Mental Health Counseling
Help diverse people of all ages enjoy lives of health, wellness, and meaning with NYU Steinhardt’s online master of arts program in Counseling for Mental Health and Wellness. Designed for aspiring mental health counselors dedicated to social justice, the program prepares you to guide clients toward overall mental wellness that leads to healthier lifestyles.
The online master’s in mental health counseling program is just as rigorous as the on-campus program, and each class is taught by a distinguished NYU Steinhardt faculty member. With an emphasis on overall mental wellness, the curriculum is designed to gradually build your counseling knowledge and skills by layering foundational courses with electives, a lab, and hands-on field training in your community.
As a graduate of the online mental health program, you will be qualified to not only address mental illness but also help clients achieve mental wellness that enables them to reach their potential as individuals and members of their community.
- Apply counseling skills such as case conceptualization, practice, and advocacy.
- Assess individuals and groups with attention to gender, race and ethnicity, class, sexual orientation, and ability/disability.
- Form helping counseling relationships and demonstrate a commitment to the growth and development of your clients.
- Pursue professional licensure in the state of New York. Licensure requirements vary by state; to view the requirements in your state of residence, visit your state’s counseling board website.
The counseling lab is central to NYU’s counselor training model and is designed to prepare you for the practicum and internship experiences. While enrolled, you will participate in a counseling lab where you will work with a partner to act out various counseling scenarios online. The lab will help you develop key counseling microskills and learn how to promote mental wellness as you pursue your online mental health counseling degree.
Field training is a critical part of your education as a mental health counselor who helps diverse clients achieve mental wellness.
As a Counseling@NYU student, you will complete a 100-hour practicum in your first year of the program. The practicum is your first opportunity to gain hands-on experience in a mental health setting prior to your internship.
Internship training gives you the hands-on ability to develop, refine, and practice your clinical skills under the supervision of a licensed counselor or mental health professional. As part of the online mental health counseling master’s program, you will complete 600 hours at an NYU-approved clinical site located within 75 miles of your preferred address. The internship is designed to give you the opportunity to address mental health concerns and guide clients toward overall mental wellness.
A required part of the online master’s in mental health counseling, the on-campus immersion is designed to enhance your ability to promote mental wellness with intensive in-person training. While enrolled in the Group Dynamics: Theory and Practice course, you will travel to New York City for three to four days of collaborative training and bonding with your classmates and professors.