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Clinical Mental Health Counseling, M.S.

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The M.S. program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling prepares students to enhance the growth and development of all clients, and to offer a broad range of services and interventions in wellness and advocacy.

This program in the Department of Counseling and Human Services has a unique and foundational commitment to social justice, culturally relevant skills skills, advocacy, and leadership. Graduates will be able to construct and implement comprehensive needs assessments, collaborative treatment plans, and case notes for diverse clients, and provide a pathway to develop systematic methods of clinical intervention. Regardless of specialty area, all professional counselors focus on wellness, development, prevention, and empowerment. This CACREP-accredited program meets academic requirements for the New York State license in clinical mental health counseling and credentialing as a Nationally Certified Counselor.

Why Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Syracuse?

  • Our graduates have a 90+% placement rate within 6 months, and a 100% pass rate on the National Counselor Examination for Licensure and Credentialing over the past five years.
  • Nationally and internationally recognized faculty who are engaged, responsive, caring, accessible, and professional networked leaders in scholarship and service in national counseling organizations and professional journals.
  • State of the art technology in our Counseling Training Clinic for recording, analyzing, and documenting clinical work.
  • Over 700 hours of supervised clinical experiences, including internships and practicums, prepare students to meet the mental health needs of a broad range of populations and in a variety of contexts.
  • Take part in School of Education short-term study abroad programs around the world. Through the Himan Brown Fellowship, School of Education students are also eligible for exclusive funding to support study abroad experiences.
  • Our student body and faculty are diverse along myriad dimensions, including racial/cultural diversity, nation of origin, US regions, scholarly interest, and national/international focus.
  • Opportunities for research, writing, leadership, and presenting with faculty members and Counselor Education doctoral students.

Our graduates are trained to provide individual and group counseling with children, adolescents, adults, and families in a variety of roles and areas, including:

  • Community and government agencies
  • Human service organizations
  • Hospitals and residential treatment facilities
  • Veterans Affairs clinics and the Military health system
  • Private practice and other health and wellness settings
  • Further studies in Counselor Education or pursuing certification in School Counseling

Program Contacts

Caroline O’Hara, Assistant Professor
clohara@syr.edu|315.443.5266
Caroline O'Hara
Sindy Pitts, Office Coordinator
skpitts@syr.edu|315.443.2266
Sindy Pitts
Speranza Migliore, Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions and Recruitment
smiglior@syr.edu|315.443.2505