Graduate Certificate in

Counseling Skills

INCREASE INTERPERSONAL EFFECTIVENESS

Counseling skills are an important asset in many professions, especially those that involve working with people. The Graduate Certificate in Counseling Skills is designed for students who wish to develop counseling skills without pursuing licensure as a psychotherapist.

By developing a course sequence in collaboration with the department chair, students pursue a course of study tailored to their professional interests. This certificate can be taken independently or combined with other degree programs, such as the Master of Arts in Industrial-Organizational Psychology.

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TOTAL UNITS — 15

Qualified students wishing to enroll in the program may earn the Graduate Certificate in Counseling Skills by completing, with a B average or better, five graduate courses (15 units) with the "PSYCH" prefix at Golden Gate University. These five courses are chosen in consultation with the program director.

Applicability of Undergraduate Psychology Courses

Students who complete the following undergraduate-level courses at Golden Gate University as a part of completing either the Bachelor of Arts in Management with a Concentration in Psychology or Bachelor of Science with a Concentration in Psychology may have the comparable graduate-level required courses waived from their Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology, Graduate Certificate in Counseling Skills, or Graduate Certificate in Conflict Resolution program requirements:

PSYCH 102 “Lifespan Development: Theories and Applications” satisfies the PSYCH 302 “Lifespan Development: Theories and Applications for Therapists” requirement. PSYCH 120 “Principles and Methods of Counseling” satisfies the *PSYCH 320 “Therapeutic Communication and Counseling Skills” requirement.

Note: Students who have not completed (or are expected to complete) the Bachelor of Arts in Management with a Concentration in Psychology or Bachelor of Science with a Concentration in Psychology are not eligible for this waiver. As a consequence of having these courses waived, the total number of units required to complete the program will be reduced accordingly.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

With only two core requirements, students work in concert with the department chair to develop a course of study that is uniquely tailored to their professional interests.

 

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