Clinical Mental Health Counseling Certificate

Degree Type
Degree Level
College of Engineering, Letters, and Sciences



The exact number of courses taken by certificate students will be determined upon entry into the program. Students will be required to take a minimum of 18 credit hours. A plan of study will be created for each student in the certificate in clinical mental health counseling. Courses will be determined by the coordinator of the clinical mental health counseling program who will complete an audit of the certificate student’s previous master’s level course work. Since this program is designed to meet the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Service (DSPS) requirements for clinical mental health counselors it is possible that students will take more than 18 credit hours. Each student will need to meet the requirements established by the WI DSPS.

Learning Outcomes
  • Students will articulate the impact of values, beliefs, and cultural perspectives relative to the counseling process.
  • Students will demonstrate professional ethical standards of practice and the application of contemporary theories and principles of clinical mental health counseling.
  • Students will be able to conceptualize individual, group, and systemic approaches in clinical mental health counseling work.
  • Students will evaluate and integrate theory, research, and evidence-based approaches within their counseling practice.
  • Students will demonstrate accurate conceptualization and diagnosis of clients’ presenting issues.
  • Students will demonstrate effective counseling relationships with their clients and effective communication skills with colleagues within the agency setting.