POST-MASTER’S CERTIFICATE OF ADVANCED GRADUATE STUDY IN PROFESSIONAL COUNSELING FOR LICENSURE PREPARATION 

 

OVERVIEW 

This certificate is designed for the applicant who already has a Master’s degree in a field closely related to the practice of professional counseling. It is not open to applicants from other disciplines who wish to be licensed as professional counselors or marriage and family therapists. 

 

PROGRAM DESIGN 

Students who wish to complete a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Professional Counseling for Licensure Preparation will need to complete a minimum of 12 graduate credits beyond the master’s degree. Student course plans will be individually designed after a departmental review of the student’s transcript. The student must have earned a minimum of 60 graduate credits from an accredited institution and have coursework in all of the areas required for licensure before a certificate will be awarded.  

If a practicum or internship is required as part of the certificate program, students will need to successfully complete at least one clinical techniques course at Chestnut Hill College prior to beginning the practicum/internship. Applicants who did not graduate from Chestnut Hill College’s Master’s Program in Clinical and Counseling Psychology may need to complete additional coursework prior to the practicum/internship to meet practicum/internship prerequisites. 

 

ADMISSIONS 

Graduates of Chestnut Hill College’s Master’s Program in Clinical and Counseling Psychology are expected to complete a new application. No additional application fee is required, and no additional paperwork is required. The student receives a letter of admission from the Graduate Dean and is listed in the computer as matriculating in a certificate program.  

Other applicants must follow the existing procedures for admission to Post-Master’s certificate programs.  (See Admissions) 

All existing graduate policies and procedures apply to this program. Courses with final grades below “B-minus” are not applicable to the total 60 graduate credits required for the awarding of a certificate. 

 

POST-MASTER’S CERTIFICATES OF CONCENTRATED CLINICAL STUDY 

  • Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Co-Occurring Disorders  
  • Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Child and Adolescent Therapy 
  • Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Marriage and Family Therapy 
  • Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Trauma Studies 
  • Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in the Treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders  

 

Certificate programs are designed for those who have already earned a master’s degree in a field closely related to the practice of professional counseling and who are seeking additional training and education. 

 

Core Requirements 

PSYG          503               Psychopathology (500 or may be taken concurrently with  

                                          500) 

PSYG          506               Techniques of Counseling and Psychotherapy I (503) 

PSYG          508               Techniques of Counseling and Psychotherapy II (506) 

PSYG          512               Legal and Ethical Issues in Counseling and Psychotherapy  

                                           (500, 503) 

Waiver of core requirements is possible depending on previous education or training. Requests for a waiver must be directed to the Coordinator of the Master’s Program in Clinical and Counseling Psychology.  

 

Concentration Requirements 

All students complete 18 credits chosen from the following options: 

 

CO-OCCURRING DISORDERS 

      Concentration Courses (all required) 

PSYG          630               Foundations of Addictive Behaviors 

PSYG          632               Treatment Approaches to Substance Abuse (630) 

PSYG          634               Spirituality of the Twelve Steps 

PSYG          636               Special Topics: (title of course will be on transcript). 

PSYG          638               Systemic Treatment of Addictions 

      Electives (one required)  

PSYG          540               Introduction to Psychopharmacology  

PSYG          544               Eating Disorders 

PSYG          622               Introduction to the Assessment and Treatment of Psychological Trauma                    

 

CHILD AND ADOLESCENT THERAPY  

      Concentration Courses (all required) 

PSYG          602               Play Therapy (500) 

PSYG          604               A Systemic Approach to the Problems of Adolescents 

PSYG          608               Marriage and Family Therapy  

PSYG          615               Special Topics (title of course will be included on transcript) 

 

      Electives (two required) 

PSYG          530               Group Therapy 

PSYG          536               Psychological Assessment (503) 

PSYG          544               Eating Disorders 

PSYG          546               Bereavement Counseling 

PSYG          622               Introduction to the Assessment and Treatment of Psychological Trauma                    

 

MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPY  

      Concentration Courses (six required) 

PSYG          608               Marriage and Family Therapy (required) 

PSYG          612               Advanced Theories of Marriage and Family Therapy  

                                           (608) (required) 

PSYG          614               Marriage and Family Therapy Techniques (608) (required) 

PSYG          616               Advanced Marriage and Family Therapy Techniques  

                                          (608) (required) 

PSYG          618               Human Sexuality and Marriage (required) 

PSYG          604               A Systemic Approach to the Problems of Adolescents  

                    or  

PSYG          638               Systemic Treatment of Addictions 

 

TRAUMA STUDIES 

      Concentration Courses (all required) 

PSYG          622               Introduction to the Assessment and Treatment of  

                                           Psychological Trauma 

PSYG          624               Treatment of Complex Chronic Trauma Responses (622) 

PSYG          626               Acute Incident Responding: Trauma Prevention and Early  

                                           Intervention Strategies (622) 

PSYG          628               Working Effectively in Trauma-Intensive Communities (622) 

       

Electives (two required) 

PSYG          532               The Role of Culture and Gender in Counseling and  

                                           Psychotherapy 

PSYG          540               Introduction to Psychopharmacology 

PSYG          544               Eating Disorders 

PSYG          546               Bereavement Counseling 

PSYG          602               Play Therapy (500) 

 

TREATMENT OF AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS (all required) 

PSYG      652              Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders                          

PSYG      654             Treatment Approaches to Autism Spectrum Disorders (652)     

 PSYG     656              Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Psychosocial, Legal and Medical Issues (652) 

PSYG      658             Treating Families with an Autistic Member over the Lifespan (652) 

 

Electives (two required) 

PSYG      532              The Role of Culture and Gender in Counseling and    

                                      Psychotherapy 

PSYG      536              Psychological Assessment 

PSYG      542              Career Development and Counseling 

PSYG      602              Play Therapy 

PSYG      604              A Systemic Approach to the Problems of Adolescents 

 

      Field Placement Requirement 

PSYG          715               Internship I (required) 

PSYG          725               Internship II (required) 

PSYG          735               Internship III (optional) 

 

Candidates for the certificate are required to take 6 credits (2 terms) of Internship in their area of concentration. Students in the Addictions, Child and Adolescent, Autism Spectrum Disorders or Trauma certificates have the option of taking a third term of Internship in place of one elective. Students in the Marriage and Family Therapy certificate have the option of taking a third term of internship in place of one concentration course.  See Field Experience section for a full description of field placements. 

 

POST-MASTER’S CERTIFICATES OF ADVANCED GRADUATE ACADEMIC STUDY 

  • Certificate of Advanced Graduate Academic Study in Co-Occurring Disorders  
  • Certificate of Advanced Graduate Academic Study in Child and Adolescent Therapy 
  • Certificate of Advanced Graduate Academic Study in Marriage and Family Therapy 
  • Certificate of Advanced Graduate Academic Study in Trauma Studies 
  • Certificate of Advanced Graduate Academic Study in the Treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders  

 

These certificate programs are designed for those who have already earned a master’s degree in clinical or counseling psychology or a closely related field and who are seeking additional classroom education in an area of specialization.  Students in this program should have some post-master’s work experience and not require any further internship experience for their professional goals.  This certificate is different from the Certificate of Concentrated Clinical Study in that it does not require an internship or other electives.  If an applicant does not have graduate course work in certain areas, the Department of Professional Psychology may require certain core courses to be taken as part of the Academic Certificate.   

 

These requirements include courses in: 

  • Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy 
  • Psychopathology  
  • Techniques of Counseling and Psychotherapy I  
  • Techniques of Counseling and Psychotherapy II 
  • Legal and Ethical Issues   

      

Concentration Requirements 

 

CO-OCCURRING DISORDERS 

      Concentration Courses (all required) 

PSYG          630               Foundations of Addictive Behaviors 

PSYG          632               Treatment Approaches to Substance Abuse (630) 

PSYG          634               Spirituality of the Twelve Steps 

PSYG          636               Special Topics (title of course will be on transcript) 

PSYG          638               Systemic Treatment of Addictions 

 

CHILD AND ADOLESCENT THERAPY  

     Concentration Courses (all required) 

PSYG          602               Play Therapy (500) 

PSYG          604               A Systemic Approach to the Problems of Adolescents 

PSYG          608               Marriage and Family Therapy  

PSYG          615               Special Topics (title of course will be included on transcript) 

 

MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPY  

     Concentration Courses (six required) 

PSYG          608               Marriage and Family Therapy 

PSYG          612               Advanced Theories of Marriage and Family Therapy (608) 

PSYG          614               Marriage and Family Therapy Techniques (608) 

PSYG          616               Advanced Marriage and Family Therapy Techniques (608) 

PSYG          618               Human Sexuality and Marriage 

PSYG          604               A Systemic Approach to the Problems of Adolescents  

                     or  

PSYG          638               Systemic Treatment of Addictions 

 

TRAUMA STUDIES 

      Concentration Courses (all required) 

PSYG          622               Introduction to the Assessment and Treatment of  

                                           Psychological Trauma 

PSYG          624               Treatment of Complex Chronic Trauma Responses (622) 

PSYG          626               Acute Incident Responding: Trauma Prevention and Early  

                                           Intervention Strategies (622)                                                            

PSYG          628               Working Effectively in Trauma-Intensive Communities (622) 

 

TREATMENT OF AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS (all required) 

     PSYG      652                Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders  

     PSYG      654                Treatment Approaches to Autism Spectrum Disorders (652) 

     PSYG      656                Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Psychosocial, Legal  

                                             Medical Issues (652) 

     PSYG      658                Treating Families with an Autistic Member over the Lifespan (652)