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Graduate Certificate in Integrative Mental Health Care

Overview

The Department of Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling is pleased to offer a Graduate Certificate in Integrative Mental Health Care. This certificate is for students and professionals who hold a bachelor's degree and are interested in acquiring an in-depth understanding of integrative approaches to health and well-being. Students obtain the clinical perspectives and tools necessary for the emerging and exciting field of collaborative health care.

This certificate program emphasizes collaboration between counselors and other health care professionals to better assist clients in achieving and maintaining wellness. It is appropriate for any mental health or addictions professional, nurse, nurse educator, nutritionist, or allied health care professional.

Students study the relationship between lifestyle habits, mind/body practices, and emotional well-being. More specifically, students learn about the current research in regard to the therapeutic benefits of integrating yoga, exercise, meditation, and nutrition into the treatment of depression, excessive anxiety, addiction, and the rehabilitation of disabilities. The role of spirituality as a core dimension in health and well- being is also emphasized. The Integrative Mental Health Care Certificate embraces practical application and experiential learning modalities.

Upon completion of this certificate, students will acquire:

  • a working knowledge of mind/body modalities
  • clinical approaches to successful behavioral health change
  • increased understanding of the field of positive psychology
  • ways to interface with other health care professionals

Course List

The 16 credit hours listed below are required for the Graduate Certificate in Integrative Mental Health Care. Students must earn a "B" or better in each course for it to be applied toward the certificate.

Required Courses

  • MHS 5020 Foundations of Mental Health Counseling (3)
  • MHS 5480 Human Growth and Development: Wellness Over the Lifespan (3)
  • RCS 6930 Seminar in Rehab Counseling: Intro to Mind-Body Techniques (3)
  • MHS 6930 Seminar in Rehab Counseling: Spirituality and Counseling (3)
  • MHS 6930 Seminar in Rehab Counseling: Principles and Practices of Personal Change (3)
  • RCS 6906 Independent Study (1)

Course Sequencing & Schedule

Since many of our students are employed, courses are offered in the evenings, during weekends, or in concentrated institute-like formats (alternative calendar). Courses must be completed within three years of started the certificate. There are no prerequisites required for the certificate. Up to 12 hours of certificate course credits may be applied to a graduate degree with departmental approval.

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The Faculty

The faculty consists of University of South Florida professors with many years of both clinical and teaching experience. The Certificate also uses experts from academic and research departments within the University and surrounding professional community.

Core Faculty

  • Gary DuDell, PhD, LMHC, CAP, CRC
    Dr. DuDell has over thirty years of professional experience. He is a full-time Instructor in the Department of Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling. Along with his teaching responsibilities, Dr. DuDell coordinates field placement activities for Practicum and Intern students. He maintains a private practice and conducts workshops for mental health professionals and educators. Dr. DuDell has specifically focused on behavioral health concerns for over fifteen years.

Adjunct Faculty

  • John Bosworth, MA, LMHC
    Mr. Bosworth is an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling. He is a psychotherapist affiliated with the Rational Living Foundation and maintains a private practice serving individuals and couples. He specializes in cognitive-behavioral approaches to stress management, anxiety, depression and the treatment of chronic pain conditions and provides community services at the Center for Inquiry in Tampa, FL.
  • Katurah Jenkins-Hall, PhD
    Dr. Hall is a tenured Associate Professor in the Department of Mental Health Law and Policy, Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychology, and an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling. She is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and maintains a private practice serving individuals, couples, and families. Formerly, she was a part-time Staff Psychologist and Minister at Bible-Based Fellowship Church in Tampa, FL where she was responsible for consulting with the BBFC Academy, supervision of APA Intern placement, and the direction of Christian education. She conducts community workshops in group therapy process, cultural diversity, suicide prevention, spirituality and counseling.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must hold a bachelor's degree with a minimum 3.0 GPA from a regionally accredited institution in one of the following disciplines: counseling, psychology, social work, substance abuse, or related mental health field, or in nursing, nutrition, or public health. Individuals who do not hold a bachelor's degree in a related area may enroll in individual courses with the permission of the individual instructor, but will not be admitted into the certificate program.

To apply, a student must:

  1. Complete the Graduate Certificate Application (non-USF students must include a $30 application fee).
  2. Complete a 250 word personal statement.
  3. Resume
  4. Two letters of recommendation
  5. Official transcripts from Bachelor’s degree
  6. Complete a personal interview.

Contact

For more information on the Integrative Mental Health Care Certificate, please contact:

Gary DuDell, PhD, LMHC, CAP, CRC
Integrative Mental Health Care Certificate Director
Department of Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling
University of South Florida
13301 Bruce B. Downs Blvd, MHC 1632
Tampa, FL 33612
Phone: (813) 974-1257
Fax: (813) 974-8080
Email

Applications are available on the Graduate Certificate Web Page: Graduate Certificate in Integrative Mental Health Care (XBH)