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CACREP Accredited markSt. 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.

Field Experiences

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.

Student & Faculty Demographics

 Ethnic Background & Gender
Students Full-Time Faculty
 Native American/Alaska Native:1 female
 Asian: 1 male, 2 females
 African-American: 3 males, 9 females
 Hispanic: 1 male, 8 females
 Two or more races: 1 female
 Caucasian: 10 males, 56 females
 Unknown: 2 males, 3 females
 2 Caucasian males
 3 Caucasian females
 1 African-American female 


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Program Demographics

 Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Current Enrollment  97
Graduates: August 2018, December 2018 & May 2019 8
Completion Rate  95%
Mental Health License Pass Rate  98%
Job Placement Rate  90%

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State Elks Association Major Projects grant aids Special Olympics program at St. Bonaventure University

Nov 12, 2019 |

Elks grant presentationA New York State Elks Association Major Projects grant will help a student club at St. Bonaventure University promote a healthy lifestyles program at its annual spring Unified Basketball Competition serving Special Olympics athletes.

Jamie Peace, manager of mail services at St. Bonaventure and CEO of the Elks’ Major Projects Grant Program, presented a $3,000 grant to Dr. Paula Scraba, associate professor of physical education at St. Bonaventure and adviser of the student-run Physical Activity Club, and Dr. Claire Watson, founding director of the public health program in St. Bonaventure’s School of Health Professions, and clinical director for Special Olympics New York and International.

The Physical Activity Club, for majors in health science, sport studies, physical education and related fields, is a recognized Special Olympics college club.

“Part of our mission is to enhance student opportunities for professional experiences and community involvement, on and off campus, that promote healthy lifestyles for people with and without disabilities, through Special Olympics’ Unified Sports program,” said Scraba.

A new initiative for the club is the Special Olympics Unified Healthy Athletes Program, which is aimed at providing health services and education to Special Olympics athletes.

The poverty rates in Cattaraugus and Allegany counties are among the state’s highest, and residents in those counties share correspondingly high rates of obesity, diabetes and heart disease, said Scraba. To help combat those trends the Physical Activity Club will conduct a Health Promotion Awareness Program at its annual Unified Basketball Competition next spring. The annual basketball event, involving students from six local school districts, partners people with and without intellectual disabilities on the same teams.

St. Bonaventure students will conduct the Health Promotion Awareness Program, which will include screenings to determine individuals’ body mass index and other key health factors, interactive activities aimed at raising awareness of the need to improve and maintain one’s fitness and wellness, interviews with athletes to assess their health-related habits, and even a sample healthy meal.

The program is designed to be fun, interactive, positive and engaging, and to demonstrate to Special Olympics athletes how small changes in behavior can help improve and maintain good health and sports performance, said Watson.

“The goal is to improve the quality of life and long-term health of Special Olympics athletes and people with intellectual disabilities through healthy behaviors, screenings and medical referrals,” she said.

The New York State Elks Association Major Projects grants, awarded across the state each year, are for programs that assist people with disabilities. “We try to help programs, like St. Bonaventure’s Unified Basketball competition, that impact a large group of people,” said Peace. “We’re glad that we can help make a difference.”

This is the second time in three years that the Bonaventure program has received an Elks Major Projects grant.

“We are so grateful to the Elks. With their support we are able to provide healthy lifestyles programs and services to local schools and communities,” said Scraba.


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.
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