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Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling | Dr. Charlotte Hamilton, Department Chair

Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling | Dr. Charlotte Hamilton, Department Chair

Dr. Charlotte Hamilton shares the benefit, and the beauty, of a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree.

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My name is Dr. Charlotte Redding Hamilton and I am the Department Chairperson for the Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at South University.

The first part of our curriculum it's theory based. They're learning about psychopathology, diagnostics of psychopathology, theoretical approaches and foundational approaches. Then we allow our students to take part in a clinical experience, which they're in the field and they're working alongside a site supervisor and then they actually get a case load where they're working with clients themselves.

Once a student graduates with their Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling they can get an entry level position in addictions, residential treatment facilities, community mental health agencies. They can actually work in schools as a mental health counselor. So the field is open. To know that you can help transform someone's life from a hurting situation, suffering situation to becoming more fulfilled and more at peace is absolutely fantastic and it's fascinating.

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The objectives of the South University, Novi 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.