2019-2020 Graduate and Continuing Education Catalog 
    
    Apr 08, 2020  
2019-2020 Graduate and Continuing Education Catalog

The 60-Credit Master of Arts in Holistic Clinical Mental Health Counseling


Through a holistic, social justice, and developmental perspective, this 60-credit Master of Arts program prepares students to sit for the licensure exam for Licensed Mental Health Counselors. The program trains students to work in various settings utilizing traditional counseling techniques, whole person perspectives, and systems thinking with awareness of neuroscience and evidence-supported integrative practices. Students are required to engage in all learning activities in ways consistent with the current American Counseling Association (ACA) ethical standards and other related professional certification bodies as applicable.  Inconsistencies with these standards, as determined by the program director and program faculty, can serve as a basis for dismissal from the program. Students who successfully complete the approved 60 graduate credit program including one-semester of practicum and two-semesters of counseling internship are eligible to receive the Master of Arts in Holistic Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Many courses in the holistic clinical mental health counseling program require the completion of prerequisites. Academic advising is required and provided for all students to ensure that courses are taken in the correct sequence. In addition, students must meet the University’s standards for admission to graduate studies upon application to the program as described in this catalog. The counseling program is designed to fulfill the required elements related to the eight (8) core areas of CACREP accreditation and is in-process for applying to CACREP accreditation. The 60-credit program has portability to clinical mental health professional licensure in other states. Currently, graduates of this program meet licensure requirements for many states throughout the country.

Upon graduation, 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.

Electives (5 credits)


Electives strengthen counselors’ abilities to serve specific client populations by fostering growth, adding skill development and opening professional vistas. The number of electives students take depends on their plan of study and the number of required courses that may have been waived.

Degree Plan


Degree Plan for 60-Credit M.A. in Holistic Clinical Mental Health Counseling
 
 
Fall
Spring
Summer
First Year
 
 
 
HLC504: Holistic Foundations (3 credits) or
HLC505: Interpersonal Helping Skills (3 credits)
X
 
 
HLC506: Professional Orientation and Ethics (3 credits)
X
 
 
HLC508: Human Growth and Development (3 credits)
X
 
 
HLC Elective (1-3 credits)
X
 
 
HLC504: Holistic Foundations (3 credits) or
HLC505: Interpersonal Helping Skills (3 credits)
 
X
 
HLC509: Theories of Counseling (3 credits)
 
X
 
HLC510: Cultural Awareness in Counseling (3 credits)
 
X
 
HLC Elective (1-3 credits)
 
X
 
HLC507: The Body/Mind Connection (3 credits)
 
 
X
HLC550: Advanced Helping Skills (3 credits) or
RHB520: Practicum and Seminar I: Motivational Interviewing (3 credits)
 
 
X
Second Year
 
 
 
HLC513: Couple and Family Counseling (3 credits)
X
 
 
HLC516: Group Process (3 credits)
X
 
 
HLC518: Appraisal (3 credits)
X
 
 
HLC Elective (1-3 credits)
X
 
 
HLC515: Assessment and Treatment Planning (3 credits)
 
X
 
HLC517: Career Counseling (3 credits)
 
X
 
HLC Elective (1-3 credits)
 
X
 
HLC528: Understanding Trauma in Counseling (1 credit)
 
 
X
HLC551: Practicum in Counseling (3 credits)
 
 
X
Third Year
 
 
 
HLC500: Research Methods (3 credits)
X
 
 
HLC590: Internship and Seminar I (3 credits)
X
 
 
HLC540: Integrating Meaning (3 credits)
 
X
 
HLC591: Internship and Seminar II (3 credits)
 
X
 

*Suggested Plan to Complete Degree Requirements