Loyola University Chicago

Certificate in School Mental Health Advanced Practice Program (SMHAPP)


820 N. Michigan Ave

Lewis Towers Suite 1200

Chicago, IL 60611

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Certificate in School Mental Health Advanced Practice Program (SMHAPP)

Format: Hybrid

Program Description:

This online program equips mental health professionals to better effect positive psychosocial development in their students. You will learn to foster greater collaboration between schools and families, implement strengthbased interventions, advocate for whole-school interventions, and become more data driven and evidence informed.

The program is ideal for social workers and other school mental health professionals at Illinois Public Schools who want to improve their earning potential.

• This program consists of 15 credit hours, including two synchronous courses, two asynchronous online courses, and one hybrid elective class.
• The degree offers full-time enrollment
Average time to completion (full time): 2 years
• All courses are offered online (one in-person immersion weekend required)

An MSW or master’s degree (MA in school counseling, school psychology, or other counseling degree) is required, along with current employment in a school-based setting.


North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

Facts & Figures

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 10,000-19,999

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