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Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (CAGS)

This program provides graduate-level psychology, counseling and organizational development and leadership courses to individuals seeking to meet credentialing requirements or augment their training. 

The Psychology Department offers three CAGS specialization tracks: 

  • Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Cognitive Behavior Therapy
  • Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Professional Psychology
  • Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Organizational Development & Leadership  

Cognitive Behavior Therapy Track
(PA Campus only)

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 six-credit (6) cognitive behavior therapy seminar taught by experts in the field 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 (2) three-credit (3) courses taught with a cognitive behavior therapy focus. 

Professional Psychology Track
(PA Campus only)

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 Mental Health Counseling program at the discretion of the program director.

Organizational Development & Leadership Track
(PA Campus & GA Campus)

The Organizational Development & Leadership track is an Applied Behavioral Sciences action learning curriculum designed to enhance the skills and competencies of leader practitioners as they lead or engage in change in any organization setting.  Students learn how to use themselves (“use of self”) as intentional instruments of change to deliver optimal results at individual, group and organization levels. Learn more about the Organizational Development & Leadership track.

For more information on any of the CAGS programs, please contact Melanie Fields at 215-871-6439 or MelanieFi@pcom.edu.

Applicant Guidelines

  • Applicants for a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Professional Psychology must have completed a master's degree in psychology, counseling or a related discipline.  
  • Students currently enrolled in either PCOM’s MS in Organizational Development & Leadership or MS in Mental Health Counseling degree programs may enroll in the CAGS program while completing the MS degree.
  • Applicants for the Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Organizational Development & Leadership will be eligible if they completed a master’s degree in any discipline.
  • Students will complete 12 graduate credits to earn the certificate.  
  • Classes are held on weekday evenings and on some weekends, depending on the format.

Learn more about the CAGS admission requirements.

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Last Updated: 2/20/15