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Post Masters' Bridge Programs

The Department of Counselor Education offers three Post-Master's Bridge programs designed to help you become certified in school counseling, license-eligible in mental health counseling (LMHC), or receive the experience and coursework to work in college counseling.

Bridge Programs

Advanced Certificate in Mental Health Counseling Students completing the bridge program in Mental Health Counseling are eligible to apply for the License Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) license. This program is 15 credits in length that includes a 600 hour supervised clinical mental health counseling internship.

Advanced Certificate in School Counseling Students completing this program are eligible to apply for Provisional Certification in the State of New York as a School Counselor. This program is minimally 12 credits and includes a 600 hour supervised school counseling internship.

Advanced Certificate in College Counseling Students completing the College Counseling bridge program accrue 12 credit hours including 600 hours of internship working in supervised college counseling to help develop your skills and marketability as a college counselor.

 

Program Planning

Students may choose two distinct paths. Path 1 requires a two semester internship with the student working 20 hours per week at the internship site. Path 2 requires a one semester internship with the student working 40 hours per week at the internship. In essence, it is possible for a student to complete any of these Bridge Programs in 2 semesters. Students in a Bridge Program will want to plan for the following time commitment:

 

Path 1

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Path 2

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Potential Employment and Internship Sites

The Rochester, New York area is rich with institutions of higher education ranging from 2-year community colleges to 4-year graduate research institutions, mental health agencies, and school districts. As a result, students in the Bridge Programs have access to various sites for internship experiences and employment settings upon completion, including the following:

Internship & Employment Sites

College Counseling

RIT Counseling Center

The College at Brockport

University of Rochester

Monroe Community College

Finger Lakes Community College

Mental Health Counseling

Unity Behavioral Health

Strong Behavioral Health

Catholic Family Center

St. Joseph’s Neighborhood Center

Canandaigua VA Medical Center        

Monroe County Jail

Some County Mental Health Units

Various Private Practices

School Counseling

Rochester City School District

Hilton Central Schools

Pittsford Central Schools

East Irondequoit Central Schools

Webster Central School District

Caledonia-Mumford Central Schools

Rush-Henrietta Central Schools

Greece Central School District

Batavia Central Schools

York Central Schools

Many more

 

A Student's View of the Program

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Elena Pilato, NCC, LMHC

When I initially started the Counselor Education master's program, I was constantly in limbo as to what counseling track to focus on. It was either school counseling or mental health counseling. I ended up getting my degree in mental health counseling, obtaining licensure, and worked in outpatient and day treatment settings. However, I still felt that I was missing something in my life and didn't feel fulfilled. I went back to Brockport and had the opportunity through the Bridge program, to pursue school counseling 

Students involved in professional organizations -certification as well. This consisted of one class and an internship, since I had already taken all the other  required courses.   I now have my provisional school certification, am working in a middle school, and have a private practice on the side. I have the best of both worlds! I am truly grateful that the Counselor Education program at The College at Brockport implemented the Bridge program. Now that I can be a school counselor and mental health counselor, I am not limited in my work. Brockport made it easy for me to fulfill my dreams and expand both my experience and opportunity through the Bridge program. Thank you Brockport!!

Students in the Counselor Education Program at the College at Brockport are members of the American Counseling Association, Association for Adult Development and Aging, ACA-NY, New York State School Counseling Association, New York Mental Health Counseling Association and its Greater Rochester Chapter, the College Student Personnel Association of New York State, and other professional counseling organizations. 

Students published in peer reviewed professional journals -

Graduates and students in The College at Brockport's Department of Counselor Education have had their work published in peer reviewed counseling journals managed by NYSSCA, CSPA-NYS, NYMHCA, and other counseling journals.

Coordinator

Thomas Hernandez is the Coordinator of the Bridge Programs

Dr. Hernandez has worked as a counselor educator for over 20 years and currently serves as the Chair of the Department of Counselor Education.  Dr. Hernandez has served as a counselor and administrator in higher education since 1987. He has worked in 2- and 4-year institutions counseling students with disabilities, low-income students, and first-generation college students. In addition, his work as a career counselor profoundly informs his teaching. Professionally, Dr. Hernandez is currently Co-Editor of the New York State School Counseling Journal and is a member of the American Counseling Association, the American College Counseling Association, the National Career Development Association, the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, the Association for Specialists in Group Work, and the American Counseling Association - New York. He has also been an elected member of the Board of Directors of the Association for Excellence and Equality in Education. Dr. Hernandez is a past-president of the New York Association for Counselor Education and Supervision. Currently, Dr. Hernandez serves as a board member for the New York State School Counselors Association and serves on the Western New York School Counselors Consortium.

 

Plans of Study for Bridge Programs:

College Counseling Bridge

Mental Health Counseling Bridge

School Counseling Bridge

 

 

Gainful Employment Disclosures

Gainful Employment Disclosure for the College Counseling Bridge Program

Gainful Employment Disclosure for the Mental Health Counseling Bridge Program

Gainful Employment Disclosure for the School Counseling Bridge Program

Last Updated 5/2/14