Graduate Certificate in Mental Health Studies Cultivating Compassionate Care


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100% online, 8-week courses

Transfer in up to 50% of the certificate total

The modern mental health crisis is growing more severe by the day. Numerous people struggle with depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and suicidal thoughts – and there is a great need for ethical, spiritually aware mental health professionals to help foster mental wellness in their communities. With Liberty University’s 100% online Graduate Certificate in Mental Health Studies, you can become equipped to promote the mental health and holistic wellness of individuals and families across diverse populations.

Our mental health certificate courses can help you build new skills and credentials that you could use to bolster your current job performance, pursue positions of added responsibility, or start fresh in a new career field. At only 12 credit hours, you can complete this mental health certificate online in just 1.5 semesters – saving you time and money.

Additionally, the credits from this non-licensure certificate can potentially transfer into one of several different graduate degree programs: the Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, the Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy, or the Master of Arts in Addiction Counseling. That way, you can get the training you need now while building toward a future licensure degree if you later decide to further your education.

Grappling with mental health problems can be challenging, and no one should have to go it alone. Partner with us and prepare to help people heal, grow, and thrive as they pursue mental, emotional, and spiritual wholeness.

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What Sets Us Apart?

  • Private Nonprofit University
  • 600+ Online Degrees
  • No Standardized Testing for Admission
  • Transfer in up to 75% of an Undergrad Degree
  • Transfer in up to 50% of a Grad/Doctoral Degree

We’re committed to offering a top-notch education that fits your schedule. Our certificate courses in mental health studies are offered 100% online in 8-week sections with no set login times. Whether you’re a parent, a working professional, or have other important commitments outside of school, you’ll have the freedom to pursue your educational goals without putting your life on hold.

At Liberty, you won’t have to sacrifice quality for flexibility. We are regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). Not only that, but all of our online mental health courses are taught by industry professionals who have spent years working in counseling and mental health services. By pursuing your degree at an accredited institution that offers world-class instruction, you can confidently prepare to take the next step in your career.

We don’t just train mental health professionals – we equip compassionate, principled individuals to be Champions for Christ in their communities. As you complete your mental health classes online, you’ll study industry best practices as well as the ethical aspects of counseling – so you can carry out your work with integrity. Additionally, you’ll have the opportunity to learn how to minister to the whole person – mentally, emotionally, and spiritually – allowing you to help people achieve lasting peace and healing.

Our graduate mental health certificate program gives you the flexibility to mix and match courses, so you can study the topics that best align with your interests and career goals. Your Certificate Completion Plan lists 5 courses, from which you will select 4 you’d like to complete.

Here are some of the topics you could explore while completing your online mental health certificate program:

  • Ethical and legal issues encountered by professional counselors and marriage and family therapists
  • How a Christian worldview and a client’s spirituality impact the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment planning process in counseling
  • Major ethnic groups and the counseling, social justice, and advocacy approaches appropriate to each
  • Methods for identifying and resolving ethical dilemmas in the counseling profession
  • Research methods, design, statistical analysis, needs assessment, and program evaluation for evidence-based practice
  • Scientific inquiry in the specialty fields of counseling and therapy
  • Selected theories of counseling and psychotherapy, including empirically supported treatment modalities
  • Techniques for conceptualizing client presentations and selecting appropriate interventions while considering issues of diversity
  • The importance of counselor cultural self-awareness
  • The role of counseling in eliminating biases, prejudice, oppression, and discrimination

Certificate Completion Plan (PDF)

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Speak to one of our admissions specialists to help you choose the program that best fits your needs.

Your success is our success, which is why we are committed to providing quality academics at an affordable tuition rate. While other colleges are increasing their tuition, we have frozen tuition rates for the majority of our undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs for the past 9 years – and counting.

Graduate Full Time $565/Credit
Graduate Part Time $615/Credit
Military Graduate $275/Credit

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Liberty University is dedicated to providing world-class educational experiences to military students across the globe.

Who May Qualify?

  • Active Duty
  • Reserve/National Guard
  • Veterans/Retirees
  • Spouses of Service Members and Veterans/Retirees
  • Current Department of Defense Employees

Available Benefits:

  • Tuition discounts – $275 per credit hour for graduate courses
  • Additional discount for veterans who service in a civilian capacity as a First Responder (less than $625 per course)*
  • 8-week courses, 8 different start dates each year, and no set login times (may exclude certain courses such as practicums, internships, or field experiences)

*Not applicable to certificates.

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