The Mental Health Counseling program is designed to emphasize the strengths of individuals and families in order to facilitate recovery and resilience when faced with emotional, mental or physical challenges. Students will develop a strong understanding of the psychological foundations of mental health and the related developmental issues. In accordance with standards recommended by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP), the program focuses upon counseling areas such as professional identity, social and cultural diversity, human growth and development, helping relationships, career development, group work, assessment, research, program evaluation, and evidence-based intervention skills used in mental health counseling.
The MS degree in Mental Health Counseling at St. John Fisher provides students the opportunity to learn this knowledge base through a variety of teaching methodologies, including class discussions, role playing, small group work, case-study analysis, and classroom situations. Students also apply this knowledge in supervised clinical settings.
CACREP-Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs