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

Admission Requirements: All students will be required to demonstrate college readiness through assessment and/or transcript review and may 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.

Program Questions

For specific questions about this program or to get appropriate information contact admissions@germanna.edu

Paraprofessional Counseling Curriculum:

Total Minimum Credits 21
Program Requirements Description Credits
PSY 120 Human Relations 3
PSY 200 Principles of Psychology 3
PSY 215 Abnormal Psychology 3
PSY 230 Developmental Psychology 3
PSY 2261 Introduction to Counseling 3
PSY 2902 Internship 3
PSY Elective Any PSY course 3

Suggested Sequence of Courses

Suggested Sequence of Courses: Students should begin with PSY 200. PSY 200 is a prerequisite for PSY 215. PSY 290 should be taken last.

  1. Students must complete 9 credits in psychology before taking PSY 226. PSY 226 is offered in the Fall semester only.
  2. Students must complete PSY 226, 12 credit hours and gain the approval of the Paraprofessional Counseling Program Head prior to registering for PSY 290. PSY 290 is offered in the Spring semester only. Students should contact the four-year institution(s) to which they may transfer to determine how credit might be awarded for any PSY elective.