CGS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

School of Psychology & Counseling

The Certificate of Graduate Studies in Mental Health Counseling is an online and on-campus professional certificate that will serve as an endorsement to licensure and for counselor continuing education for additional state credentialing requirements. It is not for initial licensure. Candidates must hold a master’s or doctorate in any mental health field and eligibility to pursue licensure in the state where you work.

Through the Clinical Mental Health Counseling certificate, you will:

  • Understand how to choose, administer, score and interpret these and other assessment instruments in counseling: achievement, aptitude, intelligence, interest and personality.
  • Explore interventions and self-care in clinical, disaster, crisis and traumatic situations, including emergencies in which triage, support, referral and advocacy is required.
  • Examine abnormal behavior as defined by the DSM, as well as diagnosis, treatment and spiritual dimension of these disorders and potential cultural overrides. This certificate may help advance your career as a mental health professional by equipping you with specialized counselor training and providing additional state credentialing requirements.

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Delivery Format: Online | On Campus

Total Credit Hours Required: 18

Approved Degree Plan: Click to download PDF

CGS allows students who have earned or who are in the process of earning a 60 credit master’s level degree in counseling to complete additional coursework to pursue career opportunities, state licensure, or specialty certification. Courses taken at Regent University while completing an M.A. in Counseling can be counted toward the CGS, but students are not eligible for federal financial aid for course work beyond the 60 credit hours required for the degree.

A student who is not currently enrolled in the School of Psychology & Counseling (SPC) who wishes to complete the CGS must apply as a nondegree student. All courses must be taken at Regent. Courses cannot be transferred into the CGS programs. All requirements for the Certificate must be completed within five years. Students who earn an M.A. in Counseling through the SPC cannot earn a CGS in the same subject as their major.

Application Process:

1. Regent University Online Application
2. Nonrefundable application fee ($50), paid online or by check sent through the mail. 
3. Personal Goals Statement 
4. An official transcript indicating the latest degree conferred. Successful completion of a bachelor's degree is required. Additional transcripts may be requested on a case-by-case basis.
5. Admissions interview (if needed).
6. Current Regent M.A. students applying for admission to a Certificate program must have completed at least one semester of the M.A. program before applying.

A maximum of 12 Regent credits may be allowed toward a degree if a nondegree student later applies for regular degree-seeking status. The applicant must submit the additional material required for degree status. The admissions committee will consider the application in the same way it would a new applicant.

Certificate in Clinical Mental Health Counseling                                                     $710 per semester hour

Student Fees

Cost Per Semester

Technology Fee               

$250

Parking Fee (on-campus students)

$100

Council of Graduate Students Fee                          
(on-campus students, spring & fall only)

$15

*Rates are subject to change at any time.

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