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All courses must be completed at Golden Gate University with a cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of 3.00 (“B” average) or better in courses taken at Golden Gate University that are applicable to the program’s requirements. See Graduate Student Academic Standing Standards for more information.

Course prerequisites are indicated in the course description for each course and must be satisfied prior to enrolling in a given course. Prerequisites may be satisfied through transfer of equivalent coursework from external institutions or by taking the courses at GGU.

Important Note:

Graduate certificate admission is limited to domestic students. Students that plan to study on an F or J Visa may apply to graduate programs only.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

TOTAL UNITS — 15

REQUIRED COURSE — 3 UNITS

PSYCH 320
Therapeutic Communication and Counseling Skills

ELECTIVE COURSES — 12 UNITS

Select from the following:

PSYCH 302
Lifespan Development: Theories and Applications for Therapists
PSYCH 304
Cross-Cultural Aspects of Psychology
PSYCH 306
Group Models of Counseling
PSYCH 308
Applied Psychological Research
PSYCH 321
Psychopathology
PSYCH 322
Psychological Assessment
PSYCH 323
Psychodynamic Models of Counseling
PSYCH 324
Child/Adolescent Psychology, Assessment and Treatment
PSYCH 325
Principles of Couple and Family Counseling
PSYCH 326
Legal and Ethical Responsibility for Counselors
PSYCH 329
The Neuroscience of Counseling and Psychopharmacology
PSYCH 331
Human Sexuality (1 unit)
PSYCH 333
Substance Use, Co-Occurring Disorders and Addiction (1 unit)
PSYCH 334
Relational Abuse: Assessment, Treatment and Reporting (1 unit)
PSYCH 335
Special Issues in the Treatment of Families (2 units)
PSYCH 337
Community Mental Health
PSYCH 339
Cognitive-Behavioral and Short-Term Models of Counseling
PSYCH 351
Career Counseling and Development

Other courses, such as those in the MA in Industrial-Organizational Psychology program, may be selected instead of the elective courses listed above, in consultation with the program director.

Applicability of Undergraduate Psychology Courses (Pathway Programs)

As a pathway to the graduate-level counseling programs, students who complete certain undergraduate-level courses at Golden Gate University in pursuit of certain bachelor’s degrees may have the comparable graduate-level required courses waived from the Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology, the Graduate Certificate in Counseling Skills, or the Conflict Resolution and Coaching Graduate Certificate program requirements.

The following courses are eligible for this waiver option: 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. As a consequence of having these courses waived, the total number of units required to complete the graduate program will be reduced accordingly.

Note: Students who have not completed bachelor’s degrees at GGU with majors or minors (formerly concentrations) in Psychology are not eligible for this waiver.

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