The 60-credit master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling (MHC) from Brooklyn College prepares students to work as mental health counselors within medical, community, and private practice settings. Through rigorous academic coursework and clinical internship training, students learn to apply mental health approaches to contemporary practice, assessment, and treatment.
The Brooklyn College MHC Program provides in-depth exposure to three principal approaches to counseling: psychodynamic, experiential/humanistic, and cognitive-behavioral. In addition to the internship, students perform intake evaluations and psychotherapy at the College’s counseling center. The Program focuses primarily on clinical work with adults and families—not specifically on work with children. However, the College does offer a Master of Science in Education and an Advanced Certificate in School Counseling through the Graduate Program in School Counseling.
The MHC Program was designed specifically to address the needs of those training for the mental health counseling license. We are housed within a vibrant Psychology Department with undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral programs. Brooklyn College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.
Upon completion of the Program, students are prepared for practice in varied settings and with diverse populations. The Program is approved by the New York State Education Department and meets all NYSED standards. Graduates of the Brooklyn College MHC Program have attained entry level counseling positions in various mental health clinics and other settings. After 3,000 hours of supervised, post-degree experience you would be eligible to take an exam for licensure permitting private and independent practice of counseling.
Students are mostly from the New York City metropolitan area, with a smaller number from out-of-state. Approximately 70% of students are under 30 years of age, and approximately 70% are female.
If you are interested in applying to the Brooklyn College MHC Program, you may apply online with the Division of Graduate Studies. We currently only accept students who are able to attend full-time during the day. If you would like to be placed on our mailing list, complete and return our mailing list form.
The faculty is comprised of active clinicians and researchers with clinical, supervisory, medical center, hospital, agency, and private practice backgrounds. Those teaching modality courses (psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, experiential, group, and family) are specialists with extensive experience with these approaches. Attention is paid to diversity issues to prepare students for multicultural practice and competence.
Several MHC faculty members are Brooklyn College Personal Counseling Program staff supervisors (Kuhlman, Robles). Others are Psychology Department teaching faculty members with clinical or neuropsychological backgrounds (Rabin, Walder, Reigada, Miles, and Chalmers). Adjunct faculty members are skilled professionals who represent various disciplinary (mental health counseling, social work, and psychology) and theoretical orientations.
We regret that we are unable to meet or speak individually with potential applicants concerning the Program due to the volume of inquires. We offer periodic informational meetings for prospective applicants to the Brooklyn College Mental Health Counseling Program. These meetings provide an opportunity to visit the Brooklyn College campus, meet with MHC faculty, and ask questions about our Program. Attendance at an information meeting is not required in order to apply to the Program.
Our next series of informational meetings will be on the following dates:
In addition, The BC Graduate Open House will be on Wednesday October 9, 2013 at 6:00 P.M. Registration will take place from 6–7:30 p.m. in the Brooklyn College Library (first floor). Please see the website for details.
If you cannot attend an information session in-person, you may participate in a conference call. If you wish to do so, please email your name, email address, the city and state from which you will call, and the phone number you will use to participate at least three business days in advance to Angela M. Marcelli. State clearly that you are requesting to participate and whether you reside in the NYC metro area. Conference call participation is limited and preference is given to those from outside New York City.Department of Psychology · 2900 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11210-2889 · Phone: (718) 951-5601