Academic Catalog

Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Certificate of Advanced Study

Program Description

The Certificate of Advanced Study in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is designed for students with 48 or more credits in a master’s degree in a related field who are pursuing clinical mental health counseling licensure. The Certificate of Advanced Study in Clinical Mental Health Counseling will satisfy New York State’s regulations for licensure [see Part 52 of the Regulations, section 52.32(c)], and will provide the student profile identified above with the educational requirements needed to sit for the New York State licensure exam in Mental Health Counseling.

Program Objectives

The educational goals of the Certificate of Advanced Study in Mental Health Counseling include:

  • providing students with a thorough grounding in advanced principles of mental health counseling at the graduate level
  • providing students with an understanding of the tools of counseling that are suitable for building mental health counseling careers in private and public mental health agencies
  • completing a 600-hour internship at a site appropriate for those seeking licensure in Mental Health Counseling.

The education objectives of the Certificate of Advanced Study in Clinical Mental Health Counseling include coursework to satisfy the core requirements as defined by New York State, which may include:

  • Psychopathologies;
  • Human Growth and Development;
  • Professional Orientation and Practice.

Students are required to take Helping Relationships (MHC 670 Helping Relationships - Advanced Clinical Counseling Skills) as well as complete a 600-hour internship in an approved setting.

Clinical Internship

Students are required to complete a minimum of 600 hours of Clinical Internship (240 of which must be direct contact hours). Students are required to find and secure an approved clinical placement site, which will then be communicated to the Training Coordinator for final approval. Each placement is considered on an individual basis and must first meet the approval of the Training Coordinator. Students register for two semesters of Internship (MHC 678 Internship In Clinical Mental Health Counseling I and MHC 679 Internship In Clinical Mental Health Counseling II) and are expected to complete at least half of their 600 Internship hours in the first term of MHC 678 Internship In Clinical Mental Health Counseling I. If a student does not meet the required hours in any term of MHC 678 Internship In Clinical Mental Health Counseling I or MHC 679 Internship In Clinical Mental Health Counseling II, she/he will receive an Incomplete grade for that term. If the student does not complete the full requirements of Internship by the end of MHC 679 Internship In Clinical Mental Health Counseling II, she/he must register for a second term of MHC 679 Internship In Clinical Mental Health Counseling II in order to complete the requirements. Students who do not complete their Internship requirements by the end of the second term of MHC 679 Internship In Clinical Mental Health Counseling II may be dismissed from the program and will not be recommended for completion of the Certificate of Advanced Study in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.

Degree earned: ADV CERT
Total number of credits: 15
Delivery format: On-ground (day and evening), Online, Blended (online and on-ground)
Locations: Buffalo, Rochester

Licensure-Qualifying Curriculum Content Areas

Required Content Areas Course & Semester Hours

  • Human growth and development:
    • Likely met through prerequisites/admissions criteria
  • Social and cultural foundations of counseling:
    • Likely met through prerequisites/admissions criteria
  • Counseling theory and practice:
    • Likely met through prerequisites/admissions criteria
  • Psychopathology:
    • Likely met through prerequisites/admissions criteria
  • Group dynamics:
    • Likely met through prerequisites/admissions criteria
  • Lifestyle and career development:
    • Likely met through prerequisites/admissions criteria
  • Assessment and appraisal of individuals, couples, families, and groups:
    • Likely met through prerequisites/admissions criteria
  • Research and program evaluation:
    • Likely met through prerequisites/admissions criteria
  • Professional orientation and ethics:
    • Likely met through prerequisites/admissions criteria
  • Foundations of mental health counseling and consultation:
    • MHC 650 Professional Orientations and Practice
  • Clinical instruction:
    • MHC 670 Helping Relationships - Advanced Clinical Counseling Skills
  • Recognition and reporting of child abuse and maltreatment; and:
    • Likely met through prerequisites/admissions criteria
  • One-year (at least 600 clock hours) supervised internship or practicum in mental health counseling:
    • MHC 678 Internship In Clinical Mental Health Counseling I 
    • MHC 679 Internship In Clinical Mental Health Counseling II

Course Sequence

The program sequence for the Certificate in Advanced Study in Clinical mental Health Counseling depends on the specific needs of the student. Students will take the courses they need to meet the NYS requirements for core courses, as they are offered within the curriculum of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program. Below is an example of a potential course of study.

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterHours
15 weeks  
MHC 650 Professional Orientations and Practice 3
MHC 620 Psychopathologies 3
 Hours6
Second Semester
15 weeks  
MHC 670 Helping Relationships - Advanced Clinical Counseling Skills 3
MHC 678 Internship In Clinical Mental Health Counseling I 3
 Hours6
Third Semester
15 weeks  
MHC 679 Internship In Clinical Mental Health Counseling II 3
 Hours3
 Total Hours15