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2021-2022 Catalog and Student Handbook 
2021-2022 Catalog and Student Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Paraprofessional Counseling, Career Studies Certificate Program

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Purpose: The Career Studies Certificate in Paraprofessional Counseling is designed to prepare students to work as mental health paraprofessionals. Students will receive a basic background in psychology and theories of counseling. Upon completion of the program, students will be prepared to pursue entry-level positions within the human services field or to continue their education. Graduate work and State licensing is required for the private practice of counseling, which is not within the scope of this program.

Occupational Objectives: Counselor Aides, Gerontology Assistants, Mental Health Technicians, Nursing Home Assistants, Social Services Assistants, Substance Abuse Counselor Aides.

Admission Requirements: All students will be required to demonstrate college readiness through transcript review or informed self-placement.  Based on this review students may request or be required to enroll in prerequisite or corequisite math and/or English courses. Students are urged to consult with counselors or faculty advisors in planning their programs.

Paraprofessional Counseling Curriculum:

Total Minimum Credits: 21

1 Students must complete 9 credits in psychology before taking PSY 226 . PSY 226  is offered in the Fall semester only.

2 Students must complete PSY 226 , 12 credit hours and gain the approval of the Paraprofessional Counseling Program Head prior to registering for PSY 290 . PSY 290  is offered in the Spring semester only. Students should contact the four-year institution(s) to which they may transfer to determine how credit might be awarded for any PSY elective.

Suggested Sequence of Courses:

Students should begin with PSY 200 . PSY 200  is a prerequisite for PSY 215 . PSY 290  should be taken last.

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