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MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

ISC - Long Island University, Post, United States


Next enrollment cycle

September 2024

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First Year Course Fee

USD 27,108

Course Accredited By


  • 2 Years
  • On Campus
  • Postgraduate
  • Degree
  • Up to 11% scholarship
Mental health counselors work with individuals, families, and groups to address and treat mental and emotional disorders and to promote mental health.
They are trained in a variety of therapeutic techniques used to address issues such as depression, anxiety, addiction and substance abuse, suicidal impulses, stress, trauma, low self-esteem, and grief. They also help with job and career concerns, educational decisions, mental and emotional health issues, and relationship problems. In addition, they may be involved in community outreach, advocacy, and mediation activities. Some specialize in delivering mental health services for the elderly. Mental health counselors often work closely with other mental health specialists, such as psychiatrists, psychologists, clinical social workers, psychiatric nurses, and school counselors. Mental health counselors work in community health and social service organizations, day treatment programs, outpatient mental health clinics, hospitals, or private practice.

The 60-credit M.S. in Mental Health Counseling provides students with core knowledge to be effective helpers in a variety of clinical settings. The program covers professional issues and ethics, counseling theories, human development, counseling skills, group work, assessment and career development. Building upon these core content areas, the mental health counseling program focuses specifically on the development of knowledge and skills necessary to work in a variety of clinical settings, such as: foundations of mental health counseling; research; evidence-based practice; program evaluation; psychopathology and psychopharmacology.
The Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at LIU Post is fully is accredited through the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). By maintaining CACREP accreditation, the program strives to provide the highest quality of faculty and curriculum standards. Furthermore, the program satisfies the educational requirements for the New York State Mental Health Counselors License. Upon completion of educational requirements, 3,000 hours of supervised experience in the practice of mental health counseling and a passing grade on the National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Examination (NCMHCE) are required for licensure.

All students have three semesters of fieldwork totaling 700 hours as required by NYSED and CACREP. Students may select from the list of current schools and agencies which work with the Department or chose a placement of their own (with approval). Fieldwork supervision is provided by tenured school counselors and licensed mental health professionals.

Students interested in research have been mentored by our faculty and have been accepted to present posters at recent ACA (American Counseling Association) and APA (American Psychological Association) national conventions. Graduates of the program are qualified for immediate employment as school counselors (with provisional certification) or clinical mental health counselors (with a limited permit). Students are also able to apply to doctoral programs in a variety of areas including Counselor Education, Counseling Psychology, and Clinical Psychology.

Enrollment Cycles

  • September 2024

Entry requirements

Direct Admission

  • TOEFL (iBT) 79 or 85 (varies by program)
  • IELTS 6.0 (School of Pharmacy)
  • Pearson (PTE) 58
  • Pearson Versant Not Accepted
  • Duolingo Not Accepted
  • Gao Kao English 90 (Post) 100 - 105(Brooklyn)
  • GPA: 2.0 – 2.5

English Language Institute

  • TOEFL (iBT) 56 - 78
  • IELTS 5.5 – 6 Overall
  • Pearson (PTE) 45 - 57
  • Pearson Versant Not Accepted
  • Duolingo Not Accepted
  • Gao Kao English Under 90 (Post) Under 100 (Brooklyn)
  • GPA: 2.5 – 3.0

Course Descriptions

  • EDC 601 Foundations of Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Ethics (CMHC) 3 credits
  • EDC 602 Introduction to School Counseling and Ethics (SC) 3 credits
  • EDC 608 Diagnostic Interviewing and Assessment in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) 3 credits
  • EDC 610 Psychopathology for the Professional Counselor (CMHC and SC) 3 credits
  • EDC 611 Evidence Based Treatment Planning in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) 3 credits
  • EDC 612 Trauma (Counseling Elective) 3 credits 
  • EDC 613 Diversity and Socio-Cultural Issues in Counseling (CMHC and SC) 3 credits
  • EDC 614 Human Growth and Development Over the Lifespan (CMHC and SC)
    3 credits
  • EDC 615 Theories of Counseling (CMHC and SC) 3 credits
  • EDC 616 Family Counseling (CMHC) 3 credits
  • EDC 617 Principles of Couple Counseling (Elective) 3 credits

  • EDC 652 Counselor’s Approach to Human Sexuality (Elective) 3 credits
  • EDC 654 Introduction to Addictions Counseling(Elective) 3 credits
  • EDC 657 Treatment Approaches in Addictions Counseling (Elective) 3 credits
  • EDC 658 Critical Treatment Issues Confronting Professional Counselors (Elective) 3 credits 
  • EDC 659 School Counseling: College Admissions & Educational Planning (SC)
    3 credits
  • EDC 660 Practicum in Psychological Testing for Counselors (CMHC) 3 credits
  • EDC 668 Counseling Pre-Practicum (CMHC and SC) 3 credits 
  • EDC 669 Counseling Practicum (CMHC and SC) 6 credits

  • EDC 670 Educational Tests and Measurements (SC) 3 credits
  • EDC 676 Career Development (CMHC & SC) 3 credits

  • EDC 683 Clinical Mental Health Counseling Internship I (CMHC) 3 credits

  • EDC 684 Clinical Mental Health Counseling Internship II (CMHC) 3 credits
  • EDC 685 Clinical Mental Health Counseling Internship III (CMHC) 3 credits

  • EDC 686 Clinical Mental Health Counseling Internship IV (CMHC) 3 credits
  • EDC 687 Group Counseling: Theory and Practice (CMHC and SC) 3 credits

  • EDC 690 School Counseling Internship I (SC) 3 credits

  • EDC 691 School Counseling Internship II (SC) 3 credits

  • EDC 700 Independent Study (CMHC and SC) 1, 2, or 3 credits

  • EDC 702 Research Methods in Counseling (CMHC and SC) 3 credits

  • EDC 750 Special Topics in Counseling (Elective) 3 credits



Direct Admission (2 semesters - Varies by program) $23,382 - $27,108 

Estimated Room, Board & Fees $16,266 - $19,614 

*Pricing is subject to change

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