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The mission of the Southern University Mental Health Counseling Program is to produce highly competent mental health counselors for the 21st century who can effectively assume leadership and advocacy roles to promote optimum development for all clients and families, especially those from low income and culturally diverse populations.  The mission is rooted in the belief that people with mental illness need skills and environmental supports to fulfill the role demands of their living, learning, social, and working environments.  The basic idea is to imprint mental health counselors with the mind-set that by changing skills and/or supports in their clients' immediate environments, people with mental illness will be more able to perform those activities necessary to function in specific roles of their choice.  The program seeks to equip counselor candidates with evidence-based best practices to achieve these ends.

Vision Statement
The faculty believes that mental health counselors play an important role in the creation of a nurturing mental health environment, which fosters good mental health and family development.  We are committed to developing highly qualified mental health professionals who are in the unique position to understand the needs of clients and their families and to design and coordinate mental health activities to meet those needs.  The Mental Health Counseling Program at Southern University seeks to provide a variety of opportunities in which counselors in preparation will gain knowledge and experience in:

  • understanding and acquiring skills related to the mental health setting:  etiology, diagnosis, assessment, treatment, and prevention of mental and emotional disorders;
  • effectively working with individuals, small groups and families for prevention as well as intervention;
  • accepting other peoples behaviors/differences and developing sensitivity to a variety of human perspectives;
  • increasing candidates' knowledge, skills, and awareness to work with individuals, families, and groups from diverse populations;
  • working in managed care clinical environments;
  • communicating effectively with others and expressing themselves effectively in writing using APA style;
  • on-going professional and personal development that strongly adhere to ethical standards;
  • assuming leadership and advocacy roles as mental health counselors; and becoming academically qualified to become certified, licensed and registered clinical professionals.

The curriculum consists of 60 semester hours of academic credit, including 100 clock hours of practicum and 900 hours of internship experiences in a Mental Health Setting.  At least 40 clock hours of the clinical experiences in practicum and 360 in internship must involve direct service to individuals and groups in a mental health setting. 

If more information about the Mental Health Counseling program is desired, contact the program Chairperson, 
Dr. Harry Albert
Voice (225) 771-2890;
Fax (225) 771-3840, or 

The deadline for application to the program is January 15.  Application form and information may be obtained from the Southern University Graduate School, or from