Manhattan College’s Graduate Counseling Program Introduces New Certifications

The program now offers certifications for mental health counseling and the CASAC-T.

Manhattan College’s graduate counseling program recently added two new certifications, an Advanced Certificate in Mental Health Counseling and the Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor - Trainee Certificate (CASAC-T). With the addition, the counseling program now offers six unique New York State approved programs (others include the M.S. in Mental Health Counseling, the M.A. in School Counseling, the Bilingual Extension/Advanced Certificate in Pupil Personnel Services and the Advanced Certificate in College Advising) for current and prospective counseling students.

The Advanced Certificate in Mental Health Counseling is designed for professionals who have completed a master’s degree in counseling or psychology and want to enter the field of Mental Health Counseling (MHC). The certificate prepares students to work in a variety of settings, such as, mental health agencies, hospitals, college counseling centers, substance abuse and residential treatment centers, and credits range from 15-30 depending on a student’s master’s degree coursework. The program is registered in New York State and graduates qualify for licensing upon completion of a subsequent post degree examination and a post diploma supervised work experience.

The CASAC-T prepares students to complete the necessary courses required for a training certificate in substance abuse counseling. In order to participate in the CASAC-T program, students must gain admission to either the Manhattan College M.A. or M.S. programs in counseling. Students with a master’s degree in a related field (psychology) are also eligible to apply.

“The Advanced Certificate in Mental Health Counseling and CASAC-T further the already diverse learning opportunities and specialties available to our students,” said Corine Fitzpatrick, Ph.D., program director for the counseling program and a professor of education. Fitzpatrick also pointed out that the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects employment of mental health counselors to grow by 37 percent from 2010 to 2020.

For more information about Manhattan College’s graduate counseling program including the newest additions, please contact Corine Fitzpatrick by email at or phone (718) 862-7497.