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The Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling program at Baruch College prepares its graduates to be professional practitioners in a variety of mental health settings (e.g. clinics, hospitals, counseling centers, outreach programs, and private practice settings). Students graduating from this program will be prepared to be generalists in mental health counseling with a focus on the area of health and well-being counseling.

The program provides students with a comprehensive background that emphasizes both academic coursework and supervised clinical internship training. This 60 credit master’s program operates on a cohort model whereby all students complete the same program of study. Enrollment is offered on a full-time basis only, and the program is designed in a lock-step sequence where courses taken each semester are outlined in advance.

The MHC Program is designed specifically to address the needs of those training for the mental health counseling license. When graduating from the program students are prepared for practice in a variety of settings with diverse populations. The program is approved by the New York State Education Department and meets all of the NYSED standards. After 3000 hours of supervised post-degree experience, a graduate of this program would be eligible to take an exam for licensure.


Courses in Specialization (60 credits) 

Foundations of Mental Health Counseling           3 credits
Clinical Health Psychology3 credits
Clinical Instructions3 credits
Ethical and Legal Issues for Mental Health Counselors3 credits
Psychosocial and Cultural Foundations of Counseling3 credits
Addiction and Dependency3 credits
Counseling and Group Process3 credits 
Practicum/Experiential 3 credits 
Psychopathology 3 credits
Life Span Development         3 credits 
Cognitive and Behavioral Approaches in Counseling3 credits 
Career Counseling1.5 credits 
Assessment 1.5 credits 
Coping with Grief and Trauma3 credits 
Assessment and Treatment of Obesity and Eating Disorders3 credits
PSY 9827Child and Adolescent Psychopathology3 credits
PSY 9828Theories of Counseling3 credits
Mental Health Counseling Internship I6 credits
Mental Health Counseling Internship II 6 credits 
Research and Program Evaluation in Mental Health Counseling3 credits 



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