From published works to years of professional experience in the field, Hodges University’s clinical mental health counseling (CMHC) professors are experts who will provide you with in-depth knowledge and a personalized approach.
As with many of Hodges’ educational programs, the learning environment for a clinical mental health counseling student goes far beyond the classroom. Course instruction does not occur solely on campus or online; instead, our professors provide experiential learning opportunities for you to receive hands-on training with real people and in real clinics.
As a licensed mental health counselor and a nationally certified counselor, Dr. Amber Pope, clinical mental health counseling program chair, specializes in couples counseling, sexuality concerns, gender and sexuality development, and LGBTQ-related counseling. She has worked in multiple community settings, including outpatient community mental health, private practice and college campuses. She is trained in emotionally focused couples therapy and dialectical behavior therapy, and she utilizes solution-focused, mindfulness training and interpersonal process techniques in her therapy. She also has experience conducting cross-sex hormone and gender-reassignment surgery assessments for transgender clients. Pope has worked as a counselor educator for seven years, and she is a qualified supervisor in the state of Florida for licensed medical health counselor (LMHC) and licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT) registered interns.
Dr. Tom Hofmann, CMHC professor and applied psychology interim chair, started his career in community mental health before working several years with the continuum of substance abuse treatment from inpatient to aftercare. He began and helped to grow an outpatient mental health clinic for a hospital system and provided clinical and administrative supervision for the clinic for five years. At that time, he also assisted in initiating an in-home older adult assessment and referral program. He also has more than 10 years of part-time experience in the employee assistance area. He is a licensed social worker and marriage and family therapist, as well as a certified employee assistance professional. He also currently provides clinical supervision as an approved supervisor for graduates working toward their license.
Dr. Ali Wolf, CMHC assistant professor, has worked as a counselor educator for the past seven years in multiple programs throughout the southeastern United States. In addition to teaching, she has spent nearly a decade working as a professional licensed counselor. She has owned her own private practice, worked in a group practice, acted as the clinical counselor in five different schools (K-12 levels), served as the director of a school-based mental health program, practiced as a college counselor and spent three years as the assessment counselor in the ER for a behavioral health hospital. She has focused much of her clinical work on at-risk children and adolescents but has experience working with all age groups as well as couples and families.
Clinical Mental Health Counseling Experiential Learning Opportunities
“All of our classes include experiential learning,” said Pope. “We conduct experiential activities designed to build students’ self-awareness and empathy, helping students view challenging issues from multiple perspectives,” she added.
In many of the group therapy courses, students are encouraged to lead a group role play as part of the class, and even in the online classes, students participate in role play counseling sessions. For students in Hofmann’s cultural competency course, they must prepare a lesson and teach one another about cultures and diversity.
In addition to role plays, students enrolled in research classes are given the opportunity to “run their own focus group and participate in data analysis based on a local community problem,” said Hofmann. An example of this is the article, “Partnership, the fourth P, enhances HT service efforts in prevention, protection and prosecution arenas,” which was written by Hofmann, Yaroslaba Garcia, who is an applied psychology adjunct faculty member at Hodges, and CMHC students from the research class of 2015.
In Wolf’s substance abuse class, students must give up something for three weeks and journal about their experience. “This is an opportunity for them to gain some real insight into how challenging abstinence can be, what it feels like to be addicted to something and the challenges of retaining abstinence,” she explained. “This helps them to develop strong empathy for the experiences their addicted clients might be going through and how hard it really can be to give up their ‘drug.’”
Hodges’ clinical mental health counseling professors are accomplished in their respective fields. Spending many years devoted to academic and professional research, the achievements and awards of our faculty do not go unrecognized.
- Amber Pope
- 2013 – Nominated for the Barbara Shirvanian Advisor of the Year Award
- 2012 – Recognized as an Emerging Leader Fellow by the Southern Association of Counselor Education & Supervision and received the University of South Alabama Lisa Mitchell Bukstein Foundation Scholarship for Developing Faculty in Education
- Tom Hofmann
- 2007 – Received the Hodges University Professor of the Year Award
- Ali Wolf
- 2009 – Received the Emerging Leader Award from the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision
In addition to their awards, our faculty is continually learning, researching and seeking new and innovative ways to improve the clinical mental health counseling field. Each faculty member possesses experience in different areas of counseling, including child therapy, substance abuse, trauma and grief counseling, couples counseling, LGBTQ issues in counseling, and human trafficking. Their knowledge, experience and research can be found in published articles and books such as The Family Journal, Counseling Today and Journal of American College Health.
Dr. Amber Pope
- Pope, A. L., & Pow, A. (In press). Crisis management and disaster relief: Danger and opportunity. In J. S. Young & C. S. Cashwell (Eds.), Clinical mental health counseling: Elements of effective practice. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
- Kemer, G., Demirtas, E., Pope, A. L., & Ummak, E. (2016). Psychometric properties of the Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Identity Scale – Turkish (LGBIS-TR). Journal of Homosexuality.
- Cashwell, C., Young, J. S., Bartley, J., Pope, A. L., Wagener, A., Sylvestro, H., & Henson, R. (2016). Who is this God of whom you speak: A map of counseling students’ concept of God. Counseling & Values, 61, 159-175.
- Murray, C. E., Pope, A. L., & Willis, B. (2016). Sexuality counseling: Research, theory, and practice. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
- Dempster, D., Rogers, S., Pope, A. L., Snow, M., & Stoltz. K. (2015). Multidimensionality of patterns of attachment, sexual attitudes, and unwanted sexual experiences. The Family Journal, 23, 358-367.
- Finnerty, P., Goodrich, K., Brace, A., & Pope, A. L. (2014). Introduction to the special issue: Charting the course of ally development. Journal of LGBT Issues in Counseling, 8, 326-330.
- Pope, A. L. (2013). Intimate Relationship Commitment: An Integrated Conceptual Model. Journal of Couple and Relationship Therapy, 12, 270-289.
- Pope, A. L., Murray, C.E., & Kemer, G. (2013). Development of the Couples Resource Scales. The Family Journal, 21, 253-262.
- Pope, A. L., & Cashwell, C. S. (2013). Moral commitment in intimate committed relationships: A conceptualization from cohabiting same-sex and opposite-sex partners. The Family Journal, 21, 5-14.
- Murray, C. E., Pope, A. L., & Rowell, P. C. (2010). Promoting counseling students’ advocacy competencies through service-learning: An action research evaluation. Journal of Social Action in Counseling and Psychology, 2, 29-46.
- Pope, A. L., Mobley, A.K., & Myers, J. E. (2010). Integrating identities for same-sex attracted clients: Using developmental counseling and therapy to address sexual orientation conflicts. Journal of LGBT Issues in Counseling, 4, 32-47.
- Pope, A. L., Murray, C. E., & Mobley, A. K. (2010). Personal, relational, and contextual resources and relationship satisfaction in same-sex couples. The Family Journal, 18, 163-168.
Dr. Tom Hofmann
- Hofmann, T. (2015). A problem of perception. Counseling Today, 57 (12) p. 44-47.
- Hofmann, T & Garcia, Y. (December 2015). Partnership, the fourth P, enhances HT service efforts in prevention, protection and prosecution arenas. Slavery Today Journal: A Multidisciplinary Journal of Human Trafficking Solutions, 2 (2). p. 1-15.
Dr. Ali Wolf
- McAuliffe, G. J., Grothaus, T., Pare, D. & Wolf, A. (2013). The practice of culturally alert counseling. In McAuliffe, G.F. (ed). Culturally alert counseling: A comprehensive introduction, 2nd Edition. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
- Gentry, W. A., Manning, L., Wolf, A. K., Hernez-Broome, G., & Allen, L. W. (2013). What coaches believe are best practices for coaching: A qualitative study of interviews from coaches residing in Asia and Europe. Journal of Leadership Studies, 7(2), p. 18-30.
- Gentry, W. A., Wolf, A. K., Manning, L., Hernez-Broome, G., & Allen, L. W. (2011). Coach and client characteristics that Asian and European coaches believe are needed for effective coaching engagements. International Journal of Mentoring and Coaching, 9(2), 56-79.
- Schwitzer, A.M., Hatfield, T., Jones, A., Duggan, M., Jurgens, J., & Wininger (Wolf), A. (2008). Confirmation among college women: The Eating Disorders Not Otherwise Specified diagnostic profile. Journal of American College Health, 56, p. 607-615.
- McAuliffe, G. J., Grothaus, T., Pare, D. & Wininger (Wolf), A. (2008). The practice of culturally alert counseling. In McAuliffe, G.F. (ed). Culturally alert counseling: A comprehensive introduction. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
- Neukrug, E. S., Stone, S., Boyce, D, & Wininger (Wolf), A. (2007) Instructor’s manual for the world of the counselor: An overview of the counseling profession (3rd ed.). Pacific Grove, CA: Brooks/Cole.