Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (C.A.G.S.)- Mental Health: Concentration in Holistic Counse, M.A.
The Holistic Graduate Programs in Counseling and Leadership are designed to prepare professional counselors and leadership specialists with a holistic approach to their work. Consonant with the mission of the University, 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. Three program options, housed within holistic graduate programs: Master of Arts in Holistic Counseling, Master of Arts in Holistic Leadership, and The Expressive and Creative Arts Programs provide career path options designed to meet program goals and student needs.
Based on the program vision of a five-level helix model, we integrate the following perspectives into program philosophy and course curriculum: personal development skills, one-to-one counseling and helping skills; small system skills; large system skills; and global system skills. Holistic counselors in training and holistic leadership specialists 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 one interconnected creation, 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.
This program is designed for future counselors and leaders to function as agents of healing for individuals, groups, and whole systems in times of change. The primary goal is to develop well-trained master’s level practitioners capable of working effectively with individuals, groups, and larger systems in ways that reflect the program’s philosophy, the University mission and our changing world. The holistic graduate programs facilitate student mastery of theoretical material related to a holistic perspective, the counseling process as a practical art, and leadership skill development as a transformative process of change.
Facts & Figures
Financial Aid: No
International Financial Aid: No
# of Credits Required: 48
Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): $460 per credit USD
Classification: Master's College or University I
Locale: Large Suburb
Size & Settings: 1,000-2,999