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New Concentrations

The Cambridge College School of Psychology and Counseling is introducing three exciting and innovative concentrations this fall! The new concentrations are:

  • Pastoral Counseling
  • Holistic Counseling
  • Rehabilitation Counseling

Learn how these new concentrations can expand your understanding and knowledge base in these areas.

Pastoral Counseling

The Master’s Concentration in Pastoral Counseling is offered to students who are interested in developing the knowledge, skills and training needed to provide effective and informed counseling services from a spiritual and/or faith-based perspective. This program will integrate clinical, psychological and faith-based frameworks in order to prepare students to adequately address the multi-layered aspects of a client’s experience – including mental, emotional and spiritual elements.

The foundational premise of this program asserts the belief that when an integrative approach is used to understand, assess and provide treatment, clinical practice becomes more attuned and responsive to the needs of the whole person. To this end, the Pastoral Counseling program seeks to develop professional counselors who possess a strong clinical background; a firm knowledge base of spiritual and faith-based perspectives; and a keen ability to integrate these understandings in their approach with diverse populations of varying faith traditions. The program emphasizes inclusive, interfaith dialogue and cooperative and constructive interaction between individuals of different faiths and/or humanistic or spiritual beliefs.

Through classroom lectures, discussions, experiential learning activities and assignments, students will develop (1) a greater awareness of the role spirituality may play in their clients’ lives, and (2) a better understanding of the impact of spiritual and faith-based perspectives on the counseling process. Throughout the curriculum, students will have many opportunities for reflective thought, applied learning, and personal and professional growth. 

The three courses in this concentration are:

  • Introduction to Pastoral Counseling
  • Terror, Trauma and the Sacred: Psychological and Spiritual Perspectives
  • Religious Coping from a Sociocultural Perspective

Holistic Counseling

The Master’s Concentration in Holistic Counseling is offered to students interested in exploring Eastern and Western as well as modern and ancient ways of understanding psychology and human behavior. The program aims to integrate knowledge from the study of three levels of experience: body, mind, and spirit. Students will review traditional Western and Eastern ways of understanding, and will examine how different perspectives fit with new information emerging from neuroscience. The goal is integration of a range of epistemologies, or ways of knowing, into a holistic paradigm.

The starting point for our inquiry assumes that a foundation in the biological substrates of human behavior, emotion, and consciousness is essential not only to understanding psychological disequilibrium, but to discerning the impact of various somatic therapies. The program revolves around a series of questions: How does our understanding of evolution, physiology, and the body inform the study of psychology? Can new research in neuroscience offer a fresh perspective on both traditional and modern theories of motivation and intrapsychic/interpersonal conflict?  What are the conceptual and practical differences between reductionist and holistic approaches to working with people in psychological distress? Do Eastern ways of understanding human experience complement Western theories – or are the differences difficult to reconcile? What are the intrinsic limitations of different epistemological tools? Can science inform perspectives on the potential for holistic healing, self-actualization and transcendence?

Ultimately, the aim of the program in addressing these questions is to encourage the development of a conceptual framework that informs a holistic approach to counseling in today’s world.

The three courses in this concentration are:

  • Mind, Body, and Emotion: A Holistic Perspective
  • East and West: Self, Suffering, and Healing
  • Holistic Approaches to Psychotherapy

Rehabilitation Counseling

The LMHC/CRC concentration is a new clinical concentration integrated within the 60 credit SOPC framework. The aim with this concentration is to allow students to become eligible for both their Licensure in Mental Health Counseling (LMHC) and to simultaneously be trained in Rehabilitation Counseling, enabling them to pursue their national Certification as a Rehabilitation Counselor and to be licensed in the state of Massachusetts as a Rehabilitation Counselor.

This program ties together two fields, allowing practitioners to comprehensively serve the needs of individuals returning to work, dealing with intellectual, emotional and/or physical challenges, veterans facing complex mental health and vocational rehabilitation issues, and those seeking to work in Employee Assistance Programs (EAP). This concentration is helpful for any practitioner seeking to provide a more integrated, holistic approach to care.

Academic RequirementsSuccessful completion of one graduate level course in each of the following content areas (Total courses required = 5):

  • Vocational Analysis and Job Placement  
  • Vocational Assessment and Evaluation
  • Vocational and Affective Counseling
  • Rehabilitation Plan Development
  • Medical Aspects of Disabilities

For more information about these concentrations or any of our programs, please contact info@cambridgecollege.edu or call 1.800.829.4723.