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

  • Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Trauma Counseling
  • Christian Sex Therapy
  • Child and Adolescent Counseling
  • Spirituality and Counseling Practice
  • Addictions Counseling

Graduate Certificates provide opportunities for specialized training and can be added to the Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health or Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy degrees.  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.

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. Vanessa Snyder

Child and Adolescent Counseling – Dr. Charles Allen

Christian Sex Therapy – Dr. DeVon Mills

Marriage and Family Therapy – Dr. Cara Cochran

Spirituality and Counseling Practice – Dr. Dan Sartor

Trauma Counseling – Dr. Jama White

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