Many states, including South Dakota, have moved or are moving to a required 60 hours of training for mental health 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 mental health 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 those individuals with a 48-hour community or clinical mental health counseling masters degree to obtain the 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.
The online Graduate Certificate in Mental Health Counseling Certification requires four courses. All courses are available online.
Application requirements can be found at Graduate School Admission Requirements and include:
For more detailed admission requirements, please refer to Counseling and Psychology in Education in the current graduate catalog.
For more information about the Graduate Certificate in Mental Health Counseling Certification, contact USD Online at 800-233-7937 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.