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Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Gerocounseling | Graduate Degree Program

Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Gerocounseling


Gerocounseling is an important branch of psychology that focuses on the mental, emotional and physical problems faced by elderly individuals. Programs in geriatric psychology have become more critical as the population ages, and psychotherapy for geriatric issues is necessary as older adults experience psychological changes as a result of loss and increased dependency. Geropsychology may also include counseling family members as they deal with aging parents and act as a grief counselor in some instances. With a certificate in Gerocounseling from Ottawa University, you can serve the needs of this growing population as a geriatric psychology professional.

This counseling certification program is designed for practicing professionals seeking licensure. A professional therapist can help older adults with aging and geriatric issues, including:

  • Adjusting to loss
  • Avoiding isolation
  • Medical issues of aging
  • Facing mortality
  • Transitioning to retirement
  • And more

As the segment of the population of older adults continues to grow, the demand for competent geriatric psychology professionals will also grow. This continuing education certificate allows you to graduate with an increased marketability to serve this growing need by counseling older adults in your geriatric psychology career.

Ottawa University offers this certificate program in Arizona.  For more information on earning your CAGS in Gerocounseling in Arizona, contact us today.

Licensing/counseling certification requirements vary state to state. Students are responsible for checking the requirements for their respective states.


Gerocounseling Certificate Courses

Requires a minimium of 15 semester credit hours

Perspectives on Aging | PYC 7392
This course, through the use of the final two stages of Erickson's developmental model, facilitates the development of a framework which is utilized to assess the experiences and needs of the older adult and their families.

Expressive Arts Therapies | PYC 8132
Examines theories, techniques and applications of play, art, music, dance and other expressive therapeutic approaches.

Counseling Adults II: Late Adulthood | PYC 8372
Specific strategies will be studied for understanding, assessing and counseling adults in late adulthood. Emphasis placed on social, emotional and physical stressors specific to this adult developmental stage and related transitions, as well as on understanding the individual within a systems context.

Wellness Counseling: Risk, Prevention and Modification | PYC 8452
Course examines health promotion models, preventive management techniques, and models and techniques for behavior change. Comprehensive inquiry focusing on psychological processes, and individual behaviors and lifestyles which affect a person's physical, emotional and social health. Topics include stress and illness, personality and disease, high-risk populations and behaviors, and gender and cultural issues.

Advanced Special Topics: Counseling | PYC 8552
Advanced elective graduate topics in the field of Counseling.

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