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Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and Professional Counseling Certificate Programs

These programs provides graduate-level psychology and counseling courses to individuals seeking to meet credentialing requirements or augment their training. Learn more about the certificates of advanced graduate studies (CAGS) in cognitive behavior therapy and professional counseling offered by the  School of Professional and Applied Psychology.

Cognitive Behavior Therapy

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.

*Offered on the Philadelphia campus

Professional Counseling

The Professional Counseling 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 who hold a 48 credit masters degree in counseling may complete up to 12 credits of courses offered within PCOM's MS in Mental Health Counseling program. These courses will allow the student to meet the 60 credit course requirement for licensure.

*Offered on the Philadelphia campus


Applicant Guidelines

Applicants for a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study program in Applied Behavior Analysis must have completed a master's degree in psychology, counseling or a related discipline. Applicants for a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Professional Counseling must have at least a 48-credit master's degree in counseling from an accredited program.

Students currently enrolled in either PCOM’s MS in Organizational Development and 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 and Leadership will be eligible if they completed a master’s degree in any discipline.

Students will complete 12 graduate credits to earn the certificate, with the exception of the Applied Behavior Analysis certificate which is 18 credits. 

Classes are held on weekday evenings and on some weekends, depending on the format.

For more information, please contact:

PCOM Office of Admissions
Phone: 215-871-6700 | Fax: 215-872-6719