Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Due to COVID-19 all Spring 2021 courses are being held remotely.
Mental health counselors provide sensitive and structured support to individuals, families, and groups to help them accomplish mental health, wellness, educational, and career goals. A clinical mental health counseling degree will get you started in the field.
Our 60-credit MS program lays the groundwork for aspiring mental health counselors to begin work in a highly competitive and rewarding field in service of clients in need of help. The CACREP aligned curriculum combines an intensive clinical internship and a variety of courses to best prepare you for licensure and fulfilling careers working with diverse populations. And the coursework in our program includes the educational requirements needed to apply for the CASAC-Trainee certificate. Taught by clinically active faculty, you'll benefit from their experience as well as their expertise.
The 60 credit master’s can be completed in two or three years.
Fieldwork to Full-Time Job
We have a designated fieldwork coordinator, great affiliations, and many of our students are hired after graduation by their fieldwork site.
We have two locations –Brooklyn and Manhattan –and offer culturally sensitive classroom settings for diverse students.
Looking at a combination of merit and need, we offer a limited number of scholarships to qualifying students.
Is Mental Health Counseling Right for You?
Mental Health Counselors and Social Workers help people deal and cope with problems in their lives. So which degree is right for you? Mental Health Counselors are focused on counseling individuals and families, address a specific problem, and offer crisis management techniques. A social work degree addresses a wider range of services, working with organizations and communities, and includes advocacy, policy and access to social services. If you know you're interested solely in counseling, a mental health counseling degree is the most direct path.
Training Clinical Counselors
IRENA PERGJIKA, CLASS OF 2017: Touro college is a very student-centered environment. The program is focused on the students. It provides you with guidance and support throughout your years here.
And it gives you many opportunities that other programs wouldn't give you. It's very focused on your likes. And it takes into consideration what you would like to do in the future. And you get exposure to all the theories that will be necessary for you if you want to apply those in practice.
ARTHUR FREEMAN, ED.D., PROFESSOR, CLINICAL MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING PROGRAM: I think the best way to describe it is that it is a practitioner's program. It's designed with an emphasis on the clinical, training people to be clinical counselors.
RABBI AHRON FINKELSTEIN, CLASS OF 2019: It's been a very meaningful experience. First and foremost, the program's strength is that it's very much involved in counseling. And it is involved in many elements of counseling because counseling can take the form of family counseling, group counseling, addiction counseling, et cetera.
FAYE WALKENFELD, PH.D., PROGRAM DIRECTOR, CLINICAL MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING PROGRAM: We have a new affiliation with the Albert Ellis Institute. And we're very excited. Our students are going to have an opportunity to do the training. And they're going to get their certification at a reduced rate. And our students are very excited about that.
When they graduate from our program, they are graduating with a certificate in the CASAC-T. Our curriculum fulfills all the requirements for the 350-hour certificate program to get the CASAC. Graduates can get jobs in hospitals, clinics, community agencies, and because they get a license, they can also open their own private practice.
IRENA PERGJIKA, CLASS OF 2017: I am in my last year. And I'm currently interning at Zucker Hillside Hospital. And the program has prepared me to be in all of those environments because throughout my academic career here, we have taken a lot of courses that covered a lot of the diagnosis that I'm exposed to.
RABBI AHRON FINKELSTEIN, CLASS OF 2019: The classes are generally aligned at night. And the reason for that is that they want to provide an opportunity for those that work to come to school.
IRENA PERGJIKA, CLASS OF 2017: And they have also an accelerated program, where you can finish in two years or you can finish in three years. So what I liked about Touro a lot is that they accommodated everybody. And they take every student's need into consideration.
RABBI AHRON FINKELSTEIN, CLASS OF 2019: So I would tell a student looking to come to Touro that it is an educational institution with a personal touch, from the faculty to the administration. They're there, behind you, to support you and to help you achieve your goals.
FAYE WALKENFELD, PH.D., PROGRAM DIRECTOR, CLINICAL MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING PROGRAM: Our faculty is extremely sensitive to student needs. We're a small faculty, and we have small classes. And we really work with the students.
The mission of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) Program of Touro College is to guide our students to develop into ethically and multi-culturally competent clinical mental health counselors, who strive to provide individual, group, family and marriage counseling services that empower change in client mental health, wellness, education, and career goals. The program integrates theoretical knowledge with practical counseling experiences that promote the development of the professional counseling skills needed to practice successfully in the field. Graduates of the program fully identify as clinical mental health counselors who are well prepared to function as mental health professionals in multiple roles including treatment, assessment, advocacy, and consultative modalities with diverse populations with a wide range of mental health concerns. The goal is to strive for excellence in faculty and graduates who contribute to the counseling profession and the promotion of wellness and mental health across diverse communities.