The counseling field is one of the fastest-growing professions in the US—37 percent over this decade—according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, particularly in the areas of substance abuse, behavioral disorders, mental health, and grief counseling. Pace University’s Psychology graduate programs prepare you to take advantage of this trend and for jobs in professional settings such as mental health counseling facilities, hospitals, private practice, and intervention facilities. Our degrees provide strong foundations in clinical counseling, plus specialized knowledge in groundbreaking research in areas like resiliency and positive psychology and psychotherapy. Students gain an understanding of the many different approaches to contemporary counseling, including group and individual therapy, as well as substance abuse and grief counseling.
The MS in Counseling is a 36-credit program, and requires specialization in one of three separate tracks:
- substance abuse
- loss and grief counseling
- general counseling
Those specializing in the substance abuse track are qualified to sit for the Certification in Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counseling Exam (CASAC) after they have completed the New York State-required experience hours. The MS in Counseling program also provides the foundational credits for students considering careers in higher education advisement or who wish to move on to a doctoral program. Students enrolled in this degree program can switch to the 60-credit program, if they meet the academic requirements.
We integrate the understandings of cognitive-behavioral, existential-humanistic, and developmental counseling approaches into our teaching. Thus, we give our students the opportunity to develop a range of skills that will serve you in the variety of situations you will encounter professionally. Your studies can become an opportunity for growth and academic learning. You should find that this dimension will foster a high level of commitment to your studies. An important feature of our counseling graduate programs is our emphasis on hands-on skill development. Our students become active participants in their education through training groups, role-playing, the observation of video vignettes of counseling sessions, and taping of practice sessions.
We offer small classes and individual attention. We have students from all over the United States and from diverse backgrounds and experiences. Many are international students. There is great generational diversity too, with students ranging in age from their twenties to their sixties! It is easy to see how this mix can make for a very rich and rewarding environment, especially in counseling.
Our graduates go on to rewarding careers as:
- Behavioral therapists
- Dual-diagnosis clinicians
- Directors of counseling
- Care coordinators
- Behavioral health counselors
- Case managers
- Counselors in private practice
- Grief and bereavement counselors
- Substance abuse counselors
- Child and adolescent counselors
- Program directors
Alumni work at esteemed institutions such as:
- New York Presbyterian Hospital
- Visiting Nurse Service of New York
- Phelps Memorial Hospital
- Hope’s Door NY
- St. Vincent’s Hospital
- St. Christopher’s Inc.
- Four Winds Hospital
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