Advanced Official Certificate Program in Professional Counseling

Central to Advancing Your Influential Career.

Central's Advanced Official Certificate Program in Professional Counseling is designed for practicing counselors and clinicians who hold a master’s degree in Counseling, Marriage & Family Therapy, Psychology, or Social Work and are preparing for state licensure as a Professional Counselor through the State of Connecticut Department of Public Health or national Certification as a Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC). In addition, the program offers an 18-credit Gerontology Counseling specialization track for practicing counselors. A certificate in advanced graduate work in Professional Counseling is issued upon completion, with a grade of B or better, of a combination of up to 30 credits of 500-level courses selected from those designed for the certificate program.

Program Features

  • Starts every January and August
  • UP TO 30-credit program
  • Attend full- or part-time
  • Classes available evenings
  • Financial aid is available
  • No GMAT/GRE required

Admissions Contact

Graduate Recruitment & Admissions

Academic Contact

Cherie King
Counselor Education & Family Therapy
Program Coordinator
Professional Counseling | AOCP
Henry Barnard Hall

One of the great benefits of the Clinical Mental Health program is that I can see my progression through many lenses: Maslow, Glasser, Jung, Adler at the top of my list along with the tools from DBT, CBT, Mindfulness, IFS, typology, systems theory, and TA. Thank you again for all you have done, what you bring to the classroom, administration, and profession.

Alumni, MS

What You'll Gain

  • A personalized program of study designed to allow you to complete the necessary coursework you need to meet counselor licensure or certification requirements
  • Work with your program advisor to map out and sequence coursework including practicum and internship in a Clinical Mental Health Counseling setting (as required by the Connecticut Department of Public Health for LPC) or Rehabilitation Counseling (as required by the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC))
  • Coursework content that assists students with preparation for National Counselor Examination (NCE) needed for LPC or Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) examination