As of July 2014, the Mental Health Counseling and Behavioral Medicine Program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP). The Program was granted the maximum 8-year CACREP accreditation, which will be in effect through October 2022.
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The Mental Health Counseling and Behavioral Medicine Program is a two-year Masters of Arts program designed to prepare graduates for independent licensure as Mental Health Counselors. Over the course of the program, students complete academic coursework in mental health and behavioral medicine, a range of clinical field work experiences, and develop identities as clinical mental health counselors. Counselor Educator faculty and staff in the Program mentor students toward becoming outstanding clinicians.
Our graduates have gone one to secure a wide range of positions, such as:
- Provider working with acute and longer term trauma clients
- Clinician providing home visits to families in need of care
- Member of a multidisciplinary treatment team in medical settings
- Consultant to individuals seeking to make health-related lifestyle changes, including smoking cessation, weight management, sleep hygiene, and substance use practices
- Mental health provider in school settings
- Clinician in day treatment and acute care settings
- Care provider in a forensic setting
- Member of a multidisciplinary team in a locked unit facility for adolescents and children
- Substance abuse/methadone counselor
- Clinician in a day treatment program for adults with serious and persistent mental illness
- Counselor in private practice
- Member of a clinical research team
- Provider in an adult dual diagnosis program
- Clinician in a nursing home setting with geriatric populations
- Director of a residential eating disorder facility
- Counselor in a college counseling center
Students generally complete our program in two years of full-time study, which includes a combination of academic course work and clinical experiences. Having recently been awarded an 8-year accreditation by CACREP (Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs), we are 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, and 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.
The inclusion of a behavioral medicine and neuroscience, and psychopharmacology curriculum makes us unlike any other counseling program in the country. Because we are housed in a teaching hospital, students are exposed to cutting-edge diagnostic and intervention procedures, all of which are integrated into class content and clinical experiences. Many of our students avail themselves of opportunities to engage in research within or outside of the greater Boston University system.
We work hard to remain connected to our alumni and facilitate connections and networking with current students and other 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 and valuable services. 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.
We are quite proud of our program! We hope that you will take the time to explore our website, become familiar with what we have to offer, and contact us with any questions.
Stephen Brady, Ph.D.
Director, MHCBM Program