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Counseling & Psychology

Continuing education for immediately applicable skills

Take advantage of the opportunity to further develop your competencies and skills in the fields of counseling and psychology by enrolling in an individual course from Capella.

Stay on the most direct path

Individual courses in counseling and psychology are a great way to:

  • Prepare for certification
  • Earn additional credits to support license application
  • Fulfill specific coursework and content requirements necessary for license eligibility
  • Grow your knowledge on a specific topic through continuing education

When you’re ready for your next degree, take your professional knowledge further with a PhD or master’s in counseling or a PhD or master’s in psychology. A maximum of three courses taken as a Capella non-degree learner can be applied to a subsequent Capella degree program.

Top courses in counseling & psychology

COUN5106 – Assessment, Tests, and Measures. Features the assessment process and the use of tests and measures in counseling.

COUN5107 – Principles of Psychopathology: Diagnosis and Treatment. Examines topics in psychopathology associated with assessing and treating mental disorders.

COUN5108 – Foundations of Addiction and Addictive Behavior. Provides fundamental knowledge of addiction from its historical roots through contemporary issues.

COUN5225 – Human Sexuality. Covers sexuality within the broad context of human experience.

COUN5279 – Life Planning and Career Development. Helps develop foundational career counseling knowledge and skills and engage in professional career counseling activities.

PSY6210 – Introduction to Psychopathology. Examines assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of various forms of psychopathology.

PSY7210 – Lifespan Development. Explores the human lifespan, from infancy to adulthood, including human development processes and milestones.

PSY7310 – Biological Basis of Behavior. Introduces physiological psychology and associated topics, including genetics, functional neuroanatomy, and physiology.

PSY7341 – Introduction to Sex Therapy. Learners in this course gain an understanding of common sexuality concerns including low sexual desire, sexual compulsivity, recovery from sexual abuse, and treatment of sex offenders. Learners analyze strategies for sex therapy and demonstrate competence in cultural elements associated with sex therapy, taking a sex history, and assessment.

PSY8162 – Career Counseling Theory. Presents a survey of the history of career counseling, the development of career counseling theory, and the basic tenets of current vocational psychology.

Find the course that's right for you

Use these individual course guides to find the courses that fit your goals.

Commonly asked questions

Each state has unique coursework, internship and degree requirements for licensing. The courses you need will depend on your prior education and experience. Generally, any additional course content areas are identified by the state licensing board or agency at the time of your license application. Capella’s licensure team has aligned our courses to many state required course content areas. Contact an enrollment counselor for more information.

Capella University offers licensure support to students in a degree program. If you plan on taking individual courses toward licensure, be aware that you are responsible for understanding and complying with all state board requirements. While a Capella enrollment specialist can recommend the courses you may need to meet your licensure needs, you must receive approval from your state board or transferring institution prior to enrollment.

*Capella University cannot guarantee licensure, endorsement, other professional credential, or salary advancement. State licensing regulations and professional standards vary; learners are responsible for understanding and complying with the requirements of the state in which they intend to work.

Ready to take the next step?

Get started—there’s no application fee when applying for an individual course as a non-degree learner. We'll connect you with an enrollment specialist trained in your area of interest who can assist you with any questions you may have.