TeleMental Health in Counseling Graduate Certificate

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Expand into online counseling

Reach a new level of care – provide safe and effective mental health services online.

Whether you’re a licensed counselor, counselor in training or related mental health professional, this three-course certificate gives you an edge in a growing field.

Explore the tools, best practices and ethical standards for helping your clients in a virtual setting.

Certificate in TeleMental Health in Counseling

Bonni Behrend, Program Director
Park Central Office Building, Room 117; Phone 417-836-5392


Program Description

The TeleMental Health in Counseling- Graduate Certificate, offered by the School of Mental Health and Behavioral Sciences at Missouri State University, is a 9-credit hour program that provides training in telemental health in counseling. The certificate program allows students to expand their knowledge of ethics, research, and practice in counseling via telehealth modalities in order to provide safe and effective counseling services.

This graduate certificate will benefit any licensed counselor, counselor in training, or practicing mental health professional who will be using telemental health modalities to provide services to clients. The certificate offers a short, focused program of study in a particular subject not formally offered and provides continuing education credit opportunities for counselors. In addition, the credit hours earned may be applied towards the master’s level counseling degree for students enrolled in the Master’s in Counseling program.

Admission Criteria

To be considered for the program, a student must have a 3.0 grade point average as well as apply and be admitted to or in possession of the Master’s in counseling or a closely related Graduate Degree. Admission to the certificate does not constitute admission to any other Missouri State Graduate Program.

Required Courses- 9 Hours Total

Course Code Title Credit Hours
COU 706 Introduction to TeleMental Health in Counseling 3 hrs

COU 765* OR

COU 799*

Research and Program Evaluation Seminar in Counseling OR


2 - 6 hrs

COU 777** OR

COU 778** OR

COU 781** OR

COU 783** OR

COU 785**

Counseling Practicum OR

Mental Health Practicum OR

Secondary School Counseling Internship OR

Elementary School Counseling Internship OR

Mental Health Counseling Internship

0 - 4 hrs

* Coursework must be focused on telemental health in counseling

**Clinical experience in the courses must be focused on telemental health in counseling

Completion Requirements

Courses must be completed with a 3.00 GPA for successful completion of certificate.

Apply online

Apply to this program through a central application: GradCAS. Review the sections above before you begin.

Go for a master's degree

You can use your credit hours earned in the telemental health certificate toward a master's degree in counseling.

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