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M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program Info

“Mental Health Counselors combine traditional psychotherapy with a problem solving approach that creates a dynamic and efficient path for change and problem resolution.” (American Mental Health Counselors Association)

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION (M.A.)

The Master of Art (MA) CACREP accredited * program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) is a 60-credit course of study in which students are required to take a fixed sequence of courses including a one- year, 9-credit supervised internship and pass a comprehensive examination (MHC 800) in order to be awarded the MA degree.

The program is designed to fulfill the goals of: providing students with a thorough grounding in advanced principles of mental health counseling at a graduate level, and instilling students with an understanding of the tools of counseling that is suitable for building careers in private and public mental health agencies. Students will also gain advanced research-based knowledge in the area of group and individual counseling, counseling techniques, and testing and diagnosis.  In addition, the program will fulfill an understanding of the professional and ethical issues relevant to mental health counseling and consultation, as well as detailed knowledge of multicultural and career issues in counseling.

*Buffalo and Rochester on-ground campuses are CACREP accredited.

PROGRAM DELIVERY FORMAT

Medaille’s CMHC on-ground delivery is offered as a fixed sequence of 17 courses (60 credits) over 6 semesters, with 9 credits taken each Fall and Spring and 12 credits taken each Summer (Fall starts) and 9 credits taken each Spring and Summer and 12 credits taken each Fall (Spring starts).  Three of these courses (9 credits) are taken concurrently online. Online courses are comprised of professor-guided independent study, often combined with assigned group projects. Fourteen of these courses (48 credits) are taken on-ground, unless approval is granted to take online, due to extenuating circumstances. On-campus courses run 8 weeks and include 38 in-class hours (split between 2 weekends) and appropriate amounts of professor-guided study.

Medaille’s CMHC online delivery is offered as a fixed sequence of 14, 7-week courses (51 credits) taken one at a time, plus 3 semesters of practicum and internship (9 credits).  Each 7-week course is comprised of professor-guided independent study, combined with assigned group and individual projects.

Students will proceed through the program as a cohort.

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

Please contact Adult & Graduate Admissions for specific information on admissions requirements.

PROVISIONAL ADMISSION

Students may be admitted provisionally to the CMHC program pending receipt of documentation such as official transcripts or letters of recommendation. Students admitted as provisional students may take no more than 12 semester hours of credit (four courses) prior to formal admission.

PROBATIONARY ADMISSION

Students who fail to satisfactorily meet the criteria for full admission into the CMHC program may be admitted with probationary status. Students admitted with this status need to meet with their advisor prior to the start of classes to discuss the terms of the probation, and to sign probationary contracts. Students admitted on probationary status, who are unable to fulfill the terms of the probationary contracts may be dismissed from the program.

REGISTERING FOR COURSES

Students in the CMHC Program are “block registered” for each class by the Registrar’s Office. If the student has a hold on his or her account (for financial, business or health office reasons), the Registrar will not be able to register the student for the term. It is the student’s responsibility to work with the appropriate office to remove the hold, and then contact the Registrar’s Office at 716.880.2365 to ensure they are registered for classes.

TRANSFER OF COURSEWORK TAKEN AT OTHER INSTITUTIONS OR AS AN ADVANCED SPECIAL STUDENT

Transfer courses must carry the same/or a similar title and have covered the same/similar objectives and goals as the course the student wishes to waive at Medaille College. Students must be aware that since this is a New York State licensure-qualifying program, very strict criteria is followed when transferring in courses.  Graduate level coursework earned from regionally accredited institutions prior to or after matriculation to Medaille’s School of Adult and Graduate Education, may be applied towards a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. All transfer credits must meet the following criteria:

  • Courses must have been offered at the graduate level.
  • Courses may not have been used to meet degree requirements for previously earned graduate degrees.
  • Courses must have been completed within the last five years of matriculation in the Department.
  • Courses must receive approval from the Registrar, the Division Head of Applied & Social Sciences, and the Vice President of Academic Affairs.
  • A grade of “B” or above must have been earned in the requested transfer courses.

Please note:

  • The student may be subject to final review of all coursework transferred into the Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.
  • No credit is granted for correspondence courses or for “credit-by-examination” courses.
  • A copy of the transfer course syllabus and textbook table of contents may be required for both New York State and the Program.

CLINICAL INTERNSHIP

Students are required to complete the courses MHC 669 Prepracticum and MHC 670 Helping Relationships to prepare and reinforce the skills and training for clinical work out in the field. Anyone who does not pass MHC 669 will not be permitted to take MHC 670.

MHC 670 Helping Relationships is taken with the first clinical course MHC 677 Practicum, which is held over the course of one semester and includes 100 hours of clinical practice on site in an approved community setting; 40 of those hours must be direct contact hours with clients. You must pass MHC 677 and finish the hours to receive a grade in BOTH MHC 670 and MHC 677 and to move on to the next phase.

In the next phase of clinical hours, you are required to complete over the course of 2 full semesters a minimum of 600 total hours between MHC 678 Internship 1 and MHC 679 Internship 2 (240 of which must be direct contact hours, including both individual and group counseling). Your campus supervisor will evaluate your hours completed by the end of the year. If you need more time, you will register for a third section of Internship to finish. On average, to finish within the year, you will need to carve out approximately 14 hours per week toward your practicum and internship.

Practicum and Internship placements will be chosen in a collaborative effort between students and the Clinical Coordinator, Advisor, and/ or their campus supervisor. Each placement is considered on an individual basis and must first meet the approval of the Director of Clinical Training and/ or Clinical Coordinator.

Students are expected to complete their Practicum (100) hours and are strongly encouraged to start their Internship 1 and 2 immediately after finishing the Practicum. Students are expected to complete at least half (300) of their 600 internship hours in MHC 678 Internship 1, and the remaining (300 hours) in MHC 679 Internship 2. Your campus supervisor will evaluate your hours completed by the end of the year and if you need more time you will register for a third section of Internship to finish.

If a student does not meet the required hours in any term of MHC 677, MHC 678, or MHC 679 she/he will receive an Incomplete (I) grade for that term. If the student does not complete the full requirements of Practicum and Internship by the end of the third term, she/he must register for again for MHC 679 in order to complete the requirements. Students who do not complete their Practicum and Internship requirements by the end of the fourth term may be terminated from the Program and will not be recommended for graduation. Guidelines for the Clinical Placement can be found in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Clinical Placement Manual.

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M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Course Sequence

 

On-Ground Course Sequence Chart

Semester

Course

Credits

Semester One (15 Weeks)

MHC 650 Professional Orientation and Practice

3

MHC 600 Counseling Theory and Practice

3

MHC 631 Human Growth and Development

3

Semester Two (15 weeks)

MHC 640 Cultural and Social Diversity

3

MHC 605 Group Work

3

MHC 630 Professional, Ethical and Legal Issues in Counseling

3

MHC 649 Child Abuse Mandated Reporter Training (Note: non-credit bearing) *Taken concurrently with MHC 630

0

Semester Three (15 weeks)

MHC 620 Psychopathologies

3

MHC 669 Prepracticum

6

MHC 670 Helping Relationships

3

Semester Four (15 weeks)

MHC 622 Assessment and Evaluation

3

MHC 652 Research and Program Evaluation

3

MHC 677 Practicum in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

3

Semester Five (15 weeks)

MHC 634 Grief, Trauma and Crisis Counseling and Therapy

3

MHC 674 Children and Adolescent Counseling and Therapy

3

MHC 678 Internship in Clinical Mental Health Counseling I

3

Semester Six (15 weeks)         

MHC 680 Family Counseling and Therapy

3

MHC 660 Career Development

3

MHC 679 Internship in Clinical Mental Health Counseling II

3

MHC 727 Counseling Supervision and Practice

3

MHC 800 Clinical Counseling Comprehensive Examination (Note: non-credit bearing.) *Taken concurrently with MHC 727

0

                                     Total Credit Distribution

60

*Online Sequence is the same. The actual dates may be different than the on-ground schedule.

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Certificate of Advanced Study in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program Info

Program Description (Advanced Certificate)

The Advanced Certificate in Mental Health Counseling is offered exclusively in an online, asynchronous delivery format. The 18 credit hour Advanced Certificate in Mental Health Counseling is designed for students with a 48 hour (or more) master’s degree in a related field (Certified Rehabilitation Counselors, School Counselors, Counselor Education, for example) who are pursuing Mental Health Counseling licensure. The Advanced Certificate in Mental Health Counseling will satisfy New York State’s regulations for licensure [see Part 52 of the Regulations, section 52.32(c)], and will provide the student profile identified above with the educational requirements needed to sit for the New York State licensure exam in Mental Health Counseling.

The educational goals of the Certificate of Advanced Study in Mental Health Counseling include:

  • providing students with a thorough grounding in advanced principles of mental health counseling at the graduate level
  • providing students with an understanding of the tools of counseling that are suitable for building mental health counseling careers in private and public mental health agencies
  • completing a 600 hour internship at a site appropriate for those seeking licensure in Mental Health Counseling.

The education objectives of the advanced certificate include providing coursework to satisfy the core requirements as defined by New York State, including:  Psychopathologies; Human Growth and Development; Professional Orientation and Practice; and Helping Relationships.  Additionally, students will complete a 600 hour internship in an appropriate setting. 

Clinical Internship

Clinical Placement: Students are required to complete MHC 670 Helping Relationships. Subsequent to that experience students are required to complete a minimum of 600 hours of Clinical Internship (240 of which must be direct contact hours) while completing 9 credit hours of MHC 677 Supervised Clinical Internship.

Internship placements will be chosen as a collaborative effort between students and the Clinical Coordinator of the program. Each placement is considered on an individual basis and must first meet the approval of the Clinical Coordinator. Students register for two semesters of Internship (MHC 677) and are expected to complete at least half of their 600 Internship hours in the first term of MHC 678. If a student does not meet the required hours in any term of MHC 678 or MHC 679, she/he will receive an Incomplete grade for that term. If the student does not complete the full requirements of Internship by the end of MHC 679, she/he must register for a second term of MHC 679 in order to complete the requirements. Students who do not complete their Internship requirements by the end of the second term of MHC 679 may be terminated from the program and will not be recommended for completion of the Advanced Certificate. 

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Certificate of Advanced Study in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Sequence

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION (Certificate of Advanced Study)

The Certificate of Advanced Study in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is offered exclusively in an asynchronous (online) format. It is designed for students with 48 or more credits in a master’s degree in a related field who are pursuing clinical mental health counseling licensure. The Certificate of Advanced Study in Clinical Mental Health Counseling will satisfy New York State’s regulations for licensure [see Part 52 of the Regulations, section 52.32(c)], and will provide the student profile identified above with the educational requirements needed to sit for the New York State licensure exam in Mental Health Counseling.

The educational goals of the Certificate of Advanced Study in Mental Health Counseling include:

  • providing students with a thorough grounding in advanced principles of mental health counseling at the graduate level
  • providing students with an understanding of the tools of counseling that are suitable for building mental health counseling careers in private and public mental health agencies
  • completing a 600-hour internship at a site appropriate for those seeking licensure in Mental Health Counseling.

The education objectives of the certificate of advanced study include coursework to satisfy the core requirements as defined by New York State, which may include: Psychopathologies; Human Growth and Development; Professional Orientation and Practice. Students are required to take Helping Relationships (MHC 670) as well as complete a 600 hour internship in an approved setting.

CLINICAL INTERNSHIP

Students are required to complete a minimum of 600 hours of Clinical Internship (240 of which must be direct contact hours). Students are required to find and secure an approved clinical placement site which will then be communicated to the clinical coordinator or clinical director for final approval. Each placement is considered on an individual basis and must first meet the approval of the Clinical Coordinator or Clinical Director. Students register for two semesters of Internship (MHC 678 and 679) and are expected to complete at least half of their 600 Internship hours in the first term of MHC 678. If a student does not meet the required hours in any term of MHC 678 or MHC 679, she/he will receive an Incomplete grade for that term. If the student does not complete the full requirements of Internship by the end of MHC 679, she/he must register for a second term of MHC 679 in order to complete the requirements. Students who do not complete their Internship requirements by the end of the second term of MHC 679 may be terminated from the program and will not be recommended for completion of the Certificate of Advanced Study.

CERTIFICATE IN ADVANCED STUDY IN CLINICAL MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING SEQUENCE

The program sequence for the Certificate in Advanced Study depends on the specific needs of the student. Students will take the courses they need to meet the NYS requirements for core courses, as they are offered within the curriculum of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program. Below is an example of a potential course of study.

Semester Course Credits

Semester One MHC 650 Professional Orientation and Practice 3  (15 weeks)

MHC 620 Psychopathologies 3 MHC 631 Human Growth and Development 3

Semester Two MHC 670 Helping Relationships 3 (15 weeks)

MHC 678 Internship in Clinical Mental Health Counseling I 3 MHC 679 Internship in Clinical Mental Health Counseling II 3

Total credit distribution 18

 

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Licensure-Qualifying Curriculum Content Areas

M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling: Licensure-Qualifying Curriculum Content Areas

Required Content Areas:

Course Number(s), Titles(s) and Semester Hours

(i) human growth and development;

MHC 631 Human Growth and Development (3 credit hours)

(ii) social and cultural foundations of counseling;

MHC 640 Cultural and Social Diversity (3 credit hours)

(iii) counseling theory and practice;

MHC 600 Counseling Theory and Practice (3 credit hours

(iv) psychopathology;

MHC 620 Psychopathologies (3 credit hours)

(v) group dynamics;

MHC 605 Group Work (3 credit hours)

(vi) lifestyle and career development;

MHC 660 Career Development (3 credit hours)

(vii) assessment and appraisal of individuals, couples, families, and groups;

MHC 622 Assessment and Evaluation (3 credit hours)

(viii) research and program evaluation;

MHC 652 Research and Program Evaluation (3 credit hours)

(ix) professional orientation and ethics;

MHC 630 Professional, Ethical, and Legal Issues in Counseling (3 credit hours)

(x) foundations of mental health counseling and consultation;

MHC 650 Professional Orientation and Practice (3 credit hours)

 (xi) clinical instruction;

MHC 670 Helping Relationships (3 credit hours)
MHC 669 Pre-Practicum (3 credit hours)

(xii) recognition and reporting of child abuse and maltreatment;

and

MHC 649 Child Abuse Mandated Reporter Training (online workshop, 0 credits)

(xiii) one-year (at least 600 clock hours) supervised internship or

practicum in mental health counseling.

MHC 677 Practicum in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (3 credits

MHC 678 Internship in Clinical Mental Health Counseling I (3 credits)

MHC 679 Internship in Clinical Mental Health Counseling II (3 credits)

Certificate of Advanced Study in Clinical Mental Health Counseling: Licensure-Qualifying Curriculum Content Areas 

Required Content Areas:

Course Number(s), Titles(s) and Semester Hours

(xiv) human growth and development;

Likely met through prerequisites/admissions criteria

(xv) social and cultural foundations of counseling;

Likely met through prerequisites/admissions criteria

(xvi) counseling theory and practice;

Likely met through prerequisites/admissions criteria

(xvii) psychopathology;

Likely met through prerequisites/admissions criteria

(xviii) group dynamics;

Likely met through prerequisites/admissions criteria

 (xix) lifestyle and career development;

Likely met through prerequisites/admissions criteria

(xx) assessment and appraisal of individuals, couples, families, and groups;

Likely met through prerequisites/admissions criteria

(xxi) research and program evaluation;

Likely met through prerequisites/admissions criteria

(xxii) professional orientation and ethics;

Likely met through prerequisites/admissions criteria

(xxiii) foundations of mental health counseling and consultation;

MHC 650 Professional Orientation and Practice (3 credit hours)

(xxiv) clinical instruction;

MHC 670 Helping Relationships (3 credit hours)

(xxv) recognition and reporting of child abuse and

maltreatment; and

Likely met through prerequisites/admissions criteria

(xxvi) one-year (at least 600 clock hours) supervised internship

or practicum in mental health counseling.

MHC 678 Internship in Clinical Mental Health Counseling I (3 credits)

MHC 679 Internship in Clinical Mental Health Counseling II (3 credits)

 

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Policies & Portfolio Information

EMAIL POLICY WITHIN THE PROGRAM

Upon registration into the program, all students are given a Medaille College email address. It is the student’s responsibility to check this account every day. Important Program and College information will be sent to this address, (NOT to a personal email account). Students may decide to forward their Medaille email to a personal account. Students should contact helpdesk@medaille.edu or the IT Department on campus if they need assistance setting up their Medaille email account.

EVALUATION PROCESS & CMHC PORTFOLIO

Evaluations of students occur on an on-going basis, informally and formally, throughout a student’s time in the CMHC program. The core faculty members assess the acquisition of content knowledge and professional development within the program. According to CACREP, “program faculty systematically assess each student’s professional dispositions throughout the program,” (2016 CACREP Standards, p.18).

Formal evaluation occurs specifically at five checkpoints within the program, as outlined below. These checkpoints serve as your informed consent, assuring not only your continued development as a mental health professional, but also guaranteeing transparency of our collective evaluation of your progress. At each evaluation checkpoint, the student will either be making satisfactory progress or will need a plan for retention. The plan for retention may include focused advising, remediation, or dismissal.

Formal Evaluation Checkpoints / CMHC Portfolio

Admissions Application --> Academic/Behavior Review (ongoing) --> Practicum Application --> Clinical Internship --> Graduation

 

CMHC PORTFOLIO

Students in the MA Clinical Mental Health Counseling program are required to create a CMHC Portfolio documenting both their academic work and professional activities completed during their time in the program.  Documents related to the evaluation checkpoints listed above must be uploaded to students’ portfolios located in Blackboard.  Additional details will be provided in the first course, MHC 650, Professional Orientation and Practice.

An example of materials collected at each checkpoint is listed below:

  • Admissions Application: Written proficiency as evidenced by written statement, academic potential as noted by transcripts, and dispositional potential as evidenced by letters of reference.
  • Academic / Behavior Review (Ongoing): Faculty Assessments & Evaluation of Counselor Behaviors Checklist. Faculty members continually assess each student’s attainment of content knowledge, skills and dispositions through exams, papers, projects, observations, and journals.
  • Practicum Application: Pre-Practicum Clinical Skills Evaluation Form, resume, cover letters. proof of ACA insurance and proof of Child Abuse Workshop.
  • Clinical Internship: Site visits and written evaluations from site supervisor.
  • Graduation: Successful completion of 60 credits and passing the comprehensive exam.

(Please note that additional materials may be requested.)

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