Graduate Area of Study

Community and Social Service Programs

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The School of Social Work prepares practitioners to work with oppressed groups, to alleviate injustice, discrimination and poverty; to create social policies and resources that meet basic human needs and enhance the quality of life; and to create accessible, responsible, accountable human service programs. The School Psychology program, combining an MA degree in counseling and a C.A.G.S. in school psychology, prepares you to provide a range of psychological and educational services to support the emotional health of children and families in the school community. RIC’s unique partnerships with outstanding field-based supervisors provide high-quality training experiences for students in these programs. Additionally, small classes enable students to develop meaningful relationships with peers and with faculty.

OUTCOMES AND CAREER TRACKS

Job Placements

  • Momentum Behavioral Health
  • Social Enterprise Greenhouse
  • The Groden Network
  • Beat the Streets

Sample Careers

  • Social worker (Child and Family, School, Mental Health, Substance Abuse, Healthcare, Clinical)
  • Social and Community Service Manager
  • Social Work Teacher
  • School Psychologist

Our Graduate Programs

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Childhood and Adolescent Trauma

About this Program

Matriculated students take a trauma-targeted series of coursework totaling 18 credits to finish their studies with an MSW degree and a Certificate in Graduate Studies for Childhood and Adolescent trauma. The intent of the (CGS-Trauma) is to increase capacity for graduate social work interns to incorporate trauma-informed knowledge into their practices thus improving outcomes when trauma-sensitive interventions are required. Students will enhance their understanding of how trauma alters the functioning of trauma survivors and their families.

Why Rhode Island College?

The college provides an affordable option for graduate study to improve trauma-focused knowledge and clinical skills. The curricula for all studies use evidence-based teaching models.

Contact Information

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Mr. Daniel A. Harvey

Assistant Professor

Program Information

Degree
Certificate of Graduate Study
Concentrations
Remediation of the effects from Childhood and Adolescent Trauma

Integrated Behavioral Health

About this Program

Courses in this program are designed to enhance students’ understanding of how to function as part of an interprofessional team, understand social determinants of health, and develop competencies in engaging and supporting clients across a range of health conditions. Students will complete 300 hours of internship each semester (600 total for the year) in a primary care setting functioning as a behavioral health clinician. This program is grant-funded and provides financial support to students admitted to the program.

Why Rhode Island College?

This program provides an affordable option for graduate study to improve knowledge and clinical skills in integrated behavioral health and team-based care. The curricula for all studies includes evidence-based teaching models. The School of Social Work offers several interprofessional education opportunities in conjunction with the RIC School of Nursing, Alpert Medical School at Brown University and URI College of Pharmacy, Physical Therapy and Nursing.

Contact Information

Jayashree Nimmagadda
Dr. Jayashree Nimmagadda

Interim Dean for the School of Social Work

Program Information

Degree
Certificate of Graduate Study

Nonprofit Leadership

About this Program

This program affords new and existing professionals key competency skills in nonprofit management including fundraising, strategic planning, personnel, finance and governance. It was developed in response to increasing demand for training and education in leading and managing nonprofit organizations. CGS courses explore theories and examine connections between leadership and change and the dynamics of interpersonal relationships in organizations, communication, fund development, marketing and finance. Additionally, the next generation of leaders who earn this certificate are equipped to address organizational complexity and strengthen the future nonprofit network.

Why Rhode Island College?

Courses are taught by Rhode Island College faculty and professional experts drawn from local community organizations, with an emphasis on real world experiences and case studies. Through the program, students integrate theory and practice, aiming toward a goal of achieving competencies within the nonprofit studies field.

Contact Information

Mr. Michael Andrade

Adjunct Faculty III

Program Information

Degree
Certificate of Graduate Study
Concentrations
Nonprofit Studies
Accreditations
The School of Social Work is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

School Psychology

About this Program

Earn an M.A. degree in counseling and a C.A.G.S. in school psychology in just three years through Rhode Island College’s M.A./C.A.G.S. program. This combined plan of study prepares you to provide a range of psychological and educational services to support the academic, behavioral and social-emotional health of children and families in the school community. RIC’s unique partnerships with outstanding field-based supervisors provide you with high-quality training experiences. With only 10-14 students admitted to the program a year, you will develop strong connections with faculty and your peers.

 

Why Rhode Island College?

Rhode Island College has the only school psychology program in the state approved with distinction by the Rhode Island Department of Education and boasts an exceptionally high employment rate for its graduates. Since its founding in 1854, RIC has been noted for its dedication to the best in personalized education, its commitment to equity and diversity and to building deep-rooted partnerships with community-based agencies.

Program Information

Degree
Master of Arts
Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study
Accreditations
National Association of School Psychologists; Approved with Distinction by the Rhode Island Department of Education

Social Work

About this Program

The MSW Program at RIC prepares students for social work practice in diverse communities, working with individuals, families, groups, and organizations. We work to eliminate social injustice and economic inequality in an effort to realize a just and equitable society. We seek to create, analyze, and evaluate knowledge and to instill in students a deep understanding of the people and communities they work with and the structural influences affecting their daily lives.

Why Rhode Island College?

RIC provides an affordable option for graduate study. Our faculty have wide-ranging expertise and are committed to delivering a rigorous program that graduates superior social workers prepared to change the world by helping others. We are small enough to know our students by name, yet large enough to offer a rich array of course offerings, grant-funded research proposals, and immersive internship opportunities.

Contact Information

Dr. Jennifer A. Meade

Associate Professor

Program Information

Degree
Master of Social Work
Program Type(s)
Major
Concentrations
Macro and Clinical Concentrations
Accreditations
Accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)