Advanced Studies in Counseling: Post-Master's Graduate Certificate focused on Couples and Family Therapy
A 12-credit post-master's certificate offered by the Department of Counseling
Designed to meet the professional development needs of School & Mental Health Counselors
Meeting Your Needs
- The Professional Counselor Licensure Bill requires counselors in the field to have 60 graduate credits. Most Counselor Education/Counseling graduate programs require only 48 credits
- In addition, school counselors in the public schools in Pennsylvania must fulfill the ACT48 professional development requirements, which can be satisfied with the completion of six graduate credits every five years.
- Finally Licensed Professional Counselors and National Certified Counselors must complete professional development requirements every five years
- The post-master’s graduate certificate, offered at the Dixon University Center in Harrisburg, was developed by faculty in the Department of Counseling and College Student Personnel to meet the ongoing continuing education needs of community, mental health, and college and school counselors.
- The four courses in the program, which focus on couples and family therapy, were designed to be flexible in order to accommodate the demanding schedules as well as geographic locations of counselors and mental health practitioners.
- Enhancing the theory-based classroom discussions is a clinical component providing practice in couples/family therapy. These sessions will help serve clients in the SU community clinic, Growing Edges. Under direct faculty supervision, students will practice basic and advanced counseling skills, while crafting and delivering end of session messages.
- To earn a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Counseling, students must have a master’s degree in counseling or an allied mental health field and complete the following four courses with at least a 3.00 GPA. The successful completion of each course will be denoted on the student’s official Shippensburg University graduate transcript.
Shippensburg University reserves the right to cancel any courses due to insufficient enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances.