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Program Description

The M.A in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is accredited by the Masters in Psychology and Counseling Accreditation Council (MPCAC) for the period of August, 2016 through August, 2021.

Mental health counseling is a field within the practice of professional counseling. Mental health counselors work with individuals, families, and groups to address and treat emotional and mental disorders and to promote mental health. The settings in which mental health counselors work are diverse and include the following: hospitals, private and public outpatient facilities, schools, agencies, employee assistance, industrial and organizational settings, advocacy, substance abuse treatment facilities, criminal justice, and private practice.

The core faculty who teach and supervise student progress are concerned about the vicissitudes, the challenges, and the difficulties inherent in the human condition; our curriculum reflects these concerns as well as fulfills New York State requirements for licensure as a mental health counselor. We will continually address cultural and social problems as they emerge and change in our diverse and challenging world. We will teach our students to carry out their professional responsibilities in ways that promote social justice. We intend to prepare students to work with children, adolescents, adults, families, groups, and organizations using their highly developed cognitive and affective skills. We believe that counseling professionals ought to have a lifelong learning commitment that will support their continual inquiry into new ways of helping people.

Application Deadline: 10 March of every year

Apply online at: http://www.csi.cuny.edu/admissions/grad/application.html

Application Fee: $125
An a application fee is required of all applicants and is nonrefundable. It must be submitted in the form of a check or money order, made payable to the College of Staten Island. Be sure that your name appears on the face of the check. Applicants from outside the United States must remit the fee with a check drawn from a U.S. bank.

1. Official Transcripts:
Request all of the post-secondary institutions that you have attended to forward an official transcript to the Office of Recruitment and Admissions. If you are currently enrolled in a post-secondary institution, you can submit one transcript now and a final transcript once you complete the courses that you are taking. Applicants who have been enrolled or are currently enrolled at CSI do not need to request a CSI transcript; the Office of Recruitment and Admissions will obtain a copy.

2. Personal Statement:
This statement should be no more than 600 words (two pages). Please include some personal background information, academic and related experience, field placements, and the reasons that led you to choose this field of study.

3. Letters of Recommendation:
Submit two letters of recommendation. At least one letter must be from a former professor.

4. Interview and Writing Sample:
After initial review, applicants may be selected for an onsite interview and onsite writing sample.

5. The TOEFL or IELTS is a requirement of students for whom English is a second language:

Test of Englsih as a Foreign Language (TOEFL):
Minimum required scores: 550 (Paper), 213 (Computer), or 70-80 (Internet)
Business Management and Mental Health Counseling: 600 (Paper), 250 (Computer), or 100 (Internet)
For additional information or to register for the exam, please visit the TOEFL website.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS):
We will only accept the academic exam scores.
Minimum required score: 6.5 (overall band).
Business Management and Mental Health Counseling: 7 (overall band).:
CSI institution code - 2778

For more information contact one of the following administrative faculty members of the Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling Program:

Professor Frances Meléndez, Director
Professor Katie Cumskey, Chair, Department of Psychology
Voicemail: 718.982.4157

Lorianne Delahunt, Academic Specialist
Voicemail: 718.982.4186

Mary Lougiakis, Program Secretary
Voicemail: 718.982.4031

Contact: mhc@csi.cuny.edu

  FALL 1  
PSY701 Foundations of Mental Health Counseling 3
PSY702 Psychopathology 3
PSY703 Developmental/Lifespan Psychology 3
PSY710 Assessment in Counseling 3
  SPRING 1  
PSY721 Cognitive/Behavioral and Behavioral Approaches to Counseling 3
PSY722 Theories of Psychodynamic/ Humanistic and Experiential Approaches to Counseling 3
PSY739 Clinical Instruction 3
  SUMMER 1  
PSY740 Mental Health Counseling Practicum 3
  Special 10-week academic session with 100 clock hours  
  FALL 2  
PSY711 Ethics/Chld Abuse for Counselors 3
PSY712 Social/Cultural Foundations of Counseling 3
PSY725 Group Theory and Practice 3
PSY781 Mental Health Counseling Internship I (200 hours) 3
  SPRING 2  
PSY723 Advanced Multicultural Counseling 3
PSY731 Research and Program Evaluation Methods in Mental Health Counseling 3
PSY782 Mental Health Counseling Internship II (200 hours) 3
  FALL 3  
PSY745 Career Development 3
PSY783 Mental Health Counseling Internship III (200 hours) 3
  Choose two electives from below:  
PSY724 Immigrant/Family Counseling 3
PSY741 Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counseling 3
PSY744 Counseling for Grief and Loss 3

asanbeComfort Asanbe

Comfort Asanbe is a New York State -licensed psychologist. Her research focuses on identifying the factors that pose a risk to the psychological health of children, especially those related to parental drug use. With interest and expertise in child psychopathology and assessment, Professor Asanbe has conducted studies and published on children at risk due to prenatal and postnatal/environmental exposure to drugs (cocaine/polydrug and methamphetamine), and on public policy and early childhood educational needs of these children. Currently, Professor Asanbe is collaborating with researchers from the New York State Institute for Basic Research in Developmental Disabilities (IBR) to investigate how premature birth affects the ability to regulate attention at school age. Professor Asanbe also participates with the Harcourt Corporation in the standardization and revision of psychological tests including the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children (WISC-IV), the most widely used IQ test for children.

Ann Booth

Ann Booth, PsyD, Director of the Counseling Center at the College of Staten Island, is a New York State-licensed psychologist. She holds a BS in Psychology, an MS in Mental Health Counseling, and a PsyD in Clinical Psychology from Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Booth completed a clinical internship at Southern Illinois University Student Counseling Center, and also served as a staff psychologist at Stevens Institute of Technology. In addition to clinical work, Dr. Booth has served as a Senior Director of Student Services. Her clinical interests focus on trauma and survival, substance abuse, gay and lesbian issues, anxiety, and self-esteem strengthening. She works full-time at the Counseling Center and provides personal counseling for students.

blairCollette Chapman-Hilliard

Professor Hilliard earned her PhD in Counseling Psychology from The University of Texas at Austin. Professor Hilliard’s research interests focus on the psychological experiences of racial and ethnic groups. Specifically, her scholarship emphasizes psychosocial and cultural factors that influence mental health, health, and academic achievement among African descent populations.  With regard to clinical practice, Professor Hilliard has trained in university counseling, community mental health, and residential treatment settings and her clinical orientation is informed by relational-cultural and strengths-based models of therapy.

cumiskeyKathleen M. Cumiskey

Katie Cumiskey received her PhD in Social- Personality Psychology from CUNY. She is known worldwide for her groundbreaking research on the impact of mobile phones on face-to-face interaction. How people make meaning of the presence of mobile technology and the psychological consequences of the use of that technology is at the crux of her work. She has presented at conferences in London, Budapest, Dresden, and Sydney. Dr. Cumiskey is an advocate for girls in confinement in New York State. She serves on the community advisory board of a residential facility that is run by the Office of Children and Family Services. She has addressed the New York City Council and the UN conference on the rights of women/ girls. She has worked in collaboration with other organizations to stop the expansion of youth detention facilities in New York City. Dr. Cumiskey is committed to involving students in “community action projects.” She serves as the faculty advisor to CSI’s Gay-Straight Alliance.

blairEllen-ge Denton

Dr. Denton is a New York State licensed psychologist with postdoctoral training in pediatric psychiatry and clinical research methods at Columbia University Medical Center. Data analysis, literature review and researching training in her research lab is geared toward several cross-cultural research projects. These projects investigate the impact of neighborhood socio-cultural factors on depression and related cardiovascular-disease health outcomes. Also, research projects focus on reducing mental health disparities between industrialized and low and middle income nations.

In particular, the aims of this lab are to identify prevention factors associated with suicide-depression, cross-culturally, and to develop, test, and disseminate primary and secondary interventions to improve adolescent mental health outcomes in low and middle income countries (LMICs) or resource poor areas in the US. Dr. Denton has led teams of clinicians and volunteers in social-emotional assessment of orphans, in Guyana, and has evaluated teacher burnout in Jamaica, WI. Dr. Denton consults with Royal Family Kids Camp and other community organizations to service resource poor and at-risk individuals.

HuntSandra Hunt

Sandra Hunt is a licensed psychologist in the State of New York, and has been trained in both clinical psychology and neuropsychology. She has several years of experience performing individual and group psychotherapy, and has conducted pediatric and adult evaluations for medical and rehabilitation facilities, attorneys, schools, and corporations. Her research interests include personal factors in neuropsychological assessment and the cognitive effects of chemotherapy. Professor Hunt is a member of the American Psychological Association and the New York Neuropsychology Group.

lawrenceJohn Lawrence

John Lawrence is a clinical psychologist licensed in the State of New York. He did his internship at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Miami, FL. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Behavioral Medicine Clinic at Johns Hopkins Hospital. From 1995 to 2002, he was an attending psychologist at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. Clinically, he specializes in treating people with comorbid medical and psychological conditions, in particular severe burns. His research has focused on psychosocial burn rehabilitation (e.g., PTSD, psychosocial adjustment to scarring). He also writes about social justice issues and is on the editorial board of the Grassroots Economic Organizing (GEO) newsletter, which focuses on the movement for economic democracy.

melendezFrances A. Meléndez

Frances Meléndez is a licensed clinical psychologist in the State of New York.  She is a graduate of the College of Staten Island and received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the Graduate School of the City University of New York.  Dr. Meléndez has extensive and ground breaking clinical experience working with adults and children infected and affected with HIV/AIDS.  Her career has put her in the forefront of HIV/AIDS mental health issues and her work has been the focus of a New York Times article, a documentary and several media interviews.  Dr. Meléndez has introduced long and short-term therapy to at-risk populations that have traditionally refused mental health services.  As the Associate Director of the Rehabilitation Medicine/Traumatic Brain Injury Program at Bellevue Hospital she led a pain management and monolingual women’s self-empowerment group, developed and implemented staff training programs, carried out assessments of cognitive functioning, conducted individual and group therapy with children, adolescents, and adults in Spanish and English.  Dr. Meléndez is an active presenter at regional and national psychology conferences.  She is a member of the APA, the National Latino Psychology Association for Hispanic Mental Health Professionals and NYSPA, where she also sits on their executive committee on addiction. 

rogers-sirinLauren Rogers-Sirin

Lauren Rogers-Sirin is a licensed psychologist who earned her Master’s and PhD in Counseling Psychology from Boston College. Her clinical work has been primarily with young adults from a relational theoretical orientation. Her research has focused on professional ethics and multicultural competence. She developed and tested the effectiveness of Racial and Ethical Sensitivity Training (REST), a workshop designed to help professionals to recognize and address discrimination in an ethically sound manner. Dr. Rogers-Sirin has published numerous scholarly articles in peer-reviewed journals and has presented at a number of international conferences.

Program Coordinator: Professor Andrzej Wieraszko, PhD
Building 6S, Room 324
Email: wieraszko@mail.csi.cuny.edu
Telephone: 1.718.982.3941
Biological Sciences/Chemical Sciences Building (6S), Room 324A

The Center for Developmental Neuroscience and Developmental Disabilities at the College and the New York State Institute for Basic Research on Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities offer a broad interdisciplinary program leading to the Master of Science degree. Courses integrate relevant subject matter in the areas of biology, chemistry, mathematics, philosophy, psychology, and sociology, and students have a unique opportunity to explore both neuroscientific and applied aspects of the normally and abnormally developing brain, as well as recent advances in the cognitive sciences.

Apply online: http://www.csi.cuny.edu/admissions/grad/application.html