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Online Grad Cert in MHC

Mental Health Counseling Certification

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 may 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. Applicants are encouraged to contact their state professional licensing board to confirm that the courses offered in this certificate program will help achieve their licensing goals, as requirements may differ by state.

The courses for this certificate will be provided by a CACREP approved counseling program at USD and provide 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.

Admission Requirements

For more detailed admission requirements, please refer to Counseling and Psychology in Education in the current graduate catalog. Additional requirements exist for international applicants.  For more information, visit International Admission Requirements.

For more information about the Graduate Certificate in Mental Health Counseling Certification, contact USD Online at 605-658-6200 or by email at

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