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 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.

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

Admission Requirements

Application requirements can be found at Graduate School Admission Requirements and include:

  1. Completed Graduate Application
    Apply Online
  2. $35 application fee
  3. Official transcript(s) verifying receipt of an undergraduate degree and previous graduate credit
  4. Three letters of recommendation
    Letter of Recommendation Form
  5. Statement of Purpose
  6. Additional requirements exist for international applicants.  For more information, visit International Admission Requirements

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 605-658-6200 or by e-mail at

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