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About the Counseling Certificate at TROY

TROY’s post master’s certificates provide specialized training with advanced concentrations in the theory and application of counseling for addiction issues, clinical mental health concerns, military populations and their families, rehabilitation and interpreting services for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing (HoH) community, and infant and early childhood mental health needs. Advance your career with additional training and find opportunities in a variety of state, federal and community agencies. Troy University’s tuition costs are competitive, and students pay state rates even if they are obtaining their degree in one of our global campus sites in Florida or Georgia. Classes are offered in the evenings or on the weekend, allowing a flexible schedule for those working full-time jobs. Some specialty counseling certificates are also offered online. These certification programs are for graduate students with a master’s in counseling to deepen their knowledge and expertise.

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“I chose Troy because of the flexibility of course offerings and because I would be getting a good quality education at my convenience. I also like that there are several campuses to choose from. I attended the Phenix City Campus, and I got to experience the big college campus experience in a smaller setting. I recommend Troy University because they meet you where you are, and build you into a better professional.”
Carla S. Wiley | Masters in School Counseling (M.S.) '18

Specialty Counseling Certificates

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Faculty Profiles

Shelly Reed, Ph.D.

Shelly Reed, Ph.D.

Dr. Reed is currently an Assistant Professor in the Counseling, Rehabilitation, and Interpreter Training Program (CRIT) at Troy University. She serves in several leadership positions including the Clinical Director for the CRIT Division. She has also served as the Faculty Advisor and currently serves as the Co-Faculty Advisor for Chi Sigma Iota. She serves on numerous University, College, and Department committees including the University Mental Health Wellness Taskforce. She and her colleagues received a state-funded grant in Suicide Prevention in Higher Education for four consecutive years.
Korrine Babel, Ph.D.

Korrine Babel, Ph.D.

Dr. Korinne “Kori” Babel is an Associate Professor and the Clinical Director at Troy University. She is also an instructor for the Troy Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Counseling Certificate. Dr. Babel completed her Ph.D. in Counselor Education from Auburn University, MS in School Counseling from Argosy University-Sarasota, and a BS in Early Childhood Education from the University of South Florida. Dr. Babel is a Licensed Professional Counselor (GA), Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor (GA), National Certified Counselor, and a Registered Play Therapist- Supervisor. She has conducted research on aggressive toys in play therapy, pre-credentialed, and counselor-in-training self-efficacy, and Animal Assisted Play Therapy. Dr. Babel is active in many counseling professional organizations on a state, regional, and national level.
Tregon Fitch, Ph.D.

Tregon Fitch, Ph.D.

Dr. Trey Fitch has taught counseling and psychology for over 20 years. He is a licensed mental health counselor, a board-certified counselor, and an approved supervisor for the state of Florida. Dr. Fitch has experience from the Texas A&M Commerce Counseling Center, East Alabama Mental Health, and the crisis hotline. His research interests are in counselor training and supervision.
Suzanne Tew-Washburn, Ph.D.

Suzanne Tew-Washburn, Ph.D.

Dr. Suzanne Tew-Washburn, Ph.D., LPC, CPCS, CRC, SPHR, the Director of the Rehabilitation Counseling Education Programs. Her experience in rehabilitation counseling, employment services, and distance education spans a period of over thirty years. Prior to joining Troy University’s faculty in 2006, she was an educator and distance learning director at Auburn University and a practitioner at a community rehabilitation agency in Georgia. Her long-term interests in educational outreach and career development/placement are demonstrated by her national presentations on student satisfaction in distance education and job development training; publications on competencies in rehabilitation employment services, rehabilitation identity, accreditation, and accessibility in higher education; and her current research agenda in these distinct areas.
Samantha Booker, Ph.D.

Samantha Booker, Ph.D.

Dr. Samantha “Sam” Booker, Ph.D., LPC-S, IMH-E®, is the Assistant Chair of the Counseling, Rehabilitation, and Interpreter Training Program at Troy University. Dr. Booker is the Coordinator of the School Counseling Program and the Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Program. She is a certified PK-12 school counselor, a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor in Alabama, an infant family specialist, and a private practitioner. She is also a certified DC: 0-5 Trainer and infant mental health reflective supervisor. Her research interests include birth to five training for practitioners, prevention and intervention techniques with PK-12 students, and school counselors’ role in early intervention.

Specialty Counseling Certificates

Broaden your career opportunities by choosing a specialization that fits your career goals.
Addictions Counseling Certificate (M.S.)
This graduate counseling certificate is designed to provide counseling and psychology students with knowledge of theory and application of counseling skills particularly as it relates to addictions counseling, knowledge of both normal and pathological development and behavior, and expertise in diagnosis and treatment planning.

Degree Map- Addictions Counseling Certificate
Academic Catalog- Addictions Counseling Certificate
Clinical Mental Health Counseling Certificate (M.S.)

The post-master’s certificate in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is designed to provide counseling students with advanced concentration of theory and application skills specifically related to clinical mental health counseling with a conceptual framework of both normal and pathological development and behavior, as well as expertise in diagnosis and treatment planning for mental health disorders.

The post master's certificate in Clinical Mental Health Counseling provides an opportunity for current master’s level counselors to enhance their clinical skill set and expand their professional expertise.

NOTE: This is not a CACREP accredited certificate program.

Degree Map- Clinical Mental Health Counseling Certificate
Academic Catalog- Clinical Mental Health Counseling Certificate

Counseling Military Populations Certificate (M.S.)
The post-master’s certificate in counseling military populations is designed to provide counseling professionals with an advanced concentration of theory and application skills specifically related to working with military members and their families. The program, one of only a few in the U.S., goes beyond simple awareness to include competencies, developmental models and treatment modalities.

Degree Map- Counseling Military Populations Certificate
Academic Catalog- Counseling Military Populations Certificate
Rehabilitation and Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing Studies Certificate (M.S.)

Are you working toward or do you currently hold a Master of Science in Counseling? At TROY, you can add value to your degree by earning a graduate certificate in rehabilitation and Deaf/hard-of-hearing studies. With a strong emphasis placed on the concepts of diversity and multiculturalism in all of TROY’s Counseling, Rehabilitation and Interpreter Training courses, this certificate has been created to equip you with the skills and tools needed in your chosen discipline.

Breaking the Silence

The certificate in rehabilitation and Deaf/hard-of-hearing studies is embedded in TROY’s vocational rehabilitation major. The program was created to bring awareness to the unique needs of the underserved within the Deaf community, which is, in itself, a diverse culture. Within this certificate program, you will be encouraged to become proficient in American Sign Language in order to better serve the employment and mental health needs of individuals who are Deaf or hard-of-hearing.

Opportunities Abound

As you work toward earning this graduate certificate, you’ll have opportunities to gain real-world experiences and work with incredible and passionate professionals through internship opportunities spanning a variety of counseling disciplines including clinical mental health, rehabilitation, school counseling and student affairs — depending on your track of intent. This certificate program allows you to complete online courses addressing the struggles of this unique culture including discrimination, isolation, poverty and negative attitudes. You’ll also learn more about issues such as the unique mental health needs of individuals who are Deaf including best practices in both mental health counseling and vocational rehabilitation counseling.

A Reputation of Excellence

Troy University’s Counseling, Rehabilitation and Interpreter Training Department is one of the largest CACREP accredited programs in the U.S. serving students in Florida, Georgia and Alabama on 10 different campuses and online. This department also houses one of the nation’s few interpreter training programs in the country, preparing students for positions as American Sign Language interpreters for both schools and state agencies.

Degree Map- Rehabilitation and Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing Studies Certificate
Academic Catalog- Rehabilitation and Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing Studies Certificate

Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Counseling Certificate (M.S.)

Trojans, Helping Babies, Children and Their Families.
Social and emotional development is something that can be fostered from birth throughout life. However, earlier is always better when addressing problems in these areas for children. If you are someone who has a heart for helping, a love for children and the desire to impact the mental health of our future generations, let Troy University equip you with the skills needed by pursuing your Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Counseling Certificate.

Skills Learned
During TROY’s Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Counseling Certificate, you will develop a deeper understanding of the trajectory of early human development for infants and children, up to age 5, and their families. You will also learn about influences that lead to mental health well-being and those that push development off track. This is all done while developing or increasing your skills in understanding, testing, evaluating, diagnosing and treatment planning for this age group and their support givers.

Top Level Instruction
Throughout the Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Counseling Certificate at TROY, you will benefit from coursework designed by the University’s knowledgeable faculty and licensed mental health professionals. The faculty in the Department of Counseling, Rehabilitation and Interpreter Training not only have special skill sets that are invaluable to teaching in this area, but the department is also partnered with “First 5 Alabama” and the Alabama Department of Early Childhood Education to bring you the best curriculum.

Hands-On Learning
Through the coursework for this Counseling Certificate at TROY you will have the opportunity to engage in hands-on learning by doing an “in-home visitation” and observing an infant with their family for nearly a year. Your experiences will also be integrated and culminate with a specialized 400-hour internship.

Program Strengths
TROY’s Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Counseling Certificate offers a dynamic, collaborative and supportive learning environment. The certificate can be completed in one year (five terms), all online, with the exception of two intensive days during the Internship Class.

Meeting Demand
A substantial gap in mental health services exists for the 0 to 5 population of children and their families nationally, and especially in the state of Alabama. With the Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Counseling Certificate from Troy University, you will become a needed asset to fill this gap.

Degree Map- Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Counseling Certificate
Academic Catalog- Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Counseling Certificate 

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