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Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

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.

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Graduate Certificate in Racial Trauma, Intervention, and Justice – 10 Credit Hours

  • CED7302: Foundations of Social and Cultural Issues (2hrs)
  • CED7323: Racial Trauma: Developmental Theory and Intervention (3hrs)
  • CED7333: Theology of Social Justice (3hrs)
  • CED7342: Restorative Social Justice Advocacy Practicum (2hrs)

Requirements for Admission
School of Ministry | Graduate Certificate in Racial Trauma, Intervention, and Justice

1.  Application Form and Fee

2. Essay – Your essay should be a minimum of 500 words and approximately 2-4 pages. It will be examined to determine your writing ability and will be rated according to clarity of thought, grammar, and readability. It will also be used to learn more about you personally.  Please address the following questions within your essay:

  • Describe your current sense of leading and/or call to racial trauma, intervention, and/or justice.
  • As you assess where you are in your journey, describe both your strengths as well as the areas where you feel growth is most needed and desired.
  • Who has affirmed and supported you in your pursuit of further training and in what setting do you expect to serve?
  • In what ways have you provided racial intervention and justice to others?

3. Résumé of professional/ministerial experience. (can be uploaded with the application form)

4. Official Transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended. Transcripts must be sent directly from the institution. In order to review your file, we must have an official transcript for every institution attended, even if any credits were transferred to another school. These can be submitted electronically to or mailed to our Atlanta Campus–1900 The Exchange SE, Building 100, Atlanta, GA 30339

5. Ministry Reference – The reference should be completed by a pastor, small group leader, missions leader, etc.  Ideally, it should be someone that can address your ministry involvement who you have served with/under or alongside. Please provide this link ( to your reference as they will submit this reference on your behalf.

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  1. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, so once an application file is complete, we will have a decision in 2-4 weeks.

For More Information contact the Admissions Team:

888 924 6774

Tuition and Fees

2020-2021 Tuition and Fee:
Students Enrolled in the Graduate Certificate in Racial Trauma, Intervention, and Justice: $355 per credit hour*

Additional Cost for the student:

  • Travel to and from Atlanta for the residential modulates
  • Books
  • Your own Spiritual Director
  • Meeting with a supervisor for one year (six times)
  • Student Fees: Approximately $300 per semester
  • Lodging and Meals at Retreat Center (Approx. $150 per night includes three meals)

Financial Aid is not available for the Graduate Certificate in Racial Trauma, Intervention, and Justice.

*Tuition and fees are subject to change without notice. For a full list of possible fees, see the academic catalog

To find estimated total cost of the program, view our Estimated Cost of Attendance.

For More Information contact the Admissions Team:

888 924 6774