From Program Coordinator, Stuart Chen-Hayes & Clinical Coordinator, Laura Roberts
Welcome 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 that 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.
Counselor 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.
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.