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Counseling and Psychological Services

The Counseling and Psychological Services Department offers degree programs in three areas— mental health counseling, counseling services and school psychology.

The mental health counseling program is a 60-hour program designed to prepare human service providers to deal with problems and general concerns of human service agency clients and employees. An option within the program permits students to meet the educational requirements for credentialing in the field of alcoholism and and substance abuse counseling. Student who complete additional fieldwork and pass the State examination become eligible for Credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC) status.

The counseling services(school counseling) program offers three possible options for completing a degree within the program. The counseling services program prepares students to be school counselors.

  • Master of science degree in counseling services
  • Master of science degree in counseling services and a certificate of advanced study (CAS)
  • Certificate of advanced study in counseling services
    Upon completion of either of the MS degree options or, where appropriate, the CAS option, the student becomes eligible for provisional certification as a school counselor in New York State. Permanent certification may be awarded by the New York State Education Department upon successful completion of an MS degree in counseling services, 60 graduate credit hours and two years of successful experience.

The school psychology program also offers three possible options for completing a degree within the program.

  • Master of science degree in school psychology
  • Master of science degree in school psychology and a certificate of advanced study
  • Certificate of advanced study in school psychology
    Upon completion of either of the MS degree options or, where appropriate, the CAS option, the student becomes eligible for provisional certification as a school psychologist in New York State. Permanent certification may be awarded by the New York State Education Department upon successful completion of two years of successful experience.

The graduate certificate program in play therapy allows students to obtain a comprehensive authentic learning experience in play therapy. Students who complete the certificate program qualify for training to become certified play therapists through the National Institute for Relationship Enhancement and earn the necessary educational credits toward certification as a certified play therapist, and/or a child psychotherapist through the Association for Play Therapy and Play Therapy International respectively. The certificate program welcomes current students and practitioners in the fields of psychology, education, counseling, and human development. Participants must have an earned bachelor’s degree. This is not a degree program. For more information, contact Dr. Jodi Mullen at jmullen@oswego.edu.