- What are some of the ways the curriculum holds a holistic approach?
We recognize that human beings are made up of body, mind and spirit and that healing takes place when all aspects of the human experience are recognized and validated. The holistic graduate programs seek 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. We see the interconnectedness of organic systems. Holistic counselors in training are presented with the idea that personal and system wholeness depends upon connectedness with the human community and with the natural world that supports it. In recognition of our interconnectedness, courses address approaches through the body, the cognitive emotional and the spirit. Emphasis is on wellness, with symptoms seen as calls toward self-realization and system wholeness.
- Do you have any courses involving meditation, reiki, and other mind/body exercises?
We have a full semester course on the Body-Mind Connection. Meditation is interwoven into many of our courses and there is some attention to the role of mindfulness on the part of the counselor engaging in practice. Specific training in preparation for certification in these areas is outside the scope of our program, but all are recognized and welcomed as potential parts of the journey toward wellness.
- What sort of positions are available to students who graduate with this degree?
You will be on track to sit for the licensing examination as an LMHC, so you get traditional credentialing and can work in agencies or in private practice. I can explain specifics of that process when we talk, there are some nuances to the process of getting licensed, if you choose to go that route.
- Am I required to find my own internship or does the school have places for me to go to?
It is a shared process between the student and the department. We do have some partnerships and you also have some flexibility to find a site that works for you, assuming that it meets the criteria for internship. Again, there are some details that would be specific to your needs that we would need to chat about.
- How many courses do you typically suggest a student take when they have been conditionally accepted into the program?
As a conditional student, you may register for two courses. If the condition of your acceptance is that you must complete your undergraduate degree, you will be able to add additional courses after you graduate. Please contact Julie Williams Davis (firstname.lastname@example.org) for an advising session to plan what you should register for.
- When is the deadline to register for next semester’s classes?
You must be registered prior to the start of the class, so you have time in that respect but many courses fill quickly so it is best to plan with Julie.
- How long are classes and how many times a week do classes meet?
Typically, they meet once a week from 6pm-8:30pm. Some courses are intensives that meet over the weekend.
- When is the deposit typically due?
The Business Office can advise you on the financial aspect of paying for your studies. It is slightly different than paying for an undergraduate degree. Contact them at (401) 341-2900.
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