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Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Richmont Graduate University’s School of Counseling offers nine Graduate Certificate programs.

Graduate Certificates provide opportunities for specialized training and can be added to the Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health, Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy degrees, or Master of Science in Integration and Pastoral Care.  Certificates typically require four additional courses.  Most students choose to add one or sometimes two certificates to their program.  For more information about specific courses for each certificate, see the current Graduate Catalog.

Marriage and Family Therapy (12 credit hours)

Specialized training for students seeking a career as a Marriage and Family Therapist (click here for more information).

Trauma Counseling (8 credit hours)

Courses are taught in cooperation with the Justice Resource Institute (JRI), a national leader in trauma training and research.  Students will receive specialized training in the biology and development of trauma and interventions for children and adults.

Christian Sex Therapy (8 credit hours)

Courses are taught in cooperation with the Institute for Sexual Wholeness (ISW).   Training will cover topics including sexual dysfunctions, addictions, abuse, orientation and identity.  This overall specific focus is on human sexuality grounded in Christian thought.

Child and Adolescent Counseling (8 credit hours)

Designed to provide students with specialized training in Christian counseling for children and teens.  Students also have the opportunity to be trained in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT).

Spirituality and Counseling Practice (8 credit hours)

Focuses on how the practices of Christian formation and spiritual direction may be integrated into the counseling process.  This certificate meets the requirements for ACA/ASERVIC Competencies for Addressing Spiritual and Religious Issues in Counseling.

Addictions Counseling (9 credit hours)

Specialized training in working with addictive disorders including chemical dependency, eating disorders, and sexual addiction.  Students are trained to work with a wide range of issues and will receive specialized training in the biological, psychological, and spiritual factors relevant to addictions.

Pastoral Care (17 credit hours)

The Pastoral Care Certificate is designed for church, community, para-church, lay ministers, non-profit leaders, and others in healthcare who desire more practical training in caring for and understanding the needs of the people in their ministry field. These students will be trained on a variety of topics to aid in understanding human growth and development and psychopathology, and the role of faith in these arenas. Students will also receive specialized training in practical skills to improve relational ministry while working with those in their community. This certificate cannot be earned while pursuing a master’s degree from the Richmont School of Counseling.

Integration (15 credit hours)

The Integration Certificate is designed to provide specialized training for those in the health and mental health fields, as well as ministry, who desire to know how to effectively integrate Christian faith and spirituality into their daily work.
These students will be trained to consider the relationship between spirituality, both their own and their clients, and the role of faith in experiencing personal healing and transformation. This certificate cannot be earned while pursuing a
master’s degree from the Richmont School of Counseling.

Racial Trauma, Intervention, and Justice (10 credit hours)

This multidisciplinary certificate is designed to provide specialized awareness, knowledge, and skills for counselors, ministers, and laypeople who engage with racially and culturally diverse individuals within their work scope. The oppressive effects of racism, whether covertly or intentionally, permeate and influence our interpersonal conversations, the structure of organizations, and clinical and ministerial intervention. In learning to engage with racially different individuals, students will learn racially-impactful social and religious history and current trends, and be equipped with relevant knowledge and skills related to racial trauma and social justice intervention. This certificate does not require a prior Master’s-level degree and is open to Richmont School of Counseling, School of Ministry, and non-degree students.

Students may add a certification once they are accepted and enrolled in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling or Marriage and Family Therapy Programs.  Talk with your advisor about what certificates might be a good fit for your course of study.  Specific questions about each program should be directed to the program coordinators.


Graduate Certificate Program Coordinators

Addictions Counseling – Dr. DeVon Mills

Child and Adolescent Counseling – Dr. Charles Allen

Christian Sex Therapy – Dr. DeVon Mills

Integration – Dr. Tyler Rogers

Marriage and Family Therapy – Dr. Cara Cochran

Pastoral Care – Dr. Tyler Rogers

Racial Trauma, Intervention, and Justice – Dr. Sonja Sutherland

Spirituality and Counseling Practice – Dr. Marty Goehring

Trauma Counseling – Dr. Stanley Hoover


Application Requirements

School of Counseling Applicants

  • School of Counseling application form with a $50 nonrefundable application fee (payable online)
  • One official transcript from each college attended
  • One official copy of the GRE or MAT (Miller Analogies Test) scores
  • Three completed reference forms. These include one character, one pastoral, and one former professor/recent employer.
  • A professional essay (download the application checklist for details)
  • A resume of vocational experience

Application Checklist – School of Counseling