What can I do with an MS in Mental Health Counseling?
The counseling field is one of the fastest-growing professions in the US— 37 percent increase over this decade, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics — particularly in the areas of substance abuse, behavioral disorders, mental health, and grief counseling. Mental Health Counseling professionals work 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, 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.
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
- St. Vincent’s Hospital
- St. Christopher’s Inc.
- Four Winds Hospital
- St. Christopher’s Inn
- Monte Nido
The MS program is open to applicants with bachelor degree in Psychology or a closely-related field.
The Department of Psychology’s strong community of faculty, professionals and alumni in the field of mental health equip doctoral students with an established network of support to draw upon. Both faculty and alumni hold key leadership positions in the New York Mental Health Counselors Association (NYMHCA). Each semester the department offers a speaker series inviting leading researchers and professionals to talk about current and pertinent issues in the field.