Mental Health Counseling Objectives & Structure

Mission

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.

Carla D'Amore '13

Carla D'Amore

The Mental Health Counseling program at St. John Fisher College was invaluable to me both personally and professionally. The self-reflection aspect of the program allowed me to realize my strengths and work hard to improve and overcome areas of weakness. I grew tremendously in my two years at Fisher and will always be thankful for the experiences that the program provided me. 

The professors are all wonderful and very invested in the learning process for each and every student. Their support, compassion, and dedication is truly the reason why this program was a perfect fit for me. Each one challenged me in a different way both academically and personally. I am grateful for the knowledge and personal growth that this program provided.

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