health counseling work and the passing of the state licensing examination.

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