Program Details

Post-Master of Science in Counseling: Childhood and Adolescence Disorders Certificate

Offered By: College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Total Program Credits & Course Length:
Total Program Credits: 15
Online: 8 weeks
Transfer Credits:
Up to 12 credits or 1/3 of the total program requirements in transfer (whichever is less)
Program Tuition Rate:
Online: $515 per credit. [ More Info ]
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Grow Your Career in Professional Counseling

The Post-Master of Science in Counseling: Childhood and Adolescence Disorders Certificate is designed for professionals who desire to advance their expertise in counseling and other behavioral health areas. The post master's certificate in childhood adolescence disorders program within the College of Humanities and Social Sciences provides you with the knowledge and skills necessary to assess and address childhood and adolescent-related disorders; developmental issues; child-parent-related issues; school and family life; and disorders specified in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM).

Engage in curriculum that encompasses all aspects of childhood development in relation to counseling and behavioral health. Through intense study and research, you explore best practices for examining, assessing and treating adolescent disorders, disabilities and trauma with the ultimate goal of improving conditions for the individual and family relationships. Analysis includes short-term effects and long-term consequences.

In order to enroll in these online courses, you must hold a master's or doctorate degree in counseling, substance abuse counseling, clinical or counseling psychology, marriage and family therapy, behavioral health, social work, human development, nursing or psychiatry medicine.

Degree Outcomes

Pursue Higher Levels of Learning

Discuss factors influencing development of childhood and adolescents by observing a psycho-educational group and performing an assessment and diagnostic case study assignment. More in-depth understanding includes analyzing the role of family systems and theoretical perspectives in treating couples and families. You may also possess the demonstrable ability to examine the physical and psychological effects of trauma-related issues and formulate treatment strategies.

What You Will Learn

Delve into the Study of Childhood Development, Disorders and Disabilities

While in the post master's certificate in childhood adolescence disorders program, you study:

  • Introduction to DSM and how information relates to the field of counseling, including researching and utilizing community resources
  • Broad understanding of theories related to child and adolescent development
  • Diagnostic processes, from identifying disorders and disabilities to methods of response and providing a treatment plan
  • Prevention and treatment strategies at micro and macro levels for trauma, including neglect, abuse, community trauma, parental substance use and domestic violence
  • Assessing and diagnosing disruptive, impulse control and conduct disorders, ADHD, separation anxiety, selective mutism, adjustment disorders and more

Career Outcomes

Serve as a Leader in Counseling and Behavioral Health

Continue your education to expand your knowledge base and advance your skillset as an advocate for childhood and adolescent disorders. Equipped with this Post-Master of Science in Counseling certificate, you can take on a counseling leadership role within behavioral health and professional help industries to make a greater difference in communities and the lives of others.

Program Domains

Course List

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15 credits
Total Degree Requirements:
15 credits

Program Core Courses

Course Description

This survey course provides an introduction to the graduate certificate programs in childhood and adolescence disorders, marriage and family therapy, substance use disorders and addiction, and trauma. Students are introduced to the University policies and procedures, the learning management system, the library, and proper APA formatting for academic writing. In addition, students are introduced to the current DSM and how the information relates to the field of counseling. Students also learn about researching and utilizing community resources, and becoming certified in specializations.

Course Description

This course provides a broad understanding of the theories related to child and adolescent development. Also covered are the variables that directly impact children and adolescents throughout their personal development. Students gain the knowledge to advance understanding of childhood and adolescent disorders.

Course Description

This course provides students with an in-depth understanding of the developmental disabilities occurring in children and adolescents, as defined in the DSM. Students examine the following disorders and disabilities: specific language and learning disorders, intellectual disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, sensory processing, and physiological developmental disorders, while learning assessments and measurements used in diagnosing. Students receive an overview of the neurological and cultural perspectives of developmental disabilities, and the unique needs of the families.

Course Description

This course provides a broad understanding of trauma related issues during childhood and adolescence. Students examine the various types of trauma, including neglect; physical, mental, emotional, and sexual abuse; family trauma; parental substance use; and domestic violence. Students learn assessment and treatment approaches designed for trauma occurring during childhood and adolescence.

Course Description

This course provides students with an in-depth understanding of common disorders among children and adolescents, as defined in the DSM. Studies in this area include the following: disruptive, impulse control and conduct disorders, ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, separation anxiety and selective mutism, trauma and stressor related disorders, PTSD, and adjustment disorders. Students also gain the required knowledge and skills needed for treating these disorders.

Program Locations



Pursue a next-generation education with an online degree from Grand Canyon University. Earn your degree with convenience and flexibility with online courses that let you study anytime, anywhere. GCU offers the most experienced leadership in delivering online degree programs. Full-time faculty members and fully trained adjunct instructors, equipped with strong academic backgrounds and practical experience in their fields, support you every step of the way. Designed with the career-oriented professional in mind, our online classes provide an intimate environment that stimulates engaging and challenging discussions. Choose from programs across our distinct colleges, in high-demand employment areas. Classes begin frequently.


Grand Canyon University’s evening programs cater to the demands of working professionals who prefer an in-person learning environment. Our night classes meet just once per week and offer the interaction and discussion of a typical college classroom. Night classes are designed for a specific number of students, providing a warm and nurturing environment that supports an engaging experience. In an evening cohort, you will progress through your degree program with the same career-minded classmates, providing an opportunity to network and forge relationships that go beyond the classroom. Classes begin frequently at various locations, including our main campus.

* Please note that this list may contain programs that are not presently offered as program availability may vary depending on class size, enrollment and other contributing factors. If you are interested in a program listed herein please first contact your University Counselor for the most current information regarding availability of the program.

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Online and Evening program disclosures (11 months)

* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Program subject to change.