Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
South University West Palm 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, West Palm Beach Only
Curriculum for South University, West Palm Beach Campus only
The objectives of the South University, West Palm 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.
West Palm Beach Campus Core Faculty
Dr. Thomas Christiansen, Interim Program Director/Clinical Coordinator
Dr. Christiansen has been on faculty at South University – West Palm Beach, FL campus since 2008. While at the University, he has served as Clinical Coordinator, and has taught a variety of courses for the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program. He has been a clinical supervisor for over twenty years and is credentialed as an Approved Clinical Supervisor through the Center for Credentialing and Education (CCE) and the State of Florida. Dr. Christiansen has presented at several national conferences such as American Counseling Association, American Mental Health Counseling Association, Association for Counselor Education and Supervision. In 2019, he was appointed as Interim Program Director for the Clinical Mental Health Program (CMHC). Dr. Christiansen has been instrumental in the curriculum development of the program as well as obtaining CACREP accreditation for the West Palm Beach CMHC program.
As a practicing psychologist, he specializes in children and families, adult mental health, and psychological evaluation. Dr. Christiansen has maintained a part-time private practice since 2004. Prior to that time, he worked in community mental health directing several programs including adolescent residential treatment, school-based counseling, and adult out-patient programs. He has been awarded several grants aimed at improving services for the residents of Palm Beach County Florida. Combining his clinical work and teaching, Dr. Christiansen has contributed to the professional development and growth of future counselors in the mental health field.
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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.)