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Mental Health Counseling

Gain the knowledge and skills needed to help people recognize and overcome their challenges with this graduate certificate in mental health counseling. 

Designed for Practicing Professionals

Learn to compassionately serve others and think critically while gaining the knowledge to become more competitive for mental health counseling positions. Prepare for careers in mental health organizations, psychiatric hospitals, private practice, family court systems, outpatient care centers, and residential mental health and substance abuse facilities. This certificate is 100% online which creates a flexible and optimized learning experience. You will learn in a supportive environment that will prepare you for the challenges of the twenty-first century. 

The courses for this certificate will be provided by a Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) approved counseling program at USD. You'll receive training in clinical supervision, crisis intervention, co-occurring disorder counseling, psychopathology and psychopharmacology. The certificate allows practicing professionals flexibility, as all four of these courses will be offered online.

Degrees & Offerings

Mental Health Counseling


This 12-credit hour certificate is ideal for those who have completed 48-credit hours in mental health counseling but need additional credits to earn their certification to meet the 60-credit hour state licensure requirements. Please contact your state professional licensing board to confirm that the courses offered in this certificate program will help achieve your licensing goals, as requirements may differ by state.

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Graduate Admissions

DivisionS & Facilities

Explore the divisions, facilities and centers that contribute to your education in counseling and psychology in education.
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Counseling & Psychology in Education

We'll train students to make a difference and impact the lives of others as mental health counselors, school psychologists, or human development and educational professionals.

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Counseling & School Psychological Services Center

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Faculty & Staff

Get to know your professors in the Counseling Program.
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Daniel Decino

Associate Professor
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Adam Hardy

Assistant Professor
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Tracie Ritz

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Take Your Classes Online

We're committed to bringing our knowledge to you. USD serves the largest number of online students in the state of South Dakota. With competitive online tuition rates, we offer the same price whether you’re out-of-state or an in-state resident.

USD maintains a challenging and rigorous curriculum focused on preparing you to move forward in your career.

Take classes at your own pace. Enroll in an online class today! 


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Surprisingly Affordable

Whether you’ve recently completed your undergraduate degree, or you want to kick your career up a notch, graduate school is the next logical step. The good news is there is funding for both online and on-campus students to get you through your program. 

Graduate Tuition & Costs

Learn more about tuition and fees for undergraduate students and see how your out-of-pocket costs at USD compare to those at other colleges and universities. Visit the Graduate Tuition & Costs Detailed page for program specific costs and fees.

Financial Aid

Navigating options for how to pay for college can be challenging, but you are not alone. The Office of Financial Aid will work with you and your family to explore how you can make your college education even more affordable.

Graduate Assistantships

USD offers opportunities for grad students to earn a reduced tuition rate in exchange for their teaching, research and service efforts to the university.


hear from a usd student

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I chose USD because they have a strong program. It is my hope that USD will enable me to encourage others to see the possibilities within themselves, reinforcing that idea that small and slow progress is still progress. I am incredibly excited about what I have experienced so far at USD and look forward to the growth and development that I anticipate happening in my own life.

Grace Bootsma

Sanborn, Iowa

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