2018-2019 Graduate and Continuing Education Catalog 
    
    Apr 09, 2020  
2018-2019 Graduate and Continuing Education Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Mental Health: Rehabilitation Counseling Concentration


(4 courses/12 credits)

Certificate Requirements


The CAGS program offers advanced education in mental health counseling for the person who has a rehabilitation counseling or counseling-related master’s degree of less than 60 credits. The intent of this certificate is to provide further education for those interested in pursuing licensing as a mental health counselor. Students interested in pursuing state licensing as a mental health counselor may apply for a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (CAGS) with 12 additional credits (60 credits total). Course substitutions or   additions to for the CAGS plan of study may be necessary in order to fulfill state licensing requirements for RI or for the requirements for other states.  A CAGS certificate is issued once all academic course requirements and clinical requirements are met for licensure. This program is modeled on a national standard for mental health counseling licensure , by enabling students to take classes that are evidence-based practices and approved by the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) CACREP-accredited and making it possible for students to be eligible for licensure in many states.

The following courses are part of the CAGS plan of study.  However, additional classes may be needed to meet licensure requirements in RI, CT or MA depending on the student’s individual prior MA degree.

RHB603: Psychopharmacology for Mental Health Professionals  

RHB605: Diagnosis and Assessment: DSM V and ICD 10  

RHB608: Advanced Internship II and Seminar in Mental Health: CBT  

RHB609: Advanced Internship II and Seminar in Mental Health: Trauma-Informed Care  

It is recommended that students have knowledge of the specific requirements for a licensed mental health counselor or licensed professional counselor in the state where they intend to practice. Licensing laws and regulations vary across states; therefore, specific requirements may be different. Students are responsible for knowing the requirements for licensing in the state in which they are interested in practicing. Consequently, the University is not responsible for knowing the requirements of states other than Rhode Island.

Note:


Current 48 credit graduates interested in pursuing licensing as a mental health counselor may have the option to continue a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (CAGS) with 12 additional credits (60 credits total).

As noted above, the CAGS requires an additional 12 credits beyond a 48-credit master’s degree. Six of these credits are through two advanced internship seminars totaling 400 hours.  Two other courses comprise the additional credits: RHB603: Psychopharmacology for Mental Health Professionals  and RHB605: Diagnosis and Assessment: DSM V and ICD 10 .

Clinical Requirements for CAGS in Rehabilitation Counseling with a Mental Health Concentration


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 and audio/video tapes and are then applied in the internship setting, with supervision. Emphasis is placed on ethical practice and cultural competency. Often students pursuing a CAGS do not have the requisite Practicum or Internship experiences that are required to meet the licensure requirements for many states.  The following clinical courses are offered to meet the clinical requirements many students need to be eligible for licensure.

  • RHB520  : Practicum and Seminar I: Motivational Interviewing - 3 Credit(s)
  • RHB521  : Practicum and Seminar II:  300 hours of clinical training;  3 Credit(s)
  • RHB570  : Internship and Seminar  - 600 hours of clinical training -  6 credit(s)
  • RHB608  : Advanced Internship II and Seminar in Mental Health: 200 hours of clinical training: CBT 3 Credit(s)
  • RHB609  : Advanced Internship II and Seminar in Mental Health: Trauma-Informed Care; 200 hours of clinical training: 3 Credit(s)