Program at a Glance

Program Type
1-year Certificate
Area of Study
Public Service & Safety
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Begin Your Rewarding Career in Counseling

This certificate is the first step to working as a mental health paraprofessional. Upon completion, you will be prepared for entry-level positions within the human services field.

Why Choose Germanna

Germanna's variety of psychology programs gives you the option to build upon your skills. After this entry-level certificate, go on to earn your associate degree or build on your knowledge with easy access to courses and transfer credits.

Career Options in Paraprofessional Counseling

In-Demand Jobs:

  • Clinical and Counseling Psychologists: Assess, diagnose, and treat mental and emotional disorders

Salary Expectations

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What You'll Learn

In-Demand Skills:

  • Human relations
  • Psychology basics
  • Abnormal and developmental psychology
  • Counseling
Course Highlights
PSY 215: Abnormal Psychology
PSY 226: Introduction to Counseling Relationships

Courses may vary from semester to semester. Please consult the college catalog for the most up-to-date information.

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We’re thinking differently at Germanna and shaping an entirely new approach to career-focused education. Our faculty has extensive teaching experience and can break down complex concepts as you gain more knowledge of the field.
Work Experience
Work experience can help you identify areas of opportunity for advancement. At Germanna, education and training are available for any stage of your career.
Technical Training
Technical training and career-based certificates can further develop the specific job skills you need to advance in your current job or change careers.
Associate's Degree
Our associate degrees can prepare you for entry-level careers, professional certifications, and successful transfer to a four-year school.
College Transfer
Transfer your Germanna credits to top Virginia four-year schools including UMW, VCU, and Hampton U through our guaranteed transfer agreements.
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