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Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling

FERKAUF SCHOOL OF PSYCHOLOGY

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Credits

60
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Degree level

Masters
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Course structure

Full Time
Located in the Bronx, New York City
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Career

50
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field placement affiliates in the tri-state area
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Earn your master’s degree at a program that’s been a pioneer in mental health counseling for more than 15 years — one of the first in New York State. With access to an extensive placement network and prestigious PhDs, you will not only be well positioned for success in the field, but also gain an advantage when pursuing your doctorate. 

Designed to meet the changing needs of health care and social services, our MA in Mental Health Counseling prepares students to test to become Licensed Mental Health Counselors (LMCH) from the New York State Education Department. The 60-credit MA in Mental Health Counseling program at Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology located in New York City, offers theoretical and applied principles of psychological counseling. Courses are taught by faculty who are recognized experts in their fields.

When New York State revised its scope of practice law several years ago, Ferkauf was the first school in New York City—and one of the first in the state—to take advantage of the new legislation to offer the MA in mental health counseling. The quality and number of applicants to the program have steadily increased, and we are constantly strengthening our course offerings, clinical training and faculty, as well as helping our students to make the all-important transition from training to practice.

A Multitude of Field Placement Options

As a student in this program, you will be required to complete a minimum of 600 hours in supervised field placement before graduation. The program's field placement options span the New York metropolitan area, and many of our long-established community mental health centers, hospitals and agency affiliates are willing to accept our students as externs to fulfill this requirement. We maintain an active directory of field placements (PDF) that is frequently updated. Studying in one of the most diverse cities in the world affords you the opportunity to work with many different communities, and you will have several choices for field-study placements in appropriate agency or hospital settings.

Accreditation

The program has been approved by the New York State Education Department as meeting the requirements for licensure-qualifying programs in mental health counseling. Graduates of this program, with required post-graduate experience, and who pass the NCMHCE examination, are eligible for licensure as Licensed Mental Health Counselors (LMHC) in New York State.

The Ferkauf Difference

Become a licensed mental health counselor (LMHC) in New York State

Make a difference in the lives of individuals

Faculty are all LMHCs practicing in private practice

You will be prepared to serve the Jewish community and minority communities with the training you’ll receive in multicultural and diversity issues

Ideal for prospects with a strong interest in helping others with a core background in psychology.

Full Program Breakdown

Earn your master’s degree at a program that’s been a pioneer in mental health counseling for more than 15 years — one of the first in New York State. With access to an extensive placement network and prestigious PhDs, you will not only be well positioned for success in the field, but also gain an advantage when pursuing your doctorate. 

Designed to meet the changing needs of health care and social services, our MA in Mental Health Counseling prepares students to test to become Licensed Mental Health Counselors (LMCH) from the New York State Education Department. The 60-credit MA in Mental Health Counseling program at Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology located in New York City, offers theoretical and applied principles of psychological counseling. Courses are taught by faculty who are recognized experts in their fields.

When New York State revised its scope of practice law several years ago, Ferkauf was the first school in New York City—and one of the first in the state—to take advantage of the new legislation to offer the MA in mental health counseling. The quality and number of applicants to the program have steadily increased, and we are constantly strengthening our course offerings, clinical training and faculty, as well as helping our students to make the all-important transition from training to practice.

A Multitude of Field Placement Options

As a student in this program, you will be required to complete a minimum of 600 hours in supervised field placement before graduation. The program's field placement options span the New York metropolitan area, and many of our long-established community mental health centers, hospitals and agency affiliates are willing to accept our students as externs to fulfill this requirement. We maintain an active directory of field placements (PDF) that is frequently updated. Studying in one of the most diverse cities in the world affords you the opportunity to work with many different communities, and you will have several choices for field-study placements in appropriate agency or hospital settings.

Accreditation

The program has been approved by the New York State Education Department as meeting the requirements for licensure-qualifying programs in mental health counseling. Graduates of this program, with required post-graduate experience, and who pass the NCMHCE examination, are eligible for licensure as Licensed Mental Health Counselors (LMHC) in New York State.

The Ferkauf Difference

Become a licensed mental health counselor (LMHC) in New York State

Make a difference in the lives of individuals

Faculty are all LMHCs practicing in private practice

You will be prepared to serve the Jewish community and minority communities with the training you’ll receive in multicultural and diversity issues

Ideal for prospects with a strong interest in helping others with a core background in psychology.

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Earn your master’s degree at a program that’s been a pioneer in mental health counseling for more than 15 years — one of the first in New York State. With access to an extensive placement network and prestigious PhDs, you will not only be well positioned for success in the field, but also gain an advantage when pursuing your doctorate. 

Designed to meet the changing needs of health care and social services, our MA in Mental Health Counseling prepares students to test to become Licensed Mental Health Counselors (LMCH) from the New York State Education Department. The 60-credit MA in Mental Health Counseling program at Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology located in New York City, offers theoretical and applied principles of psychological counseling. Courses are taught by faculty who are recognized experts in their fields.

When New York State revised its scope of practice law several years ago, Ferkauf was the first school in New York City—and one of the first in the state—to take advantage of the new legislation to offer the MA in mental health counseling. The quality and number of applicants to the program have steadily increased, and we are constantly strengthening our course offerings, clinical training and faculty, as well as helping our students to make the all-important transition from training to practice.

A Multitude of Field Placement Options

As a student in this program, you will be required to complete a minimum of 600 hours in supervised field placement before graduation. The program's field placement options span the New York metropolitan area, and many of our long-established community mental health centers, hospitals and agency affiliates are willing to accept our students as externs to fulfill this requirement. We maintain an active directory of field placements (PDF) that is frequently updated. Studying in one of the most diverse cities in the world affords you the opportunity to work with many different communities, and you will have several choices for field-study placements in appropriate agency or hospital settings.

Accreditation

The program has been approved by the New York State Education Department as meeting the requirements for licensure-qualifying programs in mental health counseling. Graduates of this program, with required post-graduate experience, and who pass the NCMHCE examination, are eligible for licensure as Licensed Mental Health Counselors (LMHC) in New York State.

Become a licensed mental health counselor (LMHC) in New York State

Make a difference in the lives of individuals

Faculty are all LMHCs practicing in private practice

You will be prepared to serve the Jewish community and minority communities with the training you’ll receive in multicultural and diversity issues

Ideal for prospects with a strong interest in helping others with a core background in psychology.

Overview of Our Program

Program Director
Michael S. Gill
michael.gill@yu.edu
646.592.4373

60-credit MA in Mental Health Counseling that combines theoretical knowledge, clinical training, field work and mentorship opportunities.

Designed to meet the changing needs of health care and social services taught by faculty who are recognized experts in their fields field placement options span the New York metropolitan area.

Graduates of this program, with required post-graduate experience, and who pass the NCMHCE examination, are eligible for licensure as Licensed Mental Health Counselors (LMHC) in New York State.

We are dedicated to providing quality private education and setting students up for career success.

Graduates can practice in private practice and mental health centers with specialized LMHC expertise.

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Policy on Student Interpersonal and Emotional Functioning and Disclosure

Self-observation and self-reflection or mindfulness are core aspects in the training of all professional counselors. The mental health counseling faculty supports this view. Applicants to this program need to be aware that some classes and field placements may require disclosure of personal information in course or program-related activities either in writing or in class discussions.

Students are evaluated both academically and on their interpersonal and emotional functioning in their development as mental health counselors and their ability to acquire and integrate professional standards into their professional behavior and their work with clients.

For more information on the Ferkauf MA in Mental Health Counseling program, please read the MA FAQs guide (PDF). You can also contact Michael Gill, program director, at michael.gill@yu.edu.


Requirements

The 60-credit MA program offers theoretical and applied principles of psychological counseling.

Typical program for students beginning in Fall 2019 (PDF)

Required Core Courses: 42 credits

  • PSM 6515 Developmental Psychology Across the Lifespan
  • PSM 6405 Social and Cultural Foundations of Counseling
  • PSM 6120 Basic Principles of Counseling
  • PSM 6815 Psychopathology: Child, Adolescent & Adult
  • PSM 6461 Principles in Group Therapy
  • PSM 6503  Lifestyle and Career Development
  • PSM 6225 Appraisal of Individuals, Couples, Families & Groups
  • PSM 6430 Statistics, Research and Program Evaluation
  • PSM 6371 Ethics & Issues in Professional Practice (includes New York State required Syllabus on Identification and Reporting of Child Abuse and Maltreatment)
  • PSM 6181 MHC: Multicultural and Diversity Issues
  • PSM 6500 Advanced Issues in Mental Health Counseling
  • PSM 6191 Concepts and Techniques in Mental Health Counseling (Clinical Instruction)
  • PSM 6943 Supervised Field Placement I - 1.5 credits (includes group supervision requirement)
  • PSM 6944 Supervised Field Placement II -1.5 credits (includes group supervision requirement)
  • PSM 6946 Supervised Field Placement III - 1.5 credits (includes Proseminar on Professional Identity Development and Comprehensive Exam- Part I)
  • PSM 6947 Supervised Field Placement IV - 1.5 credits (total supervised hours must meet minimum of 600 hours; Comprehensive Exam- Part II)

Other Required Courses: 12 credits

  • PSM 6193 Counseling Skills Development
  • PSM 6816 Advanced Issues in Psychopathology and Diagnosis
  • PSM 6945 Counseling Practicum
  • PSM 6483 Substance Abuse and Treatment 

Elective and Specialized Courses: 6 credits

Choose a minimum of two from the following additional coursework acceptable upon approval of the program director.

  • PSM 6100 Neuropsychology Basic Principles
  • PSM 6622 Counseling in Public Settings
  • PSM 6485 Crisis Counseling
  • PSM 6170 Sexuality and Gender Counseling
  • PSM 6510 Cognitive and Behavioral Therapy Principles for Counseling
  • PSM 6194 Principles of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy for Counseling
  • PSM 6440 Couples and Family Counseling
  • PSM 6450 Counseling with Children and Adolescents
  • PSM 6484 Grief, Loss and Bereavement Counseling
  • PSM 6182 Attachment Across the Lifespan
  • PSM 6195 The Resilient Counselor
  • PSA 6601 History and Systems of Psychology
  • PSH 6930 Physiological Psychology
  • PSA 6071 Psychopharmacology

MHC Concentrations (optional): 9 credits

Must take three courses in an area of specialization and successfully complete field placement hours in the same specialized area.

Addictions Counseling
  • Substance Abuse and Treatment 
  • Treatment and Recovery for Co-Occurring Disorders
  • Practicum in Integrated Recovery and Treatment Evaluation Methodologies
Couples and Family Counseling
  • Couples and Family Counseling
  • Counseling with Children and Adolescents
  • Practicum in Assessment, Intervention and Ethical Issues in Couples and Family Counseling
Multicultural Counseling
  • Sexuality and Gender Counseling
  • Diversity, Racism, Oppression and Privilege in Counseling
  • Practicum in Multicultural Counseling in Community Agencies

Student Handbook: A Vital Resource

The MA in Mental Health Counseling Program Student Handbook (PDF) includes important information regarding academic outlines and requirements, policies and procedures, academic standards, curriculum planner and much more. All students are urged to refer to this handbook continually throughout their education here, as it will be updated whenever necessary.


Student Resources


Student Groups

Prospective Students

Quick Links


Policy on Student Interpersonal and Emotional Functioning and Disclosure

Self-observation and self-reflection or mindfulness are core aspects in the training of all professional counselors. The mental health counseling faculty supports this view. Applicants to this program need to be aware that some classes and field placements may require disclosure of personal information in course or program-related activities either in writing or in class discussions.

Students are evaluated both academically and on their interpersonal and emotional functioning in their development as mental health counselors and their ability to acquire and integrate professional standards into their professional behavior and their work with clients.

For more information on the Ferkauf MA in Mental Health Counseling program, please read the MA FAQs guide (PDF). You can also contact Michael Gill, program director, at michael.gill@yu.edu.


Requirements

The 60-credit MA program offers theoretical and applied principles of psychological counseling.

Typical program for students beginning in Fall 2019 (PDF)

Required Core Courses: 42 credits

  • PSM 6515 Developmental Psychology Across the Lifespan
  • PSM 6405 Social and Cultural Foundations of Counseling
  • PSM 6120 Basic Principles of Counseling
  • PSM 6815 Psychopathology: Child, Adolescent & Adult
  • PSM 6461 Principles in Group Therapy
  • PSM 6503  Lifestyle and Career Development
  • PSM 6225 Appraisal of Individuals, Couples, Families & Groups
  • PSM 6430 Statistics, Research and Program Evaluation
  • PSM 6371 Ethics & Issues in Professional Practice (includes New York State required Syllabus on Identification and Reporting of Child Abuse and Maltreatment)
  • PSM 6181 MHC: Multicultural and Diversity Issues
  • PSM 6500 Advanced Issues in Mental Health Counseling
  • PSM 6191 Concepts and Techniques in Mental Health Counseling (Clinical Instruction)
  • PSM 6943 Supervised Field Placement I - 1.5 credits (includes group supervision requirement)
  • PSM 6944 Supervised Field Placement II -1.5 credits (includes group supervision requirement)
  • PSM 6946 Supervised Field Placement III - 1.5 credits (includes Proseminar on Professional Identity Development and Comprehensive Exam- Part I)
  • PSM 6947 Supervised Field Placement IV - 1.5 credits (total supervised hours must meet minimum of 600 hours; Comprehensive Exam- Part II)

Other Required Courses: 12 credits

  • PSM 6193 Counseling Skills Development
  • PSM 6816 Advanced Issues in Psychopathology and Diagnosis
  • PSM 6945 Counseling Practicum
  • PSM 6483 Substance Abuse and Treatment 

Elective and Specialized Courses: 6 credits

Choose a minimum of two from the following additional coursework acceptable upon approval of the program director.

  • PSM 6100 Neuropsychology Basic Principles
  • PSM 6622 Counseling in Public Settings
  • PSM 6485 Crisis Counseling
  • PSM 6170 Sexuality and Gender Counseling
  • PSM 6510 Cognitive and Behavioral Therapy Principles for Counseling
  • PSM 6194 Principles of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy for Counseling
  • PSM 6440 Couples and Family Counseling
  • PSM 6450 Counseling with Children and Adolescents
  • PSM 6484 Grief, Loss and Bereavement Counseling
  • PSM 6182 Attachment Across the Lifespan
  • PSM 6195 The Resilient Counselor
  • PSA 6601 History and Systems of Psychology
  • PSH 6930 Physiological Psychology
  • PSA 6071 Psychopharmacology

MHC Concentrations (optional): 9 credits

Must take three courses in an area of specialization and successfully complete field placement hours in the same specialized area.

Addictions Counseling
  • Substance Abuse and Treatment 
  • Treatment and Recovery for Co-Occurring Disorders
  • Practicum in Integrated Recovery and Treatment Evaluation Methodologies
Couples and Family Counseling
  • Couples and Family Counseling
  • Counseling with Children and Adolescents
  • Practicum in Assessment, Intervention and Ethical Issues in Couples and Family Counseling
Multicultural Counseling
  • Sexuality and Gender Counseling
  • Diversity, Racism, Oppression and Privilege in Counseling
  • Practicum in Multicultural Counseling in Community Agencies
Student Resources

Student Handbook: A Vital Resource

The MA in Mental Health Counseling Program Student Handbook (PDF) includes important information regarding academic outlines and requirements, policies and procedures, academic standards, curriculum planner and much more. All students are urged to refer to this handbook continually throughout their education here, as it will be updated whenever necessary.


Student Resources


Student Groups

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