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MA in Mental Health Counseling

The master's program in Mental Health Counseling at Iona teaches students how to conduct professional counseling, psychotherapy and mental health assessments on diverse individuals and groups.  Professional skills are taught in our program from multiple models of treatment and assessment that are evidence-based, and these skills may be used with a variety of individuals.

Students in Iona's Mental Health Counseling program, as part of training, may treat children, adolescents and adults. Clients who are served by mental health counselors often have complex mental health issues and exhibit varied levels of need. As part of the clinical training experience in our program, students are required to complete a 600-hour clinical internship at a mental health site or facility. Clinical sites may include outpatient mental health clinics, day treatment programs, residential facilities, inpatient psychiatric hospitals and various locations where mental health services are delivered. Examples of where Iona's Mental Health Counseling students have recently completed their clinical internships are: New York Presbyterian Hospital, Westchester Medical Center, St. Vincent's Hospital and the Mental Health Association of Westchester.

Upon graduation from Iona's Mental Health Counseling program, students become eligible for licensure in New York State (NYS) and other states.  NYS requires those in the profession of mental health counseling to obtain post-master's clinical hours and pass the National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Examination (NCMHCE) to achieve full licensure.  A fully licensed mental health counselor can work at multiple sites and agencies where mental health services are provided and also pursue a career in private practice if desired.

Why choose the Mental Health Counseling Program at Iona College?

Individualized attention is given to each student, with small class sizes and close faculty guidance. Evening classes provide flexibility.  Students receive dedicated faculty assistance in obtaining clinical internship positions. Getting rich clinical training and supervision is the standard for our students! Faculty members are leaders in the mental health field. Iona College is a regionally-accredited institution.


Required Core Courses

Course Number Course Title
PSY 602
Proseminar in Personality and Social Psychology
PSY 603
Experimental Research Methods in Cognition
PSY 605
Advanced Quantitative Research Methods in Psychology
PSY 607
Professional Issues and Ethics in Psychology
PSY 622
Advanced Life-Span Development
15 Credits

Required Mental Health Counseling Courses

Course Number Course Title
PSY 613
PSY 614
Counseling theory and Practice
PSY 615
Basic Interviewing and Counseling Practices
PSY 620
Dynamics of Group Processes
PSY 637
Intellectual and Educational Assessment
PSY 638
Personality Assessment
18 Credits

Required Placement (3-6 credits)

Ordinarily, the student must complete 30 credits before departmental permission is granted to choose one or two of the following:
Course Number Course Title
PSY 640
Practicum in Community/Health Psychology
PSY 642
Internship in Mental Heath: Community/Clinical
PSY 643
Internship in Mental Heath: Community/Clinical
3 to 6 Credits

Required Mental Health Counseling Elective Courses

Choose six or seven courses (depending on internship credits completed) from the following:
Course Number Course Title
PSY 616
The Psychology of Exceptional Individuals
PSY 617
Health Psychology
PSY 618
Understanding and Treatment of Addictive Behaviors
PSY 623
Stress: Affective, Cognitive, and Behavioral Components
PSY 626
Community Psychology and Traumatology
PSY 627
Behavioral Assessment and Intervention
PSY 629
Conflict Resolution: Theory and Practice
PSY 631
Psychological Aspects of Sexual Health
18 to 21 Credits

Required Thesis or Literature Review Seminar

Choose one course (3 credits):
Course Number Course Title
PSY 681
Thesis Supervision
PSY 683
Literature Review Paper Seminar
3 Credits

Total credits required for Mental Health Counseling = 60

As a condition of licensure, all candidates for the MA in Mental Health Counseling must complete at least two clock hours of training in the identification and reporting of child abuse and maltreatment.