2018-2019 Graduate and Continuing Education Catalog 
    Sep 16, 2021  
2018-2019 Graduate and Continuing Education Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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

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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 and systems thinking with awareness of neuroscience and evidence-supported integrative practices.  Students are required to engage in all learning activities in ways that are consistent with the current professional and ethical standards of the American Counseling Association (ACA) and other related professional certification bodies as applicable. Inconsistencies with these standards, as determined by program director and program faculty, can serve as a basis for dismissal from the program. Following successful completion of an approved program of 60 graduate credits that includes one-semester of practicum and two-semesters counseling internship, students 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, the Rhode Island Board of Mental Health Counselors and Marriage and Family Therapists require a candidate for licensure to complete two years (2,000 hours) of relevant counseling experience in the workplace and to receive 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 than may have been waived.

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