Post-Master's Certificate Programs

Graduate counseling certificate programs are designed for individuals who have a master's degree in Counseling from a CACREP-accredited institution (or equivalent) and are interested in acquiring additional knowledge and skills, and ultimately the necessary credentials, to function effectively in other settings. Course sequences are set up to create certificate programs in the areas of:

Additional coursework may be required for persons who are not graduates of CACREP programs. A total of 9 to 18 credits will be required for each certificate program, depending on the background of the individual and the intended emphasis. A one- or two-semester internship may be required to complete a certificate program.


Certificate Program in Addictions

The graduate certificate in addictions counseling is designed for individuals who have a master's degree in Counseling from a CACREP accredited institution (or equivalent). This certificate program provides post-graduate training in the emphasis area of addictions counseling to students who have completed a master's degree in Counseling. If this requirement has not been met, additional course work, or the MS Counseling program, may be required.

Course Sequence:

COUNSED 734 Families: Assessment & Treatment of Abusive Behaviors 3 Credits
COUNSED 746 Counseling & the Chemical Dependency Process 3 Credits
COUNSED 749 Chemical Dependency:  Treatment & Rehabilitation 3 Credits
COUNSED 752 Integrative Treatment 3 Credits
COUNSED 753 Understanding Psychopharmacology for Counselors 3 Credits
COUNSED 795 Internship 3-6 Credits
TOTAL 18-21 Credits

Program Objective:

This certificate program would provide graduates with the knowledge base to achieve the Clinical Substance Abuse Counselor level with appropriate supervised experience. Licensed Professional Counselors who complete the certificate program will be eligible for a specialist designation on their professional license allowing them to counsel individuals with substance abuse/dependence diagnoses.


Certificate Program in Community

The graduate certificate in community counseling is designed for individuals who have a master's degree in Counseling from a CACREP (Council on Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs) accredited institution (or equivalent) in an emphasis other than community counseling. If this requirement has not been met, additional course work, or the MS Counseling program, may be required.

Course Sequence:

COUNSED 728 Clinical Studies in Counseling 3 Credits
COUNSED 731 Introduction to Marriage/Partnership & Family Counseling 3 Credits
COUNSED 734 Families: Assessment & Treatment of Abusive Behaviors 3 Credits
COUNSED 746 Counseling & the Chemical Dependency Process 3 Credits
COUNSED 795 Internship 3-6 Credits
TOTAL 15-18 Credits

Courses would be taken sequentially to address the development of counseling services relative to a community setting. The internship will be one or two semesters depending on the needs of the student, as determined by Counselor Education Faculty. Students having had a year-long internship in their master's program and having had sufficient counseling experience with mental health populations will only be required to participate in a one semester internship.

Program Objectives:

  1. Students will develop skills in assessing personal issues related to client problems.
  2. Students will develop skills in collecting and analyzing information relative to determining appropriate counseling interventions.
  3. Students will learn to employ facilitative counseling techniques.
  4. Students will learn to prepare documents such as counseling-related reports, treatment plans and educational programs.


Certificate Program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

The graduate certificate in community counseling is designed for individuals who have a master's degree in Counseling from a CACREP (Council on Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs) accredited institution (or equivalent) in an emphasis other than clinical mental health counseling. If this requirement has not been met, additional course work, or the MS Counseling program, may be required.

Course sequence:

COUNSED 712 Foundations of Clinical Mental Health Counseling 3 Credits
COUNSED 716 Crisis Intervention and Trauma Counseling 3 Credits
COUNSED 753 Understanding Psychopharmacology for Counselors 3 Credits
COUNSED 7xx Electives (up to 9 credits, depending on the student's background) 0-6 Credits
COUNSED 795 Internship 3 Credits
TOTAL 12-18 Credits

 

Program Objective:

Students will develop the knowledge base needed to achieve licensure.


Certerficate Program in Higher Education

The Graduate Certificate in Higher Education is designed for individuals who already have a master's degree in Counseling or related fields from CACREP approved programs or equivalent and are interested in acquiring additional knowledge and skills to enable them to function effectively as student affairs professionals in post-secondary institutions or higher education settings. Additional course work may be required for persons who are not graduates of CACREP programs.

Course Sequence:

COUNSED 729   Student Services in Higher Education 3 Credits
COUNSED 748 Administration in College Student Personnel 3 Credits
COUNSED 795 Internship 3-6 Credits
TOTAL 9-12 Credits

The internship may be one or two semesters depending on the student's needs as determined by Counselor Education faculty.

Program Objectives:

  1. Become aware of the structure and organization of student services.
  2. Be knowledgeable about student development theories and their implications for providing meaningful student services in higher education settings.
  3. Develop an understanding of the broad array of skills and competencies essential for the various student services administrative positions. 
  4. Discuss pertinent ethical, legal and moral issues that impact the administration of student affairs.


Certificate Program in School Counseling

The graduate certificate in school counseling is designed for individuals who have a master's degree in Counseling from a CACREP-accredited institution (or equivalent) in an emphasis other than school counseling. This certification program provides post- graduate training in the emphasis area of school counseling to students who have completed a master's in Counseling in a different emphasis. If this requirement has not been met, additional course work, or the MS Counseling program, may be required.

Course sequence:

COUNSED 738 Perspectives in School Counseling 3 Credits
COUNSED 743 Counseling in Elementary & Middle Schools 3 Credits
COUNSED 745 Counseling in Secondary Schools 3 Credits
COUNSED 795 Internship 3-6 Credits
TOTAL 12-15 Credits

Students take courses sequentially to address the development of counseling services K-12. The internship will be one or two semesters depending on the needs of the student, as determined by Counselor Education faculty. Students having had a year-long internship in the master's program and having sufficient counseling experience with children will only be required to participate in a one semester Internship. However, some experience in all three areas (elementary, middle, and secondary schools) is required.

Program Objectives:

  1. Gain an understanding of student development and be able to determine when individuals or a group of students may have specific developmental needs.
  2. Develop awareness of school and community resources.
  3. Develop an understanding of the organization and operations of the school.
  4. Become aware of pertinent ethical, legal and moral issues that impact the school counselor.