Master of Science in Education Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Program Overview

Program Overview

SBU's Online MSED Clinical Mental Health Counseling is known for being transformational, interactive and experiential. Our graduates exemplify extraordinary goodness through the individuals they reach through their practice and their greater community impact. The MSED Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is based on the core values of:

  • Community – MSED Clinical Mental Health Counseling students work in the community through in-field practice and are part of the greater “Bonnie” community, first as students and later as members of a strong alumni network.
  • Individual Worth – Clinical Mental Health Counseling MSED graduates go on to work in a variety of environments where they’ll discover their individual worth as counselors and the inherent dignity in as well as respect for, their clients.
  • Discovery – The online MSED program curriculum introduces individuals to a wide variety of counseling practices, including crisis counseling, addiction counseling, research methods and more.

Our Online MSED Counseling programs are fully aligned with our CACREP-accredited on-ground programs. The MSED Clinical Mental Health program at SBU has also been distinguished as the 2nd Best Value in New York by TopCounselingSchools.org.

Admissions Requirements

NO GRE OR GMAT REQUIRED FOR THIS PROGRAM

  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Transcripts from all colleges and universities previously attended
  • A Personal Statement/Writing Sample
    • This takes the form of your responses to the questions presented in our MSED Counseling writing sample. (Please complete the linked form and submit to graduate admissions).
  • Two Recommendations
    • Who describe suitability for graduate study, your interest in the counseling field, your professional work, etc. Typically, recommendations come from professors, supervisors, professional peers or community leaders. We provide the School of Graduate Studies Recommendation Form for your convenience; it is not required that your endorsers use this form.
  • Interview
    • Once your application file is complete (or in some cases nearly complete), the counseling department will schedule you for an interview with a member of the counseling faculty.

Master of Science in Education Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Program Delivery

A majority of the MSED in Clinical Mental Health Counseling courses in the program are delivered in an online virtual learning environment. You’ll have direct interaction with your peers and faculty. Classes are small cohorts so you’ll receive the individualized and student-focused attention needed to succeed. Classes are 7 weeks long and we offer 3 intakes per year. The program is 60 credits and completed in 36 months. We are proud to have a 95% program completion rate and a 98% mental health licensure pass rate.

Field Experiences, Internships and Residency

Students enrolled in the online clinical mental health counseling program will go through a variety of in-field work and experiences. At the beginning of the second year, students start the Practicum which requires 100 hours, 40 of which involve direct contact with clients. Following the Practicum, you’ll complete two internships each requiring 300 clock hours.

You’ll also complete two required 4-day residencies at St. Bonaventure during which you will have many opportunities to interact face-to-face with program faculty and your peers. These experiences are valuable for networking as well.

Transformational

Individuals who enter the online counseling program undergo a transformational process where they are given the skills and tools to successfully enter the mental health counseling field. In addition, students join a highly-regarded program. We’re #6 in Best Value Schools, #27 in Regional Universities North and the Best College for Veterans by U.S. News and World Report. We’re awarded Kiplinger’s Personal Finance “Top 300 Best College Values” and “Best 380 Colleges” by The Princeton Review. SBU grads are hands-on professionals who are making differences in individual lives and their communities. St. Bonaventure’s online MSED counseling programs emphasize personal growth along with academic excellence.

Interactive

The online Masters of Science in Education Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is interactive, where you’ll develop skills in individual and group counseling. You’ll have a wide variety of contact with your peers and faculty. Learning extends beyond the classroom into real-world practice and the application of theory.

Experiential

The online MSED in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is experiential with field placements. At the beginning of the second year, students start the Practicum which requires 100 hours, 40 of which involve direct contact with clients. Following the Practicum, you’ll complete two internships each requiring 300 clock hours. The program also includes two required 4-day residencies at St. Bonaventure University. Therefore, you’ll be fully equipped with the experience needed to practice and establish a career as a clinical mental health counselor.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of Counselor Education programs at St. Bonaventure University, graduates:

  • Understand history, roles & responsibilities, professional credentialing, advocacy and ethical standards of the field
  • Demonstrate counseling skills, including individual & group counseling, prevention and intervention, and crisis intervention
  • Demonstrate multicultural competencies in relation to diversity, equity, advocacy, and opportunity
  • Possess skills that may affect the personal, social and intellectual functioning of individuals and groups
  • Evaluate research relevant to the practice of counseling, develop measurable outcomes for their interventions, and analyze and use data to improve the efficacy of their programs
  • Promote, develop and enhance effective teamwork within institutions and communities
Licensure

SBU’s Online MSED Counseling programs are fully aligned with and mirror our CACREP-accredited on ground programs, and meets the standard for licensure within the state of New York.

Additionally, SBU encourages graduates of the online MSED Counseling programs to seek New York State Licensure upon completion of their program. State licensing regulations and professional standards vary by state and learners are responsible for understanding and complying with the requirements of the state in which they intend to work.

Specific requirements for the Mental Health Counselor license are specified on this NYSED website.

Cost and Financial Aid

Individuals may qualify for financial aid. To learn what financial aid is available to you via the government, on the basis of military benefits or other concerns, please visit our main financial aid page.

Program Curriculum

Clinical Mental Health Counseling Masters Degree: 60 Credits

  • Core courses: 33 credits
  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling specialty courses: 21 credits
  • Residencies: 6 credits

Click on the course name to learn more.

Careers and Outcomes

According to U.S. News and World Report, mental health counseling is in the Top 10 Best Social Services jobs and in the Top 100 Best Jobs. Individuals in the mental health counseling profession can earn more than $60,000 a year while working in a variety of environments, such as:

  • Colleges
  • Scientific/technical facilities
  • Correctional Facilities
  • Hospitals
  • Inpatient or Outpatient Facilities
  • Residential Care Facilities
  • Non-for-profits
  • Public or private practice

In addition to the diversity of workplaces a mental health counseling degree provides, there is also a sense of compassion and satisfaction those in the industry receive from providing services to others. According to the Journal of Counselor Preparation and Supervision, individuals with a master’s degree in counseling are most satisfied when they find their "fit" or specialization.

Master’s degree students in the education clinical mental health counseling program also tend to look for opportunities to move forward in their field. As a result, if you’re looking for a career change or to take your social services skills to the next level, an online degree in education clinical mental health counseling may be the next step in your career.

CE 500. Research Methods: 3 Credits

Core Courses

This course helps educators and counselors exercise and expand their critical thinking skills by critique and generation of research projects or publications. The course aims to make teaching and counseling work easier and more effective by developing skills to solve research problems. Candidates will recognize the characteristics of well-designed research and be able to identify what methodologies for data collection and analysis may be used given the research question, as well as write acceptably formatted research papers.

CE 510. Introduction to the Profession of Counseling: 3 Credits

Core Courses

This course is designed to acquaint students with the field of counseling. This is the introductory graduate course in counseling in which a general overview and survey of the profession are provided. Roles and responsibilities of counselors across a variety of settings are examined. Professional ethical and legal issues are explored. Fall, Spring

CE 511. Advanced Human Growth and Development: 3 Credits

Core Courses

The course addresses development and cognitive processes governing learning from conception to death. Normative, non-normative and historical effects within childhood, adolescence, adulthood and later life are presented. Formal developmental and learning theory is emphasized in conjunction with practical interpretation and application. The course provides an orientation and background for sound educational practices.

CE 530. Theories and Techniques of Counseling: 3 Credits

Core Courses

The course acquaints the student with the basic knowledge base and skills required for the practice of counseling. Classroom work will focus on the development of specific counseling skills. Students will use role play, audio and videotapes to facilitate the learning process. Additionally, students will explore counseling theory and research.

CE 540. Abnormal Psychology: 3 Credits

Core Courses

To acquaint the beginning graduate student with the field of abnormal psychology with an emphasis on the definitions and distinctions between the various abnormal disorders, an introduction to the current research in the field, a discussion of the numerous continual controversial issues and a review of the data-based treatment approaches. In addition, this course will assist the graduate student to understand the nature, needs, and problems of individuals at all developmental levels over the life span and to understand the nature, needs, and problems of a multicultural and diverse society.

CE 550. Group Counseling: 3 Credits

Core Courses

This course provides a basic introduction to group process and group counseling. The class will blend theory with practice. The course will explore various theoretical approaches to group practice, as well as the four group work specializations developed by the Association for Specialists in Group Work: Task, Psychoeducational, Counseling, and Psychotherapy.

CE 560. Psychological Testing and Assessment: 3 Credits

Core Courses

To acquaint the student with the basic foundations of testing and assessment and to provide the student with broad knowledge and experience in test selection, use and interpretation within the counseling process. The course also provides practical experience in test selection, administration and interpretation.

CE 570. Career Counseling: 3 Credits

Core Courses

To introduce the student to the psychology and sociology of career development and to the theory and practice of career counseling and education. The focus on development from childhood through adulthood provides an examination of career counseling strategies in both schools and community agencies.

CE 610. Practicum in Counseling: 3 Credits

Core Courses

This course is designed to expose the student to the practice of counseling with individuals under direct supervision. Students will meet with actual clients in a school-based setting. The course is designed to facilitate the integration and application of theory and skill gained in earlier coursework. Prerequisites: Formal faculty approval following successful completion of prior required courses and proof of appropriate Practicum entry clearances.

CE 634. Interventions for School and CMH Counseling: 3 Credits

Core Courses

This is an intermediate class designed to improve the clinical skills of graduate students in Counselor Education by providing them with an in-depth application experience in the Multidimensional Approach to the diagnosis and treatment of psychological disorders of children and adults. This approach emphasizes the genetic, biological, race, gender, class, religious difference, sexual orientation and social learning factors as they influence the individual and their psychological disorder.

CE 638. Multicultural Counseling: 3 Credits

Core Courses

This course provides an introduction to cross cultural counseling. The course examines three distinct areas: cultural awareness, knowledge of other cultures, and allows students to look at the skills component. Students are taught through lectures, exercises, videotapes and guest speakers. The course offers an introduction to the lifelong continuous journey of counseling clients from diverse populations.

CE 625A. Internship 1: CMH Counseling: 3 Credits

Clinical Mental Health Counseling Specialty Courses

To provide the student with the opportunity to work within the field as a counseling intern. Primary supervision of the intern will be conducted by the counselor on site. Students will work in an agency setting. A total of 300 clock hours are required of all students.

CE 625B. Internship 2: CMH Counseling: 3 Credits

Clinical Mental Health Counseling Specialty Courses

Designed to provide agency counseling interns with an opportunity to build upon the learning experiences of CE 625A.

CE 636. Seminar in Clinical Mental Health Counseling: 3 Credits

Clinical Mental Health Counseling Specialty Courses

This course is designed to provide a forum to explore and discuss the literature, practice and current issues associated with community mental health counseling. Topics for discussion will include ethics, licensure, certification, special client populations, legislation, and professional organizations. It will be expected that students utilize knowledge obtained from their graduate program classes and insights from the internship experience to explore these issues and potential solutions.

CE 637. Management of Clinical Mental Health Programs: 3 Credits

Clinical Mental Health Counseling Specialty Courses

This course is designed to provide an opportunity for the student to integrate the knowledge and skills learned in the academic program with the experiences within an agency setting. The seminar is offered in cooperation with local mental health professionals and includes on-site visits.

CE 649. Couples and Family Counseling: 3 Credits

Clinical Mental Health Counseling Specialty Courses

This is an introductory course offered annually to acquaint the student with the fundamentals of family and marriage counseling. The student would be introduced to the predominant theories and specific techniques of marriage and family counseling. The course will discuss typical and atypical examples of family development to make students aware of a multicultural and diverse society.

CE 640. Introduction to Addictions: 3 Credits

Clinical Mental Health Counseling Specialty Courses

Students will obtain an overview of: abused substances and addictions; the addiction field, including treatment approaches and modalities; theoretical models applied to understanding abuse and addictions; trends in alcohol and other drug (AOD) use, abuse, addiction and treatment.

CE 642. Introduction to Crisis Counseling: 3 Credits

Clinical Mental Health Counseling Specialty Courses

This course is intended to introduce the Counselor Education Student to crisis counseling in the community, mental health, and school settings. During this course: a) Students will become knowledgeable of theories of crisis counseling; b) Students will be introduced to techniques of crisis counseling, including ethical and multicultural issues; c) Students will become familiar with settings, assessment techniques, diagnoses, and situations requiring crisis counseling; d) Students will become familiar with local agencies and schools crisis intervention plans, and how they are coordinated with county crisis planning and management; and e) Students will become familiar with emerging professional counseling career opportunities in crisis counseling.

662 Residency 1: Professional Practice of Counseling

This residency course will provide beginning opportunities for students to explore special topics regarding their tracks of study of mental health and school counseling. It will also allow students to lead experiential activities within the areas of individual and group counseling skill development. Additionally, students will be given opportunities to consult with faculty to receive direction, feedback, and supervision. There will be modules, lessons, and assignments before and after this four-day, in-person residency.

663 Residency 2: Advanced Professional Practice of Counseling

This residency course will provide advanced opportunities to build upon special topics regarding their tracks of study of mental health and school counseling. It will continue to allow students to lead experiential activities within the areas of individual and group counseling, through role play and simulation. Students will be given further opportunities to consult with faculty to receive direction, feedback, and supervision. There will be modules, lessons, and assignments before and after this four-day, in-person residency.