Mindful Counseling for Wellness and Engagement, AC

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This program meets your need for continuing education in the area of mindfulness counseling for wellness and engagement if you are in the helping profession and are a professional psychologist, social worker, mental health counselor, school psychologist, school counselor, administrator, lawyer, teacher, occupational therapist, physical therapist, speech-language pathologist, audiologist or doctor. 

Upon successful completion of this program, you will earn an advanced certificate in mindful counseling for wellness and engagement registered with the Division of Professional Education, New York State Education Department (October 27, 2015).

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Why Mindful Counseling for Wellness and Engagement at UB?

  • mindfulness interventions are considered the third wave of innovation in the field of applied psychology, showing positive results in patient and client acceptability, and enhancement of well-being and quality of life for individuals across the life span
  • psychological, medical and other helping professionals who integrate a mindful approach show increased effectiveness with clients and students
  • although current best practices across the helping professions are making a difference in terms of patient and client outcomes, adding mindfulness counseling for wellness and engagement approaches can enhance these outcomes.
  • upon successful completion of this program, you will have a substantial advantage through your increased effectiveness as a helping professional

Program Overview

Academic credential granted Advanced Certificate (AC)
Credits required for completion 15
Time to completion 2 part-time semesters
Course delivery On campus and online
Career opportunities Enhancement of professional effectiveness via utilization of mindfulness skills and tools across the helping professions.
Experiential contact hours Hands-on experience included in each of the courses. No additional contact hours are required.
Application deadline Priority Deadlines
Fall: April 1, then rolling
Spring: Nov. 1, then rolling
Application Dates

The fall 2018 application closes on Friday, Aug. 17, 2018.

The spring 2019 application opens on Sunday, Aug. 1, 2018.

Program Coursework

Required Courses (15 credits)

CEP 548 Coaching for Health and Physiological Integration (online)
CEP 549 Yoga for Health and Healing (on campus)
CEP 553 Self-care in Service (on campus and travel; alternating years)
CEP 566 Mindfulness Interventions (online)
CEP 611 The Mindful Therapist (on campus)

Application Requirements

You must have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution with at least a 3.0 GPA or higher.
Submit your completed online application, which includes:
  • Application fee: A $50 non-refundable application fee, submitted electronically through UB's ePayment system.
  • Contact information for two individuals who will each be asked to provide an electronic recommendation letter. (This requirement is waived for current students or graduates of any of the master’s or doctoral programs in the University at Buffalo's Graduate School of Education.)
  • Academic transcripts: Upload scanned copies of all undergraduate and graduate transcripts, including the English translation, if applicable.
  • Statement of education and career goals

Former/Maiden Name: Please provide us with your former/maiden name if you have one. When requesting transcripts, please ask the sending institution to indicate your current name and former/maiden name.

Admissions Decision: The admissions decision will be communicated to you as soon as review is complete. The decision is based on a number of factors and is the result of a thorough and deliberate process. All decisions are final and cannot be appealed.

International Applicant Additional Requirements
  • Official original proof of your degree
  • A copy of your passport biographical page
  • Official test scores for either the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) or PTE (Pearson Test of English) Academic. Test scores must be dated within two years of submitting your application.
    • TOEFL minimum score is a 250 for a computer based test, 600 for a paper based test and 79 for the Internet based test
    • IELTS minimum score is 6.5 overall
    • PTE minimum score is 55 overall
  • Financial documentation — International graduate applicants must document their ability to pay for all costs incurred while studying in the U.S.
  • An official bank statement

All financial forms and supporting documentation with required signatures must be uploaded with your application, and must be dated within one year of your intended enrollment date.

Are you an international student and unable to take the IELTS, PTE or TOEFL?

If you are currently unable to take the IELTS, PTE or TOEFL tests because they are canceled due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the University at Buffalo will accept the Duolingo English Test (DET) for proof of English proficiency. This test can be taken online, in your own home. More information can be found on the Graduate School’s website.

The TOEFL iBT® Special Home Edition is a safe and convenient option for students who are unable to take the TOEFL iBT test at a test center due to public health concerns.

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University Computing Standards

You are required to have daily access to a reliable broadband connection and a computer that meets university computing standards. You are also expected to have basic computer competency before beginning your coursework.