Certificate Program in Psychology: Applications in Clinical Psychology

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

Degree Conferred: Certificate only

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 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)

  • CN ED 505 Foundations of career development and counseling information(3)

Psychology (PSYC)

  • PSYC 515 Clinical health psychology (3)
  • PSYC 525 Forensic psychology (3)
  • PSYC 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.


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