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Graduate Certificate in Professional Counseling

Find Your Way to a Rewarding Counseling Career

This program is offered Online.

young black woman consoling young white womanAs a professional in the field of counseling, you provide an invaluable service to others. You know how much further an advanced education could take your career — and how much more important work you could do. With a graduate certificate in counseling from Post University, you can learn the conceptual, analytical and operational knowledge you need to move ahead in your organization and touch more lives as a professional counselor. Upon completion of your coursework, you will be positioned to help clients make positive and productive changes and take the next step toward pursuing your professional counseling license. Stay in your current position as you learn in our engaging online community.

In our completely online counseling program, you will study the basic stages involved in the counseling process, from the initial interview through termination and referral. You will also learn how the models of counseling apply to various client populations and presenting problems. Core classes include:

  • Professional and Ethical Orientation to Counseling
  • Career Counseling, Appraisal, and Development
  • Multicultural Issues in Human Services
  • Testing and Appraisal of Individuals and Groups in Human Services

Following the core curriculum, you will select a concentration in your discipline of choice: Clinical Counseling Within Organizational Settings or Alcohol and Drug Counseling.

If you’re unsure which track is 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.


Graduate Certificate in Professional Counseling
Normal Program Completion Time: 16 Months
This program is offered online.

The Professional Counseling Certificate in the Master of Science in Counseling and Human Services program was developed based on a response of student need and desire to become license eligible as a Licensed Professional Counselor. Similarly, to the target audience of the Master of Science in Counseling and Human Services program, the Certificate in Professional Counseling targets adult practitioners who are typically employed and seeking a focused education on their discipline of choice.

24Core Courses12 crs.s
25HSV552 Professional & Ethical Orientation to Counseling3 crs
26HSV554 Multicultural Issues in Counseling and Human Services3 crs
27HSV556 Career Counseling, Appraisal, and Development3 crs
28HSV558 Testing and Appraisal of Individuals and Groups in Counseling and Human Services3 crs
29Concentration Courses12 crs.s
30Choose either the Alcohol and Drug Counseling Concentration or the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Concentration12 crs

The University reserves the right to change or update the curriculum at any time. The University will notify students of any changes officially through the university website.

For full course descriptions please refer to the University Catalog for the current Academic Year.



Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Courses in this concentration cover issues involved in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of various psychiatric disorders. You’ll also develop an in-depth understanding of the primary models, theories, and techniques in individual, group and family counseling.

Alcohol and Drug Counseling

In this concentration, you’ll gain an understanding of the complex issues regarding alcohol and drug addiction in American society. You will learn the biological, psychological and sociological effects of short and long-term use of substances on the individual, family and community and how to assess, diagnose and treat those addictions using the latest and best practices.

Point yourself, and others, in the right direction. Contact us to apply for Post University’s online professional counseling program now.

Students who wish to enroll in this graduate certificate program are required to have a bachelor’s degree.

Currently not enrolling students from California, Colorado, Idaho, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, New York, Pennsylvania.


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