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Special Issues in Mental Health Graduate Certificate

Certificate Overview

The Special Issues in Mental Health certificate program is designed to provide individuals with specialized knowledge in the field of counseling that could either broaden the student's expertise in the field of counseling, or form a foundation for more extensive work at the master's level. This concentration would be ideal for educators, including school counselors, who desire a stronger knowledge base in the field of mental health counseling. 

Requirements and Curriculum

The concentration consists of 15 credits, with two required classes, and the choice of three elective courses. Students may transfer up to two courses from other graduate programs.
COUN 7030 cannot be transferred from another institution. 

Required courses: 
COUN 7030 Introduction to Professional Counseling
COUN 8130 Psychopathology Diagnosis and Assessment

Elective courses (choose three): 
COUN 7005 Mental Health Counseling Professional Practice Standard, and Ethics
COUN 8030 Life Span Development
COUN 8100 Childhood Trauma and its Impact on School Based Services
COUN 8140 Alcohol Abuse and other Addictive Disorders
COUN 8190 Social and Cultural Foundations Issues in Counseling
COUN 8215 Lifestyle and Career Development
COUN 8300 Psychological Testing and Assessment: Theory and Practice
COUN 8625 Crisis Intervention for Counselors

Students must earn a 3.0 in each course for it to count towards the certificate.

Program at a Glance


Completed applications are reviewed on a rolling admission basis. Admissions requirements are as follows:

  • Official transcript of a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Three letters of recommendation (References must be from professional sources, and one must be an academic reference.)
  • Professional resume
  • Official transcripts of graduate level course work from a regionally accredited institution (if applicable)
  • Graduate application and fee
  • A personal statement (maximum 300 words) describing goals and reasons for applying to the program
  • Successful completion of all undergraduate prerequisites:
    • Developmental Psychology (or equivalent)
    • Statistics, Psychological Statistics or Applied Statistics for Counselors


On-campus courses offered in the evenings.

Time Frame

While you can complete the program in as little as 1 year, you have 6 years to complete the program.

Program Costs/Credits

Visit Student Accounts' tuition and fees page for current program costs for this 15-credit graduate certificate program.

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