St. Bonaventure’s program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is nationally accredited by CACREP and is located within the NCATE-accredited School of Education. This degree is designed for individuals who wish to serve as counselors in community-based agencies — for example, mental health, social services, college counseling and probations.
The degree provides extended research-based knowledge and skill development in the areas of group and individual counseling, testing, diagnosis and treatment planning. Extensive hands-on field experiences are required.
The 60-credit Clinical Mental Health Counseling program leads to an MSED in Counselor Education. It is typically a three-year program. However, it is possible to complete the program in two and a half years. Some of the courses are offered in a hybrid/online format.
Students in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program may also pursue a M.S. degree. That program requires completion of a thesis.
This program prepares individuals for careers in mental health counseling
(O*Net Online), which offers good and varied career opportunity, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Occupational Outlook Handbook.
Students are expected to complete an initial Practicum field experience (40 hours of direct counseling) the first year. They are then required, in the second year, to complete two clinical mental health counseling internships, each involving 300 clock hours. Site supervisors must have at least three years of experience, and hold the qualifications as dictated by the Office of Professions. The placement process is a collaborative effort between students and faculty members.
Note that while some fieldwork sites offer evening or weekend opportunities, the majority of fieldwork (practicums) is completed during the weekday.
Mental Health Counselor Licensing
When you select SBU for your program of study, you are selecting a New York state registered program. Students who have successfully completed the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program are eligible to apply for their Mental Health Counselor license. Specific requirements for the Mental Health Counselor license are specified on this NYSED website
The School of Education’s Office of Field Services assists students with specific information about licensing.
Formats and Locations
The Counselor Education programs are offered in a traditional late afternoon/evening format on the Olean Campus, while the Buffalo Center offers a weekend program at the Hilbert College campus in Hamburg, N.Y. Students at the Buffalo Center are required to take one course on the main campus. Note, while some practicum and internship sites offer evening or weekend opportunities, the majority of fieldwork (practicums) is completed during the weekday.
Our Counselor Education Program Handbook
provides additional information.
Tuition and Fees
Information on program costs is available on our graduate program Tuition and Fees page, from which additional links are provided regarding information on financial aid, scholarships and assistantships, loans and other aid.* Financial aid programs include the Dean's Scholarship (20% tuition reduction) and Franciscan Mission Grant (30% tuition reduction, for employees of Catholic organizations).
*Information provided in compliance with the federal government's Gainful Employment Program aimed at providing students with the information they need to make informed educational choices, including program costs and career outlooks.
Alcohol and Substance Abuse Training
St. Bonaventure University is also a certified education and training provider for the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS). The 85 continuing education requirements in addictions are offered through SBU. Note, for the full extent of the additional requirements for this credential, visit the OASAS Credentialiing site