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 Mental Health Counseling

​The Mental Health Counseling program is registered with the New York State Education Department and leads to licensing as a Mental Health Counselor. Post-degree clinical hours and exams are required beyond the master’s degree for permanent licensing.

The following are the specific requirements for all candidates in mental health counseling:
Mental health counseling specialty courses:
  • ECPCE 708. Ethics, Clinical Issues, and Crises Intervention
  • ECPCE 730. Substance Abuse Counseling
  • ECPCE 811. Mental Health Counseling
  • ECPCE 812. Psychopathology & Diagnosis in Mental Health Counseling
  • ECPCE 813. Family Dynamics
  • ECPCE 814. Advanced Applications in Counseling
Fieldwork in Mental Health settings as part of ECPCE 721.4. Practicum in Mental Health Counseling (4 credits) and ECPCE 821.Internship in Mental Health Counseling (8 credits).
Completion of a final research project (as part of ECPCE 8067 Research Methods) in an area related to mental health counseling.
For more information on policies, procedures, and course descriptions please see the Queens College Graduate Bulletin.

Additional Requirements for the Counseling in a College Setting Specialization 
Students who plan to work as counselors in college settings must complete the Mental Health Counseling program. Dr. Lourdes Rivera is the advisor for the College Counseling specialization and should be notified if you wish to concentrate in this area. In addition to the Mental Health Counseling requirements above, students must complete the following:
  • Practicum and internship hours in a college setting that is also acceptable as a mental health site for the New York State License in Mental Health Counseling.
  • The final research project in ECPCE 807 on a topic relevant to counseling in a college setting.
  • An additional 3-credit course specifically addressing issues of the college organization may be available.




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Counselor Education
Dr. Lourdes Rivera
Room: PH 033
Phone: 718-997-5250

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​Dr. Matthew S. Day
Dr. Jennifer A. Kyle
Dr. John Pellitteri
Dr. Lourdes M. Rivera
Dr. David Rivera

Emeritus Faculty:
Lynn C. Howell
Jesse M. Vázquez

Administrative Staff:
Room: PH 033A
Phone: 718-997-5250
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