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Graduate Certificate in Professional Counseling

Pursue a Career with an Online Graduate Certificate in Counseling

This program is offered online.

young black woman consoling young white womanWhy pursue an online graduate Certificate in Professional Counseling? For one, it’s designed to help professionals in the field of counseling do even better by their patients and their careers. As a professional in the field of counseling already, you provide an invaluable service to others. You also know how much your career and clients could benefit from your advanced education. 

With an online graduate Certificate in Counseling from Post University, you can learn the important conceptual, analytical, and operational knowledge you need to move ahead in your organization and make more of a positive difference in the lives of those you serve. Upon completion of your coursework, you will be better positioned to help clients make positive and productive changes. 

Program Highlights

In this completely online graduate Certificate in Professional Counseling program, you can select courses which will cover the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of various psychiatric disorders. You’ll also be able to develop an in-depth understanding of the primary models, theories, and techniques in individual, group, and family counseling as well as examine current methods in treating addictions. You will also be able to select courses which examine complex issues regarding alcohol and drug addiction from a wide variety of perspectives. You will also learn more about the biological, psychological, and sociological effects of short and long-term use of substances on the individual, family, and community. You can also decide if you want to learn more about how to assess, diagnose, and treat those addictions using the latest and best practices. 


What can you do with a graduate Certificate in Professional Counseling?

Bottom line, a graduate Certificate in Professional Counseling is designed to take your counseling skills and career to the next level. Continuing your counseling career often takes additional education to stay up to date on the latest techniques in the industry. This program will help you stay abreast of industry innovations while offering a focused course to help you better help you specific patients and their ailments, from mental health to substance abuse issues. Students may complete this certificate for personal or professional edification or may work towards completing requirements for a clinical mental health counseling license. While the Professional Counseling Certificate is not designed to fulfill licensure requirements in an individual state, the program can be used to partially fulfill licensure requirements. Professional credentials vary by state and include requirements outside of education, which may include exams, background checks, work experience, and more. Post University does not guarantee licensure, and there are licensure requirements outside of education. It is ultimately the responsibility of individual students to be in charge of their own licensure process and to make sure that all requirements are met in obtaining licensure. Post University does not speak on behalf of any licensing board or body.

The following tables show whether Post University, with completion of the appropriate curriculum, does or does not fulfill the educational requirements for a specific license:


Visit the University Catalog >> for Curriculum, Course Descriptions, and Program Outcomes.


Advance Your Ability to Help Others

If you’re unsure about which courses work best for your career goals, an assigned personal academic advisor can help you decide. From the moment you enroll, they will be available to answer your questions, address your challenges and offer guidance to help you succeed. 

Additionally, you will be led and supported by our experienced faculty, who bring years of professional experience and expertise in the counseling field into the virtual classroom. It is our commitment to you, to be with you every step of the way, from when you enroll, to when you graduate.

Point yourself, and others, in the right direction. Contact us today to apply for Post University’s online graduate Certificate in Professional Counseling now.


Students who wish to enroll in this graduate Certificate in Professional Counseling program are required to have either (a) 21 completed hours of graduate work in the Post University Master of Science in Counseling and Human Services graduate program, or (b) a comparable number of graduate coursework hours in a helping-related program at another college or university. 

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