The Sexuality, Women, and Gender Certificate is the first program of its kind approved by New York State. The certificate combines 12 points of specialized curricular requirements, a research project, and a semester-long volunteer/service experience to help you increase your competencies.
Join educators, researchers, practitioners, and activists dedicated to enhancing the well-being of LGBTQ individuals and women.
Starting this semester, students can either opt for the general certificate program or a more specialized curriculum by having a focused plan of study. The different foci of the certificate are:
A. General Focus
The certificate's required classes are CCPJ 4180 LGBTQ Issues in Psychology and Education and CCPX 4125 Women and Mental Health (original program of study as approved by NY State).
B. Reproductive And Maternal Well-being Focus
The certificate's core classes are CCPX 4125 Women and Mental Health and CCPX 4126 Mother Child Matrix.
C. LGBTQ Focus
The certificate's core classes are CCPJ 4180 LGBTQ Issues in Psychology and Education and CCPJ 4130 Transgender Issues in Counseling and Psychology.
Students must take nine points (e.g., three classes) within Counseling and Clinical Psychology (CCP) and six points (e.g., two classes) outside of the Counseling and Clinical Psychology Department. Additionally students should register for zero points of independent study for their semester-long practicum/fieldwork (see below).
The following are a list of approved courses that may be used for the certificate program. Courses in bold are required for the certificate depending on your focus.
Counseling and Clinical Psychology (nine points, e.g., three classes)
* Denotes that this course is available in an online format.
Courses Outside CCP (six points, e.g., two classes)
The following list is not comprehensive and continues to expand and grow each semester. Be sure to check the course catalogue for updates.
Students should register for zero points of independent study, via either of these course codes, when they complete their semester long practicum/fieldwork volunteer:
Students completing the certificate program will also be required to complete a research project that increases their knowledge and awareness of a chosen domain of interest (as it pertains to sexuality, women and gender). Some examples of appropriate research project topics include: understanding the relationship between minority stress and attachment satisfaction of sexual minorities; the impact of gender discrimination on career satisfaction of women in male dominated professions; understanding the link between first generation female college students and academic self-efficacy; understanding marginalization faced by partners of transgender individuals.
Semester Long Volunteer/Service Experience
The certificate program in Sexuality, Women and Gender is strongly committed to social justice and multiculturalism as it pertains to issues of equity and access for sexual and gender minorities and women. In the spirit of this commitment, all candidates for certificate program will be expected to complete a semester long volunteer/service experience in an agency that serves the aforementioned populations.