COLLEGE OF NEW ROCHELLE’S GRADUATE SCHOOL
ADDS NEW PROGRAM IN MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING
ROCHELLE, NY, April 10, 2006 -- Effective May 30, The College of New
Rochelle’s (CNR) Graduate School (GS) will offer a new 60-credit
master’s degree program in Mental Health Counseling that will prepare
graduates for state licensing requirements. This announcement
follows a decision by the NYS Department of Education to require
mandatory licenses for all Mental Health counselors as of January
2006. Previously, there was little regulation in this quickly
demand for qualified Mental Health professionals has skyrocketed over
the past 10 years in all segments of American society,” said Dr. Marie
Ribarich, Assistant Dean of Human Services at CNR’s Graduate School.
“Our goal with this program is to successfully address a critical need
in society today. Graduates will be prepared to counsel individuals,
groups, and families of all ages. Once licensed, they may seek
employment in hospitals, mental health clinics, and in private
to the National Institute of Mental Health, an estimated 26.2% of
American adults suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder in a given
year. When applied to 2004 U.S. Census numbers for people ages 18 and
older, this figure translates to 57.7 million people. Major
depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide among persons
ages five and older. In the U.S. and Canada, mental disorders are
the leading cause of disability for people ages 15-44. This term
includes (but is not limited to): depression, anxiety, schizophrenia,
obsessive-compulsive disorder, suicide, eating disorders, ADHD, autism,
and even Alzheimer’s disease.
candidate for our new program is someone who has a strong desire to
help clients with emotional and psychological problems and to make a
positive difference in their lives. This program will appeal to
those with a social work, sociology, or psychology background as well
as to career changers looking for a more meaningful vocation,” added
on the success of their master’s program in Guidance & Counseling,
the College’s new program will offer a well-rounded curricula of 20
courses, all taught by current GS faculty. Practicum and 600-hour
internship experiences will further develop students’ counseling skills
and professional expertise. The program emphasizes an applied,
practical approach to learning rather than a research oriented
emphasis. Students may begin their program in the summer, fall,
or spring semesters, with flexible weeknight and weekend courses.
Graduate School at CNR, founded in 1969, is a professional school
educating men and women in the service professions (education, human
services, and art and communication studies). It carries out and
enlivens the mission of the College through its curriculum offerings,
service to students, respect for the uniqueness of the individual
learner, community of scholarship, and commitment to the highest
standards of excellence. To find out more, go to: http://www.cnr.edu/ACADEMICS/gs-index.html
or call (914) 654-5334.
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