Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
South University Virginia Beach’s Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is designed for those interested in helping people in need. Our coursework is focused on experiential learning that can help you to become a compassionate professional counselor. Our program offers: comprehensive studies of theories and principles, dynamic applications in the field, training in effective assessment and treatment practices, a thorough understanding of the significance of research in the field and competence in ethical, legal, and professional standards
After earning an MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, graduates are eligible to sit for licensure in their state and the opportunity to become certified as a National Certified Counselor by the National Board for Certified Counselors.
South University does not guarantee third-party certification/licensure. Outside agencies control the requirements for taking and passing certification/licensing exams and are subject to change without notice to South University.
Curriculum for South University, Austin; South University, Columbia; South University, Richmond; South University, Savannah and South University, Virginia Beach campuses only
*Students wishing to move to North Carolina will be able take additional .5 seminar courses to fulfill the State of North Carolina requirements. Students taking these additional courses must following the Coursework Taken Outside a Student's Degree Program policy found in the Academic Affairs Section of the Academic Catalog.
The objectives of the South University, Virginia Beach 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.
Virginia Beach Campus Core Faculty
Dr. Susanne Preston-Josey, Program Director for Virginia Beach
Dr. Susanne Preston-Josey is the Program Director at South University. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Substance Abuse Treatment Practitioner. Dr. Preston-Josey has a PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision from Old Dominion University. She specializes in counselor supervision and in play therapy, with an Approved Clinical Supervisor credential and a Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor credential. She attended Chaminade University of Honolulu and earned a Master of Science degree in Counseling Psychology with an Emphasis in School Counseling, and a Bachelor of Science degree from Virginia Tech. She is also a National Certified Counselor and a Board Certified Tele-Mental Health Provider. She enjoys working with students in their internship experiences and training professionals in the community. Dr. Preston-Josey serves as a Leader in the Virginia Counselors Association; on the board of the Virginia Clinical Counselors Alliance and Virginia Association for Counselor Education and Supervision divisions of VCA.
Dr. Julie Vogel LPC, NCC, BCPC, EdD
Dr. Vogel has been teaching at South University since July of 2018. She is also seeing individual clients at Solutions Psychotherapy which is a private community mental health facility. She received her EdD from Argosy University in Nashville, TN. Before receiving her EdD Dr. Vogel owned and operated a private practice in both Nashville (2 years) and Cookeville (2 years) Tennessee. She has worked as a Case Manager, Community Organizer, and was the regional director of an adoption agency in New York. Dr. Vogel received her Master's degree from Long Island / CW Post University in New York. She was born and raised in Wisconsin, moved to Long Island, NY, and then moved to Tennessee. She loves the Virginia Beach area and plans to stay until retirement.
Dr. Susan O. Dye
Susan O. Dye, EdD, LPC, LSATP is an assistant professor and Clinical Coordinator for South University's Virginia Beach Clinical Mental Health Counseling program. Dr. Dye is a graduate of the University of Virginia with her doctor's degree in Counselor Education and Supervision. She has worked as counselor and supervisor in a variety of clinical settings over her career including community service boards, psychiatric hospitals, outpatient practices, and children's residential treatment facilities. She was an adjunct faculty member at several universities throughout her career. Dr. Dye has strong interest in the areas of counselor supervision, assessments, substance abuse, and treatment of children.
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Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs
The Master of Arts (MA), Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree program at South University is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), (Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs, 1001 North Fairfax Street, Suite 510, Alexandria, VA 22314, phone (703) 535-5990.)