CAGS in Mental Health Counseling

  • Credits: 36
  • Degree:
    Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies

Program Description

The CAGS in Mental Health Counseling is an advanced, post-master’s certificate program. A Master’s degree in counseling or a closely related field along with other general admission requirements is needed to enroll.

This is a flexible, Individualized program, where each student will meet with an advisor to plan their academic program and to establish a learning contract. Students meet periodically with their advisor to review educational and career goals. Course choices must be considered carefully in consultation with the program chair.

Concentrations

A concentration can be a key element in your counseling degree, providing unique perspectives that can enrich your counseling career, or additional credentials.

Learning Outcomes

Students will increase their expertise, add a new credential and area of competency, or upgrade their credentials to meet requirements for licensure.

Careers and Further Study

CAGS in Mental Health Counseling graduates may apply for:

  • LMHC licensure by the Mass. Board of Registration of Allied Mental Health Professionals. Candidates must also pass an exam and complete two years of post-master’s supervised clinical practice.
  • CADAC certification by MBSACC and LADC licensing by the Mass. Dept. of Public Health (with concentration in Addiction Counseling)

Program Chair

Katherine King
katherine.king@cambridgecollege.edu

Curriculum


CAGS Required Courses
6
Credits
Counseling Leadership Seminar
CCA 825 3 credit(s)
This class prepares students for leadership roles within their organizations/institutions, discusses launching a private practice, as well as opportunities for leadership in the counseling field. Students will learn skills in supervision/consultation, advocacy, community and systems level interventions, administrative and program development skills. Students will also develop project management and business planning skills.
Advanced Counseling Practice
CCA 830 3 credit(s)
This class focuses on developing advanced counseling skills, and culminates in completing a thorough literature review and presentation on an area of clinical interest. Students develop advanced knowledge in a chosen topic and strong research skills as a scholar-practitioner. Students will also give case presentations about their counseling work and learn advanced case conceptualization, diagnosis, treatment planning and counseling technique.
Internship
6
Credits

CCA805  CAGS Practicum is required before CCA820 if mental health practicum was not taken in prior master's program 

CCA823  Counseling Internship Seminar III is required only if a third term is needed to complete field experience hours.

Both these courses count as electives.

Counseling Internship Seminar
CCA 820 3 credit(s)
Students’ current practice is in mental health counseling. Field experience is supervised on-site by a supervisor who meets the relevant Board of Registration requirements. Students complete at least 13.5 hours of supervised practice each week and at least 189 hours each term. At least 80 of these hours must be providing direct, face-to-face services on-site. A total of 700 hours, including 280 hours of direct service are required for licensure. Includes the fundamental occupational tasks of assessment, case presentation, case collaboration, team membership and client interaction.
Advanced Internship Seminar
CCA 821 3 credit(s)
Students’ current practice is in mental health counseling. Field experience is supervised on-site by a supervisor who meets the relevant Board of Registration requirements. Students complete at least 13.5 hours of supervised practice each week and at least 189 hours each term. At least 80 of these hours must be providing direct, face-to-face services on-site. A total of 700 hours, including 280 hours of direct service, are required for licensure. Includes the fundamental occupational tasks of assessment, case presentation, case collaboration, team membership and client interaction.
Counseling Internship Seminar III
CCA 823 3 credit(s)
This is a third term of Advanced Internship available to students in the CAGS program, needing to complete the hours required for licensure or for students seeking to gain additional licensure hours that may be required for other states. Field experience is supervised on-site by a supervisor who meets the relevant Board of Registration requirements. Students complete at least 13.5 hours of supervised practice each week and at least 189 hours each term. At least 80 of these hours must be providing direct, face-to-face services on-site. A total of 700 hours, including 280 hours of direct service are required for licensure in Massachusetts, divided into 100 hours of practicum experience and 600 hours of internship experience. Includes the fundamental occupational tasks of assessment, case presentation, case collaboration, team membership and client interaction.
CAGS Mental Health Practicum
CCA 805 3 credit(s)
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts specifies that this practicum be supervised by an approved supervisor as defined in 262 CMR 2.00 in order for students to meet requirements for licensure. Enrollment limited to 10. This course is intended for CAGS students who have not completed a practicum in their master's degree program of study. Students become familiar with the principles of therapeutic relationships and basic counseling skills and behaviors. They will develop techniques for working with individuals, groups and families as well as using supervision. They will complete case presentations, process notes and formulate treatment plans. Students take an active part in the didactic and demonstration parts of the class. The course will stress philosophy, principles and the practice of mental health counseling. This course includes the fundamental occupational tasks of assessment, case presentation, case collaboration, team membership and client interaction.
Mental Health Core Courses, CAGS Electives, Concentrations
24
Credits

All mental health core courses not previously taken at master's level must be taken to meet licensure requirements. See courses and sequence outlined in the M.Ed. in Mental Health Counseling program, and consult with advisor or program chair to ensure enrollment in the corresponding CAGS-level courses (700-800 level).

After fulfilling licensure requirements, students may choose one or two concentration options, or other CAGS electives, with advisor or program chair approval. The program of study may not exceed 36 credits.

Core Faculty

Senior Instructor

Adjunct Instructor

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Admissions

  • Admission Test:

    Passing grade on TOEFL (English language proficiency test) is required for international students.

  • Admissions Office:
    1-800-829-4723
  • Application:
  • Application Fee:
    $50, nonrefundable ($100 for international students)

Program Requirements

All applicants must meet with the program chair for information and academic advising.  This part of the Admissions process is to help you understand the CAGS, to help us understand your goals regarding further study and licensure, to review your transcripts and to develop an individualized learning contract.  Program chair approval is required for admission.

General Requirements

Official Transcript
Two Completed Recommendation Forms
Current Résumé
Interview (for graduate and advanced graduate programs)

Learn more about General Requirements

State Requirements

College students are required to comply with state laws regarding individual health insurance and immunization. Compliance requirements currently exist for students in Massachusetts, Virginia and Tennessee. Learn more

International Students – Additional Requirements

International Students will need to complete supplemental documentation when applying. International transcripts must also be translated prior to submission in order to be evaluated for applicability. Learn more about international student requirements.

Transfer Credit Request Form

Only needed if you wish to have prior course work evaluated for transfer credit. Learn more about transferring credits.

 

Tuition

  • Credits:
    36
  • Cost per credit hour:
    $613
  • Application Fee:
    $50, nonrefundable ($100 for international students)
  • Graduation Fee:
    $110 (charged in last term)
  • Health Insurance Fee:
    $1,497 - Required for Massachusetts students only. See waiver details on Tuition & Fees page.)

Note: Rates are as of September 2013, and are subject to change without notice. Rates apply to all students, unless otherwise noted.

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