Advanced certificate program in geriatric mental health
HEGIS code 2104.10
NYS SED program code 38330

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Admission Requirements

Department Psychology
Fall Application Deadline August 30th - Rolling Admission
Spring Application Deadline The program does not accept applications for Spring
Supporting Documents for Matriculation:
Submit the following documents to the Office of Graduate Admissions:

1. Transcripts from all colleges and universities attended (applicants who earned a bachelor's degree outside the United States need to submit a 'Course by Course International Transcript Evaluation.'

2. Two letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with your professional and academic accomplishments

3. An essay on personal background, experiences, interests, and goals relevant to program (maximum three pages).


I. F-1 or J-1 international students must submit English Proficiency Exam. TOEFL- 79, IELTS- 6.5, PTE- 58-63, Duolingo 105-160.

Refer to instructions at . After careful review of application materials the program will invite select applicants to participate in a 60-minute, on-site group interview and to complete a brief on-site writing sample; remote interviews by telephone or Skype will also be available.
TOEFL (paper, computer, internet) N/A, N/A, N/A


This program is currently not accepting applications.

The United States population is aging at an unprecedented rate, bringing a host of medical, psychological, and social concerns. Unfortunately, older Americans underutilize mental health services due to a variety of factors including a shortage of trained providers. Additional educational opportunities are strongly needed to meet the increasing demand for skilled mental health professionals to work with the elderly.

The advanced certificate program in Geriatric Mental Health provides its students with the knowledge and skills to offer quality mental health services to older adults and their families. After challenging academic coursework and clinical internship training, our graduates are prepared to work within a variety of settings including independent practices, community agencies, managed behavioral health care organizations, long-term care facilities, and hospitals. The advanced certificate program is intended to provide training for individuals currently matriculated in graduate programs at the masters or doctoral level or for individuals already holding a graduate degree in a mental health (or related) field. Thus, our program is intended to provide mental health professionals with a specialist designation in geriatrics to increase their skill level, competitiveness in the workplace, and opportunity for career advancement.

The program presents six graduate-level courses for a total of 18 credits, structured sequentially to provide background in geriatric mental health while developing students' proficiency in the assessment and practice of psychotherapy with culturally diverse elderly populations. The part-time nature of the program enables graduate students and working professionals in fields such as mental health counseling, social work, clinical and counseling psychology, and public health to undertake the program. Individuals from these varied disciplines interact and share clinical perspectives and experiences within a program that incorporates a range of philosophical, educational, and clinical paradigms. Classes are scheduled for the convenience of working professionals. Armed with a specialist designation in geriatric mental health, our graduates are poised to provide high quality, cost-effective mental health care to older adults and to obtain attractive job opportunities and client referrals.
Matriculation requirements
Candidates should hold a professional license in a mental health profession or be an advanced student enrolled in a program that leads to certification in a mental health, clinical psychology, or other health-related profession.

Candidates should possess a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution and relevant professional or volunteer clinical experience with older adults. In addition, candidates should possess a minimum of 15 credits in undergraduate and/or graduate-level psychology courses with at least one course in each of the following areas:
* psychology of aging
* abnormal psychology/psychopathology
* theories in counseling/psychotherapy/counseling process
* research methods/experimental psychology
* professional ethics/ethical issues in counseling

General matriculation and admission requirements of Graduate Studies are in the section "Admission."

Advanced certificate requirements (18 credits)
Eighteen credits are required for the advanced certificate. Students must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.00.

Students must complete all of the following courses:

* PSYC 7551G: Biological, Psychological, and Social Aspects of Aging
* PSYC 7552G: Psychopathology and Aging
* PSYC 7553G: Mental Health Assessment of Older Adults
* PSYC 7554G: Clinical Perspectives and Psychological Interventions with Older Adults
* PSYC 7555G: Geriatric Mental Health Practicum
Additionally, one of the following existing three courses, offered through the Health and Nutrition Sciences Department at Brooklyn College, are required:
* HNSC 7184XL: Bioethics: Health and Medical Dilemmas
* HNSC 7180X: Bereavement
* HNSC 7186X: Principles in the Care of the Terminally Ill