College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Dr. Rosa West is a Contributing Faculty Member at Walden University. She received formal training in Counselor Education & Supervision from the University of Florida. She is an expert in the treatment of co-occurring substance use and mental health conditions with over 20 years’ experience in recovery-oriented treatment and program development. Dr. West is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Marriage & Family Therapist. She has trained and consulted with organizations, ranging from small mental health centers to national behavioral healthcare organizations.
Dr. West’s current research interests focus primarily on family/couples therapy, specialized services for women & minorities, and addictive disorders. The best way to describe her approach to counseling is integrated; incorporating techniques from Cognitive-Behavioral therapy, Gestalt therapy, and family systems. Dr. West utilizes also uses a developmental approach to supervision that is therapist centered. Students and supervisees are supported in their personal journey of growth & development within the framework which best meets their growth-related needs. To achieve this, Dr. West uses modeling, encourages self-reflection and a focus on personal strengths to build counselor self-efficacy/identity.