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Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Certificate Program
Offered By: College of Education & Behavioral Science
Graduate School

This certificate is intended for individuals who already hold a graduate degree in counseling or a closely related field. The purpose of this certificate program is to (1) allow individuals currently working in mental health settings to upgrade their knowledge and skills related to working with clinical populations, (2) allow individuals who have learned a degree in counseling or a closely related field with fewer than the required minimum hours for professional counseling licensure to add the necessary hours, and/or (3) allow individuals with a license as a professional counselor to add one or more specialization licenses available through the Arkansas Board of Examiners in Counseling. To gain admission to this certificate program, applicants must meet requirements for admission to the Ed.S. degree in Psychology and Counseling (Mental Health Counseling track).

Students in this certificate program will complete a minimum of 15 hours from among existing courses approved for credit toward the existing Specialist in Education degree with an emphasis in Mental Health Counseling. Hours completed in fulfillment of a prior degree cannot be counted toward certificate requirements. Other relevant coursework completed while pursuing a prior degree, but not counted toward a prior degree, might be counted toward certificate requirements with approval of the advisor. The basic curriculum for the certificate program is comprised of the courses required by the licensure board that typically are not required by any of the programs that are identified as feeders to this certificate program.

BASIC CURRICULUM

Core Courses (9 hours)

  • COUN 7463, Couples and Family Counseling
  • PSY 7533, Psychopathology
  • PSY 7633, Physiological Psychology and Psychopharmacology

Electives (6 hours)

Electives are selected from courses approved for credit in the Specialist in Education degree with an emphasis in Mental Health Counseling as approved by the advisor based upon a student’s individual needs and aspirations.

Minimum hours required for this certificate: 15

Note: If a student has already received degree credit for courses named in the basic curriculum, the student’s advisor may modify that curriculum by substituting other courses approved for credit in the Ed.S. degree in Psychology and Counseling (Mental Health Counseling track). Individual student needs may indicate the value of requiring more than 6 hours of elective coursework and clinical experiences, but the total submitted for the certificate should not exceed 24 hours.