The Sage Colleges offer both Master of Science and Advanced Certificate programs in Forensic Mental Health through the School of Health Sciences.
Forensic Mental Health is one of the fastest growing areas of specialization in mental health and criminal justice. As more cities and states recognize the expanding demand for programs, services, planning, and supervision of clients who have both mental health needs and criminal justice involvement, professionals to address these needs are in high demand.
Forensic Mental Health graduates provide specialized expertise across the many social systems these clients utilize, including the criminal justice, mental health, substance abuse, and social service systems.
M.S. at The School of Health Sciences
Students pursuing a Master of Science degree in Forensic Mental Health at the School of Health Sciences choose between a 39-credit generalist curriculum and an optional 45-credit enhanced curriculum that includes a concentration in Health Services Administration. Both programs prepare students to be effective professionals in their area of specialization by providing an exciting cross-disciplinary program that includes clinical and non-clinical course work in social science research, law, psychology, criminal justice, substance abuse, and victimology.
Students learn about (a) the many issues facing agencies, individuals, and families who are affected by the forensic mental health system and (b) evidence-based solutions to these complex issues. The development of cultural competency and critical thinking skills are evident throughout the curriculum.
Students choosing the optional Health Services Administration concentration will graduate with broader disciplinary knowledge and enhanced skill sets to work more effectively in public and private sector agencies related to behavioral health homes, substance abuse management/treatment, prerelease planning for correctional clients, and Medicaid Redesign Teams (MRT).
After completion of program prerequisites and at least 30 credit hours of study, all students complete a minimum 240-hour externship in a forensic mental health setting.
Note: While students do complete some clinical course work, this is a non-clinical degree program. Graduates who remain in New York will not be eligible to site for state licensure. Students intending to relocate should review the licensure requirements of the jurisdiction in which they intend to practice.
Advanced Certificate at The School of Health Sciences
The 18-credit post-baccalaureate certificate in Forensic Mental Health is an excellent option for those who:
Already have a Baccalaureate or graduate degree in a discipline such as psychology, criminal justice, law, or social work, and who want to learn more about the field of Forensic Mental Health without pursuing a full M.S. degree program
Are working in the field of criminal justice or law and who want to learn more about the field of Forensic Mental Health to more effectively work with clients
While not working in the field, have an interest in issues related to mental health and criminal justice, and would like to gain basic knowledge about the discipline