Mindful Counseling for Wellness and Engagement (MCWE), AGC

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The Mindful Counseling for Wellness and Engagement (MCWE) advanced graduate certificate program has been designed to meet the need for continuing education in the area of mindfulness counseling for wellness and engagement for those in the helping professions (e.g., psychologists, social workers, mental health counselors, school psychologists, school counselors, administrators, lawyers, teachers, OTs, PTs, SLPs, audiologists, and MDs).

Upon successful completion, you will earn an advanced graduate certificate in mindful counseling (registered with the Division of Professional Education, New York State Education Department; 10.27.2015).

Mindfulness interventions are now being considered the third wave of innovation in the field of applied psychology showing positive results in terms of patient/client acceptability and enhancement of well-being and quality of life for individuals across the life span. Helping professionals without training in mindfulness counseling for wellness and engagement are at a substantial disadvantage within the current wellness and health climate. Psychological, medical and other helping professionals who integrate a mindful approach show increased effectiveness with clients and/or students. Although current best practices across the helping professions are making a difference in terms of patients/client outcomes, adding mindfulness counseling approaches can enhance these outcomes. Successful completion of this advanced graduate certificate in MCWE will allow individuals across a variety of disciplines to add this component to their practice and thereby increase their effectiveness.


Mindful Counseling for Wellness and Engagement (MCWE) equals 15-credit hours, designed to provide training in foundational knowledge and practical techniques in mindful counseling for wellness and engagement. The courses in MCWE will provide additional training for those who are enrolled in or have graduated from a graduate level helping profession program (e.g., school counselors, teachers, medical practitioners, school psychologists, mental health counselors, school psychologists, social workers, psychologists, and lawyers). Students have up to 3 years to complete the sequence of five courses. Those with a Bachelor’s Degree are also eligible to apply for this advanced graduate certificate.

MCWE comprises a total of five courses: four courses addressing mindfulness, wellness, and engagement counseling knowledge and technique (2 on-campus and 2 online), and one capstone course addressing mindful service, personal practice, and self-care (an active service course/project). One of these courses can be substituted with an elective graduate level course related to the student’s graduate focus (e.g., law social work, trauma work, medicine, grief, etc.) with approval from the faculty advisor.


MCWE requires completion of 15 credit hours of required coursework with a GPA of 3.0 or better in the required courses.

  1. CEP 611: The Mindful Therapist (on campus)
  2. CEP 566: Evidenced-based Interventions for Wellness and Engagement (online)
  3. CEP 548: Coaching for Health and Physiological Integration (online)
  4. CEP 553: Self-care in Service (on-campus and travel course; alternating years)
  5. CEP 750: Yoga for Health and Healing (on campus)
  6. Optional: Graduate elective as a substitute for one of the courses (approval needed)
    (Note: any ONE of courses 1-5 can be substituted for an approved elective. Contact Catherine Cook-Cottone, Ph.D. at cpcook@buffalo.edu for consideration of coursework.)

Once the five courses are completed, students will submit the MCWE GSE Program of Study/Candidacy form to the Department of Counseling School and Educational Psychology office with a copy of their transcript. This is done at the beginning of their final semester of their completion year for processing and conferral of the Advanced Graduate Certificate by the end of the semester.

Educational and Career Objectives and Primary Student Learning Outcomes

Students completing the courses in MCWE are expected to fulfill the following career objectives and learning outcomes:

  • Acquire knowledge and skills necessary to help clients and/or students practice a mindful engagement in their lives so that they can move toward healthier and more effective ways of being,
  • Acquire knowledge and skills necessary to help clients and/or students excel in academic and/or adult life endeavors, and/or increase compliance in recommended lifestyle changes and healthy practices.
  • Acquire the knowledge, skills, and competencies needed to bring mindful counseling techniques into their practice in order to enhance the wellness and engagement of their clients.
  • Consistent with the Healthy People 2020 initiative through the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, successful completers will be capable of helping their clients engage in wellness practices that will support them in living longer lives free of preventable disease, disability, injury and premature death and create high quality of life, healthy development, and healthy behavior across all life stages.
  • Learn the knowledge and skills needed to help clients and students learn mindfulness, self-care, and health promoting counseling techniques for engagement in health, learning, and/or career goals.

Successful completers of the MCWE will:

  • Understand and apply the physiological, psychological, and behavioral components of mindfulness.
  • Have the ability to articulate the evidence-based benefits of mindful, self-care and health-promoting behaviors within the context of their work with their students and/or clients.
  • Acquire the knowledge, skills and competencies needed to practice and teach mindfulness counseling techniques within their professional, helping relationships.
  • Know specific techniques for teaching their students/clients mindfulness, relaxation, and other self-care practices.
  • Learn and demonstrate techniques associated with counseling and coaching methodologies that motivate students and or clients to practice positive health, self-care, and mindfulness behaviors (e.g., meditation, self-care practices, yoga, and other health-related behaviors).
  • Know and demonstrate techniques of mindful self-care in order to integrate them into their own lives, model them for clients and/or students, and teach them to clients/students.
    Know and apply the skills needed to implement evidenced-based strategies in mindfulness and engagement.
  • Have the ability to effectively evaluate mindfulness and health-based research critically in order to inform practice.

Preferred Academic Background

To be considered for acceptance into the Advanced Graduate Certificate in Mindful Counseling for Wellness and Engagement (AC-MCWE), students must have a bachelor's degree with at least a 3.0 GPA or higher.


  1. An undergraduate degree from an accredited institution.
  2. Complete online application.
  3. $50 (U.S. Currency) non-refundable application fee.
  4. Unofficial copies of transcripts from all undergraduate institutions and graduate (if applicable).
  5. Resume
  6. Personal statement (500 words)
  7. Applicants who are currently at UB or have studied at or graduated from UB do not need to request an official UB transcript. GSE's Office of Admissions can download and print the transcript.
  8. References: two from academics and one work-related. On the application you will be asked to provide contact information about each individual providing you a recommendation. Please note that your recommenders will receive the electronic request to provide a recommendation letter only after you "formally submit" the application. Please note: Current UB GSE students do not need to upload new references.

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Mindful Counseling for Wellness and Engagement Candidacy Form

In order to be conferred your Advanced Certificate, you must:
(a) be accepted into the program
(b) successfully complete all coursework
(c) apply for program completion approval (via the CSEP department) using the Mindful Counseling candidacy form.

Form available here:
MCWE Candidacy Form

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