2020-2021 Graduate Academic Catalog

Graduate Certificate in Counseling and Psychology for Educators, Clergy, Managers, and Health and Human Service Professionals

Program Overview

This post-baccalaureate certificate is designed for professionals who have not been trained as mental health counselors to gain knowledge and skills in establishing helping relationships within the contexts of their areas of professional commitment. The goal of this program is to provide the opportunities for learning that would build on the professional expertise that the individuals already possess.

Standard continuing education programs cannot offer the quality or depth of educational experience available in a graduate certificate program. Lesley University excels in working with mature, adult learners; in combining theory with professional practice; and in developing reflective practitioners. This program also offers an integrated curriculum.

In addition, the educational experience is enhanced by participating in the program with a group of like-minded professionals. Students enrolled in this program will be taking courses with students pursuing Master's degree programs within the division, except for those courses limited to degree candidates. Students who subsequently apply to a Master's degree program in the Division of Counseling and Psychology may transfer up to six credits earned in courses taken in this certificate program into the degree program.

Program of Study

Required Courses (6 credits)

GCOUN 6026Developmental Psychology Across the Lifespan*


GCOUN 6202Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy*


Electives* (6 credits)

Students select electives in consultation with their faculty advisor.

* Prerequisite course requirements must be met for eligibility to register for certain courses.