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Psychiatric Rehabilitation, Certificate

School of Medicine Columbia

Learn evidence-based skills to be more effective in helping people experiencing mental illness. This graduate certificate can be tailored to your specific career needs and is offered in person or online.

Ideal for a variety of professional backgrounds, enhance your career by gaining certification in psychiatric rehabilitation services which promote the recovery, full community integration and improved quality of life for persons whose mental health conditions are impairing their ability to lead a meaningful life.

Program Highlights

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    Evidence-Based Skills

    Develop skills specific to the recovery and rehabilitation process for people experiencing mental health disorders.

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    Convenient Courses

    Learn while continuing to work. In-person and online options are available for this 18-credit-hour certificate program.

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    Grow Your Goals

    Enhance your professional career whether you're new to psychiatric rehabilitation or already a skilled practitioner.

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    Our curriculum focuses on the lived experiences of our clients and how to help them develop skills and access resources.

What You’ll Study

Gain rehabilitation knowledge and essential skills to put into practice immediately. Understand psychiatric rehabilitation principles, lived experiences of clients and empirically supported best practices of integrated care toward effective, recovery-oriented rehabilitation plans. Customize your program via electives and an independent study project.

Building Skills

Gain the professional and personal intelligence it takes to have a successful career.

  • Systems Analysis

    Studying and improving complex systems to optimize performance and efficiency

    Program Planning

    Defining goals, outlining activities and establishing timelines to ensure effective implementation and outcomes

    Program Evaluation

    Assessing effectiveness, efficiency and impact in achieving intended outcomes

  • Empathy

    Understanding and sharing the feelings of others, and demonstrating compassion and support

    Problem Solving

    Identifying, analyzing and resolving problems or challenges using creative and effective strategies


    Exchanging information and ideas through speaking, writing or other means of expression

Using your degree

Make your college experience the foundation for a successful future.

Potential Careers

  • Mental Health Counselor
  • Mental Health Technician
  • Social Worker
  • Substance Abuse Counselor

Workplace Settings

  • Local and Regional Health Departments
  • State and Federal Government Offices
  • Private Practices

Is USC Right For You?

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