Mental Health Counseling - M.S.

Mental health counselors are trained to treat individuals with mental and emotional disorders and other behavioral challenges. They address mental health, human relationships, education and career concerns within ethical, developmental, preventive and treatment contexts.

Why Choose Mental Health Counseling?

The M.S. in mental health counseling program is designed for those seeking counselor licensure. It prepares students to provide direct clinical and counseling services to patients in a variety of settings, from state and local government agencies to residential and outpatient centers to private practice.

The Classroom

The small class size (no more than 18-20 in a section) provides students and professors the opportunity to collaborate and get to know one another. We accept students from diverse educational backgrounds and professional experience. Each student brings their knowledge and perspective, which enriches everyone in the classroom. Most students form lifelong connections.

The Faculty

The faculty in this department are more than professors — they’re practitioners, from mental health and school counselors to psychologists. Their diverse training and years of job knowledge will enhance your classroom experience and accelerate your learning.

The Location

Located in the neighborhood of Riverdale, our campus is uniquely positioned within New York City’s Bronx borough, near Manhattan and lower Westchester, just minutes away from some of the top mental health hospitals, clinics and agencies in the nation. As a graduate student in the Mental Health Counseling program, you will gain 700 hours of supervised, on-site counseling experience in some of the most ethnically and economically diverse areas in the U.S.

What Will You Learn?

You will learn to use assessment instruments, provide mental health counseling and psychotherapy, clinical assessment and evaluation, treatment planning and case management, prevention, discharge, and aftercare services. The program is designed to teach students to employ effective methods of counseling and psychotherapy to treat individuals with mood disorders including:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Substance abuse
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Eating disorders
  • Personality disorders
  • Dementia
  • Adjustment disorders

Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counseling

In addition, you will have the option to obtain CASAC Trainee status by adding 9 credits to the M.S. program. The mental health counseling program is an approved New York State Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services OASAS education and training provider.

The CASAC education and training helps students develop the specific skills to help clients recover from addiction. By merging theory with practice, you will emerge with the necessary knowledge, skills and disposition to:

  • Utilize various counseling strategies and develop treatment plans based on the patient's stage of dependence or recovery
  • Incorporate the needs of diverse racial and ethnic cultures and special populations into clinical practice, including their distinct patterns of communication
  • Recognize the potential for substance abuse disorders to mimic a variety of medical and psychological disorders and the potential of these disorders to coexist
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What Will You Do?

The mental health counseling program prepares students for counseling in a wide range of medical, research, mental health and independent practice settings.

One of the most essential things I learned at Manhattan was the importance of listening. In a part of the world where trauma is commonplace and people are in need of listening ears, I regularly utilize the tools that I developed as a graduate student.

Melissa (Blythe) Altman '06, Maryknoll Lay Missioner, El Salvador