Advanced Counseling Certificate (Post-Masters)
Coordinator: Dr. Catherine Roland
Office: University Hall, Room 3189
Phone: (973) 655-7184
The Counseling programs at Montclair State University prepare students to become multiculturally competent counselors in a variety of work settings. Students are prepared to work with diverse populations in elementary and secondary schools, community agencies, student affairs positions in colleges and universities, and substance abuse treatment facilities. The academic preparation follows guidelines established by state licensure and certification boards.
The graduate programs in Counseling offer several advantages:
- Opportunities for alternative scheduling in the form of face-to-face, hybrid, or Saturday classes to meet the needs of the working student
- The opportunity to master counseling skills in a technologically state-of-the-art counseling laboratory, which allows students to record, archive, and review their own counseling practice sessions, which enhances their ability to serve future clients
- A diverse group of faculty members actively engaged in scholarly research who hold national leadership positions in professional associations, including the American Counseling Association (ACA)
- A theory-to-practice model of instruction that allows students to gain practical experience in schools, community agencies, and colleges and universities
- An emphasis on the infusion of multicultural counseling and social justice practice in all courses
- A vibrant and diverse student body that has the opportunity to engage with faculty members on research and present at professional conferences
The Advanced Counseling Certificate program is designed to fulfill state-level and national standards for Licensed Professional Counselors. This program meets the highest professional standards according to CACREP, The National Board for Certified counselors (NBCC), and the NJ Board of Marriage and Family Therapists.
Counseling - Masters, Certification and Certificate Programs Brochure
The course requirements listed below apply to those students admitted on or after Fall 2008. Anyone admitted prior to this term should refer to their Analysis of Academic Progress on WESS or see your academic advisor for your official program of study.
Complete the following 2 requirement(s):
Complete 2 courses for 6 semester hours:
COUN 579 Appraisal of the Individual (3 hours lecture) 3 COUN 604 Case Management and DSM Diagnosis in Counseling (3 hours lecture) 3
Complete 1 course for 3 semester hours from the following:
COUN 568 Theories of Consultation (3 hours lecture) 3 COUN 673 Gender Issues in Counseling (3 hours lecture) 3
Complete 0 semester hours-12 semester hours from the following as recommended by the Graduate Program Coordinator:
COUN 540 Introduction to Alcohol/Drug Counseling (3 hours lecture) 3 COUN 570 Counseling Adults (3 hours lecture) 3 COUN 584 Group Counseling: Theory and Practice (3 hours lecture) 3 COUN 590 Counseling the Alcoholic and the Substance Abuser (3 hours lecture) 3 COUN 592 Theories of College Student Development (3 hours lecture) 3 COUN 665 Ecotherapy: Applied Ecopsychology (3 hours lecture) 3 COUN 672 Counseling Older Adults (3 hours lecture) 3
Program Total: 12-27 credits
Minimum Requirements: This is a Post-Master's program, requiring a Master's in counseling or counselor education from an accredited U.S. college or university. This certificate is designed to supplement a Master's in Counseling degree with the credit hours necessary in attaining the 60 semester hour minimum required by the Professional Counselor Committee of the NJ Board of Marriage and Family Therapists. Included in the Master's degree must be a two-semester Counseling Internship experience of 600 total hours (300 each semester) in a non-school setting.
The States of New Jersey, New York, and 47 other states, require status as a licensed counselor in order to work as a counselor in those states, in all settings that are non-school based. This certificate will provide the additional courses that are required in New Jersey, with the number and type of required credits being totally dependent upon the number of appropriate credits gained for the initial Master's degree.
Each matriculated certificate student will be advised on an individual basis in choosing the most appropriate courses for her/him. Students may be required to take additional credits to reflect current State of NJ for the LPC. Course substitutions may be approved depending on transcript review of the Master's degree, by the LPC Program Advisor and The Graduate School.
All candidates must meet application and admission requirements as defined by The Graduate School.