Jul 10, 2020
The graduate programs in psychology at The Sage Colleges prepare students for work as mental health counselors and community psychologists. The programs have been designed forÂ students who have made a commitment to advance social justice, to promote the well-being of individuals, families and groups with varying cultural traditions, and to develop change strategies to address social issues in diverse communities through the application of psychological principles, research and methods.
The 60-credit program in Counseling and Community Psychology addresses expected competencies for mental health counselors working with individuals, groups and/or families. The program has been registered with New York State Education Department as meeting the educational qualifications leading to licensure as a Mental Health Counselor in New York State. Students learn how to provide evaluation, assessment, treatment and consultation services in community agencies serving adults, children and families.
Students enrolled in the Counseling and Community Psychology Masters Program may also elect to pursue a Certificate in Forensic Mental Health, or a Certificate in Gerontology (contact the Nursing Department for further information on this certificate).
In addition to the general admission requirements for Sage Graduate School, applicants must:
- have a minimum undergraduate GPA 3.0 for regular admission to the program.
- have completed undergraduate courses in Social Science Statistics and History & Systems of Psychology (not required for undergraduate psychology majors)
- have taken at least three undergraduate courses in Behavioral Sciences (for non-psychology majors)
- schedule an interview with the Graduate Program Director, following submission of all application materials.
- Completion of all required and elective courses (60 credit hours).
- Completion of a community psychology externship (3 credit hours) and a mental health counseling internship (6 credit hours). The completion of 45 credit hours is necessary before beginning the externship placement. All required content courses must be completed before beginning the mental health counseling internship.
- Completion of a thesis (3 credit hours) or research seminar (3 credit hours).
All courses are three (3) credits
Total degree credit hours: 60
I. Core Counseling Requirements
II. Core Community Psychology Requirements
III. Research Methods Sequence
IV (a) Students Completing a Certificate in Forensic Mental Health must complete the following:
IV (b). Select four of the following electives with advisement (students NOT in forensic certificate) :
VI. Capstone Final Project (select one)
In addition to the above course requirements, student are expected to:
- achieve a grade of B or better in all Core Counseling Requirements.
- demonstrate effective professional behavior, including effective interpersonal skills, sound judgment and ethical behavior.
- complete workshop on Identifying and Reporting Child Abuse Maltreatment, or the equivalent (offered through The Sage Education Department as NCR 070).
NOTE: Students are strongly encouraged to meet periodically with their advisor for program planning.