Holistic Counseling

Salve Regina University’s master’s degree in clinical counseling integrates exceptional counselor education and training with an approach that looks at mental health from a systemic, holistic and justice-centered perspective. We offer specializations in clinical rehabilitation counseling and holistic clinical mental health counseling – both of which provide the knowledge and skills needed for professional practice in a variety of settings.

Prepare for Counseling Certification and Licensure

Salve Regina’s clinical counseling program provides advanced, master’s-level training in clinical mental health and rehabilitation counseling, preparing students to address their clients’ developmental growth, well-being and challenges. Equipped with a better understanding of various systems (internal, external, social, institutional and global), students establish therapeutic relationships based on respect and dignity.

Through core coursework and unique specializations, our students develop the awareness, knowledge, training, skills and clinical practice necessary for licensure as a mental health counselor in most states. Students who complete the specialization in clinical rehabilitation counseling are also eligible for certification in rehabilitation counseling.

In addition to the master’s degree, Salve Regina offers graduate certificates in clinical mental health and rehabilitation counseling with a mental health concentration for practitioners who have a master’s degree in a behavioral health field and need to complete their clinical training for licensure. Through our popular accelerated program, qualified Salve Regina undergraduates can begin their master’s degree in clinical counseling during their senior (fourth) year.

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. They are taught that many of today’s mental, physical, and social challenges stem from a lack of integration resulting in persons and systems dissociated from themselves, the community, and the environment. 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 to self-realization and system wholeness.

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