Purpose

The Career Studies Certificate in Paraprofessional Counseling is designed to prepare students to work as mental health paraprofessionals. Students will receive a basic background in psychology and theories of counseling. Upon completion of the program, students will be prepared to pursue entry-level positions within the human services field or to continue their education. Graduate work and State licensing is required for the private practice of counseling, which is not within the scope of this program.

Occupational Objectives

Counselor Aides, Gerontology Assistants, Mental Health Technicians, Nursing Home Assistants, Social Services Assistants, Substance Abuse Counselor Aides.

Admission Requirements

In addition to the admission requirements established for the College, all entering students will be required to take placement tests in math, writing, and reading to aid in placing students in the appropriate courses. Students who do not meet required placement levels must enroll in developmental studies courses. Students are urged to consult with counselors or faculty advisors in planning their programs.

Paraprofessional Counseling Curriculum:

Total Minimum Credits 21
Program RequirementsDescriptionCredits
PSY 120Human Relations3
PSY 200Principles of Psychology3
PSY 215Abnormal Psychology3
PSY 230Developmental Psychology3
PSY 226Introduction to Counseling3
PSY 290Internship3
PSY ElectiveAny PSY course3

Suggested Sequence of Courses

Students should begin with PSY 200. PSY 200 is a prerequisite for PSY 215. Students must complete 9 credits in psychology before taking PSY 226. PSY 290 should be taken last.

Students pursuing the Career Studies Certificate in Paraprofessional Counseling must complete the Social Sciences requirement using PSY courses required by that curriculum. Students not pursuing that curriculum should complete the Social Sciences requirement by taking any other Social Science course (ECO, GEO, HIS, PLS, or SOC) that transfer destinations might require for completion of the Bachelor’s degree.

Students pursuing the Career Studies Certificate in Paraprofessional Counseling must take PSY 230. Students cannot earn credit for both PSY 235 and PSY 230. Students should contact the four-year institution(s) to which they may transfer to determine how credit might be awarded for PSY 235 and PSY 230.

Students pursuing the Career Studies Certificate in Paraprofessional Counseling must fulfill this requirement using PSY courses required by that curriculum, including PSY 226 and PSY 290. Students must complete PSY 226, 12 credit hours and gain the approval of the Paraprofessional Counseling Program Head prior to registering for PSY 290. Students should contact the four-year institution(s) to which they may transfer to determine how credit might be awarded for any PSY elective.