Behavioral Health and Counseling Psychology, Certificate

Program Code: BHPSY_UCT

Program Requirements

To earn an undergraduate certificate in Behavioral Health and Counseling Psychology, a minimum of 15 credits is required.

Prescribed Courses
PSYCH 270Introduction to Abnormal Psychology3
PSYCH 481Introduction to Clinical Psychology3
PSYCH 495Internship3
In addition to the 9 credits of coursework listed, students may choose any two (6 credits) of the following:6
Introduction to Personality Psychology Keystone/General Education Course
Introduction to Well-being and Positive Psychology Keystone/General Education Course
Principles of Measurement
Social Psychology of Interpersonal/Intergroup Relationships
Abnormal Psychology
Psychology of Adjustment and Social Relationships
Behavior Modification
Psychological Intervention in Childhood
Child Psychopathology
Mental Health Practicum with Children
Clinical Neuropsychology

Prerequisites Required.

Certificate Learning Objectives

  1. Describe the symptoms and causes (etiology) of psychological disorders.
  2. Compare the major theoretical orientations and related treatment approaches in clinical and counseling psychology.
  3. Explain the process of clinical assessment, case formulation, treatment planning, and clinical treatment.
  4. Apply theoretical and research knowledge in observations of and interactions with client populations.

Academic Advising

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.

READ SENATE POLICY 32-00: ADVISING POLICY

Erie

Melanie D. Hetzel-Riggin, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology
108 Turnbull
Erie, PA 16563
814-898-6949
mdh33@psu.edu

Career Paths

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.

Careers

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.

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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.

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Professional Resources

Contact

Erie

SCHOOL OF HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES
170 Irvin Kochel Center
4951 College Drive
Erie, PA 16563
814-898-6108
HumSocSci@psu.edu

http://behrend.psu.edu/school-of-humanities-social-sciences