Students in the Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling (MHC) program who took a national board certification exam during the spring semester had a 100 percent pass rate. Their scores also surpassed the national pass rate of 91 percent.
All 12 MHC graduate students passed the National Counselor Examination for Licensure and Certification (NCE), administered by the National Board for Certified Counselors, which determines the standards for the counseling profession.
“I am delighted with our students’ excellent pass rate as it confirms how well-prepared our Mental Health Counseling graduates are to enter the field,” said Genevieve Weber, PhD, associate professor and program director. “Our curriculum is designed to strengthen our students’ knowledge and skill bases, leading to the provision of inclusive and culturally sensitive counseling. We are effecting change, and this means the world to us.”
Hofstra’s Mental Health Counseling program is accredited by the national Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), which allows advanced students to take the NCE during their studies and receive their national counselor certification when they graduate with their master’s degree.
Those not attending CACREP-accredited programs would need to wait until after they graduate to take the exam and also perform a certain number of practice hours before earning certification. The requirement for practice hours is waived for Hofstra students who pass the exam.
“Students in Hofstra’s MHC program have a significant advantage because they can take the NCE earlier and earn their certification sooner,” said Dr. Weber.
Also, effective January 1, 2022, the National Board for Certified Counselors will require that students who wish to apply for national counselor certification must graduate from a CACREP-accredited program.
The 60-credit MA in Mental Health Counseling (MHC) program, in the School of Health Professions and Human Services, is designed to provide students with the educational preparation to qualify as a licensed mental health counselor in New York state. Mental health counselors work in a variety of settings, including private practice, community agencies, managed behavioral health care organizations, government and not-for-profit organizations, integrated delivery systems, hospitals, employee assistance programs, and substance abuse and rehabilitative centers. An advanced certificate is available for those who hold a master’s degree in school counseling and wish to pursue further qualifications for licensure as a mental health counselor.