Oct 25, 2021  
Graduate Catalog 2009-2011 
    
Graduate Catalog 2009-2011 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Mental Health Counseling - MSEd


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Program Coordinator Arnold Wolf; 1127 West Building; (212) 772-4616; awo@hunter.cuny.edu

 

Central to all counseling approaches is the belief that people can develop, assume responsibility, achieve autonomy, and engage in problem-solving. Effective counseling requires that counselors understand and accept clients, develop rapport, and establish collaborative working relationships. To achieve these ends, counselors need a background in the psychology of human development, counseling theories, and cultural similarities and differences, as well as skills in individual and group counseling, mastery of assessment techniques, and knowledge of current issues and research.

The curriculum at Hunter includes basic core courses for the three counseling programs and specialization courses. Mental Health Counseling students select one elective from a sequence of predetermined courses. School Counseling students do not take electives. The curriculum integrates theory and practice through a carefully sequenced series of courses with emphasis on fieldwork in urban settings. 

The Mental Health Counseling Program prepares graduates to work as mental health counselors in hospital, agency and community settings as well as in private practice. This program leads to professional licensure in New York State; professional licensure is required to practice mental health counseling.

Students in the mental health counseling program are eligible for licensure by New York State. Students in rehabilitation counseling may take the national certification examination for the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) status after completing 75% of their course work.

 

Philosophy of the Graduate Programs

Central to all counseling approaches is the belief that people can develop, assume responsibility, achieve autonomy, and engage in problem-solving. Effective counseling requires that counselors understand and accept clients, develop rapport, and establish collaborative working relationships. To achieve these ends, counselors need a background in the psychology of human development, counseling theories, and cultural similarities and differences, as well as skills in individual and group counseling, mastery of assessment techniques, and knowledge of current issues and research.

 

Admission Standards


1. Minimum undergraduate grade point average of 2.7; the Graduate Record Examination is not required.

2. 15-25 credits of approved courses from the following fields: anthropology, economics, education, guidance, health sciences, political science, psychology, sociology, and related areas.

3. Evidence of oral and written expression consonant with graduate-level study.

4. Interviews with faculty members, alumni, or currently enrolled students. Central purposes of these interviews include assessing counselor potential, applicability of work and life experience, and candidate expectations about both the programs and the field.

5. Recommendations from appropriate professional or academic references to aid in determining potential for work as a professional counselor.

6. Meeting these minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance to the program. Admission to the program is highly competitive, and each applicant’s grade point average, counselor potential, and applicability of work and life experience are carefully considered.

 

Progress Standards


1. Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA to remain in the program and must complete the total number of credits of course work to graduate.

2. Students must demonstrate counseling knowledge and skills as defined by the faculty and community agency supervisors.

3. Active participation in small group seminars and community and professional activities is required.

4. A student receiving a grade of B or below in any of the following courses cannot continue in the programs: COCO 701, COCO 706, COCO 718, COCO 719 and COCO 725 and 726.

5. The faculty may require that a student gain additional experience in counseling skills and competencies before permission is granted to complete the program.

6. Seven courses – COCO 701, 706, 707, 718, 719, 725, 726 – cannot be taken at other colleges or universities. These courses must be taken in the Hunter College Counselor Education program.
 

Exit Standards


1.    An overall GPA of 3.0.

2.    Students must pass the School of Education technology assessment.

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