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Kathryn Klock-Powell, Ph.D., LMFT, RPT-S
Program Director, Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Dr. Kathryn Klock-Powell is the Program Director in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at the South University, Savannah campus. She is a licensed marriage and family therapist and registered play therapist, and has her doctorate in Child and Family Development. She has more than 20 years of experience working in mental health including private practice and outpatient family counseling.

Dr. Klock-Powell has served as the Clinical Director in a community mental health agency, as the Regional Coordinator for an in-home family preservation service, and has had a private practice in play therapy. She recently was appointed to the Georgia Composite Board for Licensed Professional Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Social Workers. She is an approved supervisor for the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and the Association for Play Therapy. She is passionate about providing experiential learning opportunities for students and sharing her clinical experience.

If you have questions regarding the Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at the South University, Savannah campus, you may contact Dr. Klock-Powell by email at: or by phone at (912) 790-4171.

Allen Delaney, PhD, LPC, NCC, CPCS, ACS
Clinical Coordinator, Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Dr. Allen DeLaney is an Assistant Professor and Clinical Coordinator in the Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at South University located in Savannah, Georgia. Prior to joining the South University team, Dr. DeLaney worked for Bowie State University in Maryland, The Citadel in South Carolina, and Albany State University in Georgia as an assistant professor. Dr. Delaney also has worked in public schools in Maryland, South Carolina, and Georgia as an elementary, middle, and high school principal.

While in private practice, Dr. Delaney specialized in counseling families experiencing domestic violence and provided consultation for the Psychiatric Institute in Washington D.C. Dr. DeLaney’s areas of interest are Short Shock Treatment programs (Juvenile Boot Camps) and Domestic Violence in the military family.

Dr. DeLaney earned his bachelor’s degree in biology from William Penn University, a Master of Education degree in counseling from the University of Wisconsin, and a doctorate in counselor education from the Union Institute in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Core Faculty, Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Dr. Jim Payne joined the South University, Savannah campus as a member of the core Clinical Mental Health Counseling Faculty. He has more than 30 years of experience in both community mental health and residential treatment. He also was one of the co-founders of a residential treatment group that provided a wide range of residential treatment options for children and adolescents working through complex and challenging problems. He worked in a variety of roles in this program including clinical, management, and administration; he continued to serve on this company’s board until his return to school.

Dr. Payne holds two masters degrees (one in general and experimental psychology and the other in clinical mental health counseling). He has a doctorate in education from Argosy University, Sarasota (2012) in counselor education and supervision, which is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Program (CACREP).

His dissertation explored the ability of supervisors to predict supervisees’ rating of the supervisory working alliance. The working alliance has multiple applications in supervision as well as in counseling. The results supported a similar finding of the working alliance in therapy/counseling, where therapists’ predictive ability was low. The results of this dissertation extended that supervisors had similar predictive abilities as therapists. In addition, the research found that with practice and feedback that supervisors could more accurately predict supervisees’ ratings. This was an important exploratory study since it determined that change occurred with practice over time; this improved the supervisory experience for the supervisees.