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From Program Coordinator, Stuart Chen-Hayes & Clinical Coordinator, Laura Roberts

Stuart Chen-HayesWelcome to the Counselor Education/School Counseling program at Lehman College. For more than four decades, our program has prepared hundreds of counseling professionals serving individuals in the NYC and surrounding areas. In addition to acquiring positions as professional school counselors, graduates of our program also work as bilingual school counselors, college access/admissions counselors, career counselors, and counselors working in nonprofit community settings. The Counselor Education/School Counseling program at Lehman is a 48-credit graduate degree completed over the course of three years including winter and summer sessions. The program is nationally accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and the Council for Accreditation of Counseling Related Educational Programs (CACREP). We also offer a Bilingual Counselor Education/School Counseling Advanced Certificate Program.

Laura RobertsCounselor Education began at Lehman in the late 1960s when Lehman emerged from Hunter-in-the-Bronx with a focus on community and school counseling. In the 1990s, the focus shifted to primarily school counseling with a partnership through the National Center for Transforming School Counseling. In 2002, the program was redesigned to meet national CACREP accreditation standards, adding a 100-hour practicum, 600-hour internship and was accredited by CACREP in 2008. Lehman was the first public Counselor Education/School Counseling program in New York City to receive this designation. In 2009, the program partnered with the National Office for School Counselor Advocacy to infuse college access/admission counseling in coursework and fieldwork.

In 2014, Lehman faculty and alumni were on the leadership team for New York State Education Department’s first statewide School Counselor Summit, which led to five key recommendations for changing school counselor practice. Lehman faculty co-chaired the Higher Education committee and drafted and continue to advise edits on new school counselor state regulation changes and new school counselor education state regulations. From 2014-16, Lehman faculty partnered with and presented at White House Reach Higher/School Counseling and College Access Convenings at Harvard University, San Diego State University, the University of North Florida, and American University, and received a grant through CUNY Central to create a College Access Counseling class in 2015. A Bilingual Counselor Education/School Counseling Advanced Certificate was added in 2015. Faculty will next focus on creating a Mental Health Counseling bridge program.

Faculty include four full-time and eight part-time instructors with years of school-based experience in elementary, middle, high school, and college settings. Faculty encourage student involvement in professional organizations and conference presentations. Faculty research and scholarship interests include: the adolescent brain, college access, creativity in counseling, family counseling, intercultural communication, LGBTI issues in counseling, play therapy, research mentorship, sexuality counseling, social justice, spirituality, and transition planning for students with disabilities.

Our program prides itself on fostering a family-like atmosphere where kindness and compassion are valued. We welcome you to explore our website, visit our campus, and/or email us to learn more about our programs.