Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Dr. Shannon Hodges, program coordinator and professor of counseling, will be the keynote speaker at the New York Mental Health Counselors Association conference being held in Albany, N.Y., from April 11 to 13. His keynote address is titled “101 Careers in Counseling,” and is based upon his recent book with the same name. Dr. Hodges’ book can be found in 600 libraries worldwide.

Niagara University is now offering a new 4+2 program in clinical mental health counseling!

Niagara University 4+2 application

Niagara University’s College of Education and College of Arts and Sciences are partnering to offer a new dual-degree program designed to train the next generation of mental health practitioners. The 4+2 program allows individuals pursuing a Niagara University bachelor’s degree in psychology to take graduate courses in clinical mental health counseling during their senior year, thereby accelerating their progress through the master’s program. Graduates of the dual-degree (4+2) program will possess a B.A. in psychology and an M.S. in clinical mental health counseling.

About our Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program

Our clinical mental health counseling graduates boast a 90 percent employment rate after graduation!  

Clinical mental health counseling is the provision of professional counseling services, involving the application of principles of psychotherapy, human development, learning theory, group dynamics, and the etiology of mental illness and dysfunctional behavior to individuals, couples, families and groups for the purposes of treating psychopathology and promoting optimal mental health.

The master of science degree in clinical mental health counseling is designed for persons seeking employment in an agency counseling setting. The 60-credit-hour program qualifies students for New York State Licensure - Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC). Individuals can also apply for national certification as a professional counselor (NCC) and as a clinical mental health counselor (CMHC). (Additional years of experience are required for the certification.)

Licensed Mental Health Counselor

LMHC New York State Niagara University’s program meets New York state requirements and graduates are license eligible after 3,000 post master’s clock hours and passing of the state test. Also, graduates may take the Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor Examination to be a certified clinical mental health counselor (CCMHC). The mental health program is aligned with the standards of the Council for the Accreditation for Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

Canadian Students

The Canadian Counseling and Psychotherapy Association and/or the Ontario College of Psychotherapy evaluate and approve certification; please check with these agencies regarding certification requirements. Niagara University is regionally accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Higher Education.

*Also Offered*

Bridge Program (CAS): Certificate of Advanced Study in Clinical and Mental Health Counseling

Professional Counseling Organizations