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Dr. Rachel Jordan, Program Director
Building on the mission of St. John Fisher College, the Mental Health Counseling program's mission is to deliver personalized instruction to a diverse student body regarding essential counseling knowledge and skills, as well as to facilitate the development and enhancement of personal qualities and characteristics necessary to become an outstanding professional mental health counselor.
The Mental Health Counseling program at St. John Fisher College educates students to provide therapeutic mental health interventions in the community. The program prepares students for work in community agencies, clinics, hospitals, managed behavioral healthcare organizations, outpatient mental health programs, residential treatment and rehabilitation settings, employee assistance programs, substance abuse treatment programs, colleges, and private practice. The program is designed to emphasize the strengths of individuals and families in order to facilitate recovery and resilience when faced with emotional, mental, or physical challenges. Students will develop a strong understanding of the psychological foundations of mental health and the related developmental issues. Diagnostic assessment, including both its strengths and limitations, is emphasized. The program offers two courses of study: one leads to a Masters in Science (M.S,) in Mental Health Counseling; another leads to a Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS) in Mental Health Counseling.
In accordance with standards recommended by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) and New York State requirements for licensure as a mental health counselor, the Master of Science (M.S.) curriculum focuses upon counseling areas such as professional identity, social and cultural diversity, human growth and development, helping relationships, career development, group work, assessment, research, program evaluation, and evidence-based intervention skills used in the practice of mental health counseling. Student learning is facilitated through a variety of teaching methodologies, including class discussions, role playing, small-group work, case-study analysis, community integration activities, and classroom simulations. Students also have the opportunity to apply this knowledge in supervised clinical settings. The Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS) curriculum is intended to build on the educational foundation of persons who already possess a Master’s degree in counseling or a related field and employs similar methods of training to help students meet the full educational requirements for licensure as mental health counselors in New York State.
In addition to the materials and credentials outlined in the general admission requirements, the following are also required
(The main goal of the interview process is to determine the suitability of the candidate for the field of mental health counseling and for the specific program at St. John Fisher College.)
*Applicants whose GPA is less than 3.00 may be asked to take the GRE and /or provide evidence of ability and motivation to successfully complete graduate-level studies in Mental Health Counseling. Applicants in this category may be admitted on Conditional Matriculated Status.
For the Certificate of Advanced Study program:
For more information regarding application and admission to the Mental Health Counseling program, please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions at (585) 385-8161 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For specific questions regarding the Master of Science or the Certificate of Advanced Study in Mental Health Counseling, please contact Dr. Rachel Jordan at email@example.com or (585) 899-3858.