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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.

Program Highlights

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.


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




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.


Post University does not guarantee its Master of Science in Counseling and Human Services degree meets the requirements for professional licensure in any state or territory. Each state has different requirements for licensure as a counselor or other mental health provider.  Post University will assist students in researching the requirements and provide information from the appropriate licensing agency or board in their state or territory prior to beginning their programs. The faculty and staff of Post University working with students in the Master of Science in Counseling and Human Services program are available to support and advise students on program requirements, but 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 Oklahoma State Board of Behavioral Health Licensure requires completion of 60 graduate credits in order to qualify for licensure and has final determination of the acceptability of specific courses.  Students completing the 37 credit Master of Science in Counseling and Human Services degree and the 24 credit Graduate Certificate in Professional Counseling will be considered to have completed the requisite number of credits required to apply for licensure.

Students who are interested in becoming licensed counselors in the State of Connecticut:

  1. Should be aware that they will need to complete additional coursework beyond Post University’s 37-credit Master of Science in Counseling and Human Services degree in order to be eligible for state licensure as a counselor in the state of Connecticut.
  2. Should be aware that the requirements for licensure change.  As with any state, Post University recommends that students from the state of Connecticut contact the licensing board in order to accurately determine what requirements are currently needed for state licensure.


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.



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