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College of Liberal Arts and Science
New York City, NY 10031
Mental Health Counseling
The Department of Psychology offers a Master of Arts Degree in Mental Health Counseling with a focus on prevention and community development. The curriculum provides a thorough foundation in the theory and practice of counseling for the prevention and amelioration of psychological distress. Prevention strategies and the application of counseling principles to the larger community context are central features of each course’s content. The Masters in Mental Health Counseling program provides an opportunity for an education in a high demand, high growth career area. The program is designed primarily for students who have completed a baccalaureate degree in Psychology or a Masters degree in General Psychology and who wish to obtain training needed to be effective counselors to people in need of assistance with psychological adjustment and development. The City College Mental Health Counseling program provides educational and career opportunities to New York residents, satisfying the new state requirements for licensure as a mental health counselor. For more information about these requirements, please visit the New York State Education Department website. Students in the program will study theories of psychological development, learn to evaluate the effectiveness of programs, examine issues related to the ethics of providing counseling, appreciate the need to understand the cultural backgrounds of people they counsel, and be exposed to problems that may develop when working in various sites (clinics, schools, hospitals etc.) in the community.