The Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling program at Hofstra University has received accreditation by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). Achieving accreditation is an important public recognition that Hofstra’s program meets the highest standards of training set by the profession. It is one of only two CACREP-accredited mental health counseling programs on Long Island.
The program is designed to provide students with the educational preparation to qualify as a licensed mental health counselor in the state of New York, and is a clinically-focused experience aimed at building the knowledge, skills and attitudes essential for mental health counseling practice in an increasingly diverse society.
“Hofstra’s mental health counseling graduates are sought after for employment and have a competitive edge in the job market,” said Laurie Johnson, PhD, Professor of Counseling and Mental Health Professions in the School of Health Professions and Human Services.
She points to several factors, including a model curriculum that was built to include critical skill courses such as psychopharmacology and treatment planning, counseling for addictions, counseling the LGBTQ client, and counseling for trauma and disaster. The department also has a designated practicum and internship coordinator who helps match students to vetted placements in the community.
In addition, the Saltzman Community Services Center includes an on-campus clinic where graduate students gain valuable experience by applying their knowledge and skills in a clinically supervised practicum setting.
“CACREP standards are being written into most of the upcoming legislation related to state licensure and portability, and qualifies our grads to work in federal agencies including the Veterans Administration,” Dr. Johnson added. “The unique training benefits of Hofstra’s program set it apart from others.”
Hofstra’s MA in Mental Health Counseling can be completed in 2.5 years full time or within 5 years for part-time students. A bachelor’s degree, preferably with a major concentration in psychology, the behavior sciences, or human services, is among the admission requirements for the program. For more information, contact Graduate Program Director Professor Daniel Sciarra.