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Rosa West

Contributing Faculty

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

School of Counseling

Degree ProgramM.S. Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling

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.

Courses Taught

COUN 6785 - ocial Change in Action: Prevention, Intervention, and Consultation

COUN 6316 - Techniques of Counseling


PhD, University of Florida

MBA, Saint Leo University

MEd, University of Florida

Awards / Honors

Up & Coming Leadership Award, National Council for Community Behavioral, 2010


West, R. M. (2018). Social Justice Counseling: Counseling in a Woke World

West, R. M. (2010). Moving Towards Holistic Healthcare: Integrating Primary and Behavioral Healthcare through Process Improvement

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