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Mark Carlson

Assistant professor




  • Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, 1980
  • M.A., Clinical Psychology, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, 1978
  • B.A., Psychology & Religion, St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN, 1974


Mark S. Carlson has worked in community mental health for over thirty years as a psychotherapist and consultant. Prior to joining the Argosy faculty in 2008, Carlson worked at Human Services, Inc. in Oakdale, Minnesota, where he supervised their Adult Day Treatment, Adult Rehabilitative Mental Health Services, and Supported Employment programs. He also was part of HSI's pre-doctoral internship training program and helped forge a community-county partnership to establish the county's first drop-in social center for SPMI adults. Carlson has worked with a wide range of clients over the years, primarily utilizing humanistic and cognitive behavioral approaches. He has a special interest in couples issues and co-occurring mental health and chemical health problems. In the last several years, Carlson has presented widely, conducting day-long trainings on clinical supervision and supported employment. He also has a strong interest in the history of psychology and works to incorporate the voices and experiences of non-dominant groups into that historical narrative. Outside of psychology, Carlson co-wrote Coming Out, Coming Home, a play which explores the interface of sexuality and spirituality, which has been performed in nearly a dozen states.


  • Working with the Seriously and Persistently Mentally Ill (SPMI)
  • Clinical Supervision
  • Humanistic, Cognitive Behavioral and Couples Psychotherapy
  • History of Psychology


  • American Psychological Association


  • Carlson, M. S. (2012, August). The assessment and evaluation of supervisees. Minnesota Association of Community Mental Health Programs Summer Supervision Series; St. Paul, MN.
  • Carlson, M. S. (2011, October). Weaving the other into the history of psychology. Paper presented at The Psychology and the Other conference; Cambridge, MA.
  • Carlson, M. S. (2011, September). The clinical supervision competency. All day training for the Minnesota Association of Community Mental Health Programs (MACMHP) Annual Pre-Conference: Duluth, MN.
  • Carlson, M. S. (2010, October). Integrating 12-step and cognitive behavioral principles. Minnesota Association of Resources for Recovery and Chemical Health Annual Conference; St. Paul, MN.
  • Carlson, M. S. (2010, June). Designing effective employment support plans. All day training for the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development Annual Conference, Vocational Rehabilitation Division; Minneapolis, MN.

Selected Lectures

  • Carlson, M. S. (2012, May). Meeting the evolving challenge of supervisory competency. Contemporary Perspectives in Supervision Conference, Eagan, MN.
  • Carlson, M. S. (2011, March). Evaluating the effective supervisor. Contemporary Perspectives in Supervision Conference; Eagan, MN.
  • Carlson, M. (2009, May). Supervision within a complicated supervisory relationship. Contemporary Perspectives in Supervision Conference, Eagan, MN.
  • Carlson, M. S. (1998, December). Human rights issues in North America. Eighth Assembly of the World Council of Churches; Harare, Zimbabwe.
  • Carlson, M. S. (1998). Short-term cognitive approach to couples psychotherapy. Minnesota Association of Social Workers; Minneapolis, MN.