Holistic Counseling (48 credits)
Holistic Clinical Mental Health Counseling (60 credits)
Rehabilitation Counseling (48 credits, CACREP)
Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling (60 credits)
Holistic Counseling Programs Overview
The Holistic Counseling Programs work with students from a holistic, social justice, and developmental perspective, and prepares students to sit for the licensure exam for Licensed Mental Health Counselors. The Salve Regina University Holistic Counseling program was established in 1987 and was one of the first programs of its kind. The holistic counseling programs have expanded through the years to offer a 48-credit program, a 60-credit program, and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS). The 60-credit program was launched officially in 2017 and includes the combination of our 48-credit program and the 12-credit CAGS. Within the 60-credit program and the 48-credit program + 12-credit CAGS, students can become eligible for licensure as a mental health counselor. It is critical students look at individual state licensure laws for the most current qualifications. There are states where additional elements are required.
The 60 credit MA program in Holistic Clinical Mental Health Counseling builds on the 48-credit foundation by adding four additional classes including Appraisal, Integrating Meaning, and two clinical internships. These classes can shift based on individual student program review. The 60-credit program intends to apply for CACREP accreditation. CACREP does not accredit 48-credit Mental Health Counseling programs.
Holistic Mental Health Counselors draw on knowledge from several fields including counseling, neuroscience, holistic foundations, multicultural studies, and psychology. Students develop the ability to serve persons with a wide array of human development issues impacting the individual and their various systems. They receive their training and work in a variety of clinical settings with respect for the influences of multicultural cultural factors including ethnicity, race, religion, gender, disability, and sexual orientation.
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.