Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: What is Resiliency?
A: Resiliency is an adaptive mechanism people employ when faced with stress, challenges, crises, adversity, trauma and threats to development. Resiliency is that ability to “bounce back” with increased understanding, insight, self-efficacy and strength. Social Science research has concluded that resiliency can be cultivated; in helping professionals and with the clients, patients, consumers and students with whom helping professionals work. Resiliency development is an extensively studied approach grounded in the tenets of positive psychology and strengths-based frameworks.

Q: Who would benefit from this type of program?
A: The Resiliency in the Helping Professions CGS/CAGS is grounded in evidence-based approaches that are valuable for career longevity and the professionals’ investment in the “self”. This curriculum will assist helping professionals to teach these valuable strategies to their clients, patients, students and/or consumers. The Resiliency in the Helping Professions CGS/CAGS has broad professional applicability and is targeted to increase professional effectiveness for professionals such as, Rehabilitation Counselors, School Counselors, Educators, Social Workers, Mental Health Counselors, and health and wellness advocates.

Q: What is the difference between the CGS and the CAGS?
A: The Certificate of Graduate Study (CGS) prerequisite requirement is a B.A. or B.S (bachelor’s degree). The Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS) prerequisite requirement is a M.A. or M.S (master’s degree). 

Q: If I complete the Resiliency in the Helping Professions CGS program, can any of these credits transfer into a Master’s degree program?
A: Transfer of credits into a Master’s degree program is at the discretion of the respective Graduate Program Directors.

Q: When are courses typically offered?
A: To accommodate students who wish to complete the program of study in one academic year, two courses will be offered each semester: Fall, Spring, Summer. Students are also invited to matriculate one course at a time if preferred.

Q: In what format are the courses taught?
A: Courses are currently taught in blended format (utilizing the BrightSpace learning management system) and a non-traditional semester format. For example, some courses require student’s presence of campus four distinct weekend days spread across four months. Some courses are offered in one week intensives over the summer. Course formats will be posted under Student Resources/Course Schedule in advance for student consideration.

Q: Can I complete this program online?
A: Not at this time. Online course formats are under consideration for future offerings. Again, course formats will be posted under Student Resources/Course Schedule in advance for student consideration.

Q: How many courses are in the program?
This is a 6 course, 18 credit program.

Q: Can I complete the program on a full-time or part-time basis?
A: Students are invited to complete the program on a full-time or part-time basis per their preference. The Resiliency in the Helping Professions CGS/CAGS is committed to supporting the working professional’s need for flexibility.

Q: Can I use financial aid to pay for this program?
A: Yes, this program is eligible for federal financial aid.

Q: Do I need to have a specific background to be admitted into this program?
A: No. Please check the application requirements posted. Special attention is paid to the personal statement relative to student interest in the program and its personal relevance to the application.

Q: What supporting materials do I need to include with my application?
Applicants should provide the $30 application fee, official transcript(s), a personal statement, a current resume and  2 letters of recommendation. Letters of recommendation are waived for Assumption College alumni.

Q: Is there anything waived if I am an Assumption College alumni?
A: Transcripts and application fees are waived if applicants are Assumption alumni.