Mental Health & Wellness Department

Certificate in Counseling Skills

Discount for Ministers and Church Leaders

  • Applicants who are church ministers, shepherds or serve in other leadership or ministry capacity are eligible for savings. The cost of the first class is $250 with a 50% discount for remaining counseling skills certificate classes.

Contact the Mental Health & Wellness Office for more details at 501-279-4500 or

Expand Your Counseling Capacity

This 18-hour certificate program is designed to equip preachers, youth ministers, family ministers, women’s ministers, church leaders, missionaries and lay leaders with the tools necessary for working with and helping those dealing with addictions, marital issues, parenting difficulties and other mental health concerns within a church or ministry related context. 

  • Online delivery 

Admission Requirements


  • Complete the CAS application and submit appropriate fee.
  • Request official transcripts from all colleges attended and have them sent to GradCAS.
    • GradCAS Transcript Processing Center 
       PO Box 9217 
       Watertown, MA 02471 I

    • Note: An alumnus of Harding University does not need to request an HU transcript; records are on file. You can bypass this requirement in the Academic History quadrant.
  • Request one letter of recommendation be sent through the CAS recommender portal.
  • Upload a resume.


  • Applications will be required to have completed a bachelor’s degree.
  • Applicants will also be required to complete an interview via Zoom with the faculty prior to admission.

For GradCAS application related questions:
Phone: 857-304-2086

For program related questions:
Harding University
Department of Mental Health & Wellness
Box 12254
Searcy, AR 72149-5615
Phone: 501-279-4500
Fax: 501-279-5964

When to Apply

Applications should be submitted by the following dates:

Summer term: March 30

Fall term: July 1

Spring term: November 15

Academic Catalog

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Curriculum Plan & Course Schedule

COUN 6020 Techniques in Counseling

COUN 7520 Human Sexuality and Counseling

COUN 7620 Addictions Counseling 

COUN 6230 Relational Counseling

COUN 6450 Multicultural Counseling

COUN 6100 Group Counseling


Total of 18 hours 

Want more info about our programs?

Fax: 501-279-5964

Mailing address:
Harding University
Department of Mental Health & Wellness
Box 12254
Searcy, AR  72149-5615