FAQ – 60 Credit Program

What is the primary focus of the HCMHC program?
The program prepares students to become Holistic Clinical Mental Health
Counselors. Training focuses on working with the whole system. This includes:
teaching students about the helping relationship; human development; social
justice; working with diverse clients; client and counselor wellness; professional
counseling orientation; meaning making; counseling theory; assessment; group
counseling; working with couples and families; research; and career counseling.

What is the 60-credit HCMHC Program?
The HCMHC Program is for students who want to seek licensure within the
Mental Health Counseling field. This program has a mind/body/spirit focus that
is incorporated throughout the program. Mental Health Counselor Licensure
exam requirements vary state-to-state. Students should review current
licensure laws for the state(s) in which they would like to become licensed.

How long will the 60-credit program take?
This depends on the pace the student takes to finish the program. For students
who are going full time (3 classes each semester, with summer courses) the
program typically takes three years. For students going part-time or slower, it
will take longer.

What are my elective options?
Elective options are listed in the Graduate Catalogue and are discussed with
faculty and staff during advising.

Is this a CACREP accredited Program?
We are not currently a CACREP accredited Program. However, we are actively
planning on applying for CACREP accreditation. Currently, our courses follow a
CACREP-like curriculum.

What is clinical fieldwork?
Clinical fieldwork is your opportunity to work as a practicum and internship
student within the field. You will enroll in a weekly seminar course as well as
have field hours and supervision at an organization that provides mental health
counseling services.

Is the HCMHC program religious based?
Although this program is housed at Salve Regina University, a Sister of Mercy
school, we welcome students from all different religious traditions as well as
those who identify as agnostic, atheist, secular humanists, non-practicing, and
spiritual but not religious.