CAGS in Clinical Mental Health: Concentration in Holistic Counseling

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Our Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (CAGS) programs provide students with opportunities to continue their graduate studies upon completion of a master's degree program.

Consonant with the mission of the University, the CAGS in clinical mental health with a concentration in holistic counseling seeks to help students learn and understand how to observe, evaluate and incorporate the integration of body, mind and spirit into their professional lives. Our 12-credit program prepares professional counselors with a master's degree 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 yearlong internship (700 hours plus a University seminar). Individual degree plans are created based on students' past coursework and academic needs.

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:

  • HLC590: Internship Seminar I
  • HLC591: Internship Seminar II

Students choose six additional credits in consultation with the program director.

Learn more about costs, financing and success rates for the CAGS program.