St. Bonaventure’s program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is nationally accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (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 and social service agencies, hospitals, clinics, and college counseling centers.
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. Learn more in our program fact sheet (linked at right).
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. 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 School and Clinical Mental Health Counselor Education programs are offered in a traditional late afternoon/evening format on the Olean Campus. Both programs are also available in an asynchronous online format: School Counseling
; Clinical Mental Health Counseling
These programs require practical experiences. Please note that while some practicum and internship sites offer evening or weekend opportunities, the majority of fieldwork (practicums) is completed during weekday hours.
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 for on-campus study 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.
University to hold Veterans Day Ceremony, host combat Marine veteran for public talk
Nov 08, 2019 |
St. Bonaventure University’s Office of Veterans Services and Student Veterans Association invite the public to join them for two upcoming events that honor veterans.
On Monday, Nov. 11, a Veterans Day Ceremony will be held in the McGinley-Carney Center for Franciscan Ministry at the center of campus. Guests are invited to begin gathering at 12:20 p.m. for the program.
Then, on Thursday, the university will welcome combat Marine veteran and professional athlete Crystal Stokes to campus. She will give a public presentation at 6:30 p.m. in the amphitheater of the William F. Walsh Science Center.
Stokes joined the Marine Corps in 1998 and served 11 years, earning the rank of sergeant. She completed three tours, one in Kuwait and two in Iraq, and returned home with post-traumatic stress disorder and military sexual trauma. Stokes found ways to help cope with what she was going through: She has a black belt and is a Marine Corps Martial Arts Program instructor, rifle and pistol coach, a combat conditioning specialist, and played women’s professional football.
About the University: The nation’s first Franciscan university, St. Bonaventure University is a community committed to transforming the lives of our students inside and outside the classroom, inspiring in them a lifelong commitment to service and citizenship. In 2019, St. Bonaventure was named the #1 regional university value in New York and #2 in the North by U.S. News and World Report.