2019-2020 Graduate and Continuing Education Catalog 
    Jun 05, 2020  
2019-2020 Graduate and Continuing Education Catalog

Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Clinical Mental Health; Concentration in Holistic Counseling

The CAGS program offers advanced education in mental health counseling for the person who has a counseling-related Master of Art degree of less than 60-credits. Consonant with the mission of the University, the 12-credit Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (CAGS) programs in Clinical Mental Health: Concentration in Holistic Counseling. This certificate program provides professional counselors the opportunity to combine the12-credit CAGS with whatever credit earned in a current or previous professional counselor master’s degree of less than 60-credits. This allows licensure candidates to reach the 60-credit requirement and to complete the relevant clinical hours needed to sit for various mental health counselor licensure exams.

To earn this certificate, students complete courses in holistic clinical mental health counseling that match licensure needs and their academic history, along with a full Fall/Spring internship (700 hours plus a University Seminar).

Required Courses:


Note:  Substitutions to HLC504, HLC528 and/or HLC540 may be made in consultation with the program director if a student already completed these courses prior to entry into the certificate program.  Please note: the CAGS Program requirements are individually designed and may exceed the list of required courses outlined above. Individual degree plans are created based on students’ past coursework and academic needs.

Current 48 credit Salve Regina University Holistic Counseling students interested in pursuing state licensure as a professional counselor may have the option to continue graduate studies for a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (CAGS) with 12 additional credits (60 credits total).

*Students should research the specific requirements for a licensed mental health counselor or professional counselor in the state where they intend to practice. Upon graduation, in order to be eligible to sit for professional licensure the Rhode Island Board of Mental Health Counselors and Marriage and Family Therapists require a candidate to complete two years (2,000 hours) of relevant counseling experience in the workplace with 100 hours of clinical supervision from a board-approved supervisor prior to taking the LMHC Examination.