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Behavioral Health and Counseling Psychology Certificate

This 15-credit certificate will provide the core information and competencies for students interested in pursuing a position in behavioral health and clinical or counseling psychology. It will be useful to both psychology majors interested in pursuing clinical or counseling psychology and for returning students taking courses part-time for career advancement. The certificate may also serve as the gateway to a minor or major in psychology.

Introduction to Abnormal Psychology overviews the assessment, causes, and treatments of psychological disorders. Introduction to Clinical Psychology focuses on diagnostic procedures, treatment, and ethical issues involved in working in mental health settings. PSYCH 495 provides a 3-credit supervised internship experience. This requirement may be waived if the student provides documentation of adequate professional experience. Two additional courses from the program list below will be used to meet the students' specific needs. Note that all psychology courses require the prerequisite of PSYCH 100, Introduction to Psychology.
Students must have a C or better in each certificate course, and at least one course must have been completed in or after spring 2012.

Required courses:
PSYCH 270Introduction to Abnormal Psychology3 credits 
PSYCH 481Introduction to Clinical Psychology3 credits 
PSYCH 495Internship3 credits 

Choose 2 of the following courses:
PSYCH 238Introduction to Personality Psychology (GS)3 credits 
PSYCH 243Introduction to Well-being and Positive Psychology (GS)3 credits 
PSYCH 404Principles of Measurement (EDPSY 450)3 credits 
PSYCH 423Social Psychology of Interpersonal/Intergroup Relationships3 credits 
PSYCH 470Abnormal Psychology3 credits 
PSYCH 471Psychology of Adjustment and Social Relationships3 credits 
PSYCH 473Behavior Modification3 credits 
PSYCH 474Psychological Intervention in Childhood3 credits 
PSYCH 476Child Psychopathology3 credits 
PSYCH 477Mental Health Practicum with Children3 credits 
PSYCH 478Clinical Neuropsychology3 credits 


To apply for this certificate, complete the Application for Certificate Completion Form.

Dr. Charisse Nixon
Associate Professor of Psychology

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