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Minoa Chang

Job Titles

  • Adjunct Faculty
    Mental Health Counseling (M.A.) Bethel Seminary

Highlight

Psychotherapy: chronic mental illness; grief/bereavement; spiritual/religious issues; cultural/acculturation issues. Clinical supervision: clinicians working with children, adults, families and group therapy; serving clients with mental illness and survivors of trauma; with a special interest in minority populations.

Started at Bethel

2002

Education

  • California Sch of Professional Psychology (CSPP) at Alliant International University (AIU) - Ph.D. , 1999
  • Sch of Medicine, Federal Univ. of the state of Pernambuco, in Brazil (South America) - M. D. , 1986

Biography

Clinical psychologist licensed in California.  Teaching graduate courses in professional counseling at Bethel Seminary San Diego (M.A. programs in Mental Health Counseling as well as in Marital and Family Therapy).  After years of providing psychotherapy to individuals and families, and performing psychological evaluations ("testing"), now providing clinical supervision to counselors working in community mental health clinics.  Clinicians supervised are multiethnic, multicultural, multilingual, and multidisciplinary (students and graduates in mental health counseling, marriage and family therapy, social work, and post-doctoral psychology interns).  The clientele served is also culturally diverse:  children, adolescents, and adults living with a mental illness, or who suffer from co-occurring mental illness and an addiction.  

Areas of expertise

Clinical supervision provided to clinicians working with children, adolescents and adults, treating individuals, families and group therapy; serving clients living with chronic mental illness as well as survivors of trauma; with a special interest in minority populations. Two decades of clinical experience (psychotherapy): individuals living with severe mental illness; grief/bereavement; cultural/acculturation issues; depression, anxiety and adjustment problems; survivors of trauma; treatment of individuals with co-occurring addiction and another mental illness. Performed psychological evaluations ("testing") for many years. Services provided in English, Portuguese and limited Spanish.

Teaching specialty

Current assignments: Psychopathology (how to diagnose mental illnesses); Psychobiology and Psychopharmacology (medications used in the treatment mental illness). Over the years, also taught courses in counseling theory, developmental psychology, advanced psychotherapy, psychological assessment, legal and ethical issues in counseling, psychobiology, and community mental health.