At which campus can I study this program?
Requirements for an undergraduate certificate may be completed at any campus location offering the specified courses for the certificate.
This 15 credit certificate provides the core information and competencies for students interested in pursuing a position in behavioral health and clinical or counseling psychology. It will be attractive to both psychology majors interested in pursuing clinical psychology and adult students taking courses part time for career advancement. This may also serve as the gateway to a minor or major in psychology. It is consistent with psychology program goals to develop clear career tracks for current students in clinical and counseling psychology.
What is Behavioral Health and Counseling Psychology?
Behavioral health and counseling psychology is an applied field of psychology and counseling that helps people to improve their functioning, both as individuals and in their relationships with others. Clinical and counseling psychologists help people with physical and mental health issues to improve their well-being, reduce stress, and resolve crises.
You Might Like This Program If...
- You are a Psychology major interested in a psychology, counseling, or social work career.
- You are in an applied health career and want to learn more about mental health and counseling.
- You want to work with people using cognitive, behavioral, or emotion regulation techniques.
- You would like to help people who struggle with a mental illness.
To earn an undergraduate certificate in Behavioral Health and Counseling Psychology, a minimum of 15 credits is required.
|PSYCH 270||Introduction to Abnormal Psychology||3|
|PSYCH 481||Introduction to Clinical Psychology||3|
|In addition to the 9 credits of coursework listed, students may choose any two (6 credits) of the following:||6|
|Introduction to Personality Psychology|
|Introduction to Well-being and Positive Psychology|
|Principles of Measurement|
|Social Psychology of Interpersonal/Intergroup Relationships|
|Psychology of Adjustment and Social Relationships|
|Psychological Intervention in Childhood|
|Mental Health Practicum with Children|
Certificate Learning Objectives
- Describe the symptoms and causes (etiology) of psychological disorders.
- Compare the major theoretical orientations and related treatment approaches in clinical and counseling psychology.
- Explain the process of clinical assessment, case formulation, treatment planning, and clinical treatment.
- Apply theoretical and research knowledge in observations of and interactions with client populations.
The objectives of the university’s academic advising program are to help advisees identify and achieve their academic goals, to promote their intellectual discovery, and to encourage students to take advantage of both in-and out-of class educational opportunities in order that they become self-directed learners and decision makers.
Both advisers and advisees share responsibility for making the advising relationship succeed. By encouraging their advisees to become engaged in their education, to meet their educational goals, and to develop the habit of learning, advisers assume a significant educational role. The advisee’s unit of enrollment will provide each advisee with a primary academic adviser, the information needed to plan the chosen program of study, and referrals to other specialized resources.
Melanie D. Hetzel-Riggin, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology
Erie, PA 16563
The certificate in Behavioral Health and Counseling Psychology can be pursued by Penn State Behrend undergraduate students and as a stand-alone credential for nondegree students. It is attractive to students interested in pursuing graduate education in clinically related areas and to adults taking courses part-time for career advancement. This certificate provides core competencies for students interested in pursuing a position in behavioral health and clinical or counseling psychology. Abnormal psychology coursework offers an overview of the types and causes of psychological disorders, while clinical psychology classes focus on the assessment and treatment of psychological disorders.
Behavioral and counseling psychologists frequently specialize in the types of clients they treat. Children, adolescents, couples, family, and group therapy are common specializations. Or, they may concentrate their practice in crisis intervention, disaster, or trauma management. Some practitioners are institution-based, working in hospitals, clinics, schools, universities, or prisons.
Opportunities for Graduate Studies
Clinical practice of behavioral health and counseling psychology requires education beyond a bachelor’s degree. Penn State Behrend offers a Master of Arts degree program in Applied Clinical Psychology that includes optional preparation for the Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) credential. Penn State Behrend also offers a graduate certificate in Trauma-Informed Psychotherapy that pairs with the M.A. in Applied Clinical Psychology.
SCHOOL OF HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES
170 Irvin Kochel Center
4951 College Drive
Erie, PA 16563