Mental Health Counseling, MS
Mental Health Counseling
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 Mental Health Counseling (60 credits) prepares graduates to become licensed practitioners in mental health counseling with specialties and emphases on areas ranging from loss and grief counseling, substance abuse, post-traumatic stress and resilience, and positive psychology. The curriculum emphasizes hands-on skills development using role-playing and group exercise, as well as interview techniques, research methods, and internships.
The MS in Mental Health Counseling program also provides the foundational credits for students who wish to move on to a doctoral program. Students who complete this program with distinction are welcome to apply to our PhD in Mental Health Counseling program.
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.
Pace University Mental Health Counseling Program Mission Statement
The mission of the Mental Health Counseling program is to develop and foster a curriculum and climate that promotes the values and mission statement of Pace University, as well as employ the most recently published standards of the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). We are committed to providing personalized instruction to our students to assist in the development and enhancement of their personal qualities and characteristics, knowledge, skills, and attitudes in becoming culturally competent and interpersonally skilled mental health counselors working with children, adolescents, families, and adults in a variety of settings. Lastly, we are committed to ongoing self-evaluation and growth of the program and the students, while maintaining a curriculum that meets the changing needs of students coming to Pace University’s Mental Health Counseling program that provides them an exceptional education as a mental health counselor.
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.
Admission Prerequisites: Admission requirements include a Bachelor’s degree in psychology or a related field. Applicants who haven’t completed such a major may be required to complete General Psychology and Social Psychology prior to beginning graduate study.
For program information, please contact the program admissions advisor, Ms. Meghan Seixas, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (914)773-3627.
Mental Health Counseling, MS
- Meet Program Faculty
- MS Student Handbook
- CACREP Annual Evaluation of the MS Program
- MS Internal Assessment Reports: 2019, 2018, 2017
- MS Field Placement Practicum and Internship Handbook
- MS Program of Study Curriculum Worksheet
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
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
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