Summer Institutes

Each summer, the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program offers a variety of summer institutes. Below, you can find information on the course offerings:                                                                                     

  • HPC 6530 - Expressive Arts Institute: In this expressive arts institute, we will engage in individual and community art-making to explore the practice of attending to the creative process in life and in therapy. Studio workshops integrating painting, movement, poetry, music, writing, and performance invite artistic inquiry and renewal. As we interweave expressive arts theories with studio art-making throughout this course, we will examine possibilities for igniting and sustaining passion, presence and imagination in our personal and professional work. This year's institute will take place at Wildacres Retreat Center in Little Switzerland, NC. As we immerse ourselves in studio art-making, we will explore how to ignite and sustain passion, presence and imagination in our personal and professional work. 

    Dates: May 11th - 15th, 2020 at Wild Acres in Little Switzerland, NC.

  • HPC 6531 - Motivational Interviewing Institute: This Institute course includes an introduction to the Motivational Interviewing meta-theory and extensive contact hours wherein the techniques and skills will be practiced by institute participants in real-play situations. This course is designed specifically for both current helping professionals and future helping professionals in settings such as: integrated healthcare and primary care, addictions treatment, clinical/community mental health, and schools. Taught over four days, participants will receive a short didactic overview of the MI processes, demonstrations of MI, guided practice of MI by participants, evaluation of MI skills employed by self and colleague participants, independent practice of MI, and group (and individual as ratios permit) coaching by MI instructor and visiting faculty. Pre-course and post-course practice tapes will be submitted to the instructors for coding using the MITI Instrument for the purpose of students¹ charting their own progress toward efficient and effective use of MI.

    Dates: As Scheduled
  • HPC 6570 -  ASU Al Greene Appalachian Addictions Institute: This annual summer institute is designed to provide graduate students and working professionals with an opportunity for in-depth exploration of cutting-edge, clinical issues and topics within the addictions field. 

    Dates: June 1st - 5th, 2020.

    More information at
    The 2020 Al Greene Appalachian Addictions Institute Flyer 
  • HPC 5535 - Expressive Arts Institute with Children & Adolescents: This institute is designed to present a comprehensive and developmentally oriented approach for the application of play theories and the creative/expressive arts to the process of counseling children and adolescents. The course will consist of class discussions, presentations, and cooperative and group experiential learning activities. 

    Dates: July 6th - 10th, 2020. 

  • HPC 5543- Clinical Supervision and Consultation: This summer institute fulfills the educational requirements for LPCS and CCS licensure, and offers clinical supervisors 45 hours of NBCC-approved continuing education. Students will be able to develop clinical supervision skills in order to pursue field experience and licensure in clinical supervision.

    Dates: To be determined.

    More information at