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Graduate Certificates

Child and Adolescent Counseling and Couples and Family Counseling

The Department of Psychology offers two graduate certificates for those individuals interested in expanding their knowledge and skills in two areas: Child and Adolescent Counseling and Couples and Family Counseling. These certificates require 12 hours and may be completed over the course of a year. Both certificates may require the completion of weekend intensive 1-credit hours courses offered throughout the year on varying selected topics.

Students pursuing certificates should apply to the department using the non-degree seeking application. If a student wishes to attain both certificates, nine unique hours must be taken in each program. Transfer credit is not permitted to meet certificate completion requirements. Course substitutions may be permitted if a class was previously complete as part of a graduate degree program.

Child & Adolescent Counseling Certificate

Graduate Certificate in Child & Adolescent Counseling

The Certificate in Child and Adolescent Counseling requires 12 credits, and can be completed within the Master of Science in Counseling Psychology program, or by those not currently accepted into the program, but who hold a Bachelor or Master’s degree in either Psychology and/or Counseling (an official transcript will be required).

The Child and Adolescent Counseling Certificate offers practical information and practice in skill sets used in working with children and adolescents.  Classes meet either one evening a week for a traditional semester or in a weekend intensive format.

Course Requirements - 12 credit hours

COURSES

PY 620 Family Systems: Theory & Treatment (3)
This course surveys the fundamental processes of systems functioning and application of general theory to formulations of family development. Therapeutic interventions with disordered families also will be explored. A systematic investigation of particular approaches to family function/dysfunction utilizing multigenerational viewpoints, structural, and solution-focused models will be explored.

PY 621 Advanced Developmental Psychology (3)
This course focuses on the study of the physical, cognitive, social, brain and emotional development across the life span. The role of the environment and special issues also will be included.

PY 641 Abnormal Child & Adolescent Psychology (1-3)
This course explores the major behavior disorders of children and adolescents. The etiology and characteristics of these disorders will be studied as well as treatment options. Developmental and systemic issues will also be considered. Prerequisite: PY 621 or advisor approval.

This course is offered in a weekend intensive format.
Course topics rotate by semester. A total of three separate PY 641 courses must be taken to fulfill the 3 credit-hour requirement.

PY 661 Counseling Children and Adolescents (3)
This course explores theories, methods, and techniques of counseling with children and adolescents. Developmental, social, and contextual issues also will be discussed. Prerequisite: PY 621 or advisor approval.

This course is offered in a weekend intensive format.
Course topics rotate by semester. A total of three separate PY 661 courses must be taken to fulfill the 3 credit-hour requirement.

Couples & Family Counseling Certificate

Graduate Certificate in Couples and Family Counseling

The Certificate in Couples and Family Counseling requires the successful completion of courses focused specifically on building skills related to the learning dynamics and therapeutic approaches specific to couples and families. Students entering this certificate should have already completed a clinical internship or practicum experience as part of a graduate degree program. A graduate degree is not required for admission into the certificate program.

Course Requirements - 12 credit hours

COURSES

PY 619 Couples Counseling: Theory and Treatment (3)
This course provides a foundation in theories and clinical applications related to working with couples in counseling.  Topics will include major theories and techniques for the professional counselor when dealing with the development and maintenance of romantic attachments across the lifespan. Other topics will include dealing with intimacy, conflicts, separation, and reconciliation in romantic partnerships.

PY 620 Family Systems: Theory & Treatment (3)
This course surveys the fundamental processes of systems functioning and application of general theory to formulations of family development. Therapeutic interventions with disordered families also will be explored. A systematic investigation of particular approaches to family function/dysfunction utilizing multigenerational viewpoints, structural, and solution-focused models will be explored.

6 Additional hours selected from the following:

PY 631 Topics in Couples and Family Counseling (1-3)
These courses explore interpersonal and/or parent-child dynamics as well as application of theories to issues that impact the overall functioning of the unit.  May be repeated for up to six credit hours. Prerequisite: Theories of Counseling.

This course is offered in a weekend intensive format.
Course topics will vary by semester. 

PY 641 Abnormal Child & Adolescent Psychology (1-3)
This course explores the major behavior disorders of children and adolescents. The etiology and characteristics of these disorders will be studied as well as treatment options. Developmental and systemic issues will also be considered. Prerequisite: PY 621 or advisor approval.

This course is offered in a weekend intensive format.
Course topics will vary by semester.

PY 681 Human Sexuality (3)
This course will teach the student to understand and apply concepts of human sexuality. It will afford the student an opportunity to explore their personal belief system of human sexuality, and the topics of human anatomy, sexual development, attraction, arousal, sexual behavior, sexual orientation, sexual abuse, sexual disorders, and sexuality across the lifespan.

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