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.

Tami Brown

The Mental Health Counseling program has helped give me a sense of self identification. It helped me fit in... especially being an African American woman. The experiences that I have gained here at Fisher, I could not have gotten anywhere else. They were specific to me and my needs to develop and grow as a person and as a professional.

For any prospective student thinking about Fisher for your M.S. in Mental Health counseling, this is the place to be. The staff and faculty are here to assist you in several different areas. What I appreciate most about the faculty in the program is the time they set aside for each individual student. They are easily accessible and they offer several different ways of communication. The courses are interesting and the coursework challenges your commitment and sincerity to the program, yourself, and your future clients.

This program will challenge you. It will help you recognize if Mental Health Counseling is the area of profession that you "really" want to be in. Fisher's M.S. in Mental Health Counseling holds high standards for their students and I wouldn't have it any other way. These standards help me feel more secure going out into the workforce.

My field placements taught me that...I can do this thing! I have what it takes to professionally and ethically help those that have mental health issues. The placements also helped me feel more comfortable in what I was doing. The hands on experience was the icing on the cake for me. 


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