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Mental Health Counseling Certification

Online Graduate Certificate in
Mental Health Counseling Certification
Program Description:

Many States, including South Dakota, have moved or are moving to a required 60 hours of training for counseling licensure. In South Dakota, for example, this license is known as Licensed Professional Counselor-Mental Health (LPC-MH). In order to accommodate application requirements for the LPC-MH and other similar state counseling licensure, often an additional 12 credit hours of graduate work beyond a 48-hour counseling program is needed. This mental health certificate will provide the additional coursework to assist with 60 hour licensure requirements. The courses for this certificate will be provided by a CACREP approved counseling program at USD and provide training in clinical supervision, crisis intervention, psychopathology, and psychopharmacology. The certificate allows practicing professionals flexibility, as all four of these courses will be offered online.

Required Courses:

The online Graduate Certificate in Mental Health Counseling Certification requires four courses.  All courses are available online.

  • COUN 738: Childhood through Adult Psychopathology
  • COUN 740: Psychopharmacology for the Non-Medical Mental Health Professional
  • COUN 770: Clinical Supervision: Ethical and Professional Guidelines
  • COUN 780: Foundations of Crisis Intervention in Counseling

Program at a Glance

Admission Requirements:

Admission to the online Graduate Certificate in Mental Health Counseling Certification program requires the following:

  1. Submit completed application
  2. Non-refundable application fee of $35 made payable to USD
  3. Cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.7 or higher (on a 4.0 scale)
  4. Successful completion of bachelor's degree as verified by official transcripts from all higher learning attended
  5. Statement of Purpose
  6. Applicants must have experiences similar to practicing mental health counselors to increase chances for academic success in courses.


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