Mental Health Counseling Professional Standards

The graduate program adheres to the standards and ethical guidelines associated with the American Counseling Association, the American Psychological Association and the American Mental Health Counseling Association. The program is registered with the New York State Education Department Office of Higher Education. Rules of the Board of Regents such as those defining good moral character and unprofessional conduct are adhered to in the Mental Health Counseling Program evaluation process.

Professional standards, state rules and ethical guidelines acknowledge counselors' responsibility to society and mechanisms for accountability. Personal or professional conduct that is inconsistent with these standards, rules and ethical guidelines as well as with those cited in the St. John Fisher College handbook, may prohibit an applicant from being admitted into the mental health counseling program.

Students enrolled in the Mental Health Counseling Program are expected to exhibit personal and professional conduct that are consistent with these standards, rules, ethical guidelines, and/or policies or St. John Fisher College both in the college setting or while working in the various community practicum and internship sites.

Students found to be in violation of these standards, rules or guidelines, will face appropriate action, including dismissal from the program and/or College.

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