Clinical and Mental Health Counseling FAQs

 

Yes! The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), has granted accreditation to the College's Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) Master of Science program. CACREP is considered the premier accrediting body for counseling programs in the United States.

 

Yes! 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.

 

At the discretion of the program director, up to six credits may be transferred into the Master of Science program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. All transferrable credits must have been completed at the Master's level, and from a CACREP accredited counseling program. A grade of B or higher must be earned for the credits to be accepted.

 

Our program is offered on a part-time basis and in the evenings. It takes three years to complete. In the first two years, students take six credits each in the fall, spring, and summer semesters. In the third year, students take nine credits in the fall and spring semester, in addition to internship requirements. It is recommended that students in their third year do not work at a full-time job, as the class and internship requirements are extensive. Our program is cohort-based to help maximize individual growth and support.

 

The GRE is no longer required as of Fall 2020.

 

We are looking for people who are open-minded, flexible, curious, self-reflective, hardworking, and have a passion for working with people. In addition to the academic pre-requisites, having partaken in your own therapy is a plus. We believe it is important to know what it is like to sit in the other chair. Additionally, any volunteer or work experience related to human services is also useful.

 

New cohorts begin each fall. There is no spring admission into the program.

 

Classes meet back- to-back one evening a week. During semesters that you are enrolled in internship, you will be meeting twice a week. During summer semesters, classes are held twice a week.

 

Please see this link for graduate level tuition information.

 

The length of time since your last attendance in school will not be a selection criterion. The program has rigorous admissions criteria, including a telephone screening, an in-person interview, a personal statement, and a spontaneous writing sample. Admission to this program is competitive and selective, but we are confident that our comprehensive approach to candidate selection will result in inviting the best prospective participants to join the program. We have many students who have enrolled in our program who have been out of school for quite some time.

 

Mentorship is an important part of our program. Each student will be assigned a faculty member who is matched based on programmatic needs and areas of specialization. Additionally, all faculty members are dedicated to getting to know and nurture each student on their journey to becoming a clinical mental health counselor.

 

A practicum of 100 clock hours as part of a one-semester course is required. Additionally, 600 clock hours (part of a two semester course) supervised internship in mental health counseling in a Molloy College approved mental health setting is required.

 

Yes! The Mental Health and Wellness Center serves as a training site for our practicum and internship students who provide direct services to children, adolescents, and adults in the community under the supervision of a licensed mental health counselor.

 

Each state has unique licensing laws. Fortunately, New York State has some of the most rigorous requirements, and most states have similar requirements. Students who know they will be re-locating should research individual state laws to make sure they meet the new state’s requirements.

 

The material in classes covered over the three years is constructed to provide a comprehensive foundation necessary for preparing to take the licensure exam. Additionally, hold an exam preparation weekend- intensive designed to help students identify growth edges and strengths, as well as review test-taking strategies. Students will also be encouraged to form study groups.

 

Traditionally we have offered all our classes face to face. In response to the pandemic, we transitioned to online synchronous delivery of our courses. We continue to monitor the situation to keep our students, faculty, and clients safe while honoring the intimate learning experience that the program is known for.