Mental Health Counseling, PhD

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  • Westchester
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This PhD in Mental Health Counseling program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

NEXT GENERATION LEADERS

This program is designed to train mental health counselors in advanced clinical and supervisory skills, prepare counselors to conduct research that will further the profession’s knowledge base, and foster the next generation of leaders who will be teachers and advocates for the mental health counseling profession across the country.

Be a Professional

  • Students emerge as highly skilled professionals in therapeutic practice and research, well-positioned to be leaders in the field and advocates for their clients and the profession. 
  • Master-level students gain advanced professional training, opportunities for intensive research, and opportunities to significantly advance the field of mental health.
  • Specializations include grief counseling, substance abuse counseling, and positive psychotherapy and counseling.

TAKE COURSES LIKE…

Throughout the curriculum, you’ll receive intensive training focused on advanced clinical issues, counseling education, supervision, and research focused on the promotion of mental health and the counseling profession.

Graduates leave the program equipped with a solid foundation in counseling built upon a combination of coursework, fieldwork, seminars, and guided research. 

ADD OPPORTUNITIES AND EXPERIENCES

A small and selective program—accepting approximately 10 students per academic year—means small classes, in which students are exposed to evidence-based counseling approaches for demographically and clinically diverse populations.

Students work closely with faculty to develop and carry out independent research projects culminating in a doctoral dissertation. These activities are designed to integrate counseling intervention and research skills training, preparing graduates for a variety of counseling, policy-based, advocacy, teaching, and research careers. 

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. 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.

“This unique doctoral program will provide mental health professionals with the opportunity to take their training and knowledge to the next level in a way that will help them stand apart from the crowd. In essence, we are seeking to develop the next wave of leaders in counseling that will help significantly advance the study and treatment of mental health.” –Paul Griffin, PhD, Department Chair

CHOOSE YOUR CAREER

CAREER OPTIONS

The PhD program prepares candidates for a multitude of growing careers, including:

  • Advocacy
  • Community mental health
  • Mental health policymaking
  • Private practice
  • Research
  • University teaching 

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Students who substantially meet the following requirements will be invited to an interview with the departmental admission screening committee:

  • An earned master’s degree in mental health counseling with a curriculum equivalent to that of Pace University’s 60-credit graduate master of science program in mental health counseling. 
  • Earned graduate-level GPA of 3.6 or higher.
  • Submitted letters of recommendation, personal statement, and official academic transcripts.
  • Met one of the following permit/licensure requirements:
    • Be eligible for New York State limited permit in mental health counseling.
    • Obtained a limited permit in New York State.
    • Be licensed in mental health counseling in New York State.
    • Be licensed in mental health counseling in a state other than New York.

CACREP ANNUAL MS PROGRAM EVALUATION AND STUDENT OUTCOMES

  • PART I: NARRATIVE

    During the 2018-2019 academic year, the faculty and staff of the Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling at Pace University conducted an annual review of the program.

    We continued to focus on emphasizing ethical standards in the key practice courses within the master’s program as had been indicated in our earlier program evaluations. We focus on ethics as they relate to practicum experiences and internships as well as in our other courses. We continue to emphasize the importance of ethics and multicultural diversity in the foundations course, and the introductory counseling courses, as well as in our group counseling, family counseling, social and cultural foundations, and our elective LGBTQA+ course.

    The department now requires that all students complete a new course, MHC 632: Orientation to Addictions: Etiology, Screening, Treatment, in our MS in Mental Health Counseling program, based on the feedback that we received from our CACREP Site Visit in May 2018. This reduced our electives by three credits and increased our core courses from 45 credits to a total of 48 credits. The 12 remaining credits are either elective and/or required courses for our General, Trauma and Loss, or Substance Abuse Tracks. We instituted this change immediately after the site visit.

    Finally, the department determined, in the previous year, that additional faculty in the field of mental health counseling was needed. We hired two new full-time faculty members in the counselor education field, Dr. Poonam Doshi and Dr. Sara Juncaj. They began their assignments to the graduate programs in the fall of 2018.

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    PART II: GRADUATES AND PASS, COMPLETION, AND JOB PLACEMENT RATES

    1. Number of Graduates: 37

    2. Pass rates on the National Counselor Examination:

    Date: October 2018
    # tested: 7
    # passed: 7

    3. Program Completion Rate: 100% FOR 2018-19 Academic Year

    4. Estimate of Job Placement Rates: The department is in the process of surveying recent graduates. Approximately 70% of our graduates are currently employed in a counseling or a counseling-related capacity.

  • PART I: NARRATIVE

    During the 2017-2018 academic year, the faculty and staff of the Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling at Pace University conducted an annual review of the program.

    We focused on following up on emphasizing ethical standards in the key practice courses within the program. We have included this focus as it relates to internships, practicum experiences, as well as other courses. We stress the importance of ethics and multicultural diversity in the foundations course, the introductory counseling courses, as well as the group counseling, family counseling, social and cultural foundations, and the elective LGBTQA+ course.

    In the past year, the practicum course has evolved into a robust preparation for the internship courses. Dr. Michael Tursi, a new addition to our department with a doctorate in counselor education from the University of Rochester, has brought fresh perspectives into this course as well as into the doctoral-level internship course.

    Finally, the department determined that additional faculty in the field of mental health counseling was needed. We have hired two new full-time faculty in the counselor education field to start in the Fall 2018 semester.

    PART II: GRADUATES AND PASS, COMPLETION, AND JOB PLACEMENT RATES

    1. Number of Graduates: 27

    2. Pass rates on the National Counselor Examination:

    Date: April 2017
    # tested: 5
    # passed: 3

    Date: October 2017
    # tested: 5
    # passed: 5

    3. Program Completion Rate: 100% for 2017-18 Academic Year

    4. Estimate of Job Placement Rates: Approximately 60% of our graduates are currently employed in a counseling or a counseling-related capacity.

  • PART I: NARRATIVE

    During the 2016-2017 academic year, the faculty and staff of the Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling at Pace University did an annual evaluation of the program. This year, we focused on the “capstone” courses: Internship I and II, as well as the Integrating Seminar.

    We examined five specific “course learning outcomes” that are associated with these three courses: Integrating Seminar (674) and the Internship/ Field Experience (675 & 676) courses. In our faculty’s review, we found that on four of the five learning outcomes, the goals are being achieved on at least an adequate level by a large majority of students. In the area of ethical standards and in the area of developing counseling strategies with clients of diverse multicultural populations, we found that students continued to need increased learning opportunities in both ethics issues and working with diverse populations.

    As a result, we will continue to emphasize ethical standards and multicultural counseling perspectives. We will also include a separate practicum course in the curriculum.

    There will not be any other substantial program changes at this time.

    PART II: GRADUATES AND PASS, COMPLETION, AND JOB PLACEMENT RATES

    1. Number of Graduates: 33

    2. Pass rates on the National Counselor Examination:

    Date: April 2016
    # tested: 7
    # passed: 8

    Date: October 2016
    # tested: 4
    # passed: 6

    3. Program Completion Rate: 100% for 2016-17 Academic Year

    4. Estimate of Job Placement Rates: The results of our alumni survey indicated that approximately 63% of our graduates are employed in a counseling or counseling-related capacity. Our anecdotal assessment appears to be somewhat higher, perhaps in the range of 75-80%.

  • 1. Number of Graduates: 30

    2. Pass rates on the National Counselor Examination:

    Date: April 2015
    # tested: 7
    # passed: 7

    Date: October 2015
    # tested: 6
    # passed: 6

    3. Program Completion Rate: 100% for 2015-16 Academic Year

    4. Estimate of Job Placement Rates: Our alumni survey indicated that approximately 60% of our graduates are employed in a counseling or counseling-related capacity. Our anecdotal assessment appears to be somewhat higher, probably in the area of 75%.