PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. -- Pace University’s Pleasantville campus has introduced the first doctoral degree in mental health counseling in New York State, in the just-begun fall term.
As part of the psychology department of the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, the program is designed to provide master’s-level students with advanced professional and scholarly training.
“Doctoral-level mental health counselors bring a depth and breadth of understanding to their work with clients as practitioners, as well as to the research of new therapeutic modalities,” says Rostyslaw Robak, department chair and professor of psychology on the Pleasantville campus. “The program will enrich our graduates’ ability to work successfully with clients and to develop new ways to treat mental health conditions that have the potential to significantly advance the field of mental health counseling.”
Mental-health counseling is a profession distinct from disciplines such as psychiatry, psychology and social work. It focuses on preventive therapies, marriage and family counseling and career counseling. Data from the Department of Labor shows that employment in the mental-health counseling sector is expected to grow significantly – by 37 percent – from 2010 to 2020 as health-insurance companies increasingly cover such services and as the population grows. As the sector expands, Pace sees the program opening doors to leadership careers for its graduates.
“The psychology department is very well positioned to provide Ph.D.-level training of the highest standards. Our accomplished faculty has rich experience and brings a wealth of scholarly research in the field to the program,” says Nira Herrmann, dean of the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences.
The doctoral program is open to applicants with a master’s degree in mental-health counseling or a closely related field. The program offers teaching, research and administrative assistantships with partial tuition remission.