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Clinical Mental Health Counseling


The mission of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is to train competent, culturally aware, ethical counselors who will provide exceptional mental health services in both public and private settings to meet the needs of increasingly diverse communities.

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 Clinical 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 the following:

  • 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 people’s 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.

Documents and Forms




Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program  

J.K. Haynes Hall – Room 171
Office: (225) 771-2660