The Department of Counseling, Leadership and Expressive Arts provides a firm foundation in counselor education, professional leadership, holistic studies and the expressive and creative arts. In keeping with the University's mission, we prepare students to work for a world that is harmonious, just and merciful by expanding knowledge and understanding in their chosen field.
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.
Clinical Mental Health (CAGS)
Our graduate certificate in clinical mental health incorporates the best in counselor education training with a holistic perspective. The program is designed for professionals who have a master’s degree in counseling that is fewer than the 60 credits required to sit for mental health counselor licensure exams in Rhode Island and many other states.
Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling or Rehabilitation Counseling (M.A.)
Our master's degrees in rehabilitation counseling educate students in mental health counseling, co‐occurring chronic illnesses and disabilities, and the importance of employment/careers as a means for people with disabilities to achieve financial independence. We offer a 60-credit program in clinical rehabilitation and mental health counseling, along with a 48-credit program in rehabilitation counseling.
Dynamics of Contemporary Leadership (CGS)
Effective leadership is multifaceted and complex. Our graduate certificate in the dynamics of contemporary leadership develops skills that empower working professionals to lead individuals, groups and organized systems in a world that is constantly evolving.
Expressive and Creative Arts (CGS or CAGS)
Our certificate in expressive and creative arts empowers students toward positive transformation through the arts and creative expression. This vibrant program provides counselors, therapists, social workers, educators, artists, wellness practitioners and workshop leaders with experiential training in the expressive and creative arts, integrating the arts with helping professions.
Holistic Clinical Mental Health Counseling or Holistic Counseling (M.A.)
Our master's degrees in holistic counseling provide training for those interested in the mental health counseling field. For more than 30 years, our programs have incorporated the best in counselor education training with a holistic perspective. We offer a 60-credit program in holistic clinical mental health counseling, along with a 48-credit program in holistic counseling.
Leadership Dynamics and Practice (M.A.)
Our master's degree in leadership dynamics and practice explores theory and practice from a holistic perspective to foster communication and leadership skills. Through this experiential, science-based program, our passionate faculty inspire students to discover their professional talents and initiate social, organizational and systemic change.
Mental Health: Concentration in Rehabilitation Counseling (CAGS)
Our graduate certificate in mental health is designed for students who hold a master's degree in rehabilitation counseling or a related field and are interested in pursuing state licensure as a mental health counselor.
Practice of Integrated Leadership (CGS)
Effective leadership is multifaceted and complex. Our graduate certificate in the practice of integrated leadership develops skills that empower working professionals to lead individuals, groups and organized systems in a world that is constantly evolving.
Substance Use Disorder Foundations (CGS)
Our graduate certificate in substance use disorder foundations provides a holistic understanding of these disorders and introduces students to the scientific foundations for treatment.
Substance Use Disorders (CAGS)
Our graduate certificate in substance use disorders provides the holistic knowledge and clinical competencies needed to utilize best practices in the treatment of these disorders and behaviors.