The Mental Health Counseling AGC program is a part-time program and can be completed fully online. This program has been designed for students to "bridge the gap" to gain a license in Mental Health Counseling in New York State.
If you hold a master’s degree in counseling or a closely related human services field and aspire to earn a license to counsel people with mental health diagnoses (licensed mental health counselor; LMHC) by gaining the skills to transform the lives of clients and advancing your career goals, this program is for you.
Mental health counseling is a profession that requires both a master’s degree and a license to practice in New York State. As a graduate of the Mental Health Counseling program, you will be able to provide services such as:
Completion of this program results in student eligibility to take the New York State licensing exam in mental health counseling. After completing the initial course work, you will participate in clinical instruction and a supervised internship.
According to the United States Department of Labor and Department of Labor Statistics, employment of mental health counselors is expected to grow 28 percent over the next decade. Employment opportunities will be favorable because job openings are expected to exceed the number of graduates from counseling programs, particularly in rural areas. Also, there has been increased demand for mental health services as individuals become more willing to seek help. Mental health counselors are trained in the principles of:
Practitioners are dedicated to the optimal functioning of individuals, families, and organizations. As an LMHC, you will be able to establish and implement evidence-based interventions to address the clients’ needs. Not only may you work in a private practice, but you may also practice with other licensed professionals in a setting authorized to provide services.
As a mental health counselor, you will use assessment, treatment planning, case management, and preventive intervention for dealing with mental health and non-mental health issues such as:
After the identification and evaluation of the mental health issues, you will be able to employ evidence-based methods to treat individual conditions.
To find out more about the different domains of knowledge, skills, and abilities required for the mental health counseling profession visit the O*NET website. O*NET is the nation's primary source of occupational information. The O*NET Resource Center is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment & Training Administration, and developed by the National Center for O*NET Development.
Students are accepted into the program and may start coursework in either the fall or spring semester. The application deadline for a spring semester start is November 1 and July 1 for a fall semester start.
Applicants must submit:
Former/Maiden Name: The Graduate School of Education must be made aware if applicants have ever changed their name. If this is the case, be sure to ask the institution sending your transcripts to indicate your current name and any former or maiden names.
All supporting documents must be uploaded and attached to your online application. This includes unofficial copies of your transcripts and any other documents required for review.
If your program requires letters of recommendation, you will be asked to provide contact information about each individual providing a recommendation. Please note that your recommenders will receive the electronic request to provide a recommendation letter only after you "formally submit" the application.
The Advanced Graduate Certificate (AGC) in Mental Health Counseling (MHC) is delivered fully online as a “Bridge Program” to meet the eligibility requirement to earn the Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) credential.
If you have previously completed one or more of the required courses as part of your master’s degree program, you will work with the program director to substitute an alternative mental health counseling course offered by the Department of Counseling, School, and Educational Psychology (CSEP) to meet the 4-course/12 credit requirement.
Typical courses for the Advanced Graduate Certificate in Mental Health Counseling include:
If you have not completed a minimum of 600 hours of clinical internship experience under a LMHC, or NYSED approved equivalent in a previous program, you are required to complete 12 credits in CEP 600 MHC Internship (minimum of 600 clock hours).
If you met the internship requirement during your master’s degree program, (i.e., your prior internship meets or exceeds all of the current NYSED guidelines for internships), 6 internship credits may be waived upon formal approval by the program director, thus allowing the MHC AGC to be earned with 18, rather than 24 credits.
Online courses traditionally require a minimum of 9 to 12 hours of dedicated study outside of participation in the virtual classroom, so it is important that you take into consideration other personal and professional commitments as you pursue your coursework.
The Mental Health Counseling AGC program is just one of many programs in the Department of Counseling, School, and Educational Psychology in the Graduate School of Education at the University at Buffalo.
Dr. Wendy Guyker
Progrm Director and Clinical Assistant Professor
Phone: (716) 645-1105
All students are required to have access to an adequately equipped computer that meets the University computing standards as well as daily access to a reliable broadband connection (i.e., DSL or cable). Students are also expected to have basic computer competency before beginning their course work.
Online Programs Manager
Counseling, School, and Educational Psychology
481 Baldy Hall, Buffalo, NY 14260
Phone: (716) 645-1004..............or TEXT ONLY (716) 800-2979
Wednesday, October 5th at 7:30pm EST.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 48,000 Mental Health Counseling jobs are expected to be created over the next eight years.