The Advanced Certificate in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is a “licensure qualifying” bridge program approved by the New York State Education Department (NYSED), Office of the Professions. The Advanced Certificate in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program offers the opportunity for individuals with a master’s degree in school counseling or other related counseling degree to meet the educational requirements for licensure as a mental health counselor in New York State. The 15 credit advanced certificate is predicated upon the individual having completed a master’s degree in school counseling with a minimum of 48 credits in specified core educational content areas as delineated in the state regulations for mental health counselor licensure. Individuals who graduated from a program of less than 48 credits will be required to take additional coursework above the 15 credits to ensure meeting the state requirement of a minimum of 60 graduate credits. Upon application candidates will have their transcript(s) reviewed by the department to ascertain the needed number of graduate credits required for the advanced certificate.
The Advanced Certificate in Clinical Mental Health Counseling requires each candidate to take the following courses at a minimum:
EDC 601 Foundations of Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Ethics
EDC 608 Assessment and Intervention Strategies in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
EDC 616 Family Counseling
EDC 683 Clinical Mental Health Counseling Internship I (300 hours)
EDC 684 Clinical Mental Health Counseling Internship II (300 hours)
Upon completion of the advanced certificate the individual will automatically meet the educational requirements for licensure as a mental health counselor in New York State. They will then be eligible to file for a “limited permit” and begin accruing the 3000 post master’s experiential hours required for licensure. They will also be eligible to file to take the National Clinical Mental Health Counselor Examination (NCMHCE) which is the licensure examination designated by the State. There is also the possibility that the Office of the Professions may accept experiential hours gained after the receipt of the individual’s master’s degree if the experience was in an approved setting under the supervision of a recognized licensed mental health professional.