Mental Health Counseling Program Requirements

It is expected that you will have already completed undergraduate coursework in Abnormal Psychology. It is recommended that you also have completed courses in Theories of Personality, Research and Statistics, Developmental Psychology, and Tests and Measurement.

M.S. in Mental Health Counseling


Please Note: The Graduate Catalog contains the most current Mental Health Counseling program information, including requirements and course descriptions.


Required Courses

  • GMHC 500 - Mental Health Counseling as a Profession (3)
  • GMHC 510 - Counseling Theories and Strategies (3)
  • GMHC 515 - Process of Counseling Clients from Diverse Backgrounds (3)
  • GMHC 520 - Assessment in Counseling (3)
  • GMHC 525 - Psychopathology and Differential Diagnosis (3)
  • GMHC 530 - Treatment Planning and Intervention (3)
  • GMHC 535 - Group Theory and Process (2)
  • GMHC 536 - Group Activity (1)
  • GMHC 550 - Counseling Practicum (3)
  • GMHC 575 - Research and Program Evaluation (3)
  • GMHC 585 - Biological Foundations of Behavior and Psychopharmacological Interventions (3)
  • GMHC 590 - Assessment & Intervention of Childhood & Adolescent Disorders (3)
  • GMHC 600 - Family and Partner Counseling (3)
  • GMHC 603 - Human Development in Counseling (3)
  • GMHC 610 - Adult Lifestyle and Career Counseling (3)
  • GMHC 620 - Crisis and Trauma Counseling (3)
  • GMHC 630 - Substance Abuse Counseling (3)
  • GMHC 650 - Counseling Internship (9)
  • GMHC XXX - Elective (3)

Total: 60  credit hours

Course descriptions can be found in the Graduate Catalog.

Recommended Progression of Required Courses

For a recommended sequence of courses for full- and part-time students, please refer to the Mental Health Counseling Matrix [pdf].

Certificate of Advanced Study

Required Courses

  • GMHC 500 - Mental Health Counseling as a Profession (3)
  • GMHC 525 - Psychopathology and Differential Diagnosis (3)
  • GMHC 530 - Treatment Planning and Intervention (3)
  • GMHC 585 - Biological Foundations of Behavior and Psychopharmacological Interventions (3)
  • GMHC 650 - Counseling Internship (9)

Total: 18 credit hours

Julie Mullane

Julie Mullane

St. John Fisher has a good reputation and it is close to where I live. The schedule of two nights a week appealed to me. When you are trying to balance a family and graduate studies, proximity and scheduling are extremely important.

I went into the program not knowing if I would fit in. I had been out of school for over a decade and felt out of touch. That feeling did not last for long. The St. John Fisher program promotes individuality. I was able to draw upon my life experiences, as well as my prior education, in all of my classes.

The Fisher program provides a combination of theory-based and practical knowledge by incorporating lectures, classroom projects and activities with a community internship placement. An added feature, that I was not expecting, was the intense self-exploration. This combination has prepared me well for a career in counseling by teaching me, not only the skills I need, but how to take care of myself while taking care of others.

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