The graduate programs in psychology at Russell Sage College prepare students for work as mental health counselors and community psychologists. The programs have been designed for students who have made a commitment to advance social justice, to promote the well-being of individuals, families and groups with varying cultural traditions, and to develop change strategies to address social issues in diverse communities through the application of psychological principles, research and methods.
The 60-credit program in Counseling and Community Psychology addresses expected competencies for mental health counselors working with individuals, groups and/or families. The program has been registered with New York State Education Department as meeting the educational qualifications leading to licensure as a Mental Health Counselor in New York State. Students learn how to provide evaluation, assessment, treatment and consultation services in community agencies serving adults, children and families.
Students enrolled in the Counseling and Community Psychology Masters Program may also elect to pursue a Certificate in Forensic Mental Health.
In addition to the general admission requirements for Sage Graduate School, applicants must:
I. Core Counseling Requirements
II. Core Community Psychology Requirements
III. Research Methods Sequence
IV (A). Certificate in Forensic Mental Health
Students completing a certificate in Forensic Mental Health must complete the following:
IV (B). Electives
- Select three of the following electives with advisement (students NOT in forensic certificate):
- Note: Other electives may be chosen with advisement.
V. Community Placements
VI. Capstone Work
In addition to the above course requirements, student are expected to:
- achieve a grade of B or better in all Core Counseling Requirements.
- demonstrate effective professional behavior, including effective interpersonal skills, sound judgment and ethical behavior.
- complete workshop on Identifying and Reporting Child Abuse Maltreatment, or the equivalent (offered through The Sage Education Department as NCR 070).
- attend at least two (2) professional workshops/conferences.
NOTE: Students are strongly encouraged to meet periodically with their advisor for program planning.