2017-18 Graduate Catalog 
    Dec 10, 2018  
2017-18 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Holistic Counseling (MA) and (CAGS)

The following explanation outlines the first option toward Mental Health Counseling (LMHC) licensure eligibility (60 credits) and includes both the 48-credit Master of Arts in Holistic Counseling and the 12-credit CAGS in Clinical Mental Health, concentration in Holistic Counseling for a total of 60 credits.  The CAGS in Clinical Mental Health Concentration offers the additional coursework needed to prepare to sit for the licensure exam as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in the state of Rhode Island.

Upon graduation, the Rhode Island Board of Mental Health Counselors and Marriage and Family Therapists require a candidate for licensure to complete two years (2,000 hours) of relevant counseling experience in the workplace and receive 100 hours of clinical supervision from a board-approved supervisor prior to taking the LMHC Examination.  (Regulations are subject to change.)


Licensed Mental Health Counselor requirements in the State of Rhode Island

The following areas covered within the Master’s in Holistic Mental Health Counseling and CAGS in Clinical Mental Health: Concentration in Holistic Counseling align with the licensing requirements in the state of Rhode Island:

Practicum Requirements (12 credits)

Practical elements are included in most courses, as part of the philosophy that emphasizes personal involvement and learning by doing. This segment of the program places particular emphasis on acquiring one-to-one counseling skills. Skills are built in the classroom using role plays, video recording and feedback. These skills are then applied in the internship setting, with supervision. Emphasis is placed on ethical practice and cultural competency.

HLC530: Practicum in Counseling I  

HLC531: Practicum in Counseling II  

HLC570: Internship and Seminar I  

HLC571: Internship and Seminar II  


Internship Requirements (6 credits)

Internship is the culmination of the counselor training program. An internship focused in clinical mental health is combined with a weekly seminar of two hours per week of supervision by a University instructor in addition to the one hour per week of clinical site supervision.  Internship requirements for the state of RI require a minimum of one calendar year of supervised internship consisting of 20 hours per week, or its equivalent, with an emphasis on clinical mental health counseling and supervised by the University department.

HLC608: Advanced Internship I         (3 credits)

HLC609: Advanced Internship II        (3 credits)


Helping Relationships and Counseling Theory (9 credits minimum)

The purpose of this area’s required courses is to present an overview of the basic concepts of the Counseling Program, focusing on integrating concepts relevant to counseling from several areas of research and practice. Each uses a different starting point to connect to the common core of what it means to be a fully functioning human being. These courses provide an overview of counseling and consultation theories including both individual and systems perspective.  The notion of ethical practice is embedded in all the courses.

HLC505: Interpersonal Helping Skills  

HLC507: The Body/Mind Connection  

HLC509: Theories of Counseling  

HLC513: Couple and Family Counseling  

HLC540: Integrating Meaning  

The seminar components of Practicum I and II and Internship I and II also address the development of the helping skills.


Human Growth and Development (3 credits)

Consistent with the program’s philosophy, this area considers the broad concept of human growth and development as a universal theme across the lifespan. Theories of individual development are studied in relationship to making therapeutic interventions.

HLC508: Human Growth and Development  


Social and Cultural Foundations (3 credits)

This area is concerned with the intersection of culture with thoughts, attitudes and behaviors.  We examine the impact this intersection has on one’s ability to work with individuals and systems.  Dimensions such as gender, race and ethnicity, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, ability and age are explored.  Ethical issues are also addressed.

HLC510: Cultural Awareness in Counseling  


Groups (3 credits)

This area is concerned with the principles of group dynamics including group member roles and behaviors and group leadership styles.  Approaches for different types of groups are explored.  Students are required to apply the theory and skills learned to examine, evaluate and reflect on their practice.  Ethical issues are explored. 

HLC516: Group Process  


Lifestyle and Career Development (3 credits)

This area explores the major career development theories, models, planning and evaluation and discusses the implications of these theories as they apply to people of varied backgrounds. Ethical issues are discussed.

HLC517: Career Counseling  


Appraisal (3 credits)

This area explores the assessment process, how to interview and use diagnostic and assessment tools. It compares standard assessment techniques and process-oriented interviewing.  It is designed to provide an introduction to the principles, concepts, methods, and applications of assessing human experience for counseling purposes. Cultural, social and ethical factors are explored.

HLC515: Assessment and Treatment Planning  


Research and Program Evaluation (3 credits)

A clinical mental health counseling degree with a holistic concentration requires review of studies across many disciplines, and an ability to read research intelligently and to examine it critically. This area is concerned with providing an overview of different types of research methods, qualitative and quantitative design, needs assessment and program evaluation.  Ethical issues are explored. One of the following two courses is required:

HLC512: Evaluation Research  

HLC500: Research Methods  


Professional Orientation (3 credits)

This area is concerned with developing an understanding of the history of the helping professions, and the professional roles and functions and ethics and orientation related to this field of work.  There is a focus on the emergence of a holistic perspective and its application to the field.

HLC504: Holistic Foundations  


Electives (6 credits)

Required courses comprise 54 of the 60 credits required for the licensure. Courses that meet program requirements may be found under the elective credit offerings on page 61.  Additional courses that meet program and licensure requirements may be selected in consultation with the Program Director.