COE: Grad Cert: Multicultural and Social Justice Counseling
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The College of Education Graduate Certificate in Multicultural and Social Justice Counseling is designed for students who want to add an additional focus of multicultural and social justice counseling to their academic credentials. The goals of the Multicultural and Social Justice Counseling Graduate Certificate are: (a) to provide an academic program to help mental health professionals and students in counseling to increase their multicultural and social justice competency; (b) to provide mental health professionals and counseling students a means to apply knowledge of multicultural and social justice orientations to practice; (c) to help to ensure that there are mental health professionals trained in multicultural and social justice counseling in their geographic area of practice.

The Graduate Certificate in Multicultural and Social Justice Counseling is a 12 credit hour program. To earn a certificate, one must successfully a) complete 3 credit hours of core coursework and b) complete 9 credit hours of coursework in Counseling Program multicultural cognate courses.

Graduate Certificate

Program Coordinator:

Susan Kashubeck-West

455 Marillac Hall (MH)
p: (314) 516-6091

The Graduate Certificate in Multicultural and Social Justice Counseling (MSJC) certificate may be pursued as a stand-alone credential or in conjunction with another mental health program (such as: Master’s Degree in Education in counseling, the Master’s in Social Work degree, the Ed.D. or the Ph.D. in Education, or the PhD in Clinical Psychology). With advance planning, all 12 credits may be applied to the Master’s of Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree. Completion of the MSJC certificate, however, does not guarantee acceptance into any other degree program (separate application required for admission).

Admission Requirements

Requirements for admission to the MSJC certificate program are: current “good standing” (non-probation) in an UMSL graduate mental health practitioner training program (counseling, social work, or psychology) OR all of the following criteria must be met:

  1. Undergraduate degree with a GPA of 3.0 or better;
  2. Enrollment in a graduate mental health practitioner training program OR earned master’s degree in mental health field;
  3. Two letters of recommendation with at least one from a current or former college-level instructor (or someone with a graduate degree who can attest to the applicant’s capacity to complete graduate-level work);
  4. Two-page personal statement explaining the applicant's personal and professional goals.

Certificate Requirements

CNS ED 6030Foundations for Multicultural Counseling3
Choose three of the following:
CNS ED 6220
Counseling Individuals with Disabilities
CNS ED 6600
Theories and Techniques of Counseling Children and Adolescents
CNS ED 6810
Integrating Religion and Spirituality in Counseling
CNS ED 6820
Counseling Women Toward Empowerment
CNS ED 6830
Counseling African American Clients
CNS ED 6840
Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity in Counseling
CNS ED 6850
Social Class and Poverty Issues in Counseling
CNS ED 6870
Counseling and Cultural Competence in a Global Society
Any other CNS ED 6800-level courses as offered
CNS ED 7010
Advanced Multicultural Counseling
Total Hours12
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Susan Kashubeck-West, Ph.D.

Susan Kashubeck-West, Ph.D., received bachelor’s degrees in psychology and women’s studies from the University of Michigan, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in counseling psychology from The Ohio State University. Prior to joining the UMSL faculty in 2001, she taught psychology at Drake University (89-93) and Texas Tech University (93-01). She is...
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Emily Oliveira, Ph.D.
Associate Clinical Professor