Counseling, Leadership and Expressive Arts

We are at a unique place in human history. More than ever before, competent helping professionals are needed to meet the demands of a changing world. Our programs provide a firm foundation in counselor education, professional leadership, holistic studies and the expressive and creative arts.

In keeping with the University's mission, our programs prepare students to work for a world that is harmonious, just and merciful by expanding knowledge and understanding in their chosen field.

Holistic counseling: Our holistic counseling programs provide training for those interested in the mental health counseling field. Founded more than 30 years ago, our master's programs and specialized certificate options incorporate the best in counselor education training within a holistic perspective. We have a unique mind/body/spirit, social justice and developmental growth orientation that prepares students for the mental health counseling licensure exam and the world of work as professional mental health counselors.

Rehabilitation counseling: This is the only counseling profession that educates students in mental health counseling, co-occurring chronic illnesses and disabilities. Our programs prepare students for counseling careers in a variety of settings, certifications in specialty areas such as substance abuse, and licensure as a mental health counselor. Our 48-credit rehabilitation counseling program, accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs, and our 60-credit clinical rehabilitation and mental health counseling program prepare students to work with people with disabilities from a whole-person perspective that promotes empowerment, recovery, resiliency, community integration, wellness and rehabilitation.

Holistic leadership: Our master's program in holistic leadership prepares students to find personal leadership potential, apply the material to current positions, create new career options and contribute to social, organizational and global change.

Expressive and creative arts: Our program provides experiential training in expressive arts therapies and facilitation, integrating the transformative power of the arts into the helping professions. We offer a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies to complement our master's programs in counseling and leadership, plus independent certificates for counselors, therapists, educators, workshop facilitators and those in related fields.

We welcome students from diverse personal and professional backgrounds. Our graduates are prepared to work in a variety of settings, including clinical mental health counseling, clinical rehabilitation counseling, correctional facilities, education, health care, leadership roles, military, substance abuse programs and other allied professional opportunities.

Courses are available at our Newport campus and our Center for Adult Education in Warwick. Our programs offer working students a flexible schedule and an opportunity to facilitate the completion of their degree in a variety of learning formats including in-person, hybrid, online and weekend classes.

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