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Psychology: Applications in Clinical Psychology

Graduate Credit Certificate Program

Senel Poyrazli, Ph.D.
W-311 Olmsted Building
Penn State Harrisburg
Phone: 717-948-6040
Fax: 717-948-6519
E-mail: poyrazli@psu.edu

The graduate certificate in Psychology: Applications in Clinical Psychology is treatment oriented and intended to prepare mental health counselors to work in community mental health settings. The four courses provide exposure to major subfields of applied clinical psychology, to enhance training received in a traditional master's degree program. This program helps enhance mental health professionals' skills in providing services for individuals and families coping with psychological issues such as relationship difficulties, depression, decision making, trauma, anxiety, child custody, or adjustment.

Admission Requirements (including completion of a baccalaureate degree) as Applicable: Students must have obtained a master's degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education in clinical or counseling psychology, or be concurrently enrolled as a degree student in Penn State Harrisburg's Applied Clinical Psychology master's program. For students currently enrolled in the master's program in Applied Clinical Psychology at Penn State Harrisburg, the certificate will be awarded upon completion of the 12 credits required for the certificate. The certificate cannot be awarded prior to completion of the master's degree. Course work counting for a graduate or undergraduate degree may not also be used to fulfill the requirements for the certificate.

Required Courses

COUNSELOR EDUCATION (CN ED)

  • 505. Foundations of Career Development and Counseling Information (3)

PSYCHOLOGY (PSYC)

  • 515. Clinical Health Psychology (3)
  • 525. Forensic Psychology (3)
  • 572. Neuropsychological Assessment (3)

If one of the required subdisciplines of applied clinical psychology was included in a student's master’s program, the program will permit the student to select a substitute course that would provide the student with exposure to an area to which the student was not exposed in her or his master’s program. Students, with program permission may substitute a 500-level psychology course, such as those listed below, for a required course she or he had previously taken in a master’s program.

Graduate courses carry numbers from 500 to 599. Advanced undergraduate courses numbered between 400 and 499 may be used to meet some graduate degree requirements when taken by graduate students. Courses below the 400 level may not. A graduate student may register for or audit these courses in order to make up deficiencies or to fill in gaps in previous education but not to meet requirements for an advanced degree.

Effective Semester: Spring Semester 2006
Expiration Semester: Summer Semester 2016

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