Mental Health Counseling Program Requirements

It is expected that you will have already completed undergraduate coursework in Abnormal Psychology. It is recommended that you also have completed courses in Theories of Personality, Research and Statistics, Developmental Psychology, and Tests and Measurement.

M.S. in Mental Health Counseling


Please Note: The Graduate Catalog contains the most current Mental Health Counseling program information, including requirements and course descriptions.


Required Courses

  • GMHC 500 - Mental Health Counseling as a Profession (3)
  • GMHC 510 - Counseling Theories and Strategies (3)
  • GMHC 515 - Process of Counseling Clients from Diverse Backgrounds (3)
  • GMHC 520 - Assessment in Counseling (3)
  • GMHC 525 - Psychopathology and Differential Diagnosis (3)
  • GMHC 530 - Treatment Planning and Intervention (3)
  • GMHC 535 - Group Theory and Process (2)
  • GMHC 536 - Group Activity (1)
  • GMHC 550 - Counseling Practicum (3)
  • GMHC 575 - Research and Program Evaluation (3)
  • GMHC 585 - Biological Foundations of Behavior and Psychopharmacological Interventions (3)
  • GMHC 590 - Assessment & Intervention of Childhood & Adolescent Disorders (3)
  • GMHC 600 - Family and Partner Counseling (3)
  • GMHC 603 - Human Development in Counseling (3)
  • GMHC 610 - Adult Lifestyle and Career Counseling (3)
  • GMHC 620 - Crisis and Trauma Counseling (3)
  • GMHC 630 - Substance Abuse Counseling (3)
  • GMHC 650 - Counseling Internship (9)
  • GMHC XXX - Elective (3)

Total: 60  credit hours

Course descriptions can be found in the Graduate Catalog.

Recommended Progression of Required Courses

For a recommended sequence of courses for full- and part-time students, please refer to the Mental Health Counseling Matrix [pdf].

Certificate of Advanced Study

Required Courses

  • GMHC 500 - Mental Health Counseling as a Profession (3)
  • GMHC 525 - Psychopathology and Differential Diagnosis (3)
  • GMHC 530 - Treatment Planning and Intervention (3)
  • GMHC 585 - Biological Foundations of Behavior and Psychopharmacological Interventions (3)
  • GMHC 650 - Counseling Internship (9)

Total: 18 credit hours

Rahsaan DeLain

Rahsaan DeLain

The reason why I chose St. John Fisher's Mental Health Counseling (MHC) Program was because I was in search of a Graduate level degree that would reinforce much of what I have already learned professionally, but to also develop new and more advanced skills. I attended an information session at SJFC and was very impressed by the comprehensiveness of the coursework, professionalism and personality of the faculty, and the testimony of a current student. The decision to attend SJFC was clear, I ‘m glad that I made that choice and I am excited about the rest of my journey.

There are three things that stand out in my mind when I think of what I like best about the MHC Program. The most significant part is that the program has made me take a serious look at ME. Not only the professional part of my life but my personal beliefs, values, experiences, and goals. A large part of who I am as a person reflects the how and why I became a Counselor. The program has allowed me to take a good look at my strengths and weaknesses in both areas, which have given me much more confidence in my abilities to help people help themselves.

The second major component of the program that I like best is the interactiveness of the faculty, staff, and students. The faculty and staff have made me feel very comfortable, are open to answering questions, and are very approachable. Their competency, experience, and professionalism are demonstrated in a variety of ways and permeate throughout the program. I am also gaining a great deal from the courses being set up so that I have a lot of interaction with my peers. The group exercises, presentations, out of class activities, and simply having fun learning have been extremely beneficial for me.

Lastly, the facilities at SJFC are the best I have seen. MHC students have access to beautiful classrooms, computers labs, and lounges. It makes the experience so much better when you are in an environment where a large investment has been made in resources for the students.

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