This program provides graduate-level psychology and counseling courses to individuals seeking to meet credentialing requirements or augment their training. The Psychology Department offers two CAGS specialization tracks: Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Professional Psychology. Applicants for a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study must have completed a Master's degree in psychology, counseling or a related discipline. Students will complete 12 graduate credits to earn the certificate. Classes are held on weekday evenings and on some weekends.
The Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) Track is designed to train mental health professionals in the application, theory and advanced practice of cognitive behavior therapy. A 6-credit cognitive behavior therapy seminar taught by Arthur Freeman, Ed.D., ABPP, forms the basis of this program. This seminar runs from September through June and is held on one Saturday a month plus one full Sunday. In addition, students complete two 3-credit courses taught with a cognitive behavior therapy focus.
The Professional Psychology Track is an individualized program designed to provide mental health professionals with the courses necessary to take the licensing exam that leads to a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) credential in Pennsylvania and the National Certified Counselor (NCC) Credential. These courses may be used in conjunction with an earned Master's degree from an accredited college to complete the 60 course credits required to take the LPC licensing exam. For additional information regarding Pennsylvania state licensing requirements, students are encouraged to visit the web site for the Pennsylvania State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Professional Counselors. Students needing more than 12 credits to take the licensure examination may take up to two additional graduate courses offered within PCOM's MS in Counseling & Clinical Health Psychology program at the discretion of the program director.
For more information about the CAGS program, contact Carly Iannone at 215-871-6463 or CarlyIa@pcom.edu.