Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

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In case you missed our two November Information Sessions and weren't able to make it to campus, please check out the link below to find out more about our Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program!

November Information Sessions

The Master of Science (M.S.) in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) program at Molloy College provides our graduates with academically rigorous courses, incorporating clinical skills training with evidence-based counseling principles. Our friendly campus atmosphere and individual attention fosters the best personal and professional growth for our students. Our program is embedded in interdisciplinary collaborations within the college, with a warm and supportive atmosphere.

The graduate program is student friendly as it is offered part time and at night, allowing students to work during the day. Join a new and exciting program designed to foster personal and professional growth and become an important member of the growing group of professional counselors.

In our CMHC program, we incorporate Molloy College's vibrant tradition of "study, spirituality, service and community" to prepare expertly trained counselors to be highly effective in today's ever-changing human service field. Through "transformative education" Molloy College's mission is to promote a "lifelong search for truth and the development of ethical leadership." The goal of our CMHC program is to embrace the College's mission and graduate students who have the professional identity, core knowledge, necessary state-of-the-art practical skills, and multi-cultural sensitivity to excel as Mental Health Counselors in a variety of professional mental health employment settings.

Our 60-credit-program fulfills the educational requirements for licensure as a Mental Health Counselor established by the New York State Education Department, Office of the Professions.

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 our graduates will be able to provide care to the traditionally underserved members of our population within a wide range of service delivery contexts.

The M.S. in CMHC Program is a part time program with courses offered in the evenings. The program can be completed in three years part time with summers Professor Laura Wood and Dr. Laura Kestemberg talked about some of the textbooks that will be used for the program.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 (600 clock hours) supervised internship in mental health counseling in a Molloy College approved mental health setting are required. Successful graduates of the Molloy College M.S. in CMHC 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.

As a College, Molloy places heavy emphasis on service to the community, especially to those in need.  This theme is reflected in our undergraduate and graduate programs, as it is fundamental to our mission and entirely consistent with the Dominican tradition which permeates all aspects of life on campus.  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.

Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselors provide solution oriented and consumer friendly services for clients. Providing lower cost of care to consumers of mental health is consistent with government and industry goals of cost containment and reduction built into Medicare and the recently passed national health insurance law.


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Dr. Laura Kestemberg
1000 Hempstead Avenue Rockville Centre, New York 11571-5002