Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

General

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Program Description

South University is currently offering a new format in addition to on-campus classes, called  South VR [South Virtual Remote] which is a live instruction, interactive virtual classroom experience. This temporary learning format that was created to help our students continue their education remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic.

South University Richmond’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.

Currently, the Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Degree is not CACREP-accredited on all campuses.

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.

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Outcomes

The objectives of the South University, Richmond 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; 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.
  • Students 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.

Course Requirements

Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program: 91 Credits, 10 quarter program

Curriculum for South University, Austin; South University, Columbia; South University, Richmond; South University, Savannah; and South University, Virginia Beach campuses only

Quarter 1: 9 Credits

  • CNS6002 Counseling Theory, 4.5 Credit Hours
  • CNS6313 Professional Orientation and Ethics, 4.5 Credit Hours
  • CNS7900 Clinical and Professional Development Seminar, 0 Credit Hours

Quarter 2: 8.5 Credits

  • CNS6018 Psychopathology, 4.5 Credit Hours
  • CNS6161 Counseling Techniques, 4 Credit Hours
  • CNS7901 Clinical and Professional Development Seminar, 0 Credit Hours

Quarter 3: 9 Credits

  • CNS6050 Lifespan Development, 4.5 Credit Hours
  • CNS6051 Diagnostics of Psychopathology and Treatment, 4.5 Credit Hours
  • CNS7902 Clinical and Professional Development Seminar, 0 Credit Hours
  • CNS8100 Preliminary Clinical Evaluation, 0 Credit Hours

Quarter 4: 9 Credits

  • CNS6509 Group Dynamics, 4.5 Credit Hours
  • CNS6565 Multicultural Foundations, 4.5 Credit Hours
  • CNS7903 Clinical and Professional Development Seminar, 0 Credit Hours

Quarter 5: 8.5 Credits

  • CNS6425 Clinical Mental Health Counseling, 4 Credit Hours
  • CNS6535 Clinical Mental Health Appraisal I, 4.5 Credit Hours
  • CNS7904 Clinical and Professional Development Seminar, 0 Credit Hours

Quarter 6: 5.5 Credits

  • CNS6529 Research and Statistical Evaluation, 4.5 Credit Hours
  • CNS7010 Practicum IA (100 clinical hours), 1 Credit Hour
  • CNS7905 Clinical and Professional Development Seminar, 0 Credit Hours
  • CNS8101 Preliminary Didactic Evaluation, 0 Credit Hours

Quarter 7: 9.5 Credits

  • CNS6602 Lifestyle and Career Development, 4.5 Credit Hours
  • CNS6850 Psychopharmacology, 4 Credit Hours
  • CNS7011 Practicum IB (100 clinical hours), 1 Credit Hour
  • CNS7906 Clinical and Professional Development Seminar, 0 Credit Hours
  • CNS8201 Clinical Evaluation, 0 Credit Hours

Quarter 8: 8 Credits

  • CNS7510 Internship IA (200 clinical hours), 4 Credit Hours
  • CNS7907 Clinical and Professional Development Seminar, 0 Credit Hours
  • CNS7950 Child/Adolescent Psychopathology and Treatment, 4 Credit Hours
  • CNS8202 Didactic Evaluation, 0 Credit Hours

Quarter 9: 12 Credits

  • CNS6901 Diagnosis and Treatment of Addictive Disorders, 4 Credit Hours
  • CNS7610 Internship IIA (200 clinical hours), 4 Credit Hours
  • CNS7908 Clinical and Professional Development Seminar, 0 Credit Hours
  • CNS7970 Clinical Mental Health Appraisal and Treatment II, 4 Credit Hours

Quarter 10: 12 Credits

  • CNS6709 Couples, Marital, and Family Dynamics, 4 Credit Hours
  • CNS6775 Counseling Administration, Advocacy, and Policy, 4 Credit Hours
  • CNS7611 Internship IIB (200 clinical hours), 4 Credit Hours
  • CNS7909 Clinical and Professional Development Seminar, 0 Credit Hours

Notes:
*Students wishing to move to North Carolina will be able to take additional .5 seminar courses to fulfill the State of North Carolina requirements. Students taking these additional courses must follow the Coursework Taken Outside a Student's Degree Program Policy found in the Academic Affairs Section of the Academic Catalog.

  • CNS6006 Counseling Theory Seminar, 0.5 Credit Hour
  • CNS6056 Lifespan Development Seminar, 0.5 Credit Hour
  • CNS6317 Professional and Ethical Issues Seminar, 0.5 Credit Hour
  • CNS6504 Group Dynamics Seminar, 0.5 Credit Hour
  • CNS6532 Research and Evaluation Seminar, 0.5 Credit Hour
  • CNS6538 Clinical Mental Health Appraisal Seminar, 0.5 Credit Hour
  • CNS6568 Multicultural Foundations Seminar, 0.5 Credit Hour
  • CNS6605 Lifestyle and Career Development Seminar, 0.5 Credit Hour

Curriculum for South University, West Palm Beach Only

Quarter 1: 9 Credits

  • CNS6002 Counseling Theory, 4.5 Credit Hours
  • CNS6313 Professional Orientation and Ethics, 4.5 Credit Hours
  • CNS7900 Clinical and Professional Development Seminar, 0 Credit Hours

Quarter 2: 8.5 Credits

  • CNS6018 Psychopathology, 4.5 Credit Hours
  • CNS6161 Counseling Techniques, 4 Credit Hours
  • CNS7901 Clinical and Professional Development Seminar, 0 Credit Hours

Quarter 3: 9 Credits

  • CNS6051 Diagnostics of Psychopathology and Treatment, 4.5 Credit Hours
  • CNS6509 Group Dynamics, 4.5 Credit Hours
  • CNS7902 Clinical and Professional Development Seminar, 0 Credit Hours
  • CNS8100 Preliminary Clinical Evaluation, 0 Credit Hours

Quarter 4: 13.5 Credits

  • CNS6050 Lifespan Development, 4.5 Credit Hours
  • CNS6535 Clinical Mental Health Appraisal I, 4.5 Credit Hours
  • CNS6602 Lifestyle and Career Development, 4.5 Credit Hours
  • CNS7903 Clinical and Professional Development Seminar, 0 Credit Hours

Quarter 5: 8.5 Credits

  • CNS6565 Multicultural Foundations, 4.5 Credit Hours
  • CNS7904 Clinical and Professional Development Seminar, 0 Credit Hours
  • CNS7950 Child/Adolescent Psychopathology and Treatment, 4 Credit Hours

Quarter 6: 9 Credits

  • CNS6425 Clinical Mental Health Counseling, 4 Credit Hours
  • CNS6850 Psychopharmacology, 4 Credit Hours
  • CNS7010 Practicum IA (100 clinical hours), 1 Credit Hour
  • CNS7905 Clinical and Professional Development Seminar, 0 Credit Hours

Quarter 7: 9.5 Credits

  • CNS6529 Research and Statistical Evaluation, 4.5 Credit Hours
  • CNS7011 Practicum IB (100 clinical hours), 1 Credit Hour
  • CNS7906 Clinical and Professional Development Seminar, 0 Credit Hours
  • CNS7970 Clinical Mental Health Appraisal and Treatment II, 4 Credit Hours
  • CNS8101 Preliminary Didactic Evaluation, 0 Credit Hours

Quarter 8: 12 Credits

  • CNS6775 Counseling Administration, Advocacy, and Policy, 4 Credit Hours
  • CNS6901 Diagnosis and Treatment of Addictive Disorders, 4 Credit Hours
  • CNS7510 Internship IA (200 clinical hours), 4 Credit Hours
  • CNS7907 Clinical and Professional Development Seminar, 0 Credit Hours
  • CNS8202 Didactic Evaluation, 0 Credit Hours

Quarter 9: 8 Credits

  • CNS6709 Couples, Marital, and Family Dynamics, 4 Credit Hours
  • CNS7610 Internship IIA (200 clinical hours), 4 Credit Hours
  • CNS7908 Clinical and Professional Development Seminar, 0 Credit Hours
  • CNS8201 Clinical Evaluation, 0 Credit Hours

Quarter 10: 8 Credits

  • CNS6800 Human Sexuality, 4 Credit Hours
  • CNS7611 Internship IIB (200 clinical hours), 4 Credit Hours
  • CNS7909 Clinical and Professional Development Seminar, 0 Credit Hours

How to apply

We make the application process as smooth as possible so you can start earning your degree right away. Our admissions representatives will guide you through our three-step process.

  1. To get started, call 888-444-3404, to speak with an Admissions Representative or fill out our request information form.
  2. An admissions representative will review our degree programs with you, give you an overview of the admissions process, and help you complete the application process. You can take a guided tour of our campus or a virtual tour online. Apply Now
  3. A Finance Counselor will work with you to discuss options and qualifications and to develop a payment plan that works for you. Programs with alternative application procedures.

2020-21 Starting Dates

On-campus

  • May 14th, 2020
  • June 27th, 2020
  • August 6th, 2020
  • October 3rd, 2020
  • November 12th, 2020
  • January 9th, 2021
  • February 18th, 2021
  • April 3rd, 2021
  • May 13th, 2021
  • June 26th, 2021
  • July 13th, 2021
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