The CAGS program offers advanced education in mental health counseling for the person who has a counseling-related master’s 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 provides professional counselors with a master's degree the opportunity to combine the 12-credit CAGS with a 48-credit professional counselor master's degree to reach the 60-credit requirement to be eligible to sit for various mental health counselor licensure exams.
To earn this certificate, students complete courses in holistic counseling that match licensure needs and their academic history, along with a full Fall/Spring internship (700 hours plus a University Seminar). Individual degree plans are created based on students' past coursework and academic needs.
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.
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* Students should research the specific requirements for a licensed mental health counselor or professional counselor in the state where they intend to practice.
Current 48 credit 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) to complete 12 additional credits (60 credits).