MA in Counseling for Mental Health and Wellness, On-Campus Program

Counseling for Mental Health and Wellness Curriculum

Mission Statement:

The Counseling for Mental Health and Wellness program is committed to generating, advancing, and disseminating knowledge related to all aspects of research and practice in counseling. The principles informing our work including understanding people across the lifespan in cultural contexts, promotion of equity and social justice in our work, and helping all people craft lives of wellness, health, and meaning.

The Counseling for Mental Health and Wellness Master of Arts is a 60 unit program.  Students take 45 units of required coursework and 15 units of counseling-related elective courses.  Click below for the full program:

Course No. Course Title   Units
Foundational Courses (21 units)
APSY-GE 2651 Prof. Orient. & Eth. Issues in Coun. for MH &W (Fall) 3.0
APSY-GE 2661 Foundations of Couns. For MH & W (Fall) 3.0
APSY-GE 2657 Counseling: Theory and Process (Fall) 3.0
APSY-GE 2658 Individual Counseling: Practice I (Fall) 3.0
APSY-GE 2659 Individual Counseling: Practice II (Prereq: 2658) (Spring) 3.0
APSY-GE 2682 Cross-cultural Counseling (Pre/coreq: .2659) 3.0
APSY-GE 2070 Research & Evaluation in Behavioral Sciences 3.0
Intermediate Courses (12 units)
APSY-GE 2138 Human Growth and Development 3.0
APSY-GE 2038  Abnormal Psychology 3.0
APSY-GE 2620 Group Dynamics: Theory and Practice 3.0
APSY-GE 2634 Dynamics of Vocational Development 3.0
Advanced Courses (12 units)
APSY-GE 2663 Program Development & Evaluation (Spring) 3.0
APSY-GE 2672 Interp. and Use of Tests in Counseling Adults (Fall) 3.0
APSY-GE 2655 Internship in Counseling for MH & W I (Fall) 3.0
APSY-GE 2656 Internship in Counseling for MH & W II (Spring) 3.0
Other Requirements (15 units)
  Special Population Course (See Course Listings Below) 3.0
  Applied Content Area (See Course Listings Below) 3.0
  Applied Content Area (See Course Listings Below) 3.0
  Applied Content Area (See Course Listings Below) 3.0
  Applied Content Area (See Course Listings Below) 3.0
  See Adviser Regarding Information about Required Workshops 0.0
  CPC Exam 0.0

Total Units:   60.0

Non-Credit Workshop for Identifying and Reporting Child Abuse

All Counseling for Mental Health and Wellness students are required to register for and complete the state-mandated workshop on Identifying and Reporting Child Abuse. Students will be provided with a link to access the workshop.  Students complete this workshop while taking APSY-GE 2651, Professional Orientation and Ethical Issues in Counseling for Mental Health and Wellness, and APSY-GE 2661, Foundations of Counseling for Mental Health and Wellness.

 

The sample schedule below is intended to provide you with an idea of what your schedule might look like. Some courses must be taken in a sequence, and others are more flexible. Before registering each semester, you should consult with your adviser to ensure your academic trajectory.

60 points
Fall Semester I
Course No. Course Title Credits

APSY-GE 2661

Foundations of Couns. for MH&W*

3

APSY-GE 2657

Individual Counseling: Theory and Process*

3

APSY-GE 2658

Individual Counseling: Practice I*

3

APSY-GE 2138

Human Growth and Development*

3

 

Identifying and Reporting Child Abuse Workshop*

0
Spring Semester II
Course No. Course Title Credits

APSY-GE 2651

Prof. Orient. & Eth. Issues in Coun. for MH&W*

3

APSY-GE 2659

Individual Counseling: Practice II*

3

APSY-GE 2070

Research & Evaluation in Behavioral Sciences

3

APSY-GE 2038

Abnormal Psychology*

3

APSY-GE 2682

Cross-Cultural Counseling*

3

APSY-GE XXXX

Applied Content Area 3
Summer I
Course No. Course Title Credits

APSY-GE 2620

Group Dynamics: Theory and Practice*

3

APSY-GE XXXX

Applied Content Area 3
Fall Semester II
Course No. Course Title Credits

APSY-GE 2634

Dynamics of Vocational Development

3

APSY-GE 2672

Interp. and Use of Tests in Counseling Adults

3

APSY-GE 2655

Internship in Counseling for MH & W I

3
APSY-GE XXXX

Special Population Course

3
Spring Semester II
Course No. Course Title Credits

APSY-GE 2663

Program Development & Evaluation

3

APSY-GE 2656

Internship in Counseling for MH & W II

3
APSY-GE XXXX

Applied Content Area

3
APSY-GE XXXX

Applied Content Area

 

CPC Exam

0
*Indicates successful course completion required prior to internship.

 

The Counseling Lab (APSY-GE 2658, Individual Counseling Practice) is designed to present students with an opportunity for experiential learning and practice in communication skills and counseling process. Based on a training program called Interpersonal Process Recall (IPR), the classes involve the use of training DVDs and audio visual recording of counseling sessions to help students develop self-awareness, personal and professional insight, and basic counseling skills. 

Enrollment is open to matriculated NYU graduate students in the following departments:

  • Applied Psychology;
  • Drama Therapy;
  • Dance Therapy;
  • Speech Pathology. 

Be advised that Lab I is a prerequisite for practicum. Lab I and practicum are prerequisites for Internship I and Internship II.

Grading for the course is Pass/Fail.  Students who miss more than two classes are given an incomplete or failing grade, depending upon circumstances.  Those students in Lab I who have not acquired the necessary insight or skill level required for advancement to practicum will be required to repeat Lab I. 

Counseling Lab Competencies

  • Mastery of the four basic skill sets introduced in the IPR tapes.
  • Understanding of and ability to engage in the IPR approach, i.e. client recall, counselor recall, mutual recall and the inquirer role.
  • Full participation in all lab activities is demonstrated by attendance and involvement in simulated counselor/client interactions, ability to examine skills as a counselor and giving feedback to other in their role plays.
  • Demonstrate progress through comparison of three marker tapes: beginning, midterm, and end of semester.
  • Evaluate progress at mid-term and end of semester with lab instructor. Evaluation includes all of the above activities, and for counseling students, indicates readiness to go on to Lab II. An incomplete or failure grade will be given to students who, in the judgment of the instructor, have not made adequate progress.
  • Any counseling student who receives an incomplete or failure grade in Lab I will be subject to review by the Counseling Program Faculty. 

Field learning is considered by many to be the center point of any counselor education program. It is strongly believed that counselors-in-training need the opportunity to combine their didactic learning with actual experience in a fieldwork setting where they can observe, develop clinical skills and practice the tasks typically associated with a professional counselor.

This clinical component of the program helps the counselor-in-training acquire an understanding of the role of the professional counselor. The student also develops a sense of professional identity and gains proficiency and confidence by applying his or her overall learning and emerging skills under the supervision of experienced, qualified and approved supervisors. Typically students will spend both semesters in the same internship site. In addition to the required hours in the field students are enrolled in an Internship seminar class. The internship experience is a preparation requirement for certification and /or licensure in all states.

Students in the Program for Mental Health and Wellness are required to meet the state licensure requirement of 600 hours (300 hours per semester or about 20 hours per week) during two consecutive semesters in an appropriate setting approved by the NYU Internship Director, under the supervision of either a licensed mental health professional.

 

The Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE) is currently the terminal experience for the MA program. The exam should be taken during the student's last semester of matriculation in the program. The fee for taking the CPCE is $75.00. It will be offered once in the fall and twice in the spring. Students have two opportunities to pass the examination. If they are unable to take or pass the exam, they can write an appeal outlining a proposed alternative educational experience to be presented to the M.A.Program Director for approval.

 

These courses are intended to broaden the skills, knowledge, and breadth of understanding of counseling related topics. They should be selected with the approval of the student's adviser. Additional courses may be considered by advisement. Please see below for sample course offerings. This list is not exhaustive.

Course Number Course Name 
APSY-GE-2001 Neuropsychology of Behavior
APSY-GE-2003 Social Psychology
APSY-GE-2008 Sexual Decision-Making and Risk Taking in Adolescence
APSY-GE-2014 Psychology of Women
APSY-GE-2025 Cognitive Behavior Therapy: Theory and Application
APSY-GE-2039 Theories of Personality
APSY-GE-2041 Women and Mental Health
APSY-GE-2045 Action Approaches to Mental Health Counseling
APSY-GE-2055 Child Language Development
APSY-GE-2097 Social Development of Children and Adolescents
APSY-GE-2105 Culture, Context, and Psychology
APSY-GE-2115 Psychological Research in Infancy
APSY-GE 2181 Child and Adolescent Psychopathology
APSY-GE-2261 Emotional Development: A Cognitive Perspective
APSY-GE-2271 Survey of Developmental Psychology
APSY-GE-2272 Adolescent Development: Theory and Research
APSY-GE-2279 Risk and Resilience
APSY-GE-2300 Independent Study
APSY-GE-2345 Academic Achievement Gaps: Socio-Psychological Dynamics
APSY-GE-2500 Trauma:Theoretical and Clinical Perspectives
APSY-GE-2505 Clinical Case Seminar in Trauma Studies
APSY-GE-2527 The Development of Immigrant Origin Youth
APSY-GE-2635 Career Counseling
APSY-GE-2683 Grief and Bereavement Counseling
APSY-GE-2684 Marriage,Couple & Family Counseling
APSY-GE-2691 Substance-Related & Addictive Disorders Theory/Rsch/Treatment
APSY-GE-2831 Families and Schools
APSY-GE-2832 Child Development and Social Policy
APSY-GE-2840 Play and Drama Therapy with Children and Adolescents
APSY-GE-2895 Counseling Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered Youth
APSY-GE-2896 Counseling Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered Adults

Upon conclusion of our program, you will be able to:

  • Identify and apply the knowledge base of counseling, including assessment, case conceptualization, practice, and advocacy.

  • Form helping counseling relationships, and demonstrate a commitment to the growth and development of the persons across a broad spectrum of settings.

  • Assess clients within various socio-historical contexts with attention to issues of power and privileged, including but not limited to gender, race/ethnicity, class, sexual orientation, and ability/disability.

  • Be eligible and prepared to take the mental health licensing exam for New York State and/or other States.