Curriculum

CAS/Bridge program (15 credit hours)

Niagara University’s offers the CAS/Bridge program for clinical mental health counseling. All applicants will take a minimum of 15 credit hours. Depending on courses completed during a previous master's degree, some applicants may be required to take additional courses due to the curriculum of their previous master's in order to meet New York state licensure requirements. State counselor licensure is New York is called Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC). The courses listed below have been approved by the New York Department of Education as the Niagara University Bridge program.

Required Courses

15 credit hours

Understanding the Diagnostic Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders IV will be the focus of this course. Some prior knowledge of the etiology of behavioral disorders and the impact of these differential diagnostic skills through the analysis of case studies will be emphasized.

Credit Hours: 3   /   Prerequisites: EDU 655

Students will develop advanced skills in diagnosis through integrating material for the intake, initial interview, social histories, and psychiatric/psychological reports. In addition, they will develop the crucial skills in client care/management including creating and implementing appropriate treatment programs, writing reports, keeping records and consulting with all professionals in the total managed care system.

Credit Hours: 3   /   Prerequisites: EDU 655, EDU 657

This course is designed to provide graduate counseling students with an introduction to mental health practice in preparation for practicum (EDU 679) and internships (EDU 685, EDU 686, & EDU 678). This course addresses ethical, legal and professional issues in counseling and adheres to the Code of Ethics of the American Counseling Association (ACA) and those of the American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA). Canadian students may wish to consult the Canadian Counseling Association (CCA). Students are also expected to gain relevant skills, especially in the realm of consultation with other mental health professionals.

Credit Hours: 3

Students will be placed in mental health settings consistent with their personal goals for growth in the field of mental health. Each internship experience will be uniquely designed to meet the needs of each individual student. Basic commonalties across intern- ships include 300 clock hours on site for each internship (total 900 clock hours); 80 hours of direct service with clients for each internship (total 240); a minimum of one hour per week of individual supervision throughout all internships and biweekly seminars/group supervision of three hours in length throughout the internships.

Credit Hours: 3   /   Prerequisites: EDU 679, EDU 651, EDU 654, EDU 658

Students will be placed in mental health settings consistent with their personal goals for growth in the field of mental health. Each internship experience will be uniquely designed to meet the needs of each individual student. Basic commonalties across intern- ships include 300 clock hours on site for each internship (total 900 clock hours); 80 hours of direct service with clients for each internship (total 240); a minimum of one hour per week of individual supervision throughout all internships and biweekly seminars/group supervision of three hours in length throughout the internships.

Credit Hours: 3   /   Prerequisites: EDU 679, EDU 651, EDU 654, EDU 658