M.S. in Mental Health Counseling

Program Overview

The Mental Health Counseling program is designed to produce clinicians who will emphasize the strengths of individuals and families in order to facilitate recovery and resilience when faced with emotional, mental, or physical challenges.

As a student in the Mental Health Counseling program, you will develop a strong understanding of the psychological foundations of mental health and related developmental issues.

Upon graduation, you will be able to demonstrate current evidence-based intervention strategies consistent with the professional counseling paradigm.

The program focuses upon counseling areas such as:

  • Human growth and development
  • Professional identity and career development
  • Social and cultural diversity
  • Relationships
  • Evidenced-based intervention skills

Our Mental Health Counseling coursework will give you the opportunity to learn through a variety of teaching methodologies including class discussions, role-playing, small group work, case-study analyses, and classroom simulations. You also have the opportunity to apply this knowledge in supervised clinical settings.

CACREP Accreditation


In 2016, the Mental Health Counseling program was awarded a full eight years of accreditation from the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

CACREP accreditation provides recognition that the content and quality of the education you will receive has been evaluated extensively and meets standards set by and for the profession.

Latest News from Mental Health Counseling


Mental Health Counseling Program Earns Grant to Fund New Training Program

Mental Health Counseling Program Earns Grant to Fund New Training Program


There is a significant shortage of mental health providers to meet the needs of children in the greater Rochester region. The Graduate Program in Mental Health Counseling at St. John Fisher College hopes to address that by providing students with enhanced opportunities to gain cutting-edge skills to effectively counsel this underserved population. Housed in the College’s Wegmans School of Nursing, the Mental Health Counseling Program’s Child and Adolescent Mental Health Counselor Training Program will launch this spring thanks to a $292,000 grant from Health Resources and Services Administration. Read More

Mental Health Counseling Program Earns Recognition from Trade Website

Mental Health Counseling Program Earns Recognition from Trade Website


St. John Fisher College’s Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling program earned a fourth place rank among top value advanced degree counseling programs in New York State, according to topcounselingschools.org, a trade website that provides information about obtaining advanced degrees related to the field of counseling. Read More


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