Our advanced graduate certificate in mental health counseling focuses on providing you with the necessary skills to transform the lives of your clients and advance your career goals. If you hold a master’s degree in counseling, our program will result in your eligibility to take the New York State licensing exam in mental health counseling.
The features of our program include:
|Academic credential granted||Advanced Certificate (AC)|
|Credits required for completion||15 to 27|
|Time to completion||2 full-time semesters|
|Course delivery||On campus or online|
|Career opportunities|| |
Mental health career settings include:
|Experiential contact hours||600 clock hours (see program requirements)|
|Application deadline||April 1, then rolling |
CEP 521 Introduction to Mental Health Counseling
CEP 541 Human Growth and Development or CEP 615 Legal and Ethical Concerns in Counseling
CEP 586 Assessment in Mental Health Counseling
CEP 695 Psychopathology and Evidenced Based Interventions
If you have not completed a minimum of 600 hours of clinical internship experience under a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC), or NYSED approved equivalent in a previous program, you are required to complete 12 credits in CEP 600 MH Internship – Mental Health Counseling (minimum of 600 clock hours).
If the internship requirement has been previously met during your master's degree, (i.e., their prior internship meets or exceeds all of the current NYSED guidelines for internships), 6 internship credits may be waived, thus allowing the Certificate to be earned with 18 rather than 24 credits.
Former/Maiden Name: Please provide us with your former/maiden name if you have one. When requesting transcripts, please ask the sending institution to indicate your current name and former/maiden name.
Admissions Decision: The admissions decision will be communicated to you as soon as review is complete. The decision is based on a number of factors and is the result of a thorough and deliberate process. All decisions are final and cannot be appealed.
All financial forms and supporting documentation with required signatures must be uploaded with your application, and must be dated within one year of your intended enrollment date.
If you currently in China and unable to take the IELTS, PTE or TOEFL tests because they are cancelled due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the University at Buffalo will accept the Duolingo English Test (DET) for proof of English proficiency. This test can be taken online, in your own home. More information can be found on the Graduate School’s website.