M.A. in Holistic Clinical Mental Health Counseling

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Through a holistic, social justice and developmental perspective, our 60-credit program prepares students to sit for the licensure exam as a mental health counselor in the state of Rhode Island. Focusing on a holistic approach, the program prepares students to work in various settings utilizing traditional counseling techniques and systems thinking, with awareness of neuroscience and evidence-supported integrative practices.

Consonant with the mission and vision of the University, our program seeks to help students learn and understand how to observe, evaluate and incorporate the integration of body, mind and spirit into their personal and professional lives. The program defines integration and wholeness as an essential expression of personal and system well-being, compassion and social justice.

To earn this degree, students complete courses in counselor education along with a 300-hour practicum and a 700-hour, yearlong internship and seminar.

Upon graduation, the Rhode Island Board of Mental Health Counselors and Marriage and Family Therapists requires 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.

Required courses:

  • HLC500: Research Methods or HLC512: Evaluation Research
  • HLC504: Holistic Foundations
  • HLC505: Interpersonal Helping Skills
  • HLC506: Professional Orientation and Ethics
  • HLC507: The Body Mind Connection
  • HLC508: Human Growth and Development
  • HLC509: Theories of Counseling
  • HLC510: Cultural Awareness in Counseling
  • HLC513: Couple and Family Counseling
  • HLC515: Assessment and Treatment Planning
  • HLC516: Group Process
  • HLC517: Career Counseling
  • HLC518: Appraisal
  • HLC528: Understanding Trauma in Counseling
  • HLC540: Integrating Meaning
  • HLC550: Advanced Helping Skills
  • HLC551: Practicum and Seminar (300 hours)
  • HLC590: Internship and Seminar I
  • HLC591: Internship and Seminar II

Students also choose five credits from the following:

  • HLC523: Foundations of Substance Abuse
  • HLC524: Identification of Special Populations within the Context of Substance Abuse
  • HLC525: Clinical Language Skills
  • HLC535: Introduction to Expressive Sound
  • HLC575: Healing and Transformation
  • HLC578: Body and Personal Myth: A Jungian Perspective
  • HLC579: Grief Counseling
  • HLC582: Introduction to the Expressive & Creative Arts as Transformation
  • HLC584: Movement, Creativity & Consciousness: an Introduction
  • HLC587: Gender and Human Sexuality in Counseling
  • HLC588: Working with Young People
  • HLC592: Arts, Nature and Eco-Consciousness
  • HLL519: Introduction to Holistic Leadership Perspectives
  • HLL520: Leading Holistically
  • HLL522: Creative Intervention Skills I
  • HLL523: Creative Intervention Skills II

Elective courses may be substituted with appropriate courses from other graduate programs such as rehabilitation counseling or applied behavior analysis as applicable to a student’s learning goals and with approval from the program director.