2017-18 Graduate Catalog 
    Mar 22, 2019  
2017-18 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Counseling, Leadership, and Expressive Arts

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The Department of Counseling, Leadership and Expressive Arts programs form a unique cluster of interdisciplinary graduate programs that include Holistic Mental Health Counseling, Holistic Leadership, Rehabilitation Counseling, Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling and Mental Health, and the Application of the Expressive & Creative Arts as well as several allied certificate programs.

Classes are offered at our Newport campus.


Holistic Graduate Programs Director:

Nancy Gordon, Ed.D.
(401) 341-3290

Expressive Arts Program Coordinator: 


Holistic Counseling Internship Coordinator:


Program Coordinator and Student Advisor:


Rehabilitation Counseling Program Director:

Christopher Carbone, M.A., RDT
(401) 341-3122


Amanda Minor, Ph.D., LPC, NCC
(401) 341-3278


Julie Williams Davis, MA, CAGS
(401) 341-4781


Judith Drew, Ph.D., CRC
(401) 341-3189

As licensing requirements change, program requirements may be updated.

About the Programs

The Holistic Graduate Programs in the Department of Counseling, Leadership, and Expressive Arts are designed to prepare professional clinical mental health counselors and leadership specialists with a holistic approach to their work. Consonant with the mission and vision of the University, the Holistic Graduate Programs seek to help students learn and understand how to observe, evaluate, and incorporate the integration of body, mind, and spirit into their personal and professional lives. The program defines integration and wholeness as an essential expression of personal and system well-being, compassion, and social justice. Several options are housed within Holistic Graduate Programs: Master of Arts in Holistic Counseling, CAGS in Holistic Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Master of Arts in Holistic Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Master of Arts in Holistic Leadership, and The Expressive and Creative Arts Certificates, and certificates in Holistic Studies, Holistic Leadership, and Substance Abuse and Treatment. Each provides career path options designed to meet program goals and student needs.

Based on the program vision of a five-level helix model, we integrate the following perspectives into program philosophy and course curriculum: personal development skills, one-to-one counseling and helping skills; small system skills; large system skills; and global system skills. Holistic clinical mental health counselors- in- training and holistic leadership specialists- in- training are presented with the idea that personal and system wholeness depends upon connectedness with the human community and with the natural world that supports it. In recognition of our interconnectedness, courses address approaches through the body, the cognitive, the emotional and through the spirit. Emphasis is on helping to support wellness, self-realization and system wholeness.

This program is designed for future clinical mental health counselors and leaders to function as agents of support for individuals, groups, and whole systems in times of change. The primary goal is to develop well-trained master’s level practitioners capable of working effectively with individuals, groups, and larger systems in ways that reflect the program’s philosophy, the University vision and mission and our changing world. The Holistic Graduate Programs facilitate student mastery of theoretical material related to a holistic perspective, the counseling process as a practical art, and leadership skill development as a transformative process of change.

Holistic Graduate Programs give students the opportunity to develop a strong sense of professional identity and gain skills and expertise in the profession. Courses present the knowledge and skills required to understand, perform, and apply research.  Faculty and staff provide tools that aid in certification, licensure and job placement.   In alignment with our philosophy and the Salve Regina mission and vision, all courses provide a strong base for understanding and respecting the diverse views and cultures within professional environments and the client populations we serve.

Joint Bachelor’s/Master’s Degree Program

Salve Regina University offers an accelerated program of study that leads to both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree at an accelerated pace.  This program is designed for the University’s highly motivated, academically talented and qualified undergraduates with a recommended grade point average of 3.30 or higher. Current undergraduates must complete the application process by February 15 of their junior year.

The holistic clinical mental health counseling and holistic leadership programs offer an early entry option to the graduate program. However, because the Master of Arts in Holistic Counseling consists of 48 credits including a two semester internship, an additional two years are required to complete the master’s degree after receiving the baccalaureate. The M.A. in Holistic Leadership follows the traditional five year program requirements.

Part of the admissions requirements of the program is a formal interview with the members of the holistic graduate programs faculty. Upon acceptance, enrollment begins on a conditional basis in the senior year. Students who have been accepted must meet with the members of the holistic graduate programs faculty who will mentor them and help to plan their course sequence.  Upon completion of the first two graduate courses in their senior year, they will again meet with members of the holistic graduate programs faculty to determine their suitability for continuing in the program.

Undergraduate students considered for the accelerated program are conditionally accepted into one of the two holistic programs and must take four graduate courses (12 credits) during their senior year. Of the four courses, six credits are applied to the undergraduate degree. Final program acceptance is contingent upon successful completion of the undergraduate degree, four graduate courses in which a B or better is earned in the senior year, and demonstrated ability to succeed at the graduate level in a professional training program.  The total number of credits required to complete the six-year program for the MA in Holistic Clinical Mental Health Counseling is governed by university undergraduate credit,  Holistic Counseling Program and RI licensure requirements.  The five-year program in Holistic Leadership is governed by university undergraduate standards and Holistic Leadership requirements for the five-year program. 

Holistic Leadership Institute

The Holistic Leadership Institute is part of the holistic leadership program, offered through the Office of Graduate Studies and Continuing Education at Salve Regina University. The three-day continuing education and/or professional development program is offered periodically and will introduce potential master’s level students and interested professionals from diverse fields, disciplines and careers to leadership from a holistic perspective. The program offers an interdisciplinary approach to leadership and gives an overview of holistic leadership principles and practice when working with individuals, groups, and larger organized systems. Lectures and discussions are combined with hands-on experiential activities.

Acceptance into the program is competitive and requires a formal application, which includes a one-page letter of intent stating how the applicant wishes to utilize the training professionally, along with an explanation of the individual’s qualifications to do so, and a professional resume. Accepted applicants may enroll in the Holistic Leadership Institute as a professional development experience and, upon successfully completing the weekend, will receive a certificate of completion and continuing education units. Additionally, students may earn one credit of graduate work by completing the assigned work outlined on the course syllabus.

The Expressive Arts Institute

The Expressive Arts Institute foundation course is an offering of the part of the Expressive & Creative Arts program, as part of the Holistic Graduate Programs, and the Office of Graduate Studies and Continuing Education at Salve Regina University. This three-weekend non-credit professional development course has been designed to provide educators, artists, medical care-givers, counselors, and those in related fields with basic training in the expressive and creative arts to facilitate transformation, self-discovery, healing, and the evolution of consciousness when working with groups or individuals.

This introductory course will focus on using a multi-modal approach to the expressive and creative arts concentrating specifically on an integration of the visual arts with movement, sound and expressive writing. Class lectures and discussions on the applications of the expressive and creative arts and research supporting its efficacy will be combined with hands-on experiential exercises. The ability to participate in the experiential portion of this work is an essential aspect of the program. Upon successfully completing all three weekends of the course, along with associated home-practice assignments, students will receive a letter of attendance demonstrating that they have participated in this foundation training in the use of  expressive arts facilitation. Continuing education units are available for those students who wish to receive them.

Note: Enrolling in the Expressive Arts Institute also serves as an introduction to the 15-credit CGS or CAGS in the professional applications of the expressive and creative arts, offered at Salve Regina as part of the holistic graduate programs. The Expressive Arts Institute is one pathway to cover the prerequisite foundational content, before enrolling in the full Certificate of Graduate / Advanced Graduate Studies training program.

Acceptance into the Expressive Arts Institute is competitive and requires a formal application, which includes a one-page letter of intent stating how the applicant wishes to utilize the training professionally, along with an explanation of the individual’s qualifications to do so; a professional resume; a letter of recommendation; a personal telephone interview; and a nonrefundable $100 deposit. Each application will be reviewed and approved by the Expressive and Creative Arts Institute program coordinator.

Along with the minimum requirement of a bachelor’s degree, students must also have the ability to fulfill the requirements of the program according to accepted standards of the profession as deemed essential by the expressive arts faculty. To receive the letter of attendance a student must attend all three weekend sessions consecutively, attend all classes from start to finish, actively participate in and contribute to all aspects of the program, and complete all outside work assignments to the satisfaction of the faculty. Class times for all three weekends run from 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Fridays; 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Saturdays; and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays.

For upcoming weekend dates, tuition and more information go to:  http://www.salve.edu/academic/graduate-studies/holistic-studies/expressive-arts-institute or call (401) 341-3122.

Program and Course Listings


    Master of ArtsCertificate of Graduate StudiesCertificate of Advanced Graduate Studies


      Holistic CounselingHolistic LeadershipRehabilitation Counseling

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