Feb 06, 2023
Certificate Program Lead: Marc Pilisuk, Ph.D.
Sponsored by: Department of Transformative Social Change
Communities from inner cities to rural farms are in crisis, often fragmented along ethnic and political lines or buffeted by global economic forces. Learn how to intervene effectively through public health, community based organizations, and education. This Certificate program is intended for students seeking work - or already employed - in public health, community-based organizations, or educational institutions, who seek additional skills for deploying and funding community-based tools. This Certificate program is also particularly germane for mental health practitioners who would like to connect “inner” mental health concerns to broader social concerns such as violence, political marginalization, and the transformation of organizations.
In a world struggling to build functional communities, there is ample need for the type of teaching and learning that occurs in this Certificate. Students will learn to identify the spiritual, economic, political, and psychological frameworks that evoke the strengths of individuals, groups, and communities.
The Certificate provides students with the skills needed to build consensus about the goals and processes of building healthy communities. Finally, the Certificate will help students find their optimum place as a community activist, scholar, or practitioner.
Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this Certificate, students will:
- Be familiar with their community and any community-based health and development initiatives currently under way.
- Be familiar with various approaches to community intervention.
- Be able to design a community intervention that addresses a particular concern to students in their community.
- Be able to provide a critical analysis of community-based concerns.
- Be aware of their role in their community.
- Be aware of future professional directions.
The Certificate in Community Health and Development consists of four 3-credit courses, a 3-credit practicum, and a 1-credit integrative paper under the supervision of the Certificate director (16 credits total).
College of Social Sciences Certificate Programs
Saybrook University’s College of Social Sciences offers a number of exciting certificate programs intended for non-matriculating students (e.g., professionals, activists, community leaders/organizers, etc.) who want to expand or deepen their knowledge and skills pertaining to specific foci. Our certificate programs offer a variety of topics relevant in today’s world. From existential psychology to integrative healthcare, the College of Social Sciences certificates offer students the humanistic and interdisciplinary education students desire in a convenient certificate program.
All entering students will begin their program in consultation with the Certificate Lead Faculty in order to clarify requirements and ensure that their interests are integrating within their learning experience. Students can change their study plan later, but need to make an initial plan at the outset, including a tentative plan for a one-year enrollment for those individuals not enrolled in a Saybrook degree program. Typically, certificate requirements can be completed within one to two years (see Certificate Lead Faculty for more details). Students progress through certificate requirements through a combination of on-line cohort courses and either face-to-face experientials during a Saybrook Residential Conference and/or at-a-distance platforms such as video-conference or conference calls. Additionally, students participate in online Graduate Colloquia shells, which are virtual classrooms utilized to foster community among all enrolled in specializations that sponsor the certificates; deepening the learning environment and broadening the application of theory and practice.
These certificates are available to degree and non-degree students alike. Non-degree students who subsequently pursue a degree at Saybrook may be able to transfer credits toward degree requirements. Students formally enrolled in one of Saybrook’s degree programs may be able to integrate the certificate into their program as the certificate course requirement may satisfy either specialization requirements and/or degree electives. In the event that a doctoral student wishes to complete more than one Certificate program, only one course (3 credits) may be counted toward a second Certificate. No course overlap may occur for fulfillment of a third (or more) Certificate. In addition, fulfillment of each Certificate requires completion of a unique practicum (CSIH/CS/EHTP/TSC 8151: 3 credits) as well as a unique final paper (CSIH/CS/EHTP/TSC 8950: 1 credit). No overlap of required Certificate coursework will be permitted for M.A. students who wish to declare more than one Certificate.
Though each certificate is specific to the area of focus, there are general Core Components or expectations.
- Required course(s) (3 credits each)
- Choice of Electives (3 credits each) to be determined in consultation with the Certificate Lead Faculty
- Practicum/Project (3 credits) which is individually designed by the student in consultation with Practicum Instructor based on his or her interests and goals. This may involve related theory, research, and/or practical application. Several Certificates require the presentation of the Practicum/Project during a Saybrook Residential Conference and/or at-a-distance presentation through video conference platforms such as Go To Meeting or Skype (see Certificate Lead Faculty for more details).
- Integrative Paper/Seminar (1 credit) which can be a capstone paper, professional poster presentation, or mini-project designed to allow reflection, assessment of progress, integration of experience and academic learning, and forward projection into how one will use these learnings and skills. It also invites a look into other competencies one might still wish to add. (Not all certificates require an integrative paper).
- Applied Consciousness Studies
- Arts and Self-Expression for Health and Wellbeing
- Building A Sustainable World
- Community Health & Development
- Complex Trauma & The Health Process
- Creativity Studies
- Death, Loss, and Meaning
- Dream Studies
- Foundations in Existential-Humanistic Practice
- Multiculturalism and Social Justice
- Organizational Leadership & Transformation
- Peace & Conflict Resolution
- Professional Studies in Psychophysiology
- Socially Engaged Spirituality
- Stress Management Education
- Transpersonal Psychology