Note: This page discusses the online Advanced Certificate in Mental Health Counseling, an online post-master's certificate program. If you are looking for information about our full Master of Arts program, please visit the Mental Health Counseling page.
The 18 credit hour online Advanced Certificate in Mental Health Counseling is designed for students with a masters degree in a related field (rehabilitation counseling, school counseling, and 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 students with the educational requirements needed to sit for the New York State licensure exam in Mental Health Counseling.
The change in the licensure laws for Mental Health Practitioners resulted in many certified and non-certified masters-level clinicians (i.e. CASAC, NCC, CRC, school counselors) who need to pursue a course of continued study that will lead to eligibility to sit for NYS licensure. The Advanced Certificate in Mental Health Counseling is designed to provide advanced courses and an internship specific to Mental Health Counseling that will meet New York State educational requirements. The successful completion of the Advanced Certificate in Mental Health Counseling prepares students identified above to sit for New York State licensure.
The educational goals of the online Advanced Certificate in Mental Health Counseling include:
The program is offered as a fixed sequence of 8-week online courses, taken one course at a time. Students are able to begin their internship once prerequisites are met.
Coursework is determined by each student's previous education as it is compared to the required core courses required by New York State. Students will also complete a 600 hour internship in Mental Health Counseling.
Students must complete a 600 hr supervised MHC Internship (with a minimum of 240 client contact hours.) The supervised internship experience requires a substantial time commitment on the part of the student. Internship opportunities are generally available during weekdays.
Students use the Monthly Record of Practicum Hours and Supervision Form to record their practicum hours.
Since practicum sites are integral to the training component of the program, the College has worked closely with area agencies to form partnerships that will benefit students in this program.
All students are required to participate in a non-credit online learning prep course starting classes. This helps to prepare students for the online learning experience at Medaille.