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.
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Post Masters Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS) Bridge Programs CACREP Equivalent Policy
The department offers three Bridge Programs: College Counseling, School Counseling and Mental Health Counseling. These Bridge Programs were developed to provide graduates of master’s level counseling programs who may decide to seek licensure, certification or employment in a specialization of counseling area for which they were not trained. For example, a New York state licensed mental health counselor may decide to seek certification as a school counselor or conversely a New York state certified school counselor might seek licensure as a mental health counselor.
The department affirms CACREP’s belief that its Standards for Accreditation represent entry-level preparation criteria for its various program areas, which include Student Affairs and College Counseling, Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling. The department recognizes that some graduates of masters’ level counseling programs may have graduated from a non-CACREP accredited program or with a degree with less than 48 credit hours. Students in those situations will have their credentials reviewed by the CAS Coordinator. As part of a Bridge Program, students will be required to complete the necessary course work to meet the CACREP entry-level preparation criteria for masters programs.
If you have any questions, please contact CAS Coordinator Claudette Brown-Smyth at (585) 395-5050.
Certificate of Advance Study (CAS) Bridge Programs
CAS 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. Plan of Study
CAS 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. Plan of Study
CAS 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. Plan of Study
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:
Potential Employment and Internship Sites
The Rochester, NY 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
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.