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South University, High Point Clinical Mental Health Counseling Master of Arts Degree Program

Clinical Mental Health Counseling programs offered at South University—high-point

Program Information

The South University, High Point Master of Arts degree program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is intended to meet the local and regional need for qualified counselors.

Mission Statement

The Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is designed to provide advanced and broad training for South University graduate students regarding theories, principles, and dynamic applications in the field. Students develop the skills necessary to engage in effective assessment and treatment practices, achieve competence for ethical, legal, and professional issues, and understand the significance and utility of research to the field.

Respected Faculty

As a student in the South University, High Point Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree program, you will have the opportunity to learn from faculty members who are dedicated to maintaining high teaching standards, developing intellectual curiosity, advancing critical thinking, and engaging in service to the University, community, and profession.

Annual Report

Students interested in the South University, High Point Clinical Mental Health Counseling annual report should contact the program director, Donna Kornegay, Ph.D.

Types of Instruction

You will be taught via two primary modes of instruction. The majority of the program will involve didactic and experiential classroom instruction. The second mode of instruction will focus on supervised field experiences. You will be placed in actual counseling settings in the community and will practice counseling under the auspices of an onsite supervisor. While in a field placement, you will also receive weekly group supervision from qualified faculty supervisors.

The program is designed to enable program graduates to achieve all initial eligibility criteria to become a Licensed Mental Health Clinician and eligible to be certified as a National Certified Counselor (NCC) by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC). The Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is set up on an 8 quarter program, full time and the courses are in accord with the licensing requirements of the states in which the program is offered. As a result, the program may not meet the licensing requirements of all states. The student should contact the licensing board in the state in which they anticipate seeking licensure to determine the appropriate program.

Program Outcomes

The objectives of the South University, High Point Clinical Mental Health Counseling program are to recruit eligible students from all areas and provide fair and equitable admissions criteria; make available a variety of instructional models and resources to provide the student with the most effective learning arrangements and to provide appropriate learning opportunities for counseling students that will prepare them to perform their expected competencies in an ethical, legal, safe, and effective manner upon graduation; prepare counseling students to communicate effectively; instill the importance and value of continued education and involvement in appropriate professional and community affairs after graduation; and encourage the counseling students to recognize their own strengths and limitations.

• Students will demonstrate knowledge, comprehension, synthesis, and application of the major theories comprising the foundation of counseling from a historical and contemporary perspective.

• Students will demonstrate an awareness and comprehension of the normal and abnormal mechanisms of change within individuals across the lifespan.

• Graduates will demonstrate an ability to properly identify, assess, conceptualize, diagnose, and treat mental disorders in the context of the accepted diagnostic nomenclature.

• Students will gain an understanding and appreciation of the contributions of quantitative and qualitative research and the synergy among the theoretical, clinical and scientific components of the field.

• Students will explore and understand the impact of their personal view as it relates to their world view and the multidimensional nature of cultural influences as a Counselor Educator.

• Students will develop effective verbal and written communication skills necessary to interface with various constituents including clients, treatment teams, and public entities.

• Student will demonstrate an appropriate level of professional development as evidenced by the knowledge and understanding of pertinent ethical and legal principles in the profession, in addition to current/emerging issues in the field.

• Students will achieve an appreciation and level of proficiency concerning the knowledge, skills, and competencies deemed appropriate for use in the profession as identified by the ongoing need for education and training beyond graduation.

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