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Mental Health Counseling (MHC), MA

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Applications are accepted and reviewed for Fall and Spring semesters on a rolling basis.


The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), has granted accreditation to Hofstra University's MA in Mental Health Counseling (MHC).

The MA in Mental Health Counseling (MHC) is a 60-credit program designed to provide students with the educational preparation to qualify as a licensed mental health counselor in the state of New York. MHC's practice in a variety of settings, including private practice, community agencies, managed behavioral health care organizations, government and not-for-profit organizations, integrated delivery systems, hospitals, employee assistance programs and substance abuse and rehabilitative centers.

The program also offers the opportunity for matriculated students to complete the New York State Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services' (OASAS) educational requirements for the Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC). This prepares students to work with individuals, families, and groups in myriad settings focusing on mental health, substance abuse, and alcohol and drug counseling. Students who take advantage of this focus are eligible to register for the CASAC designation and thus qualify for the clinical experience component of the certification. Alumni of the MHC program or those with a bachelor's or master's degree in another area can also fulfill the educational requirements of the CASAC by completing the Advanced Certificate in Addiction and Substance Abuse.