A Skilled Helper, Adult (Certificate)

Earn the A Skilled Helper (Adult) Certificate to further your career in adult guidance and counseling.

Social psychology blends the strengths of psychology and sociology. It studies the “person in the situation,” and integrates knowledge about individual, group, and organizational processes.

Park University’s A Skilled Helper (Adult) Certificate program is designed for students pursuing careers in therapy, life coaching, social work and more. Students in the program learn specialized guidance and counseling tools designed to deal with aging, gender, family and other social or psychological issues of adulthood.

Locations & Learning Options

As you pursue this certificate, you can to take face-to-face classes at our Parkville, Missouri campus, at one of our Kansas City area campus centers, or at one of over 41 campus centers nationwide. You may also take classes online.

The A Skilled Helper (Adult) Certificate requires a minimum of 15 completed credit hours. Refer to your catalog for a complete listing of coursework for this degree.


  • Parkville, MO
  • Kansas City Metro
  • Online



Dr. Monica Brannon

Department Chair
Assistant Professor of Sociology

Dr. Cynthia Cerrentano

Associate Professor of Psychology

Dr. Brian Cowley

Professor of Psychology

Dr. Andrew Johnson

Professor of Psychology

Dr. Pooya Naderi

Assistant Professor of Social Psychology

Counsel adults from a variety of backgrounds to deal with common social and psychological concerns like aging, gender and family.


Prepare for a range of career possibilities with this certificate including:

  • Guidance Counselor
  • Life Coach
  • Social Worker
  • Therapist
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Program Highlights

After developing a knowledge base in guidance and counseling, students in the program will learn principles of cross-cultural psychology, study adult development and aging, the psychology of gender, and explore the study of the family.

Related programs

Park University’s degree programs are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Park University is a private, non-profit, institution of higher learning since 1875.