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2020-2021 Governors State University Academic Catalog 
2020-2021 Governors State University Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Mindfulness in the Helping Professions Certificate

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The College of Health and Human Services  and the College of Education  offer to train professionals to integrate mindfulness-based approaches to clinical practice. The program focuses on three areas: academic, professional, and personal. At the academic level, program participants will become familiar with current research on the application of mindfulness to a variety of clinical settings. At the professional level, participants will develop skills to utilize interventions to treat a variety of clinical problems and disorders, including anxiety and depression and stress-related illnesses. At the personal level, participants will integrate mindfulness practices into their own lives.

The program is intended for post-masters mental health and allied health professionals (nurses, addiction counselors, occupational therapists, physical therapists, psychologists, social workers) with access to clinical populations. In addition, current masters level GSU students enrolled in clinically-oriented programs and who are in their advanced clinical practicum/internship, are eligible for the program. The deadline for admission for fall semester will be March 15.

Admissions Requirements

A master’s or doctoral degree in mental health or allied health professions. Graduate students enrolled in and having good standing in their advanced practicum/internship and who have access to a clinical population will be considered for admission on an individual basis.

Applicants must:

  1. provide evidence of a master’s, specialist, or doctoral degree from an accredited institution or provide evidence of being currently enrolled in a graduate degree program and having completed or being enrolled in an advanced clinical practicum/internship, or working toward clinical/counseling licensure with access to a clinical population;
  2. be in good academic standing at the last institution attended;
  3. have satisfied any university and program admission criteria for the certificate program for which they are applying; and
  4. submit a non-refundable application fee.

Total - 14 Hours


To receive the Mindfulness in the Helping Professions Certificate each student must:

  1. Be admitted to the certificate according to the admission requirements;
  2. Complete the six required courses with a cumulative GPA of at least a 3.0;
  3. Remove all grades of incomplete by the date that the certificate is to be completed;
  4. Complete all coursework within two (2) years from the date of admission;
  5. Meet all financial obligations to the university; and
  6. Submit an application for award of the certificate.

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