M.A. at The School of Health Sciences
The School of Health Sciences’ Master of Arts in Counseling and Community Psychology program develops knowledge and skills needed by mental health counselors. The program has been registered with the New York State Education Department as meeting the educational qualifications leading to licensure as a Mental Health Counselor in New York State. Students learn how to provide evaluation, assessment, treatment & consultation services in community agencies serving adults, children and families.
Students enrolled in the Counseling and Community Psychology Masters Program may elect to pursue a Certificate in Forensic Mental Health.
In addition to the general admission requirements for Sage Graduate School, applicants must:
- have a minimum undergraduate GPA 3.0 for regular admission to the program.
- have completed undergraduate courses in Social Science Statistics and History & Systems of Psychology (not required for undergraduate psychology majors)
- have taken at least three additional undergraduate courses in Behavioral Sciences (for non-psychology majors)
- schedule an interview with the Graduate Program Director, following submission of all application materials.
Students are accepted for the Fall semesters. Priority deadline for Fall admission is March 15. Final deadline for Fall admission is June 1.
- Completion of all required and elective courses (60 credit hours)
- Completion of a 6 credit hour counseling internship. All placements are after the completion of 45 credit hours.
- Completion of a thesis (3-6 credit hours) or research seminar (3 credit hours)
- Program of Study
For more information on the specific courses involved in the M.A. in Counseling & Community Psychology, download the Course Planners for Full-time and Part-time Schedules.
- Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended
- Two letters of recommendation
- A 1-2 page career goals essay
- A current resume
The graduate programs in psychology in the School of Health Sciences at The Sage Colleges prepare students for work as mental health counselors and community-based change agents. The programs have been designed for students who have made a commitment to advance social justice, to promote the well-being of individuals, families and groups with varying cultural traditions, and to develop change strategies to address social issues in diverse communities through the application of psychological principles, research and methods.
The Counseling and Community Psychology program objectives flow from the mission of the program and fit with the mission and objectives of MPCAC. These objectives have been modified over the years of the program’s existence to reflect best practices in the education and training of students.
The Counseling and Community Psychology program aims to:
- Provide comprehensive education and training for students, based on scientist-practitioner principles, theories and models, to take on the role of a counselor. In New York State that translates to becoming a Mental Health Counselor who is eligible for licensure.
- Ensure that students understand the integrated individual-community relationships, and the functioning of communities with the underpinning of social justice principles. This is consistent with the Multicultural Guidelines, adopted in 2017 by the American Psychological Association, that make clear that people exist in the context of their community environment and the intersectionality of multiple identities.
- Ensure that students recognize and value the importance of a multicultural perspective in a pluralistic society. Multiple cultural viewpoints are embedded throughout the program courses for students to have a clear understanding of the associated topics.
- Inculcate students with relevant ethical values and views throughout the program. As potential licensed practitioners a solid foundation in ethics, ethical values, and ethical problem solving is essential.
Sage’s Counseling & Community Psychology program has been approved by NYS Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) to offer training meeting the Credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor in Training (CASAC-T) requirements.
This is an important credential that opens doors for counselors wishing to work in the field of alcohol and substance abuse treatment. Students and graduates with the CASAC-T will have an easier time getting internships and jobs in the field. In order to be eligible for the CASAC, students will need to meet the educational requirements (CASAC-T); need to pass a statewide exam, and need 6000 hours of work experience in the field. However, a master’s degree substitutes for 4000 of the required 6000 hours. Students completing internships and practica in the field of substance abuse can complete an additional 600-700 hours of the remaining 2000 hours.
The M.A. in Counseling and Community Psychology program is accredited by the Master’s in Psychology and Counseling Accreditation Council (MPCAC) for the period August 2010 through August 2020. The application for continued accreditation is underway.
Our CCP graduates are eligible to take the NYS licensing exam for the LMHC license.