Mental Health Counseling Objectives & Structure


Building on the mission of St. John Fisher College, the Mental Health Counseling program’s mission is to deliver personalized instruction to a diverse student body regarding essential counseling knowledge and skills, as well as facilitating the development and enhancement of personal qualities and characteristics necessary to become an outstanding professional mental health counselor.

Program Objectives

Upon graduation from the Mental Health Counseling Program, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate professional skills and personal qualities required for working as an effective counselor in an interdisciplinary mental health setting.
  • Demonstrate a variety of differential diagnostic assessment skills consistent with the most current diagnostic manual.
  • Demonstrate the ability to use a diverse range of evidence-based intervention strategies.
  • Develop appropriate intervention plans based upon knowledge of culturally relevant variables in client care, including ethnicity, religion, socioeconomic levels, gender, sexual orientation, and disability status.
  • Demonstrate professional behavior consistent with ethical guidelines of Mental Health Counseling professional organizations and regulatory agencies.

Program Structure

You may take courses on a full-time or part-time basis (see Program Requirements). You are required to complete 60 credit hours of coursework, including a supervised practicum experience with a minimum of 100 clock hours and a supervised internship with a minimum of 900 clock hours. This supervised application of counseling skills in various community sites will gives you the opportunity to grow into an effective mental health counselor.

Because of the demands of our program and sequencing of courses, students are admitted for fall semester only. Our curriculum was developed according to the New York State Department of Education requirements for licensure as a mental health counselor.

Suzanne Bader

Suzanne Bader

I chose St. John Fisher College for my M.S. in Mental Health Counseling because it is the most comprehensive program in the Rochester area that offers an array of courses necessary to obtain the clinical background for licensure in this field.

The program at Fisher has given me the confidence to know that I will be successful in the field of Mental Health Counseling. The professors have helped me to identify my own personal strengths that I bring to this field.

As an older student returning to school after many years, I had some concerns about fitting in. I quickly learned that the diversity that individuals bring to the program is valued at St. John Fisher College. The learning process is enhanced because of the unique perspectives of the students.

The Mental Health Counseling Program at St. John Fisher College sets the highest standard to assure that students who receive their Master's Degrees they will be qualified to enter this field with confidence.


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