The Mental Health Counseling and Behavioral Medicine Program is a two-year Master of Arts program designed to meet the educational requirements for licensure as a Mental Health Counselor in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as granted by the Massachusetts Board of Allied Mental Health Professions. We work closely with students to ensure that they meet requirements for licensure in states all across the country.
Over the course of the program, students complete academic coursework in mental health counseling and behavioral medicine, participate in a wide range of clinical training, and develop identities as clinical mental health counselors. Counselor educator faculty and staff of the program mentor students toward becoming outstanding clinicians.
Students generally complete our program in two years of full-time study, which includes a combination of academic course work and clinical experiences. Our program is committed to the core areas deemed essential in training excellent clinical mental health counselors. Students are very well trained in clinical assessment and diagnosis, theory and application, as well as modalities of care, and are exposed to a wide array of patient populations, clinical topics and career paths. We also encourage students to identify areas of interest beyond the basic curriculum in which to pursue clinical, research and/or course-related experience.
Unique Program Attributes
Our program is unlike any other counseling program in the country for a variety of reasons, including:
- Only program in the United States that is both located within a nationally-ranked medical school/academic teaching hospital and accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)
- Unparalleled number and types of clinical training opportunities in and around greater Boston
- Exceptional, caring, and dedicated transdisciplinary faculty and staff
- Curriculum that incorporates coursework in behavioral medicine, neuroscience, and psychopharmacology
What is Behavioral Medicine?
According to the Society of Behavioral Medicine, it is the “interdisciplinary field concerned with the development of and integration of behavioral, psychological, and biomedical science knowledge and techniques relevant to the understanding of health and illness, and the application of this knowledge and these techniques to prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation.”
Our mission is that our clinical mental health students graduate from our program with a foundational knowledge in common medical disorders, medical terminology and strategies clinical mental health counselors can utilize to prevent and treat medical illness. The behavioral medicine degree program prepares graduates to work in a collaborative fashion with multidisciplinary teams, to communicate credibly with medical providers and to provide clients with support in preparation for medical tests and procedures, diagnostic trajectories, and supportive care. Our graduates learn to incorporate assessment techniques that may assist in detecting symptoms attributable to medical disease and to attend to the biopsychosocial model throughout the course of care.
Graduate Outcomes and Alumni
Our graduates have gone on to secure a wide range of positions, such as:
- Trauma clinician
- Member of a multiplicity treatment team in a medical setting
- Consultant to individuals seeking to make health related lifestyle changes
- School-based counselor for children and adolescents
- Clinician in a day treatment/partial hospital program
- Counselor for sexual offenders in a corrections prison system
- Substance abuse counselor
- Private practice clinician
- Member of a clinical research team
- Director of an eating disorders residential facility
- Clinician in a college counseling center
We work hard to remain connected to our alumni and facilitate connections and networking between current students and alumni through LinkedIn and in-person events. Alumni offer advice about licensure in other states, the licensing exam, and pursuing other educational opportunities. Many of our alumni are in supervisory and/or administrative positions and often hire our graduates.
The majority of our teaching faculty are active clinicians, providing them with direct, up-to-date exposure to the “real world” of clinical service, clients, psychiatric presentations, and resources available to provide ethical, competent, and effective care. Many of our teaching faculty are also actively engaged in research and contribute to the scientific understanding of a variety of issues. Collectively, our faculty create excellent learning opportunities in the classroom.
72 East Concord Street
Robinson Bldg, Suite B-212
Boston, MA 02118
Mrs. Bernice R. Mark