Caroline O’Hara, Ph.D., Coordinator of Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Sims Hall Suite 440 315-443-2266, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Melissa Luke, Professor
Dr. Derek Seward, Associate Professor & Department Chairperson
Dr. Caroline O’Hara, Assistant Professor
Dr. Sharon Bruner, Assistant Professor
Dr. Yanhong Liu, Assistant Professor
Student Learning Outcomes
1. Synthesize historical and contextual dimensions of professional orientation, assessment, research, career, theory, and lifespan development
2. Construct clinical interventions that demonstrate group skills and foster group development
3. Apply ethical, empirically grounded, and culturally relevant strategies and models in counseling practice
4. Practically apply advocacy and leadership principles in the context of professional clinical mental health counseling
5. Apply social and cultural diversity theories, models, and multicultural competencies in counseling practice and research
6. Construct and implement a comprehensive clinical needs assessment that investigates the needs of diverse clients and provides a pathway to develop systemic methods of clinical intervention
7. Demonstrate application of knowledge of biopsychosocial assessment, treatment planning, cultural genogram, and documentation
Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling prepares professional counselors to offer a broad range clinical mental health counseling services and interventions focused on wellness and advocacy. These therapeutic services are designed to enhance the growth and development of all clients and can be delivered in a variety of settings such as community agencies, private practice, residential treatment, community hospitals, Veterans Affairs Clinics, and human service organizations.
Students develop skills in clinical mental health counseling, multicultural/social justice counseling, career counseling, substance abuse services and crisis counseling. Students who graduate from this program meet all educational requirements for the New York State license in clinical mental health counseling (LMHC). After completion of the program, students may apply for a limited permit to practice mental health counseling, while accumulating the required post degree hours to sit for the licensure exam. Students also meet the educational requirements for licensure as a mental health counselor in most other states.
The Department of Counseling and Human Services has been a pioneer in training highly skilled practitioners and leaders in a wide range of counseling settings. Our programs are nationally accredited and can lead to national certification or state certification in school counseling or licensure as a clinical mental health counselor. The faculty members are nationally recognized for their leadership in the profession and all classes are taught by skilled experts and experienced clinicians.
The coursework offered through the CHS Department itself is delivered in a one day/week format, generally scheduled from 4-7 pm or 7-10 pm. Courses are offered at specific time slots during specific semesters. We identified these timeslots to complement Practicum and Internship expectations. During the field experience, counselor-trainees engage field sites as interns, typically during business hours on weekdays. Although some sites are located along the bus route, it is strongly recommended that students have access to their own independent transportation to travel to and from their field experience sites. The CMHC Program has field partnerships with agencies around the Central New York area.
The faculty is deeply committed to the growth and development of their students; faculty work closely with both our master’s and doctoral students. Students are trained in the most current practices and research in counseling and provided the opportunity to develop their skills and succeed in their chosen area of specialization. The department’s goal is to prepare national leaders in counseling. We provide constructivist and experiential learning environments in our classes and are committed to reflexive leadership. We seek to develop a diverse group of professionals who will excel in knowledge, skills, commitment, and service in a wide range of educational and community settings.
S.U. Re-Accredited through 2024:
The Department of Counseling and Human Services is focused on program quality which is exemplified through our commitment to accreditation by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). CACREP accreditation provides recognition of the quality and scope of training as well as assures students that the program is stable and committed to meeting professional benchmarks of quality. Our two master’s programs (Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling) and our Counselor Education Ph.D. program are currently accredited by CACREP. CACREP accreditation is critical as you compare programs in that counselors must be graduates of a CACREP program as of 2022 to be credentialed as a National Certified Counselor. Accreditation also streamlines licensure and credentialing processes for professional counselors.
In our admission process, we consider multiple facets of an applicant’s portfolio and background because we believe that successful counselors need to be interpersonally skilled, highly self-aware, professionally mature, academically prepared for graduate work, and committed to the values and philosophies of the counseling profession and the Department of Counseling and Human Services at Syracuse University. Therefore, academic, interpersonal, professional, leadership, and personal components are integrated in our admission decision process.
The Department of Counseling and Human Services faculty seeks to admit individuals who are personally and academically prepared to be successful in completing the master’s degree program in Counseling. Within these parameters, the faculty is committed to admitting students who represent diverse backgrounds or who have special abilities to serve a diverse population. Admission is highly competitive and application reviews are conducted three times a year.
The 60 credit Master of Science degree prepares graduates to successfully pursue licensure in the state of New York and other states and credentialing as a Nationally Certified Counselor. For full-time students, the program is designed to be completed in 2.3 years.
The Graduate School at Syracuse University allows students to transfer in up to 30% of the credits required for a master’s degree from other academic institutions. Only courses taken within the last seven years in which grades of “B” or better were earned can be transferred. Once matriculated, decisions about transfer of specific courses, as well as decisions about whether any course may be used to waive a required course, are made by the student’s advisor in consultation with appropriate faculty. Some courses (for example, Practicum) taken elsewhere may not be used to substitute for the same course at SU.