A Skilled Helper, Pre-Adult (Certificate)

Explore the principles of guidance counseling and the common social, cultural and psychological development issues faced by adolescents.

Social psychology blends the strengths of psychology and sociology by integrating knowledge about individual, group, and organizational processes.

At Park University, our A Skilled Helper (Pre-Adult) Certificate program is designed to enhance students’ careers in therapy, life coaching, social work and more. Students in the program learn specialized guidance and counseling tools designed to help adolescents deal with the social and psychological issues of youth.

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 40 campus centers nationwide. You may also take classes online.

The A Skilled Helper (Pre-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



Dean of the College of Education and Health Professions

Karen Garber-Miller, Ph.D.

Dean for the College of Education and Health Professions

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

Gain a broad understanding of developmental factors and problems common to adolescents, and learn methods to counsel them.


Our programs will prepare you for a career as a:

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

As you pursue this certificate, you’ll learn principles of guidance counseling, supplemented by courses in adolescent psychology, the psychology of gender, social deviance, and the sociology of youth and youth cultures.

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.